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May 23, 2012 6:37 AM
Under the home/goals/change goals/custom/ you are able to change the percentages of the carbs/proteins/fats but the percentages I would like to use are not whole numbers. It would be nice if you could put in the number of grams of each item similar to how you can do it for cholesterol, sodium, potassium ect that you want.
May 23, 2012 2:19 PM
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May 24, 2012 5:23 AM
An excellent idea that has been suggested numerous times and wouldn't be hard to implement. Still no action on it though, frustratingly.
May 24, 2012 5:29 AM
Great idea -- this should be implemented.
May 24, 2012 5:31 AM
~ You really don't want a set " number " for macros such as Protein, Carbs and Fat ... Because as you eat and workout differently each day ... they need to increase based on your daily intakes. A percentage is the only way you will be able to accommodate the true calories burned / consumed ratios.

The ideal setup is a 40/30/30 ... Carbs being the 40. But I focus more on protein, so my protein is 40. You can tweak those percentages to come in close to what your aiming for ... but again, once exercise is added those numbers will increase .. as they should.

Hope this clears up some of the doubt you may have had.

Have an awesome day ! flowerforyou
  7904435
May 24, 2012 8:08 PM
oh but I do want to set a number for the specific macros. "The ideal setup is a 40/30/30" come one now just think about that statement. What works for you might not work for everyone here.

What I want is 1.2 lbs of protein per gram of body weight, .5 * body weight for fat and the rest carbs

so my body weight is 180. At your ratio of 40% protein I would well exceed the 1.2 I am aiming for. It would be more around 1.4 roughly. I don't have that much muscle on my frame to constitute for that high of a protein consumption.

180*1.2= 216 * 4= 864 cal from protein
180*.5= 90 * 9 = 810 cal from fat.

total of 1674. My maintenance ( has taken me some adjusting to get this number from experience.) is 2800.

Transition to a lean bulk would be a 300 cal surplus. so 2800 + 300 is 3100

3100 total cal - 1674 from protein and fats is 1326 remaining for carbs

1326/4 is 331 grams of carbs.

This would be a non even number for percentages. Yes I dont eat within the perfect numbers each day. but I come damn close.

Would it not be cool to just put in the grams of each item you wanted?
May 27, 2012 3:25 PM
How o I change macro ratios on th iPad app?
May 27, 2012 5:37 PM
thats a great idea man. Macros differ person to person and is best to keep your macros the same and not change them for a non-lift or rest day. That just keeps everything simpler.
July 7, 2012 11:56 PM
Agreed, I'd love this too! My trainer has given me specific numbers to hit, not percentages. Grr.
  16846976
July 8, 2012 1:43 AM
Ditto! Really want to set all my amounts by numbers, not percentages. Perhaps we should suggest it on the FB page?
July 8, 2012 2:57 AM
QUOTE:

~ You really don't want a set " number " for macros such as Protein, Carbs and Fat ... Because as you eat and workout differently each day ... they need to increase based on your daily intakes. A percentage is the only way you will be able to accommodate the true calories burned / consumed ratios.

The ideal setup is a 40/30/30 ... Carbs being the 40. But I focus more on protein, so my protein is 40. You can tweak those percentages to come in close to what your aiming for ... but again, once exercise is added those numbers will increase .. as they should.

Hope this clears up some of the doubt you may have had.

Have an awesome day ! flowerforyou


I disagree.

Myself, and the vast majority of other bodybuilder I know who follow macros, eat the same on workout and non workout days. My weight does not fluctuate becaue of that, and I have no problem losing weight using that method. Plus it makes my life so much simpler

You need to properly fuel muscles not only on workout days, but everyday for growth and recovery.
Edited by Hendrix7 On July 8, 2012 2:58 AM
July 9, 2012 9:08 AM
Not being able to customize macros without basing it off percentages is the single most frustrating thing about myfitnesspal for me. I know exactly how many grams of protein, carbs and fat I want, but can't set it up. I'm not sure why, this should be simple to implement.
July 18, 2012 5:28 AM
HeyJack,
If you have specific grams of Carbs/Protein/Fat in mind, workout the calories you will need (4 Cal for each gram of Carb and Protein and 9 Cal for each gram of Fat) and set that as target calories. Then you should be able to specify the values in % and see the grams appear automatically as expected.

