I've been following paleo on and off for almost a year. Overindulged a little during the holidays and now I'm back to eating well. I'm trying to lose a couple pounds, so I'm logging my food and exercise on myfitnesspal. I am blowing out my fat, sugar, and protein allotments every day. Should I just ignore those measures and just focus on calories and carbs(I am always way under on carbs)? It seems like at the end of most days I have a bunch of calories left to consume, but I've gone over on fat, sugar and protein. There is really nothing left to eat that has only calories and little of anything else that is paleo (at least not that I can think of). I'd love some feedback and/ or experiences with this if you're willing to help. Thanks!
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on January 14, 2013
at 08:52 PM
You can change the macronutrient goals on Fitness Pal to be whatever you want. I would definitely ignore the standard defaults-- I think they wanted my recommended 1800 calories to include ~260 grams of carbs! No way!
EDIT: You can change them by going to FOOD > Goals > Change Goals > Custom, and you have to select percentages, but it will break out what those are by grams right next to the percentage.
If you want to develop macronutrient/sugar limits for particular goals, go for it. For weight-loss, I'd start with lower carbs and higher protein and fat personally. I think I've got mine set at 25% carbs, 45%, and 30% protein. That's really high protein because I'm also lifting a lot and trying to increase my strength. You could maybe try 25-25-50? If you do some google searches on macronutrient goals for weightloss, you may come up with a few ideas of where you could set your goals and aim for those ratios.
on January 15, 2013
at 07:49 AM
My fitness pal is great. I have been using it to loose weight so far down about 8 lbs since I started with it. I would like to echo what the others have said in regards to adjusting your macros. I have mine set at 10% carbs rest is proteins and fats.