How do I track my food with Fitbit?

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Log food in the Fitbit app to help keep you on track.

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What is a food plan?

A food plan helps you achieve and maintain your weight goal. By logging your meals each day, you can track your progress towards an estimated goal based on caloric intake and burn. Your goal may be to lose weight, gain weight, or maintain your current weight. For more information on how Fitbit tracks your calories burned, visit How does Fitbit estimate how many calories I've burned?

How do I start a food plan?

You can begin a food plan, log food, and monitor your progress using the dashboard and the Fitbit apps. For instructions on how to manually log an activity, choose a section below.
  • Fitbit App
    1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap or click the Account icon (User-added image).
    2. Under Goals, tap Nutrition & Body.
    3. Under Nutrition, find the option to start a food plan. 
    4. Follow the onscreen instructions to set up your food plan and don't forget to save. On the Fitbit app for iOS, you can set a daily calorie goal independent of a food plan.
    5. If you want to edit the intensity later, you can adjust your Food goal. To adjust your food goal and other goals, follow the instructions in How do I track my fitness goals with Fitbit?
  • Dashboard
    1. Log into your dashboard.
    2. At the top, click Log and then click Food.
    3. Click the Get Started button in the Food Plan section.
    4. Enter your starting weight, your target weight, and your plan intensity when prompted. Depending on the intensity you choose, you'll see the estimated date for reaching your goal.
    5. If you want to edit the intensity later, click the gear icon on the Calories In vs Out tile and click the pencil icon next to Plan Intensity. From here you can also change your goal weight.

How do I check my calories each day?

View your progress toward your daily calorie goal on your wrist or in the Fitbit app. Your calorie and macronutrient estimates update throughout the day based on your logged food and activity level. Tap the food tile in the Fitbit app to view historical data and details about your food plan.

To check your daily progress on your wrist:

  1. Swipe up from the clock face on your device to access your daily stats.
  2. Find the food tile. You may have to swipe up to find it. If you don’t see the food tile, tap Settings at the bottom of Fitbit Today and make sure the food tile is turned on.
  3. Swipe left on the food tile to see your caloric intake, calories remaining in your food plan, and your macronutrient breakdown by percentage.

Log all of the food you eat to see calorie consumption and macronutrient estimates for the day. Stay within 50 calories of your daily estimate to meet your goal.

How do I log food?

To log food with the dashboard:
  1. Hover your mouse over either the Food Plan or Calories In vs. Out tile, and click the arrow icon in the lower right corner. This will take you to the food log.
  2. From this page, you can log your meals by entering food descriptions and quantities along with the time they were consumed.
To log food with the Fitbit app, tap or click the + icon and tap or click Log Food.

If your iOS mobile device supports 3D Touch, you can also log food from the home screen with the Quick Action menu accessed by 3D Touch. 

Can I scan barcodes to log food?

The Fitbit apps support barcode scanning. Just go to the screen where you log food and tap the barcode icon, then make sure the barcode on your food item is in front of your camera. You'll either see "Got it" if the food is recognized as belonging to our food database, or you'll be prompted to add the food to the food database. If the food isn't recognized, you'll need to manually add it to your food log.

How do I delete a food entry?

To delete a food entry, choose a section below:

  • Fitbit app for iOS
    1. From the Fitbit app dashboard tap the food tile. This is the tile that says "What have you eaten today?" or shows you how many calories you've eaten and have left today.
    2. Find the entry you want to delete and slide it to the left.
    3. Tap Delete.
  • Fitbit app for Android
    1. From the Fitbit app dashboard tap the food tile. This is the tile that says "What have you eaten today?" or shows you how many calories you've eaten and have left today.
    2. Tap and hold the entry you want to delete.
    3. Tap Delete item.
  • Fitbit app for Windows 10
    1. From the Fitbit app dashboard tap or click the food tile. This is the tile that says "What have you eaten today?" or shows you how many calories you've eaten and have left today.
    2. Tap or click the entry you want to delete
    3. Tap or click the trash can.
  • dashboard
    1. Go to your food log (
    2. Hover your cursor over the food you wish to delete.
    3. Click the "x" that appears to the left of the food item.

How do I see my macronutrients breakdown?

If you log food in the Fitbit app, you'll see an estimate of your daily macronutrients breakdown (total carbohydrates, fat, and protein consumed) in addition to your caloric intake. Tracking your macronutrients can help you get a better view of your overall nutrition.
User-added image

After you log food, your macronutrients breakdown will appear. To see your macronutrients, complete these steps:
  1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the food tile (which shows your calories in vs calories remaining if you created a food plan).
  2. Under Today, find your daily macronutrients breakdown as compared to your cals in vs cals out.
  3. Swipe the graph at the top to see your macronutrients breakdown over the past week.
  4. Tap the expand icon in the top right to open information about your macronutrients and then tap any particular day to see details. Tap the icon again to close.
Note that you won't see your macronutrients breakdown if you use the option to log calories instead of food. 

To learn more about the benefits of tracking macronutrients, see the Fitbit blog (English only).

Do I have to add every ingredient in a meal?

On the dashboard you can create a specific meal. This is convenient if you're cooking and want to add all the individual ingredients only once; later, when you cook the same meal again, you can add it to your food plan with one click.
  1. On the food logging page, find Favorites on the right side and click the Meals tab.
  2. Click the blue "Create a meal" link and give the meal a name.
  3. Click Save, then in the Add Foods section you can begin to add the individual foods for this meal. After each food item, click the red Add to Meal button.
  4. When you are done, click the red I'm done button.
When you want to add the meal again later, on the Fitbit apps you'll find it under Custom Foods.

What type of food database does Fitbit use?

We have comprehensive food databases for the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Philippines, Singapore, Spain, and the United Kingdom. The database includes simple generic items from our partner database, packaged items from national and regional brands, and menu items from restaurant chains. We update the database regularly with new foods.

Our international food database for Taiwan has simple common items translated into the local language.

How do I change the language for my food database?

You can choose the country you want to use for your food database. This will affect the listings you see when logging food. To change the database on

  1. Log into your dashboard and click the gear icon in the upper right.
  2. Click Settings and scroll down to Preferences.
  3. Choose the food database you prefer.
  4. Don't forget to click Save.
To change the food database on a Fitbit app, you can usually find this setting under Account > Advanced Settings.

What is a calorie deficit?

A calorie deficit occurs when you've burned more calories than you've consumed in a given day. To achieve a weight loss goal, you should aim for a calorie deficit. If you've set a weight-loss goal you can choose the intensity of your food plan, which will in turn adjust your calorie deficit target.

Last updated: March 7, 2019
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