The My Fitness Pal Starter Guide

My Fitness Pal is a food logging, diet tracking app that draws data from a huge database of foods to make keeping a food diary easier than ever.

In fact, in my years of using it its very rare I can’t find what I want.

Using the app you can customise your daily setup, your calorie and macro goals and even add your own meals.

You can also scan bar codes, add food data yourself or choose from millions of entries already on the app.

‘The My Fitness Pal Starter Guide’ will cover how to;

  • Download the app

  • Set up your account

  • Customise your calorie & macro goals

  • Log your first meal (including search and bar code scanning)

  • Check your goal progress

Ok, let’s jump in.



  1. This guide was filmed using an iPhone 6 and to my knowledge should be accurate for all other iPhone models. However, if you’re using an Android or other operating system be aware that some functions may look and/or behave differently

  2. The ‘My Fitness Pal Starter Guide’ is additional material provided as part of the ‘5 Step Fat Loss Guide’, get your FREE copy here.


Step 1 - Downloading The App

  1. Open the app store

  2. Click the search icon in the bottom right hand corner

  3. Type ‘My Fitness Pal’ and hit search

  4. Hit the ‘get’ button

  5. Wait for the app to download and appear on your home screen

Step 2 - Setting Up Your Account

  1. Open the app and press ‘sign up’

  2. Choose your method of sign up - email v Facebook

  3. Fill in the short questionnaire

  4. Enter your email, password and username

  5. Complete the sign up process

Step 3 - Customising Your Calorie & Macros Goals

  1. Open the app and press the ‘more’ button

  2. Head to ‘goals’ and then ‘calories, carbs, protein & fat’ under the ‘nutrition goals’ section

  3. Enter your fat loss calories

  4. Set your protein as recommended in guide

  5. Save your changes and exit

Step 4 - Logging Your First Meal

  1. Head to the ‘Diary’ section

  2. Click add food and search for the item you want

  3. Find the exact or most suitable entry

  4. Add it to your diary

  5. Alternatively, use the bar code scanner to add foods

Step 5 - Tracking Your Goal Progress

  1. Open the app and navigate to the diary page

  2. Click on the green ‘remaining calories’ part

  3. Navigate to the middle ‘nutrients’ screen

  4. Check how close you are to your macro goals

  5. Make adjustments to your food as necessary to hit your goals