Your Go-To Guide for MyFitnessPal

by Glennis Coursey
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Your Go-To Guide for MyFitnessPal

Whether you want to lose weight, tone up, get healthy, or just learn a little more about your eating habits, you’ve come to the right place. No matter what goal you’re working toward, MyFitnessPal provides the tools, support and motivation you need to succeed.

Over 100 million people have used MyFitnessPal to live healthier and happier lives.

Getting started is easy. Simply download MyFitnessPal and tell us a little bit about yourself. We’ll provide you with a daily calorie target that’s personalized to help you reach your goals. After that, you’re ready to start tracking.

The key to success on MyFitnessPal is consistent tracking. As you track, you’ll learn about your eating habits and how to make healthier choices. You’ll also gain a better understanding of the impact of exercise on your progress toward your goals. As tracking becomes a habit, you’ll start to see how your healthy habits impact the numbers you see on the scale.

There are a few things to keep in mind when you’re first getting into the habit of tracking on MyFitnessPal:

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  1. The more you track, the more likely you are to reach your goals.
  2. Tracking gets easier the more you do it.
  3. It’s always better to track something versus nothing at all.
  4. You can start building the habit of tracking by logging one meal at a time.
  5. If you can’t find an exact match for what you want to track, just pick something similar.

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Set custom reminders so you never forget to track your meals. Choose when you want to be reminded, and we’ll help you remember to track. This is especially helpful when you’re getting into the habit of using MyFitnessPal.


Users who connect their MyFitnessPal account with another health app or device are twice as likely to succeed. We connect with all of your favorites.


When you add friends on MyFitnessPal, you have an extra layer of support, motivation and accountability. We give you control over whether your friends can see things like your weight, diary entries and amount of weight lost.

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MyFitnessPal Premium offers advanced tools (food analysis, macronutrients by gram, quick-add macronutrients), an upgraded experience (ad-free, priority customer support) and more customization (different goals by day, exercise calorie settings, home screen dashboard).


MyFitnessPal is part of Under Armour Connected Fitness, a suite of apps that work together to seamlessly deliver a 360-degree view of your nutrition and fitness. Try one of our other apps including: MapMyFitness, MapMyRun, MapMyWalk, MapMyRide, UA Record and Endomondo.




Whether it’s yogurt and granola for breakfast, celery and peanut butter for a snack or a turkey sandwich for lunch, many of our users eat the same meals over and over. Save your favorite meals so you can add them to your diary with one click.


We have the biggest food database in the world. With over 6 million foods and more being added every day, you should find what you want to log. And, just in case you don’t, we give you the ability to add foods directly to our database.

High-tech tip: Look for the  verified foods icon  when you search for a food. This icon appears next to items in our database that we believe have complete nutrition information.


Simply scan a food’s barcode to enter it into your diary. It’s that easy.


Our recipe tool lets you save recipes from anywhere on the web without having to manually add each ingredient. If you have a recipe that you don’t know nutrition information for, you can easily calculate it using this tool.

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Our restaurant logging feature makes tracking easy when you’re eating out. Simply search for a restaurant and you’ll see nutrition information for the items on the menu. You’ll have the information you need to choose an item that fits your calorie and nutrient goals.

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When you’re done tracking for the day, be sure to tap the Complete Diary button. This will give you feedback on how the choices you made during the day impacted your progress toward your goals.


As your weight changes, so will your calorie and macronutrient goals so it’s important to update your weight at least weekly. Be sure to weigh yourself on the same day, at the same time, in the same clothes.


The progress screen has graphs and charts of your progress over time. This can help you identify healthy changes you can make to your eating habits and exercise routine.


Not all victories happen on the scale. Did you climb the stairs with ease? Skip the donuts at work? Reduce your blood pressure? Make sure you’re reflecting on how your healthy habits are having a positive impact on your life.

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If you’re interested in learning more about MyFitnessPal, nutrition, exercise or how to reach your goals, try these MyFitnessPal-approved resources:


This is your go-to source for healthy living. Here you’ll find articles with helpful tips and information about eating, moving, living and learning.


Nutrition can be complicated, so we break down the basics for you in this infographic series. Learn more about calories, carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins and minerals.


Connect with other people who are working toward similar goals in the MyFitnessPal Community Forums. Whether you have questions about getting started, losing weight or staying motivated, you’ll find answers in the forums.


  • Steve Reinke

    I am very thankful for MyFitnessPal and would probably have never lost 50+ lbs so easily. Thank You so much for this awesome tool!!

