FUN App To Track Carbs On A Chart (MyFitnessPal Hack)


If you don’t actively track calories, protein, fat, and carbs then you may not be experiencing the success you’d like to see eating low carb. I’ve been eating low carb for more than 3 years and used to just “eyeball it”. Except in the beginning when I tracked on paper until I figured out my “safety zones”.

I decided to set up, specifically with the Keto Configuration (see below), as I’m working hard on switching my carb/protien/fat percentages. What an eye opener! I lost 6.4 pounds the first week I dramatically increased my healthy fats! My goals are: Net Carbs 5%, Protein 25%, Fat 70% (I don’t track calories).

If you’re looking for good Atkins apps, or an app to track carbs on a chart easily, this is the IDEAL setup! 😉


1. Create an account at:

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.
You can set your calories to whatever you please – I ignore calories anyway. 😉

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.

2. Download this addon for Firefox

– or this addon for Chrome

3. After installing the plugin, click here to install it.

It only takes a few minutes to set it all up, and then you’ll get a nice graphic pie chart like the one you see above! Note: the script only works online, not on your mobile app, but you can use the app to log foods on the go.

Need A Visual? Watch This Video! :)

To see examples of my results, and the foods I ate,
see this 15 Day LCHF Food Journal.

“Carb creep” can really get you if you’re not tracking! I found this to be very eye-opening. I do love the layout. It inspired me to make a few healthy changes. My coffee is the main culprit so I’m going to wean myself down to black. I also never knew coffee had SO much potassium… Wow.

TIP: Put in your foods BEFORE you prepare or eat them to make sure of the carb count, and to stay on track with your ratios. 😉

IMPORTANT NOTE: MyFitnessPal is set up for low fat / low calorie diets, which is why we use the “keto hack” above to be able to track net carbs. Even if you put in all your measurements, you still want to eat only 20 net carbs a day (max) instead of whatever MFP suggests. I ignore calories and other factors, and use it to track my exercise, water, net carbs, and fat/protein ratios. It’s great for accountability to all those things AND for tweaking to make sure you’re on track to burn fat and enjoy the health benefits of ketosis.

Questions, personal experiences? Share by leaving a comment below!

Are you tracking all of your foods??

Which app/tool are you using, and what percentages are YOU shooting for?

Lynn Terry,
aka @LowCarbTraveler

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118 Responses to FUN App To Track Carbs On A Chart (MyFitnessPal Hack)

  1. Jennifer says:

    I used this app and info a while back but it was so much work to try and figure out the macros for “combo” meals – i.e., anything other than a meat and veg. If I make a “casserole” of some sort (with several ingredients) it was sooooo time consuming to get on Fitday or something similar and try to determine the info… especially problematic because I *never* make a recipe the same way twice! 😉

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hmm, MyFitnessPal is really simple. Maybe if you just jotted down the ingredients as you’re making things and then just add them all in separately (if you have to) at the end of the day – that could work. 😀

      I rarely cook, and when I do it’s super simple stuff – as you can see throughout the blog here. The sausage & eggs I had yesterday were take-out, and the Ribeye was leftover from dinner out the night before. So I basically just boiled eggs, and boiled a can of chicken broth, yesterday. 😛

      Today I made tuna salad with eggs, mayo, etc and I just put each thing in separately.

      • Jean says:

        Hi Fitness Pal has a great recipe builder, just put the ingredients in and then it finds them and for the most part get it pretty accurate and don’t have to fix much. It was updated about a year ago and I love it. No longer have to search for each item

  2. Barbara Marlow says:

    I’ve used MFP a few times in the past and always end up frustrated, causing me to delete the app. After reading this post, I want to give it another try. I entered the percentages for fat, protein, and carbs. Am I supposed to just IGNORE the calories part of the equation? It is telling me 1,320 calories for my weight and amount of weight I want to lose. Doing low carb with higher fat, I am thinking it is impossible to stick that that calorie amount.

