Fitbit App Update: Your Food Log Just Got a Macro Tracker
What do carbohydrate, protein, and fat have in common? They’re all macronutrients—the nutrients your body needs in large amounts—and they’re all also now trackable in your Fitbit app!
You may be wondering why you’d want to track your macros. As you probably know, research shows that self-monitoring behaviors, such as logging your meals, can help you hit your weight-loss goals. That’s because monitoring how many calories you take in versus how many calories you burn off is key to dropping pounds.
However, a calorie isn’t just a calorie—especially when it comes to your overall health. Two-hundred calories of candy is going to affect your body differently than 200 calories of chicken breast. And that’s where macros come in.
Why You Should Be a Macro Tracker
Getting the right balance of carbohydrate, protein, and fat, can help you reach your health and weight goals—whether you want to shed a few pounds or gain muscle mass.
For instance, research shows that eating higher-protein diets can help you lose weight. To take action on this information, you could use the macro tracker in your Fitbit app to make sure your daily calorie intake consists of around 25 percent protein, 45 percent carbs, and 30 percent healthy fat.
To learn more about macronutrients—like which foods contain each, different ways to vary your intake within the USDA-recommended ranges, and common pitfalls to avoid—read How Counting Macros Can Help You Reach Your Health Goals.
How to Track Macros in Your Fitbit App
To find the macronutrient screen in your Fitbit App, tap the food tile on your dashboard, and then swipe left on the graph at the top of the screen.
If you’ve been logging fo
Premium users can connect their Fitbit to the app to automatically import fitness data into Carb Manager.
- Carb Manager imports calories burned, minutes exercised, steps, weight (at midnight), and sleep data.
- Carb Manager exports nutritional information to Fitbit.
To connect a Fitbit, first select Settings from the main (left) navigation menu.
od, you’ll see a breakdown of your macro intake over the past week. Tap the top right of the graph to expand it. From there you can dive deeper into a specific day or zoom out a bit and take a look at the past month instead.
If you don’t log your meals, consider giving it a shot. In addition to spurring weight loss, it can also help you identify food sensitivities or nutrient deficiencies, says Fitbit nutritionist Tracy Morris.
And, it’s not as hard as it may seem. Check out these eight ways to make food logging a breeze and then get started. If you have any other questions about how to track your meals via your Fitbit app, this Help article should, well, help.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for medical diagnosis or treatment. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.
How it works
Personalize your macro goals to your specific body type and activity level.
Goals include losing weight, maintaining weight, or gaining mass.
View and record nutrition goals, so you can consume the right amount of calories, protein, fat, and net carbs (app can count total carbs optionally).
Use our simple search engine to input food and beverages, or scan the product’s barcode.
Search suggestions mark foods to avoid maintaining your daily goal.
Record your burned calories and steps.
Set your daily goal for water consumption and track it.
Record your weight changes.
Currently, the following information is imported from these devices into Carb Manager:
- calories burned
- minutes exercised
- sleep data
Additionally, Carb Manager nutrition data is exported to Fitbit.
Under Carb Manager App Settings, scroll down to the Fitness Device Links subsection, and find the Connect with Fitbit option. Toggle this option to On. You’ll then be taken to the Fitbit website.