For e.g. If you need 120g Carb, 90g Protein, 40g Fat, then target Calories = 120x4 + 90x4 + 40x9 = 480 + 360 + 360 = 1200 Cal target. That translates into 40% Carb, 30% Protein and 30% Fat, which can be set in MFP.

Let us know if this works for the numbers you have in mind.

You can't intake the exact grams of carb, protein or fat if you eat higher or lesser than the target Calories right?
July 18, 2012 5:33 AM
Just reverse the calculations and figure out the percentage yourself. It's pretty easy to calculate in my opinon... send me your numbers and I'll send you the percentage if you like.
July 18, 2012 5:36 AM
would be really great to have it!
July 18, 2012 5:38 AM
QUOTE:

Just reverse the calculations and figure out the percentage yourself. It's pretty easy to calculate in my opinon... send me your numbers and I'll send you the percentage if you like.


I did just that. :) I wanted to average my protein to the weight I wanted to be at and then adjusted the others :)
  14118154
July 18, 2012 5:53 AM
40% carbs is not suggested for anyone who is hitting it hard in the gym. 45% is the lowest amount recommended by RD's and Nutritionists. Those numbers might work for you, but not everyone else. Besides the source of the carbs are more important (white bread/skittles vs. Quinoa/veggies).
July 18, 2012 5:55 AM
It would be a huge benefit, Please upgrade this :-)
July 18, 2012 8:35 AM
What they at LEAST should do is to change the 5% steps and let us enter it more exactly. The reverse calculation won't always work when it's something odd like 46% P, 14% C & 40% F.
August 5, 2012 7:47 AM
This is specifically why I can't make the transition to FitnessPal and stick with tracker.DailyBurn.com I'm totally frustrated by the "custom" goal too. Its not custom at all. It literally still forces you to do what they want. Dailyburn has ranges. I'm a bodybuilder currently in contest prep and I carb cycle essentially depending on if I'm training and what muscle group I'm training. And that affects my fat intake for those days. I can totally over-ride DailyBurns suggest macro/caloric intake. So at least Dailyburn I can manually put in a range for calories and macros. Besides it being more visually pleasing to me. But I like the community here better.
August 9, 2012 2:38 PM
Honestly, this is the only thing which I think needs to be changed. Everything else is grate. I need to hit specific macros. It kind of skewers the results a lot if the % can only be changed in 5% increments.With a high Metabolism on a high cal diet <5% can be alot of calls coming from a macro you don't need to consume.
August 9, 2012 3:02 PM
QUOTE:

HeyJack,
If you have specific grams of Carbs/Protein/Fat in mind, workout the calories you will need (4 Cal for each gram of Carb and Protein and 9 Cal for each gram of Fat) and set that as target calories. Then you should be able to specify the values in % and see the grams appear automatically as expected.

For e.g. If you need 120g Carb, 90g Protein, 40g Fat, then target Calories = 120x4 + 90x4 + 40x9 = 480 + 360 + 360 = 1200 Cal target. That translates into 40% Carb, 30% Protein and 30% Fat, which can be set in MFP.

Let us know if this works for the numbers you have in mind.

You can't intake the exact grams of carb, protein or fat if you eat higher or lesser than the target Calories right?


this is what i've done. there is one problem with it though. i still can't get the EXACT numbers i want because the percentages are not in multiples of five.
  20194529
November 18, 2012 11:58 PM
Sorry but this is untrue, as others have mentioned it's better to put in specific number of grams.
November 19, 2012 6:36 AM
+1 for this.

I only care about how many grams of protein I eat and how many total calories. Couldn't care less about percentages.
November 24, 2012 6:20 AM
This is a must, I hope they change this asap! I would like to add grams not percentages to my macros. TBH this percentage is giving false marcos info from the number grams im looking for. Example I want 150g of Protein, but at 40% its 157 and at 35% its 135!


Everything in the app is great, but PLEASE change the specific percentages into grams instead.

BUMP! Keep this at the top hopefully they will see this and make the change!

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