Another great thing about using MFP (MyFitnessPal), aside from the calorie counting and the games you end up playing trading exercise for more food, is the ability to see an analysis of the macro nutrients you’re eating.
By macro nutrients, I mean simply carbohydrates / proteins / fats.
When you log everything you consume, MFP knows what those items are made of, and it produces a pie chart (no pun intended!) to show you a breakdown of the proportion of carbohydrate, protein and fat.
You can view this chart per day, or grouped by larger time intervals, such as weekly.
How this can help you
At first, you may have discovered from the Carbs Quiz that you’re eating too many carbs. If you check your pie chart in MFP, you would probably see a large percentage of carbs each day.
By implementing the suggestions in this lesson to reduce your carb intake, and increase the proportions of protein in particular, but also healthy fats, you should start to notice a change in the daily pie charts.
How to view the pie charts in MFP
There are options within MFP to upgrade to their premium service, which can give you more detailed analysis. For example, it will show you which foods were highest in carbohydrates. But it’s usually pretty obvious!
I have found that keeping an eye on the overall macro nutrients in this way can be helpful if you’re trying to be deliberate about increasing protein, or decreasing carbohydrate consumption.