  3. Michael Schultz says:

    Ohhh this post inspired a new app development idea. Thank you! 😀

  4. shirley says:

    Lynn, hate to sound ignorant, but how do you get this app? I have map and can’t figure out how to get the chart. Any advice would be appreciated.

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Shirley,

      You already have MyFitnessPal? Just follow the instructions on this page to set it up for keto / net carbs:

      The chart is at the bottom of the page for each day’s food log.

      • Stephanie says:

        Unfortunately it seems that in order to utilize this feature you have to pay for the Premium Myfitnesspal app. :(

        • Lynn Terry says:

          Actually Stephanie you do not have to pay for the premium version – and even if you did, that wouldn’t give you net carbs. This hack works in the free version, which is what we’re all using. :)

          You do have to set it up either in Firefox or Chrome online though – it doesn’t work on the mobile app.

  5. Debi J says:

    I’ve used MyFitnessPal for a few years now but didn’t even realize you could set it up based on Fats, Proteins and Carbs! I love it! I have the few things I cook set up as recipes so they’re simple to add. And I use the barcode thing as often as possible… it amazes me how many options they have entered. I can’t even remember the last time there was something I added that wasn’t already there!!

  6. frances shanks says:

    Im confused…Is this an app for the computer or the phone? I went to the site and it said something about going to another site by another person for an updated version…

  7. Heide says:

    Is there a way to set up MFP to calculate ‘net carbs’? I changed my profile (great advice, thanks!) but I can’t figure out if there is a way to subtract fiber from carbs to equal net carbs. Like when I enter my Quest bar it says 24 carbs but there are 19g of fiber in that bad boy…and with the 24g of carbs it already put me over my 5% for the day. Any advice?


  8. Jada says:

    In my experience it does not subtract the fiber from total carbs to give the net carb. Also it rounds up the carbs. So if you ate something with .5 carbs it recorded it as 1 carb.

  9. Trish says:

    I managed to set up My Fitness Pal with most of the settings – thanks for the ‘how to’! But, I cannot get to the links for any of the scripts to put in ‘Net Carbs” – I get a ‘problem loading page’ error – that it was taking too long, and it timed out. Any other hacks out there, or alternate places to get the script?

    I am excited to be part of this challenge,, but need all the help I can get!!


  10. noreen Mendola says:

    Tried several times to install the plug ins for MVP listed above and it didn’t work. I may just end up using Spark ‘ s people and add my own foods with net carbs

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  12. Barb says:

    Do these values apply to everyone, no matter age or weight? 72% fat / 23% protein / 5% carbs

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Barb,

      Typical goals for a ketogenic low carb diet are 70/25/5 – that’s 70% healthy fats, 25% protein, and 5% carbs. I actually shoot for around 80% in healthy fats as I find it makes me feel better and lose weight more easily (post hysterectomy).

      That said, there are no standards. Some people just eat lower carb, some eat low carb (20 net carbs a day), some eat keto (higher fat than a typical LC diet), some are doing Atkins. To each their own. You have to figure out what works for you.

      But the 70/25/5 ratios have worked VERY well for everyone that was trying to lose weight more quickly OR improve their health (heart, diabetes, chronic pain, etc).

  13. Lynn Terry says:

    Q: “I get the percentages…. but 70/25/5% but of what amount…… there has to be a top figure to find out 70/25/5% right?”

    A: Of your total daily calories. If you use the app, you’ll put in everything you eat/drink throughout the day, and it will track your calories, fat, protein, carbs, etc. You can adjust as you go to “tweak” your percentages or ratios.