  • Debra Elliott Roman

    I pair MFP with my Fitbit and am down 30 lbs with about 20 to go. This app is a great tool in my weight loss/fitness journey!

  • Bobby Mlove

    I tried to register via the app, it said unable to connect to the internet. Then I got a confirmation email from MFP. So I tried to log in, no such account. Tried to use the same email with a new account name – email is already associated with an account. Tried again with a new email address, same thing each time. Wtf people? uninstalled. ya get what ya pay for.

    • BK

      I think it’s called operations input error…


    I can’t access the data base. Help!!

  • sue

    If people take medication would you recommend it

    • Tiffany Nicole Herrington

      My doctor prescribed me adipex. Its an appetite suppressant and it gives me energy.

      • minirot1

        Are you in the uk? Are they working for you?

  • Mary

    When you list a food for that day how can you delete it from the list so it never comes up again

  • Ethel

    I can see how this app would be useful for some people, but it just isn’t powerful enough for my nutritional tracking needs. It’s a shame, since the integration with other apps is so good. I need more micronutrients (and understand processed food databases generally won’t have this so I’ll want to focus on simpler foods). Using Chronometer for more on Android, although I love the food recommendations in Wholesome (Apple ecosystem only). Hope MFP can offer similar functionality some day.

  • Hàmød AD

    Hi people , please if anyone know how to use this app teach me I’m confused
    This is my email:
    Please help me i want to loose some weight ☺️

    • Miranda

      Hi. I’ve just started to use this app. I’m in a different scene than you. Because I’m 80 in 2 months time, active in working out 3 times a week in gym, I’m finding it hard to put myself in a category with no way to put my height of 5 ft1/2 inches down!! Then I’m not in a category of my fitness in the gym. Thus it has an effect on me trying to use the calorie counter. It appears for what I’ve put into as information, I need 5,001 calories a day? Then the diary part I find is difficult because I don’t know how to work out my food consumption yet. But I’ll persist. Back to see PT Monday and talk to my GP next month to see nutritionist for more help.
      My prob is building up muscles in arms, quads working well tummy is not decreasing, and I’m now trying to work out this to help. I want to go back comfortably into my size 8s instead if mostly 10/12 clothes. Best of luck.

  • LoJay

    How do I sync my iPad with my Mac

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  • Kalyan Chakravarthy

    Is there developer API ? So that I can integrate in my app

  • Susan Belote

    Steps per day is becoming a big part of activity. Why isn’t it possible to enter your daily steps into daily exercise? I would like that

    • Jenna

      The app integrates with a ton of third-party step counters like Fitbit, Jawbone, Misfit and more.

      • Jodie Gagne

        I would like to add my samsung activity tracker but can not

        • Lydia

          Me too!

    • Cindy Merryweather

      Me too

  • Adanette

    How do I enter a 60 minute HIIT sessions?

  • PL

    Is there a way to change the suggested daily calories you want to eat? I selected the carb, fat, and protein ratio that I wanted and also that I wanted to lose a pound a week but I want to add 100 calories to the final suggested calorie count.

  • نونه

    لو يحواله عربي مو احسن

    • Zainab Hamid

      اي والله اسهل هههه بس هم حلو بالانكليزي

    • Abderrahmane Ben Hammadi

      فرصة كي تتعلمي انجليزي

  • Shawn Williams

    I am trying to search for foods and it will only search my Recent list, not the database.

  • Marge O’Farrell Bolten

    I just had double bi pass open heart surgery 3 months ago and need to lose 30-40 pounds. I am very active and presently go to cardiac rehab 3 days a week and my local gym the alternate days. I am finding it very difficult this time to lose weight. I have been doing the Spark people online for 2 weeks now but thought I would give this a try. I am a clean eater but love to snack.

    • Liz

      I used to snack all the time too, until I started drinking Lattes. I now have coffee in the morning and then again in the afternoon, when I start to get tired. It’s a nice feeling when the cravings go away, I also enjoy making the home made latte and taking a break to enjoy my coffee.
      Also, you could try and have eggs for dinner with a piece of toast. My whole family have lost weight just by eating more egg dinners.
      All the best of luck!

      • Nathalie Rohou

        Perfect advices! All I needed. Thank you 🙂

    • Joel Whitaker

      The only way to lose weight is to eat less. Track the food you eat for a week, then set your goal at current caloric intake less 200 calories. Track that for a month, and you should see progress. If not cut another 200 Cal’s. Good luck!

