Friday, August 7, 2015

How to manage macro's on MyFitnessPal's app (Free Version)

Hey Folks, welcome back for another week at SheShe's Gluten Free.  This week I wanted to share with everyone how to manage your "Macros" using your My Fitness Pal app (free version) on your smart phone.  There is a whole community out there participating in the 21-Day Superhero Challenge and part of the challenge is to manage your diet and become a fat burner instead of a sugar burner. Once you've downloaded the free version of the My Fitness Pal app to your phone you'll be ready to go.  So below are the tips to manage your macro's (macronurtients) as you desire.  I'm not saying this is a one size fits all approach to managing your diet but it is really helpful.

Open your app "My Fitness Pal" on your smart phone.
First the app will open to your home screen, Once here click on the 3 dots in the lower right hand corner
Second click on the Goals option.

Once the Goals page is open your next selection is to open the Calorie & Macronutrient Goals option.

Now the Calories & Macros screen is open, click on any of the blue options of Carbohydrates - Protein  or Fat.  They all open the same edit screen.  Your Calorie goal can be entered here as well.

On the screen below select how you want to measure your Macros, either a percentage or by grams.  This example uses percentages. By tapping the screen with your finger under each macro you can scroll up or down to select the percentage for each macronutrient you desire, noting all three must add up to 100%.  When you are happy with your selections click the check mark in the upper right hand corner of the screen.

Now your macros are set and once you start entering your meals into the My Fitness Pal app it will calculate the macros for each meal entered and will total them for the entire day assuming you entered food for the whole day.  

To view the macros you have consumed for a day again you will click on the 3 dots in the bottom right hand corner and then you will click on the Nutrition option.

In this menu option you can view your macro consumption as a pie chart, the individual nutrients consumed or the caloric equivalent of your daily consumption.  

How about that?  Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy.  Well sort of but at least it's not as hard as you thought it might be and best of all this is the free version.  

What else would you like a tutorial on?  I love putting this stuff together and up for the challenge.  Good luck to all the macro trackers out there.  Especially the awesome 21 Day Superhero Challenge Community.  

Till next week,

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