    See my two day food journal that has screenshots of my results for each day:

    • Barb says:

      How does one figure your calories; especially with broken Metabolism… I had it tested and it has me at 860 kc….. ridiculous I know and I also know that we don’t count calories but again, to figure the %’s we need a number…..:)

      • Lynn Terry says:

        Hi Barb,

        The percentages will be based on whatever your total calories are, no matter if they are low are high. Yesterday I had over 2,000 calories and the day before it was just around 1500 – but my percentages were the same and I was below 20 Net Carbs both days, which is what matters.

        You can see those meals and those stats in the link I shared above your comment earlier.

        Try putting in 2,000 calories as your goal, but just pretty much ignore it at first. Start with high fat (70-80%) and below 20 net carbs, and see how you do. The higher percentage of healthy fats made a BIG difference for me after hitting 40 and having a hysterectomy. 😉 *cheers*

  14. Laura says:

    When I click on the link for Chrome it takes me to the Chrome store….which app is the one I should down load?

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Laura,

      The scripts only work online, in Chrome or Firefox browsers, not on your mobile app. You can use the app to log in to your MyFitnessPal account and log foods on the go. But the “keto script” only works online.

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  16. Karin Charles says:

    I’m getting ready to start low carb, Can anyone help me with this question? Is wine allowed on the low carb plan?


    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Karin,

      You’ll want to research wines to find the lowest carb wine that you’ll like. I’m a lightweight (lol) so I drink White Zin (1 net carb per ounce) in moderation. There’s also Michelob Ultra beer which has 2.6 carbs per 12 ounce bottle.

      Rum doesn’t have carbs, so a Captain Morgan’s & Diet Coke is a great option. There are many others of course, too.

      Keep in mind though that alcohol metabolizes differently – slower AND first – than food. Your scales may not move for ~72 hours after enjoying a drink due to what’s often referred to as “the alcohol stall”. So if you’re trying to fit into a new dress by Friday night, it’s best not to enjoy a drink the week or so leading up to that. 😉

  17. Keith says:

    Does this hack work for the mobile version? I cannot seem to get the fiber column there…

  18. Ms. Martini says:

    THANK YOU for posting this!! My husband and I have re-instituted a low carb diet (last time I was pregnant and weighed less after giving birth to a healthy baby boy than I did when I got pregnant 😉 And I have been scouring the internet for a MFP net-carb hack that actually works. This was so easy!!! Thank you!

  19. Teefie says:

    This is what I’ve been missing. I haven’t been able to get it together with MyFitnessPal, in terms of tracking macros properly. Thank you so much for sharing this!

    • Lynn Terry says:

      I’m glad you found it helpful, Teefie! It only takes a few seconds to set up, and it’s SUCH a helpful site/app for tracking your weight loss and daily meals & macros. 😀

  20. Sue says:

    Help Lynn! Mine isn’t working. I’ve tried it on Chrome and on Firefox but keep getting ‘NaN’ in the net carbs column. I’m wondering if I’ve not set up the Goals area properly. You say to ‘add the fiber column’. How do I do this?…

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  22. Sabrina says:

    I have always loved MFP but when I began eating a low carb diet I found it more of a nuisance than helpful. I am so glad I stumbled across this site! I was able to download everything and I’m back to using MFP again…this will help me so much. Thank you for sharing!

  23. Anna Moeggenborg says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I found your log through a series of Facebook searches. I had posted a question a few days ago about the best app to use for tracking net carbs, and someone suggested installing a script. I kind of ignored it because it sounded really complicated. Your instructions were perfect, and I was able to install in about 45 seconds. :) Thanks for spelling everything out!

  24. paula Arnold says:

    I have our the hack into my fitness pal. It says net carbs are 17 remaining and -3 carbs remaining. I’m confused. Thanks for your help. Paula Arnold

  25. kim says:

    Thank you for this wonderful information. Excuse my ignorance, but I have a Macbook (since Christmas and first time apple user) can I do this hack for net carbs? I have safari, not chrome nor firefox. Help?

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  29. Lynn says:

    I successfully downloaded the add on for Firefox and installed the plugin but still don’t have a place for Net Carbs under Food Settings. I have selected Carbs, Fats, Proteins, Fiber, and Sugar. Any suggestions?

