81 responses

  1. Jennifer
    April 17, 2014

    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! 😉

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    • Lynn Terry
      April 17, 2014

      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.

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  2. Barbara Marlow
    April 17, 2014

    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.

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    • Lynn Terry
      April 17, 2014

      Yes – just ignore the calories. Mine are always in the red. lol. 😉

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  3. Michael Schultz
    April 17, 2014

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

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    • Lynn Terry
      April 17, 2014

      You better keep me posted Mike! 😉 I missed you in February. Hope you catch up with you soon!!

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  4. shirley
    April 18, 2014

    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.

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    • Lynn Terry
      April 19, 2014

      Hi Shirley,

      You already have MyFitnessPal? Just follow the instructions on this page to set it up for keto / net carbs: http://cavemanketo.com/configuring-mfp/

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

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  5. Debi J
    April 19, 2014

    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!!

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  6. frances shanks
    April 21, 2014

    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…

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    • Lynn Terry
      January 17, 2015

      See the updated post above – I updated the directions. It’s for online only – it doesn’t work on the mobile or tablet.

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  7. Heide
    May 15, 2014

    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?

    Thanks!

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    • Lynn Terry
      January 17, 2015

      Hi Heide – see the updated instructions above (in the original post). 😀 That should help!

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  8. Jada
    June 6, 2014

    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.

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    • Lynn Terry
      January 17, 2015

      Have you tried it lately, with the updated instructions above in the original post?

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  9. Trish
    July 17, 2014

    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!!

    Trish

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  10. noreen Mendola
    July 17, 2014

    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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  11. Barb
    July 18, 2014

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

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    • Lynn Terry
      July 18, 2014

      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).

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  12. Lynn Terry
    July 18, 2014

    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: http://www.travelinglowcarb.com/4660/two-day-lchf-food-journal/

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    • Barb
      July 18, 2014

      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…..:)

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      • Lynn Terry
        July 18, 2014

        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*

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  13. Laura
    July 19, 2014

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

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    • Lynn Terry
      July 19, 2014

      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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  14. Karin Charles
    July 28, 2014

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

    Thanks

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    • Lynn Terry
      July 28, 2014

      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. 😉

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  15. Keith
    September 29, 2014

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

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    • Lynn Terry
      December 29, 2014

      Hi Keith,

      You have to set it up online in a browser. Then you can use the app to input foods & other info on the go. :)

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  16. Ms. Martini
    October 30, 2014

    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!

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    • Lynn Terry
      December 29, 2014

      Awesome – glad you found it helpful & glad you’re both on a health kick TOGETHER. That’s great!. 😉

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  17. Teefie
    November 9, 2014

    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!

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    • Lynn Terry
      December 29, 2014

      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. 😀

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  18. Sue
    November 14, 2014

    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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    • Sue
      November 14, 2014

      It’s ok. I found it…. :)

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    • Lynn Terry
      December 29, 2014

      Yay – glad you got it figured out. 😀 *cheers*

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  19. Sabrina
    December 29, 2014

    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!

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    • Lynn Terry
      December 29, 2014

      Awesome! I love MyFitnessPal too. This quick “hack” made all the difference. 😉 *cheers*

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  20. Anna Moeggenborg
    January 1, 2015

    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!

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    • Lynn Terry
      January 17, 2015

      I’m so glad to hear that, Anna! 😀

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  21. paula Arnold
    January 8, 2015

    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

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    • Lynn Terry
      January 17, 2015

      Did you set up your goals, Paula?

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  22. kim
    January 14, 2015

    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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    • Lynn Terry
      January 17, 2015

      Hmm, good question. I have a Macbook too but I use this hack on my PC and the app on my Android mobile. Did you try it and see?

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  23. Lynn
    February 3, 2015

    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?

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  24. Rebecca
    February 5, 2015

    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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    • Lynn Terry
      February 6, 2015

      Great! I’m so glad you found it helpful, Rebecca. 😀 I love this setup!!

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  25. Sharon Abegglen
    February 22, 2015

    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.

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    • Lynn Terry
      February 23, 2015

      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*

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  26. rhonda smith
    February 26, 2015

    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

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    • Lynn Terry
      February 26, 2015

      Rhonda,

      Are you online, or using the app on tablet/mobile?

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      • rhonda smith
        March 2, 2015

        IM ON A COMPUTER ONLINE.

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      • Lynn Terry
        March 6, 2015

        At what point do you have a problem with the steps outlined in the post above? If you went through all the steps, try closing your browser and rebooting your computer, then check to see if you see the net carbs and pie chart in MFP at the bottom of your Food Diary pages.

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  27. Tracy Rambo
    March 9, 2015

    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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    • Lynn Terry
      March 10, 2015

      Yay! I’m so glad to hear that, Tracy. 😀

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  28. Terri
    April 28, 2015

    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.

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    • Lynn Terry
      April 29, 2015

      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. 😉

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      • Lynn Terry
        April 29, 2015

        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”.

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  29. Sue L.
    April 29, 2015

    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?

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    • Lynn Terry
      April 29, 2015

      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. :)

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  30. Tami
    May 4, 2015

    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.

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    • Lynn Terry
      May 5, 2015

      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: http://housecall.trendmicro.com/ 😉 I use that one all the time. *cheers*

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  31. Serena S.
    May 17, 2015

    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.

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    • Lynn Terry
      May 17, 2015

      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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