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How do you even track macros?

hclay25hclay25 Posts: 32Member Member Posts: 32Member Member
I know it’s a popular way to track nutrients but I have no idea where to begin. Maybe this might be better for me. Any suggestions on where to start is great.

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  • Teabythesea_Teabythesea_ Posts: 141Member Member Posts: 141Member Member
    Better than what exactly? Many people prefer to track calories as meeting that goal is much less complicated than meeting specific carb, fat, and protein goals.
  • cmriversidecmriverside Posts: 26,541Member Member Posts: 26,541Member Member
    Your FOOD page already gives you your macros. All you have to do is stay in calories for weight.

    Try to hit that protein and fat goal every day and let carbs fall where they fall.
  • emmylootwoemmylootwo Posts: 149Member Member Posts: 149Member Member
    Since you're just starting out, why not try to just track calories. You can eat meat, dairy, veggies, fruits, grains, and fats -- just like the food pyramid. And remember to also eat what you like! (For example, I make room in my calorie goal to eat peanut butter ice cream a few times a week.)
  • Duck_PuddleDuck_Puddle Posts: 2,164Member Member Posts: 2,164Member Member
    I’d you’re logging your food, you’re already tracking your macros. Just look at the bottom of your food tab (on the web) or Click the nutrition button (on the app).

    The calorie count of your food is a total of the macros the food has. Protein and carbs are 4.2 cal/g, fat is 9 cal/gram.

    If you want to do this by macros (instead of just calories) it means you’re also going to eat a particular number of grams of protein, fat and carbs (which will total the number of calories you’re shooting for now). It’s just more complicated.

  • earlnabbyearlnabby Posts: 6,946Member Member Posts: 6,946Member Member
    hclay25 wrote: »
    I know it’s a popular way to track nutrients but I have no idea where to begin. Maybe this might be better for me. Any suggestions on where to start is great.

    Start with the MFP defaults in your food diary. As long as you log everything you eat and use good database entries MFP will track your macros for you. As you go onward, try playing with the mix a little if you are not satisfied. Go for a while (days?, weeks?) with fewer carbs and more protein and see if you are satisfied with your food. If not, tweak it a bit the other way.

    MFP is set up to do a lot of the tracking work for you. It is up to you to weigh all solids and semi-solids and measure all liquids and log everything you eat. MFP will do the rest.
  • middlehaitchmiddlehaitch Posts: 7,530Member Member Posts: 7,530Member Member
    Just as an FYI.

    If you use an iPhone to log, turn it sideways and it will show you the nutritional breakdown of each item you log.
    (Don’t know if it works on android, anyone?)

    As others have said, concentrate on calories first, then meeting your nutritional goals.

    Cheers, h.

  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Posts: 8,894Member Member Posts: 8,894Member Member
    Just as an FYI.

    If you use an iPhone to log, turn it sideways and it will show you the nutritional breakdown of each item you log.
    (Don’t know if it works on android, anyone?)

    As others have said, concentrate on calories first, then meeting your nutritional goals.

    Cheers, h.

    Same on Android.
  • middlehaitchmiddlehaitch Posts: 7,530Member Member Posts: 7,530Member Member
  • lynn_glenmontlynn_glenmont Posts: 5,591Member Member Posts: 5,591Member Member
    AnnPT77 wrote: »
    Just as an FYI.

    If you use an iPhone to log, turn it sideways and it will show you the nutritional breakdown of each item you log.
    (Don’t know if it works on android, anyone?)

    As others have said, concentrate on calories first, then meeting your nutritional goals.

    Cheers, h.

    Same on Android.

    So much to learn! Thanks!
  • middlehaitchmiddlehaitch Posts: 7,530Member Member Posts: 7,530Member Member
    AnnPT77 wrote: »
    Just as an FYI.

    If you use an iPhone to log, turn it sideways and it will show you the nutritional breakdown of each item you log.
    (Don’t know if it works on android, anyone?)

    As others have said, concentrate on calories first, then meeting your nutritional goals.

    Cheers, h.

    Same on Android.

    So much to learn! Thanks!

    Not to worry, a long time ago there was a thread about things people didn’t know about MFP, or something similar, and that was an eye opener for a lot of people.

    I found out about it when my phone fell out of my pocket when I went to the bathroom - all this info, how didn’t I know!

    Cheers, h.
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