Track Your Progress From A New Starting Weight

Glennis Coursey
by Glennis Coursey
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Track Your Progress From A New Starting Weight

If there’s one thing we know at MyFitnessPal, it’s how motivating it is for our users to see all of their healthy habits reflected on the scale. It’s so important to be able to accurately track progress when you’re working towards a health goal. Whether your goal is to lose, gain or maintain, it feels great to see your weight moving in the right direction.

That’s why we’re happy to share that you can now make changes to your Starting Weight!

Let’s back things up. What’s a Starting Weight?

When you signed up for MyFitnessPal, we asked you for your current weight. We call that your Starting Weight since it’s the weight you were at when you first started using MyFitnessPal. Anytime you see us referencing how much weight you’ve gained/lost, we’re using your Starting Weight to calculate that number.

Until now, you weren’t able to easily change your Starting Weight.


If your current Starting Weight is still a good benchmark for the beginning of your health journey, then you’re good to go without making any changes. But if not being able to update your Starting Weight is a giant pet peeve, you’re in luck.

Let’s take a look at a few reasons you may want to consider changing your Starting Weight:

  • You took a break from MyFitnessPal and now you’re back. If you haven’t used MyFitnessPal in a while, and your weight has gone significantly up/down, you might find it helpful to update your Starting Weight and measure your progress from there. Sometimes, a fresh start calls for a fresh Starting Weight.
  • You entered the wrong weight when you signed-up. Hey, it happens. Maybe you weren’t near a scale so you just took a wild guess at your weight. And that guess was wrong.
  • You had a baby. Congratulations! We’ve heard from a lot of new moms that they’d like to adjust their Starting Weight following a pregnancy.
  • Your Starting Weight no longer makes sense. Maybe you began using MyFitnessPal to lose weight but then gained a little. Or vice versa. You need a way to hit the reset button and now you have one.

No matter what your reason is, you now have the flexibility to change your Starting Weight anytime you’d like. Do it now. Do it later. Do it never. It’s totally up to you!

Changing Your Starting Weight Is Easy

To change your Starting Weight, open the Goals screen. Tap Starting Weight at the top of the screen. Simply enter a new weight and choose a date for that weight. Voila! Your Starting Weight has been updated.

Don’t worry; we don’t delete any weight entries you made before your new Starting Weight. You’ll still be able to see all of your previous weights on the Progress screen.

Which brings us to…

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Check Out Your Progress

You now have the option to display any weight entries you’ve made “Since Your Starting Weight” on the Progress Screen.

And that’s not all…

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Remember, anytime you see us referencing how much weight you’ve gained/lost, we’re using your Starting Weight to calculate that number. When you update your Starting Weight, we do an automatic overhaul of the entire app to make sure your weight loss/gain is accurate. This includes the weight change you see on your profile, weight ticker, newsfeed updates, and more.

iOS and Android and Web, Oh My!

You can enjoy this feature on iOS, Android and Web.

Get more details on updating your Starting Weight on the MyFitnessPal website.

This feature is rolling out slowly, so don’t worry if you don’t see it in the app yet.

About the Author

Glennis Coursey
Glennis Coursey

Glennis has developed digital health coaching programs that have empowered thousands of people to live healthier lives. She was the Coaching Director at Sessions and Coaching Lead at MyFitnessPal. Currently she’s a Product Manager at Under Armour Connected Fitness, where she develops product for the world’s largest health and fitness community. Keep up with Glennis on Twitter: @glenniscoursey


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