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Macros Not Consistent With Projected Calories?
08-26-2014, 10:55 PM
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Macros Not Consistent With Projected Calories?
While I've been slowly increasing my calories, I've also tried to get a better grip on my nutrition - i.e., more protein, less simple carbs, and have been loosely trying a 40/30/30 diet (more like 44/26/30). I know that 1g carb/protein is equal to 4 calories and 1g fat is equal to 9, but when I figure it out at the end of the day, the calories that MyFitnessPal says I've eaten is usually less than what the macros say I've eaten. Here's an example -

My projected calories was via MFP was 1683, but my macros were 197C/114P/60F, equating to 1784, about an extra one hundred calories.

My question is - should I go by what my macros tell me I'm eating, or what MFP says I've eaten? Is the difference in calories purely label misprints from packaged food?
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08-27-2014, 06:57 AM
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RE: Macros Not Consistent With Projected Calories?
Yes, it's just generally small discrepancies which cause things to not add up. Generally it doesn't add up to more than 100 calories or so difference though. With MFP, you have to be a little careful, because most of those entries are made by users and are not necessarily 100% accurate -- I have found many errors in the database, as well as many entries where people simply only enter some of the data (for instance calories and protein but nothing for fiber or fat...) You might want to just double check the entries you are using against the packages.

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