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MyFitnessPal Tip: Customizing Your Nutrition Goals

Does your doctor or nutritionist have you following a different recommended plan than the settings in your MyfitnessPal account? Good news – you can customize your nutrition goals!

To get started customizing your goals simply login to the MyFitnessPal website - www.myfitnesspal.com. Mobile users, your login on the website uses the same username and password as the app. Once you've logged in, click "My Home", then "Goals", then "Change Goals", and choose the "Custom" option. On that page, you can change your individual nutritional goals. When you have finished make sure you click the "Change Goals" button at the bottom of the page to instantly update your account. If you are also using a MyFitnessPal mobile app, the next time your app connects to the internet your customized goals will be reflected immediately.


Please keep in mind that MyFitnessPal distributes fat, carbohydrate and protein calories based on a percentage; these percentages can be adjusted in five percent increments. If you customize your macronutrient goals, all three goals (fat, carb and protein) will adjust to total 100%. If you have a very precise goal -for example, eating 70 grams of protein each day- you may only be able to set that goal to the nearest percentage. MyFitnessPal Tip: If you're looking to hit a specific nutrient goal in grams or milligrams, we recommend monitoring the "total" value in your diary for this nutrient, rather than the "remaining" total.

We hope this tip about customizing your nutrition goals helps make using MyFitnessPal a more personal experience to help you stay healthy. Feel free to leave some ideas in the comments below for more MyFitnessPal Tip posts you’d like to see!

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31 comments:

1princesswarrior wrote 9 months ago:
I found that when I do this often my calories burned/week will often end up at 0 even though I set it at 3500. Just an FYI.
fallingeagle wrote 9 months ago:
It'd be great if we could turn off the calorie adjustment from exercise/fitbit connections. Some people are on diets where the gross calories consumed is important, not the net calories consumed.
mareunuv wrote 9 months ago:
Wish I could keep Fitnesspals net calories, which (hopefully) change as I lose weight, but keep my ratios on carbs, fat and protein. Doesn't appear to be the case though. Now I have to first use the aided setting to adjust to my new weight every 20 pounds or so and then change the %.
mmg1987 wrote 9 months ago:
I'm happy to see this post. I was wondering if I could do this and happy to see I can. I'm so thankful for MyFitnessPal! Thank you for providing this tool!
flexysteve wrote 9 months ago:
It also would be nice to enter the exact grams of each macro-nutrient or have more flexibility in the %.
KurvyKitty wrote 9 months ago:
Including net carbs (Carbs minus dietary fiber and sugar alcohols) for the large amount of folks who are doing low carb diets would be a great addition!
fitmenow wrote 9 months ago:
I can clearly see which nutrients I do not have enough of towards the end of the day or at the end of the month. The issue at the end of the day particularly, is finding which low calorie foods pack the biggest punch to meet the nutritional goal with the least calories. I wish that you would add recommended foods. For example, kale has added calcium. Yet, potassium foods like bananas have too many calories to consume too many. Finally, at the end of the month / week, it is obvious which groups of people have deficits in certain areas. It would be great to get recommended recipes/foods based on this information.
Worstenholm wrote 9 months ago:
The percentages suck... i want to just type in my own numbers
lisambeach wrote 9 months ago:
This has been great to track carb, proteins and fats. Plus I have been tracking sugar content also to make sure I am not overdoing it with fructose which can be so unhealthy in high doses on a regular basis. Thank you for these awesome tools.
jnackenson wrote 9 months ago:
agreed. i don't understand why there can't be a funciton that allows you to have actual "custom" goals aka to the # not %. there are a lot of users that would prefer that...I don't see why that would be so hard for the mfp programming staff to implement....
Kr1ptonite wrote 9 months ago:
Like so many people have asked. Can we please have it so we can adjust the numbers to what we won't, not what the % that the program will let us have. I love using your app, but i just don't understand why this function can't be done.
cmb67 wrote 9 months ago:
Just saw the new web page this morning and love it! Thank you so much for putting continued effort in to MFP... and keeping it free!
jadelovesveg wrote 9 months ago:
Just discovered this feature! Once again MFP goes above and beyond what I can get from most other (paid) fitness trackers and apps - and it's free! Thankyou for adding this feature :) High protein diet here I come!
rickydeez wrote 9 months ago:
Need to be able to track multiple goes, ie: calorie cycling on workout days.

This has been suggested a lot for 2 years - why hasn't it been added?
mglenn100 wrote 8 months ago:
Percents are not nearly as useful as an actual number
Jcremeans1 wrote 8 months ago:
MFP is being funded by whom? Events we've attended? I personally believe that everything we do doesn't need to be tracked. Just sayn. BTW...I love having access to the daily food diary. Thanks!
DrGinaBug wrote 6 months ago:
Thanks so much! EXACTLY what I needed to know. I love MyFitnessPal. I keep track of exercise as well with an Endomondo link!
Critical714 wrote 4 months ago:
Like so many people have asked. Can we please have it so we can adjust the numbers to what we won't, not what the % that the program will let us have. I love using your app, but i just don't understand why this function can't be done.

Please why can't this be done? It would make a lot more people use this app.
Jerry25403 wrote 4 months ago:
I am a 280lb male who wants to lose 55-60lbs, and intend to begin a low-carb diet at the beginning of the year. Where can I find the correct daily nutritional values to use? (carbs, fat, fiber, protein, etc)
Aliekat83 wrote 4 months ago:
Why cant we have our numbers as what we want in grams instead of the %? This makes it extremely difficult to track macros accurately. If so many people want this why can't it be done?
sdefranc wrote 3 months ago:
The feature is great, thanks for that, as others have mentioned, it would be really handy to be able to enter grams directly, or even just type in percentages less than 5 units.
Anonymous wrote 3 months ago:
I agree. Let me enter my grams for macronutrients. The number of calories (however mfp is calculating them) isn't as important to me as making sure I hit certain grams of consumption in each of my macronutrients. Adding this feature would be great. Also, multiple goal tracking for training days and off days would be choice. Thanks for an already amazing product!
Anonymous wrote 2 months ago:
I echo the many requests to be able track food consumption in grams and not percentage of a serving size!
Anonymous wrote 2 months ago:
Hurry up and change the 5% goal increments to something more useful!!!! Either 1% or 1gram increments!
loreleik1 wrote 1 month ago:
I like using this but every time I change my goal protein/fat/carb ratio it works for a while and then resets. It's really getting frustrating!
Anonymous wrote 1 month ago:
How can I change goals for 40% Carbs 40% Proteins and 20% Fat

email proturbo1988@hotmail.com
Anonymous wrote 3 weeks ago:
It seems you're just a few percentage points off from being 100% useful. Please allow for specific amounts to be entered for macros in the custom goals section. I want you to be my fitness pal. Right now you're my tolerable but occasionally annoying fitness uncle.
JMCee75 wrote 3 weeks ago:
Echo those above who would like the ability to specific grams per macro vs a percentage. Aside from that this is by far my favorite fitness app and use it regularly. Thank you!!
Tomislav_J wrote 3 weeks ago:
As per above the % based custom macros has turned me off this app and will go to another
liz1397 wrote 3 weeks ago:
agree with all of the above! please change to either 1% increments or even more preferably, allow us to enter our own macronutrient goal #s in!
stormy12345 wrote 3 weeks ago:
I agree too - we NEED the Marco's to be customised by the gram!!! Everyone wants it so why cant you make this happen!!! please :)

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