Our New Partner: Saga

An app to help you track your habits and write your digital autobiography!

Today we want to introduce you to our newest partner, Saga. Saga is an intelligent phone companion app for the iPhone that keeps track of the places you’ve been and the things you’ve done without ever having to check in! Saga captures data about your life from a variety of sources to build a unique profile of your habits and preferences, allowing you to set meaningful goals.

So how does Saga do all this? The app uses the sensors on your phone to determine your current location, then stores that location and the duration of your visit, creating a rich lifelog of your activities. Additionally, Saga allows you to connect other services like MyFitnessPal, RunKeeper and Fitbit to provide more data insights about your day. With MyFitnessPal’s new integration with Saga, as you enter items into your Food and Exercise Diary the information will automatically sync with Saga and send data to their lifelog.

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Your Saga’s lifelog captures a history of the places you’ve been, trips you’ve taken, events you’ve attended, and more. With this data Saga is able to offer you relevant content precisely when you need it. For example, if it’s lunchtime, Saga will remember your past choices and suggest a nearby restaurant. Or if you usually go to the gym on Wednesdays, Saga will prompt you when you miss the trip.

Interested in learning more about Saga and getting started tracking your habits? Check out their website. To sync your accounts, just visit the app gallery!

Kindle Fire Update: Version 2.7.3 is Available

Get excited, Kindle users. We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve updated our app for the Amazon Kindle Fire. This release includes all the newest features our members love on their Android devices including:

Improved navigation: Including the latest sliding menu, which makes it easier than ever to access the features you care about. For example, App Gallery and Messages are now easily accessible from the new menu.

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Improved user experience and design: We’ve worked hard to ensure that MyFitnessPal provides an experience that meets and exceeds your expectations – no matter what device you’re using. A new toolbar at the top of each screen focuses you on the most important actions, including Add to Diary.

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Cleaner screen structure: We made the user interface as clean as possible, so you can scan information and digest data more easily on the go. Graphs are now easier to view, update and understand.

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We’ve also added:

  • French, German and Spanish language support to make it even easier to use MyFitnessPal for our international friends
  • Expanded unit support for weight, height, distances logged, and energy consumed and burned

We encourage our Kindle users to upgrade to the newest version to take advantage of all the latest enhancements. As always, if you run into any issues, please let us know and we’ll investigate it right away.

Mike, Al and the MFP Team

Website Update – MyFitnessPal.com Gets a Facelift

We’re excited to announce that we’ve updated our website, www.myfitnesspal.com. This release offers a much cleaner user experience including:

  1. The addition of “add food” and “add exercise” buttons to the home page to help you get logging even more quickly!
  2. The addition of a smart calorie meter on the home page to see where you are against your goal, how much exercise you’ve earned, and where you’ve netted out with regards to calories.
  3. Removal of the left-hand column on the home page to allow for more space to view content
  4. Streamlined re-styling including a new navigation bar.
  5. Improved reporting:
  • We’re now using HTML5, not Flash, so you can even view your reports on your phone.
  • You can hover over the chart to see actual values.
  • Instead of having to go back-and-forth between pages to view different charts, you can now see them on a single page.
  • We’ve added your goals to the relevant charts, as a reference point!

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Ultimately, we hope these changes will significantly improve your experience with the website. So take a look and let us know if you have feedback! And if you encounter any issues, please let us know and we’ll investigate ASAP.

MyFitnessPal Tip: Customizing Your Nutrition Goals

Does your doctor or nutritionist have you following a different recommended plan than the settings in your MyfitnessPal account? Good news – you can customize your nutrition goals!

To get started customizing your goals simply login to the MyFitnessPal website – www.myfitnesspal.com. Mobile users, your login on the website uses the same username and password as the app. Once you’ve logged in, click “My Home”, then “Goals”, then “Change Goals”, and choose the “Custom” option. On that page, you can change your individual nutritional goals. When you have finished make sure you click the “Change Goals” button at the bottom of the page to instantly update your account. If you are also using a MyFitnessPal mobile app, the next time your app connects to the internet your customized goals will be reflected immediately.

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Please keep in mind that MyFitnessPal distributes fat, carbohydrate and protein calories based on a percentage; these percentages can be adjusted in five percent increments. If you customize your macronutrient goals, all three goals (fat, carb and protein) will adjust to total 100%. If you have a very precise goal -for example, eating 70 grams of protein each day- you may only be able to set that goal to the nearest percentage. MyFitnessPal Tip: If you’re looking to hit a specific nutrient goal in grams or milligrams, we recommend monitoring the “total” value in your diary for this nutrient, rather than the “remaining” total.

We hope this tip about customizing your nutrition goals helps make using MyFitnessPal a more personal experience to help you stay healthy. Feel free to leave some ideas in the comments below for more MyFitnessPal Tip posts you’d like to see!

An important update about your MyFitnessPal account

Recently, we learned of reports of MyFitnessPal users receiving spam at the email address tied to their MyFitnessPal account. We take security and privacy very seriously and as a result, we immediately formed a security task force and hired a professional security firm to conduct a thorough investigation to see whether our systems had been breached.

As of today, here’s what our investigation has yielded: we did not find any evidence that passwords or other personal information were compromised. However, we did find a way through which someone could have obtained user email addresses. We worked quickly to fix the issue, and put several additional security measures in place to help prevent similar incidents in the future. We will continue to be vigilant to protect your information.

As always, please be careful about responding to email communications from people claiming to be employees of MyFitnessPal. In particular, remember that no MyFitnessPal employee will ever ask you for your password or other sensitive information. If you wish to change your MyFitnessPal password, you may easily do so by following these instructions.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our security team at security@myfitnesspal.com.