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April 29, 2012 7:22 PM
I want to see the changes in my diet based on my new diet, however the site makes too many assumptions.

I have been eating a certain way for the last few years and have maintained the weight I have now for all that time.

When trying to add my previous diet to a page in my diary, the diary said I would be a weight greater than I am if I continued eating like that, which I know not to be true.

Is there a way I can add in my previous diet so the effects of my new diet can be properly calculated?
May 5, 2012 12:27 PM
Hi,

Sorry for the delay in our response.

The prediction made when you complete your diary is based on the amount of calories in the logged food, and your "Calories Burned from Daily Activity" which is shown here http://www.myfitnesspal.com/account/my_goals

This numer is calculated based on your age, height, weight, gender, and the level of daily activity (sedentary, lightly active, etc) that are selected here: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/account/change_goals_guided

If your daily diary shows a number of consumed calories higher than the number of daily burned calories, the site will predict a gain of weight. However, because we only offer four "activity" levels, this initial estimate is not an exact figure, but a close approximation. If you are actually more physically active then your "activity level" assumes, then you will burn more calories than our estimate. Some users find they need to adjust the activity level at some point, to correctly reflect the amount of calories they use in a day.

Additionally, any cardio exercise you may have done is not accounted for if you add food to past diary days without also logging the cardio exercise in your exercise diary. Burning more calories whether by actual exercise or simply being more active than our "activity level" assumes could account for the weight maintenance you have experienced.

There isn't really a way to account for your previous days precisely unless you can account for exercise and activity levels as well. My recommendation is to start fresh, try to meet or come just under your Net Calorie goal, and see what happens with your weight in a week or two.

I hope this helps.

Steven
MyFitnessPal Staff

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