I have been using MyFitnessPal as an online food journal for a long time. It works well most of the time, though I doubt the accuracy when I enter home cooked meals. For example, the way I make chicken curry could be different from the one in the app, as we all use different ingredients and measurements. But otherwise, it is pretty accurate. And you can enter ingredients manually to create your own recipe for an exact nutrition count.
Recently, I tried Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) diet, which requires you to eat less than 20 net carbs a day. I need to write a proper post on it, and I will get to it soon. Anyway. Net carbs is carbohydrates minus fiber. For example, a large Avocado has 17g carbs and 13g fiber, which makes 4g net carbs (17-13=4). Net carb counting makes Avocado an ‘oh yes’ from ‘no no’!
Now, MyFitnessPal has moved quite a few amazing features to its premium version, and the default version of the app doesn’t show fiber or net carbs. But there is a hack, found by Traveling Low Carb. If you are following LCHF, this comes in handy as it helps you track your net carbs. You can subtract total fibre from total carbs, and have your total net carbs with manually adding and subtracting macros from every meal.
I tried it, and it works!
Here’s what you need to do:
- Create an account at: http://www.myfitnesspal.com
- Next you’ll want to set up your “macros”:
- Go to: Home -> Goals -> Change Goals. I have mine set up as 70% Fat, 25% Protein and 5% Carbs (I have yet to meet them though). You can set your calories to whatever you please. The app will suggest a number according to your weight loss goals.
- You also need to add Fiber as a column to track so the script can calculate Net Carbs for you:
- Go to: Food -> Settings
- Add Fiber to your list of nutrients to track. Make sure you at least have carbs, fiber, fat and protein selected. These are what you need to track for a low carb or ketogenic diet.
That’s about it. This will help you track your macros, and stay mindful of what you eat.
Do you use any app to keep a track of what you eat? Your favourite online food journal?
Note: This is not a sponsored post you guys. I know we all have trust issues with online content these days, and often write of reviews as paid promotion. Well, this isn’t one (unfortunately).