      • Marge O

        All good news since my original post. I switched to a vegetarian diet using loads of fresh fruits and vegetables and beans and including fish and a small amount of fat free Greek yogurt in my diet. I allow myself my small treats, air popcorn, or or two hershey nuggets and I have lost 27 pounds and still going strong. Now in Ireland for 3 months so it gets a little harder with all the good food but organic food is huge here and markets.

      • mudholestomper

        Yep – the question that is so frequently asked and everyone wants the magical, mystical answer to:
        “how do I lose weight?”

        has a truly simple and concrete answer: eat less calories than you use each day

        Exercise is helpful and has far reaching benefits besides burning calories, but losing weight is mostly (80%-90%) a function of eating/diet

  • James Darden

    Why doesn’t scanning a barcode save the item to the food section of the app in addition to the diary? It would be nice to be able to add the macros from a scanned item at any time rather than just at the time it’s scanned for the diary entrance. Or is that feature not available on the free version?

  • Shell

    When I do plenty of workout, do the calories I burn become calories I can consume on top of my daily amount? Or am I meant to still only have the 1200 calories that it initially says for the day. I’m confused it increases the remaining total. Thanks

    • Maxine Irgang

      I need this information as well!!! Ive actually gained two pounds but my body fat decreased by 3% since logging and working with a trainer

      • Alberta Davis

        If you’re losing body fat that’s great keep up the great work. You’re lose the weight you want just make sure you’re eating great clean food. Drink plenty of water. Keep it up Maxine!

        • Alexander Navarra


      • Kyle Lopez

        That’s muscle weight my dear which means you gained more muscle.

        • Maxine Irgang


    • Gina

      I think you are allowed to eat them because they are added to your daily total. I’m also scared to eat all of the extra for fear of weight gain but you worked for them so go ahead and splurge a little!

    • Jo

      It’s up to you whether you choose to consume those extra calories burned during your workout or not. Think about it as a treat for getting your body moving. But if you really want to amp up your weight-loss journey, stick to only eating your daily calorie target.

  • Melissa Freeman

    Are you supposed to eat the same way each week and change what you eat week to week

  • Maggie Rader

    How do I add a “My fitness pal recipe” into my counter?

  • Kerry

    I am hooked up to my Fitbit to My Fitness Pal but the steps aren’t coming over, they used to but not now. Any suggestion?

    • Lisa D

      Same here, my jawbone steps have not been tracking for 2 months! Ugh! And the food doesn’t transfer anymore either, just as a month ago.

    • Linda Riley

      Download under armour. It will bring your fitbit steps over to my fitness pal.

  • Kerry

    By the way I’ve tried disconnecting and re-connecting, no success.

  • James Fisher

    Is weight loss built into the calorie total? For example if I want to lose a pound a month and I did no exercise will I lose that pound by just keeping my calories within the limit set for me by the app?

    • Karen

      Yes and if you do log any exercise, the app adds the “lost” calories to the total number you can eat in a day.

  • Sara

    I have a friendly suggestion for an important update if sufficient data exists to make this possible. Many people today require various medications to maintain their health. Some of these medications cause significant metabolism changes resulting in constant weight gain. If you would like to see more people seeing positive results using this app with the intentions of weight loss, I would highly reccomend an altering of the app to reflect counteracting of weight gain as a medication side effect. Some doctors decide that the benefit of the medication outweighs the health risks of weight gain as a side effect, and for many individuals stopping their prescriptions is not viable. Thank you so very much for taking the time to read this and for creating an incredible tool of health empowerment for the world. I love the app and hope that you folks seriously consider my suggestion. 🙂

    • Nancy Ervin

      I totally agree!

    • Valerie Hall

      I love that suggestion! I would definitely use it!

    • Susan

      I’m one of those people on “steroids” everyday for life due to a serious health issue which in turn causes extreme weight gain. Then you have your “flares”, where your symptoms go up to a chronic level & that I’m just coming out of now where your normal dosage usually gets doubled or tripled for couple weeks just to bring it under control & give you some pain relief & then brought back down again after episode over. So yes, I’m in support of this fantastic idea & thank you for thinking enough to write about it.

    • Cindy Merryweather

      Thank you…I am 60 and also on meds ..

    • Dion

      I am on escitalopram, abilify, frisium, etc. I hope there will be updates where we can regulate our daily calories based on meds that we use

    • Tracey Johnson

      Love This! THIS is me struggling daily

    • Ryan W.

