Tracking Net Carbs – Great My Fitness Pal Hack

Found a simple hack that allows My Fitness Pal to calculate net carbs for me. So this app lives another day!

Found a simple hack that allows My Fitness Pal to calculate net carbs for me. So this app lives another day!

There are two ways to track carbs — count the total carbs or net carbs (fiber subtracted from carbs). Neither is right or wrong. It’s just a personal preference. I started this journey counting net carbs. Lately I tried counting total carbs but I’m switching back to net carbs.

My biggest hang up is tracking. The easiest food tracker app is My Fitness Pal. But like most food diaries it’s too focused on calorie counting and favors the low-fat diet.  Both are useless when you go low carb.

Thankfully Lynn at the Traveling Low Carb blog has a great ‘keto hack’ for My Fitness Pal. The hack allows the diary to track net carbs for you.  It took me less than 2 minutes to install.  Easy peasy!

Oh, and be sure to check out Lynn’s blog too. It has great trips for those of you who travel or eat out a lot.


How Many Carbs Do You Eat In A Day?

When going low-carb, vegetables become your primary source of carbs. Image courtesy of Apolonia and FreeDigitalPhotos.net

When going low-carb, vegetables become your primary source of carbs. Image courtesy of Apolonia and FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

Thinking of going low-carb, but now sure how low you should go? No need to worry. Authority Nutrition has a great breakdown of how many carbs you should have a day for a healthy diet. The article provides daily carb count ranges based on what your goal is – weight maintenance or weight loss.

With low-carb diets, there isn’t a specific carb count to follow because we’re all different. Optimal carb intake depends on a lot of factors – gender, age, weight, activity level, and metabolic health, to name a few.

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