Whether you are just thinking about it, new, or a seasoned macro tracker, My Fitness Pal is a great app to use! I love it and suggest it to everyone. It’s very user friendly and I will walk you through how to set it up right now. I am also here to help you every step of the way! I’d love to be your #1 fan and supporter in living a healthy life, let’s connect! Click here to go strait to my free consultation link and sign up now!
Step 1 – Download the My Fitness Pal app. Once you’ve downloaded the app, open it up and set up an account. Once your account is set up click on the bottom right hand corner where it says More.
Step 2 – Click on Goals and enter your macro numbers.
Step 3 – Don’t worry about entering your weight, goal weight, and weekly goal because it will then calculate your macros for you and they may not be the same that we came up with. So scroll past that and click on Calories and Macronutrient Goals.
Step 4 – This is where you’ll enter the numbers you have. Put in your customized calories in the top where it says calories. Then click where it says Carbohydrates.
Step 5 – Adjust the percentages of Carbs, Proteins, and Fats until you get as close to your numbers as possible. (A downfall of the free MFP version is you can’t put in your own numbers, but I’ll show you a way around that in a minute) I personally use the premium version but if you would like to use the free version it will work, the numbers will not be exact.
Step 6 – To log your food go back to the home screen and click on Calories Remaining, it’s at the top.
Step 7 – Before we learn how to log your food, click on the top of the screen to see your macros.
Step 8 – Make sure you are in the nutrients tab, not the macros. The only things you are going to worry about here are proteins, carbs, fats, and fibers.
Step 9 – Now go back to your home screen and click on the plus sign in the middle at the bottom of the screen. This is how you will add your food.
Step 10 – Here you can track your food and water intake, but do not use MFP to log your exercise because we have already accounted for that by manually finding your macros.
Step 11 – Click what meal you are logging.
Step 12 – Click in the search bar you can type in your food to search, however, if you have a barcode you can actually scan it. MFP is awesome because they have a database for so many foods, even restaurants.
Step 13 – When you start searching for the food you want to log, it will give you options below. Double check that the one you are selecting is actually what you are eating. When you see a green checkmark by an item that means it is verified right from the manufacture, so this is always the best option when available. (Once you select food you can click on the item and it will display the macro percentages in it, the serving size and more!)
Yay, you have now set up and learned how to log your food with MFP! This will help you so much in your macro lifestyle I promise! You can also click here to read more about getting started with tracking macro.