How familiar is this situation?
It’s the beginning of the day and you have your entire calorie goal in front of you. You’re feeling good. But then maybe you add some extra bacon to your breakfast sandwich. Or your coworker brings in cupcakes for someone’s birthday. Or you get busy at work and skip lunch. All of a sudden, it’s dinnertime and you have way too many or way too few calories left.
You find yourself wishing there was an easier way to make sure you’re on track at each meal so you hit your calorie goal at the end of the day. Well, now there is.
Introducing our new MyFitnessPal Premium feature: Calorie Goals by Meal.
Mini-Goals Set You Up for Success
If you’re a Premium member, you can now break your daily calorie goal into smaller meal-sized chunks that you can focus on achieving one by one throughout the day. Distribute your calories in whatever way makes the most sense for your unique lifestyle and eating habits.
Many people like to focus on making sure they have enough calories left at dinner to enjoy a meal with family, eat out with friends or have a quiet dinner alone at home. If you know how many calories you’d like to have left at the end of the day, you can work backwards to decide how much to eat at breakfast and lunch and still hit your daily calorie goal. Or, if you’re the type of person who likes to start the day with a solid breakfast, you can allocate more calories at the beginning of the day, and then balance your remaining calories across lunch and dinner.
As you learn more about your eating habits, you might find yourself wanting to tweak and adjust your meal goals. That’s OK! It often takes a little trial and error to discover how many calories you should aim to eat at each meal to set yourself up for success. Especially in the beginning, it’s more important to start learning about your habits in general than to hit your meal goals on the nose every time you log.
Setting Calorie Goals by Meal
To get started, simply open the “Goals” section in the app.
You’ll want to decide how many calories you’d like to eat at each meal. We’ve created default goals for you or you can set your own custom goals depending on what’s most helpful for you. No need to worry, this feature works in the same way for kilojoules too.
Here’s how the feature works on iOS:
And here’s how it works on Android:
If you’re a Premium user who sets different goals by day, you’ll be able to customize your meal goals for each day of the week.
New Premium Features You’ll Love
We’ve been busy making updates to MyFitnessPal Premium all summer. Be sure to give these other new Premium features a try:
See a macronutrient breakdown for every meal you log right inside your diary. You’ll learn how each meal contributes to your daily macronutrient goals and can easily switch between grams and percentages.
Export your MyFitnessPal progress history, meal level nutrition details and exercise history in CSV format. Open the files in Excel or another data program and do a deep dive into your habits by creating custom graphs. You can also print your files and share them with others.
Explore MyFitnessPal Premium
MyFitnessPal Premium members can enjoy Calorie Goals by Meal on both Android and iOS.
Upgrade to the latest version of the app (if you haven’t already) to start using this feature today!
Now is a great time to join MyFitnessPal Premium so you have access all of our new Premium features. Start your Premium membership today.
We hope you enjoy and happy tracking!