📄️ Is there a way to adjust macro targets without editing my macro program?
That depends! If you chose "Coached" mode, you will need to reset your macro program. If you chose "Collaborative," then you can edit the macro distribution on the fly by tapping the Macro program tile on the dashboard, and selecting “Edit.”
📄️ Are default food weights for cooked or raw food?
📄️ How to interpret changes to your energy expenditure
All of MacroFactor’s “diet sidekick” functionality revolves around its energy expenditure calculation. If you understand how we calculate energy expenditure, you’ll be able to easily and intuitively understand why your energy expenditure is responding in a particular way, and therefore why MacroFactor’s nutrition recommendations are changing in a particular way.
📄️ Are there any plans for an offline mode or the ability to handle no / poor network conditions?
MacroFactor will likely never support a true offline mode. But, the developers have been making changes that make partial offline support better!
📄️ How does the app deal with partially logged days?
Partially logged days are the one true enemy of the expenditure, in that they will lead the expenditure calculation astray if they are numerous and persistent.
📄️ Refeeds, diet breaks, and carb cycling
Non-linear dieting strategies, such as refeeds, diet breaks, and carb cycling, are fairly popular in the fitness world. An in-depth look at the potential benefits of refeeds and diet breaks can be found in this article about the concept of “metabolic adaptation” to weight loss. Briefly, our bodies have to navigate some changing conditions during relatively substantial or “aggressive” weight loss phases (in this scenario, we’re talking about weight loss attempts that involve a large amount of total weight loss, a rapid rate of weight loss, or attainment of a very low body-fat level). One of the most impactful changes observed is a drop in a hormone called leptin, which can lead to several downstream effects including reduced total daily energy expenditure (TDEE), reductions in thyroid hormones and sex hormones, and increased hunger, among many others. In addition, we tend to partially deplete our glycogen stores during aggressive weight loss phases, which has the potential to negatively impact our strength and fatigue resistance during exercise.
📄️ Reverse dieting
Our bodies have to navigate some changing conditions during relatively substantial or “aggressive” weight loss phases (that is, weight loss attempts that involve a large amount of total weight loss, a rapid rate of weight loss, or attainment of a very low body-fat level). The term “metabolic adaptation” can be used to describe this collection of changes, which are summarized in this free article on the topic. In short, the combination of energy restriction and fat loss can lead to reduced levels of a hormone called leptin, which has a wide range of downstream effects such as reduced total daily energy expenditure (TDEE), reduced levels of thyroid hormones and sex hormones, and increased hunger, among many others. As a result, individuals focusing on weight loss may find themselves in the difficult position of having a calorie target that is atypically low for them, while simultaneously experiencing hunger levels that are atypically high for them.
📄️ Does MacroFactor use energy expenditure data from my wearable activity tracker?
In short, no.
📄️ What are the different types of program options in “coached” mode?
📄️ Where is my nutrition synced?
Through its integration systems, MacroFactor gives you the option to sync with other data sources to automatically import nutrition information that was logged elsewhere. The data should sync to your "Nutrition" page, rather than your "Food Log" page.
📄️ Why don’t my macros add up to my total calories?
Generally speaking, protein, carbohydrate, and fat contain roughly 4, 4, and 9 kilocalories per gram, respectively. However, if you calculate your total daily Calories by multiplying your macro totals and summing them, you’ll likely find some degree of disagreement – the Calories calculated based on macronutrient intakes don’t perfectly match the Calories provided from food labels and database entries.