  30. Rebecca says:

    Thank you! This is so much easier to use this way. I was always subtracting the fiber from the carb and ended up not using MYFITNESSPAL because it was frustrating.

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  32. I downloaded and then clicked out and thought I did not get it. Next thing I knew, I was charting my food on fitness pal and it was all there. Yeah, because I am so computer illierate. Boy did I learn a lot. I thought I was doing more protein and was doing too much carbs. ???? Had to re change my diet plans. Now I know why I was not losing weight. I was ready to start back on my candy.

    • Lynn Terry says:

      I’m so glad you found it helpful, Sharon! 😀 It’s quite an eye opener, isn’t it? I learned A LOT too when I started tracking so closely, and tracking macros. 😉 I love MFP! *cheers*

  33. rhonda smith says:

    I did everything you said to do but still cant figure out how to make a chart like this any help hahahha thanks in advance

  34. Tracy Rambo says:

    I have been using MyFitnessPal for quite some time and was frustrated that I couldn’t track Net Carbs……or so I thought! THANK YOU for this awesome information….it is going to make life SO much easier. Running across this information has just made my night!!!

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  38. Terri says:

    I use the MFP but it ups my goal numbers when I enter exercise. Can I eat the higher goal numbers or do I continue to stick with my original numbers? Cause my carb number can go up to 25 or more.

    • Lynn Terry says:

      No, it’s really set to track low fat, low calorie – so stick to your own goals. The only two things I really track are 20 net carbs (stay below that) and get at least 70% of your daily calories in healthy fats. So the fat percentage/ratio, and the total or net carbs. Ignore everything else. 😉

      • Lynn Terry says:

        The reason is because you can’t “burn off extra carbs” like you can calories. The low carb diet has a science to the way it works, which boils down to “food combining”.

  39. Sue L. says:

    Thanks for the great directions. Was able to install successfully and customize. However, it shows my two boiled eggs with nothing on them at 422 calories! I can see why you ignore the calorie counter, but makes it hard for me to trust the site’s other results.

    Seems like enough people out there now doing Keto, low carb based diets to build a custom app for that, one that would include ounces of water too. Anyone out there?

    • Lynn Terry says:

      MyFitnessPal does track your water intake! It’s at the bottom of the screen in your Food Diary. :)

      As for entries, the database is made up of human entries – so there is definitely room for error. I find a listing that IS accurate, according to my own label and/or Google. Then it is in YOUR list from then on to use regularly. :)

  40. Tami says:

    I wanted to set up the “hack” but I freak out when things say these files may harm your computer . . . am I over thinking things . . .should I just bite the bullet and say yes to the warning? I love myfitness pal and this would be a great way to track carbs without having to pay the monthly premium fee.

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Tami,

      I have it running on my PC and my Macbook both, with no problems at all. 😀 That’s a pretty standard warning. If it makes you feel better, after you install it and set it up, and reboot, run this free online scanner: 😉 I use that one all the time. *cheers*

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  42. Serena S. says:

    I am not sure if anyone is following this thread anymore, but today after someone on FB asked about the script used to show net carbs in MFP I sent them this link and a couple others. Unfortunately I do not like Chrome and so I have not logged into MFP for awhile. When I opened Chrome today and logged in all my settings were changed and the script no longer was working when I tried to reset them so I re-installed it and still no luck. Apparently whatever changes they made this year made it so the script no longer works at least for me, I am wondering if anyone else has had this issue? I have seen reviews of the new premium version which say that it still does not offer net carbs at a glance, even though it says it has low carb and ketogenic diet settings.

    • Lynn Terry says:

      It’s still working for me, Serena – in both Chrome and Firefox. Try rebooting and see if that works. First though, did you activate the script? It’s an easy step to miss. Hope you’re able to get it working!