      I too struggle with meds that keep me heavier than I like. I think you came up with a great idea…

  • Is there a manner to change the counseled each day energy you need to eat? I decided on the carb, fats, and protein ratio that I desired and additionally that I wanted to lose a pound a week however I need to add a hundred energy to the final cautioned calorie count number.

  • Judith Chaffin

    I wish you had a way to track the exercises I have to do for physical therapy. I walk everyday, and that is tracked through Fitbit. However, I also do 2 20 minute sessions of P.T. each day, along with pool work & gym work 1 day a week each. No weightlifting involved! I could write them up in a daily note, but would like to have a way to track what I do each day.

    • mudholestomper

      tracking any and every type of exercise is easier to do in the MyFitnessPal app than tracking your food (which is, in itself, super easy) – so I’m confused as to what your post is trying to say

    • mudholestomper

      tracking any and every type of exercise is easier to do in the MyFitnessPal app than tracking your food (which is, in itself, super easy) – so I’m confused as to what your post is trying to say

  • Laurin Curtis

    I have had 2 open heart surgery and brain surgery and I can’t get my weight off?? How do I oh I can’t run bc I had a 2 strokes during the brain surgery

    • Natalie Long

      Wow Laurin that is a lot to be going through! My dad has brain cancer but they caught and treated his clot in time fortunately. Are you on steroids?

    • Lori Mitchell

      Hi Laurin!
      I would check with my doctor but I’m sure he/she could recommend a light exercise you could do, maybe just walking. I also have had a stroke and have Multiple Sclerosis. I do several work out videos at home but always stick to the modifier section they offer.
      Good luck to you!

  • Jere Litchenburg

    We are having success w/MFP, because we get our steps in & we have a calorie deficit. I set our daily calorie goal at 1350 & entered my pound goal. We stay very close to the calorie goal … our appetites at 67 yrs is less than when we were younger. At the bottom of the meal page there is another calorie goal bt MFP which is generally 300 more calories than the 1350. It appears that I could, if wanted, have that amount & still loose. Am I correct? In 3 mo I have lost 16 lbs, & my 6’1″ husband has lost 20. I want to slow down a bit to compensate for the loss of weight in my arms … I need to get with the hand weights. A lot of information is out there for younger people than ourselves …. above 60 users could benefit from age appropriate info, too, to help transition our bodies to less weight.

  • Emmanuel Miguel Rey

    I hope you guys add the 5×5 Strong Lifts app. I’ve been using for my strength training for the last 3-4 months and it really helped me become stronger than I’ve ever been.

  • Jackie Buchan

    I do a HIIT class through Fitbody Boot Camp. Where can I find it under the
    ‘Diary-Exercise’ section? I currently use
    Circuit Training, general to record my exercise.

  • Angeleyes

    I have an under active thyroid, I’m a 59 disabled lady and going through the change as well, I am on a calorie amount of 500cals a day but I still do not lose any weight, has anyone got any helpful advice please I’m desperate.

    • Bre Paszkat

      I hope you meant to say 1500 calories a day, and not 500. You also have to look at where the calories are coming from. How much protein are you consuming in a day? A healthy range is somewhere between 0.7-1g per pound that you weigh. Are you drinking enough water? You should strive for 1oz per pound you weigh a day, give or take. Have you cut out or reduced White flour, sugar, sugary drinks, etc. Are you eating enough fruits and vegetables of differs colours like dark green, red, purple, orange.

  • wouldntuliketoknow!

    I cook a lot of food at home myself. Either I bake my meat or cook on the grill. How am I suppose to know how many calories I’m eating if it’s not written anywhere? Or if I break down and order something. The food I get doesn’t come with a paper telling me how many calories comes with my meal….

  • Trudy Eloise Luna Jefferson

    My fitness pal stopped working with Google fit, any suggestions. So disappointed!! Already tried all the troubleshooting tips, no luck.

  • Dan8

    Could never figure out how to use it.

  • Clay Stapleton

    I can’t run or i will pass out.

  • Clay Stapleton

    If i run and then stop. I will pass out and fall down.

  • Pam Ruud Downing

    I am unable to connect my Fitbit with my fitness pal…I have a galaxy Android and can’t figure it out. Any help out there?

  • Rain Victor

    Hi I am new here but it is hard to cope with all the meds then the poor health and recall is bad and every time I think I have to do something I wonder about what the meds do.

  • Hidayah

    How to know the mount of calories in my food?