This post is a bit different from my usual updates, but is written for a very specific group of women: my amazing Blue Angels team-mates at the Ashy Bines Transformation Centre. If you have used the My Fitness Pal app, or are interested in using it as part of your health journey, then this information may be of use to you too.
My Fitness Pal is a great app to use if you’re calorie counting, trying to balance your carbs/protein/fat, or if you are just trying to be healthy and track your food. There is so much you can use it for!
I’m going to share a few tips that I’ve found useful. When reading my tips, please remember that I am not an expert, just someone who has fumbled my way through, and is loving this app.
Today’s tip is about updating your goals.
My Fitness Pal lets you update your goals in a few ways:
- Weight Goal
- Nutrition Goals (calorie/carbs/protein/fat goals)
- Fitness Goals
I am going to focus on weight and nutrition goals, but once you understand those, it will be easy enough to update your fitness goals too.
If you are losing weight, you should be aiming to lose about .5kg per week, for realistic, long term weight loss.
Open the My Fitness Pal app and click the More button (bottom right – see image above). Here you will see a summary of your progress across the top, followed by many options about your journey.
Click on the Goals tab (below profile – feel free to update this too).
Once you are in the Goals screen, you can update your:
- Current Weight
- Goal Weigh
- Weekly Goal
- Activity Level (I leave this at Sedentary otherwise it affects your calories)
- Percentages for Carbohydrates, Protein and Fat
To update any of the fields, all you need to do is click on the field to be updated and adjust the information.
For weight loss, adjust your Macronutrients to:
- Carbs 30%
- Protein 40%
- Fat 30%
Once you’ve set your goals, the app will help you stay on track.
At the end of, and throughout each day, I like to check how I am tracking with my carb/protein/fat percentages. To see this, you can go into the More tab, then click on Nutrition and a pie graph will display with your daily information.
From my pie graph you can see I’ve met my Carbohydrates goal but need to adjust my Fat/Protein intakes slightly. Reviewing this each day has really helped me to understand my nutrition better and I am slowly balancing out my Macronutrients.
Again, please remember that I am not an expert and if you are after expert advice, please consult a PT, Nutritionist or Dietician.
In my next post I’ll share information on uploading your meals, but if there is anything else you need, just let me know.