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  44. Heather says:

    If I don’t have firefox for chrome I cannot use this app correct?

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Heather! You can use the app, but the “net carb hack” only works in those two browsers. I have both on my PC, but I had to download Chrome on my Macbook to use it there.

      The hack also only works online, not on the mobile app. But I use the mobile app to put foods in on the go. :)

  45. Deanne McLaughlin says:

    Lynn tell me I am understanding this correctly. On your sample you have on your days eating on my fitness pal. It says your goal for fat is 93 but you have actually consumed 175 and your goal for protein is 75 but you actually had 107 , yet your percentages for 2081 calories let you hit your targets of 70% fat and 25% protein. God I hope this is correct lol. Sry to be a bother too

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Deanne! I ignore a lot of the data and numbers. The only thing I pay attention to is net carb count, and the fat/protein ratio (percentages). The goals are set automatically by MFP (including calories).

      MFP is actually based on a low fat / low calorie diet, which is why I ignore most of the numbers and only focus on those that matter (to me). :)

  46. cegie kemp says:

    Ok i will install setup app on andro cell soon. I dont understand if I eat hard boiled egg and avovato what are the numbers I enter in the app for fat . Protein . Carbs
    if im not sure quantity also ?

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Cegie,

      The “hack” only works online, but I use the app on my Android too – it just doesn’t calculate net carbs for you.

      When you enter what you eat, it will put it in the macros for you. They’re already in the database. I always double check mine the first time I enter them. Look at your own labels, and for food without labels you can use this link to double check:

      As for quantity, you simply put in the amount you eat – the serving size. I use small measuring cups to make sure I get that right. With my pecans for example, I usually measure out 1/4 or 1/3 cup and enter that amount.

  47. Mollie says:

    The one thing I didn’t think I would have to change, is going to ruin my day each day! My coffee addiction is going to have to change! Coffee alone = great for the chart, terrible on the tongue. Maybe just stick with my SF Creamer? It is sweet enough alone. :)

  48. Lisa says:

    Is this myfitnesspal hack for use in safari/on a Mac?

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  50. Becky says:

    Lynn, thanks for the MFP plug-in with the macros. Got it all set up with the net carbs.

  51. David says:

    Doesn’t seem to work. I cannot add fiber. Also, I updated my goals to 80/15/5 and it still shows my carbs goal as being way higher than 5%. Not sure if I missed something or not…

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi David,

      My “goals” seem to jump around a lot. I think they fluctuate based on calories or something. I’m not really sure. I ignore most of the data in MFP and just focus on 20 net carbs or less, and at least 70% in healthy fats.

      In your Nutrients settings, how many does it give you – 3 or 5?

  52. Mary-Lou Briese says:

    What do you think of Dreamfield’s low carb pasta? I love the taste but I am skeptical of the carb count

  53. KIMBERLY LINN says:

    Help. I downloaded the app on my iphone as it is easier to use but how do I set it up for low carb?

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Kimberly,

      The hack only works online, not on mobile – so just subtract Fiber from Total Carbs to get your Net Carb count. :) I use the mobile app too, as it’s easier to enter things on the go. But you can set this up online to use the hack.

  54. Jean says:

    Thanks so much I could see the graph on my android phone but not on my computer, thanks so much.

  55. Sue says:

    Hi Lynn,
    Enjoyed your session last night. Learned quite a bit. Having trouble getting NET CARBS to appear in my food diary. I added fiber according to the “hack” and followed all the steps (I think). The FIBER column shows up but not NET CARBS. Can you help? Thanks!

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  62. Debra says:

    I applied this hack for chrome and it works great and I love it, EXCEPT that the delete item button is gone (the red circle with the dash in it to the right of each diary entry).

    I have to reload the browser and very quickly click on it as it appears because in few seconds, it disappears. By default it is not there.

    Is tht n issue you re aware of? Could it be repaired?

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