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can a goal be set for less than 1/2 pound per week weight loss? grodog — Jul 30, 2018 08:28AM PDT

Is it possible to set a goal that tracks toward a weight loss rate of less than 1/2 pound lost per week (2 pounds per month)?---something like 1 pound per month, for example?

If so, how can that goal be set in the goals and/or profile settings?



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Ripley MyFitnessPal Agent Jul 30, 2018 02:05PM PDT

Hi Allan,

Thank you for taking the time to contact us. For guided goals, the only options are the ones displayed in the drop down menu, with the minimum weight loss goal being 0.5 lbs per week.

But if you or your doctor/nutritionist has calculated what your calorie should be in order to meet your desired goal of 1 lb per month, you do have the ability to setup custom goals within MyFitnessPal.

Website Users

  • Log in to in a web browser
  • Click “My Home”, then “Goals”, then select Edit for Daily Nutrition Goals, Fitness, or Micronutrients
  • Once you’ve made your changes make sure to click “Save Changes”, those same changes will then appear in the app the next time the app syncs to the website

In our Android and iOS apps

  • Tap “Goals” in the Menu (or “More” page)
  • Tap the settings to adjust your weight change and macronutrient goals (Fat, Protein Carbs)
  • Tap "Advanced Nutritional Goals, " to adjust additional micronutrient goals
  • MyFitnessPal distributes fat, carb and protein calories based on a percentage, in five percent increments. If you customize your macronutrient goals, all three goals will adjust to total 100%.

If you would like greater control over your goals, you may wish to consider upgrading to MyFitnessPal Premium. Premium users can set very precise goal, in gram increments, for protein, carbs, or fat, or in calorie increments of one percent. Premium users can also set custom goals based on the day of the week. The full set of features in MyFitnessPal Premium can be reviewed here:

Please note that your goals will update once you add exercise in the cardiovascular section for a given day: your exercise calories will be added to your goal for the day, distributed according to your chosen nutrient ratio. (Premium users may opt out of exercise calories being added to their daily total, or may choose to have them distributed in a custom ratio of nutrients)

By default, we set your nutritional target in Net Calories which we define as:

Calories Consumed (Food) – Calories Burned (Exercise) = Net Calories

This means that if you exercise, you will be able to eat more for that day. For example, if your Net Calorie goal is 2000 calories, one way to meet that goal is to eat 2,500 calories of food, but then burn 500 calories through exercise.

Think of your Net Calories like a daily budget of calories to spend. You spend them by eating, and you earn more calories to eat by exercising. We do not recommend that women consume fewer than 1200 calories, or men fewer than 1500 calories, on a given day.

Hope this helps! We wish you the best of luck in meeting and maintaining all your fitness goals!


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