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Should I ignore my fitness pal goals?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 14, 2013 at 8:47 PM

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!

Ae3b7ea9f3755af32287825db8d98796

(2022)

on January 15, 2013
at 01:38 PM

Thanks for the reply and congrats on the weight loss! I have been looking things over and played around with the settings (I think I have it set at 20%carbs 65%fat 15%protein), but I think I'm going to try to ignore it most of the time and focus on my calories. I realized that looking at the macros stresses me out a bit. It's a nice guide, but I can't obsess over being perfect (which I have a tendency to do).

Ae3b7ea9f3755af32287825db8d98796

(2022)

on January 14, 2013
at 09:17 PM

Just saw your edit!Thanks, I'm going to do some googling. I know I've read about recommended macronutrient ratios before on here. I need to sift through some old questions.

Ae3b7ea9f3755af32287825db8d98796

(2022)

on January 14, 2013
at 09:15 PM

I figured I'd get push back on eating fruit. I'm sure it would be quicker w/out the fruit, but it has to be sustainable for me and without it I would feel too limited, I think. I only have about 5-10lbs that I want to lose and I'm okay with it going a little slow.

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(1614)

on January 14, 2013
at 09:08 PM

I also eliminated the sugar column. I found it added extra stress, especially during the first week of my cycle. I NEEDED extra carbs, and usually ate them in the form of fruit, which of course spikes the sugar amt, which made me stress even more... !

2fd93e91bb14e641a2bac9c6033e84e2

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on January 14, 2013
at 09:07 PM

I think you'll get a lot of push on this site to cut back (or cut out completely) the fruit for weight-loss. I would temper that, personally. I don't think two clems and a pear are anything to freak out about, BUT that would be a good place to start cutting carbs if you find the weightloss going slowly. Maybe start with limiting your fruit to 2 small servings a day, and try limiting it to after a full meal of protein and fat- you might find that you don't "need" the fruit.

Ae3b7ea9f3755af32287825db8d98796

(2022)

on January 14, 2013
at 09:02 PM

Yes, they give me 164g of carbs! I'm usually under 100 for the day. I didn't realize I could customize it. Calories I have a handle on, but I'm not sure how much fat I should be having. I'm not new to paleo eating, but apparently I'm a slow-learner. Not surprising when my whole life has been low-fat. What's really confusing is the sugar. I get 24g for the day. I've had two tiny clementines and a pear so far today which is what made me go way over in sugar. That seems kind of ridiculous. Maybe I'll just eliminate the sugar limit altogether. Thanks for the helpful answer!

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2fd93e91bb14e641a2bac9c6033e84e2

(1614)

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.

Ae3b7ea9f3755af32287825db8d98796

(2022)

on January 14, 2013
at 09:15 PM

I figured I'd get push back on eating fruit. I'm sure it would be quicker w/out the fruit, but it has to be sustainable for me and without it I would feel too limited, I think. I only have about 5-10lbs that I want to lose and I'm okay with it going a little slow.

Ae3b7ea9f3755af32287825db8d98796

(2022)

on January 14, 2013
at 09:02 PM

Yes, they give me 164g of carbs! I'm usually under 100 for the day. I didn't realize I could customize it. Calories I have a handle on, but I'm not sure how much fat I should be having. I'm not new to paleo eating, but apparently I'm a slow-learner. Not surprising when my whole life has been low-fat. What's really confusing is the sugar. I get 24g for the day. I've had two tiny clementines and a pear so far today which is what made me go way over in sugar. That seems kind of ridiculous. Maybe I'll just eliminate the sugar limit altogether. Thanks for the helpful answer!

2fd93e91bb14e641a2bac9c6033e84e2

(1614)

on January 14, 2013
at 09:07 PM

I think you'll get a lot of push on this site to cut back (or cut out completely) the fruit for weight-loss. I would temper that, personally. I don't think two clems and a pear are anything to freak out about, BUT that would be a good place to start cutting carbs if you find the weightloss going slowly. Maybe start with limiting your fruit to 2 small servings a day, and try limiting it to after a full meal of protein and fat- you might find that you don't "need" the fruit.

2fd93e91bb14e641a2bac9c6033e84e2

(1614)

on January 14, 2013
at 09:08 PM

I also eliminated the sugar column. I found it added extra stress, especially during the first week of my cycle. I NEEDED extra carbs, and usually ate them in the form of fruit, which of course spikes the sugar amt, which made me stress even more... !

Ae3b7ea9f3755af32287825db8d98796

(2022)

on January 14, 2013
at 09:17 PM

Just saw your edit!Thanks, I'm going to do some googling. I know I've read about recommended macronutrient ratios before on here. I need to sift through some old questions.

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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.

Ae3b7ea9f3755af32287825db8d98796

(2022)

on January 15, 2013
at 01:38 PM

Thanks for the reply and congrats on the weight loss! I have been looking things over and played around with the settings (I think I have it set at 20%carbs 65%fat 15%protein), but I think I'm going to try to ignore it most of the time and focus on my calories. I realized that looking at the macros stresses me out a bit. It's a nice guide, but I can't obsess over being perfect (which I have a tendency to do).

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