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What's a food plan in the Fitbit app?

Use a Fitbit food plan to help you achieve and maintain your weight goal. Log your food intake each day to see how many calories you eat versus your estimated calories burned. For more information, see How does Fitbit estimate how many calories I've burned?

How do I start a food plan?

  • Fitbit app
    1. Tap the Today tab User-added image, and tap your profile picture.
    2. Under Goals, tap Nutrition & Body.
    3. Under Nutrition, find the option to start a food plan. 
    4. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up your food plan. If you have an iPhone or iPad, you can set a daily calorie goal without a food plan.
  • fitbit.com dashboard
    1. From the fitbit.com dashboard, click Log at the top, then click Food.
    2. In the Food Plan section, click Get Started.
    3. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up your food plan.

What’s a calorie deficit? 

A calorie deficit is when you burn more calories than you consume in a day. When you set a weight-loss goal in the Fitbit app, your daily calorie deficit target is determined by the level of intensity you choose for your food plan. 

How do I log food in the Fitbit app?

Log your food throughout the day to see your estimated calories eaten versus calories burned and macronutrients breakdown.

  • Fitbit app

    To manually add food:

    1. From the Today tab User-added image, tap the Plusicon on the food tile. 
    2. Search for your food or create a custom food.
    3. Enter your information and tap Save.

    To scan food:

    1. From the Today tab User-added image, tap the Plusicon on the food tile. 
    2. On Android phones (OS 6.0+), make sure you allow the Fitbit app to access requested features on your phone. For more information, see What should I know about using the Fitbit app on my Android phone?
    3. Tap the barcode icon and place your item's entire barcode in the scanning area. If your item is in our database, you'll see a summary. Otherwise, you'll see the option to submit it.
    4. Adjust the quantity and save.

    Note that at this time, barcode scanning is only available for customers using the United States food database. If you use another food database, the barcode scanning option won't work. To check which food database you're using, see How do I change my food database?

  • fitbit.com dashboard
    1. From the fitbit.com dashboard, click Log at the top, then click Food.
    2. Under Food Log, enter your information and click Log Food

How do I change my food database?

  • Fitbit app
    1. Tap the Today tab User-added image > your profile picture > Advanced Settings.
    2. Tap Food Database to choose a different country.
  • fitbit.com dashboard
    1. From the fitbit.com dashboard, click the gear icon User-added imageSettings. 
    2. Click Food Database to choose a different country. 
    3. Click Submit.

How do I log a meal?

On the fitbit.com dashboard, you can create a meal with multiple ingredients. Later, when you cook the same meal again, you can add it to your food plan.
  1. From the fitbit.com dashboard, click Log at the top, then click Food.
  2. In the Favorites section on the right, click the Meals tab.
  3. Click Create a meal, then name your meal and click Save.
  4. In the Add Foods section that appears, add an individual ingredient and click Add to Meal.  
  5. When you're done adding ingredients, click I'm done - Back to Food at the bottom.

To track the meal again later in the Fitbit app: From the Today tab User-added image , then tap the Plus icon on the food tile > Custom.

How do I see how many calories I consume each day?

  • Fitbit app

    Tap the Today tab User-added image, then tap the food tile. 

  • On-device
    1. Swipe up from the clock face to see Fitbit Today.
    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 macronutrients breakdown by percentage.

How do I see my macronutrients breakdown in the Fitbit app?

  • Fitbit app
    1. Tap the Today tab User-added image, then tap the food tile.
    2. Under Today, find your daily macronutrients breakdown.
    3. Swipe the graph see your macronutrients breakdown (percentages of carbohydrates, fat, and protein you consumed) over the past week.
    4. Tap the expand icon to see details about your macronutrients, then tap a day to see details. Tap the icon again to close.
  • On-device
    1. Swipe up from the clock face to see Fitbit Today.
    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 macronutrients breakdown by percentage.

Note that you won't see your macronutrients breakdown if you log calories instead of specific foods.

To learn more about the benefits of tracking macronutrients, see our blog post How Counting Macros Can Help You Reach Your Health Goals (English only).

How do I edit my food plan?

  • iPhones & iPads
    1. Tap the Today tab User-added image, and tap your profile picture.
    2. Under Goals, tap Nutrition & Body.
    3. Tap Food, then tap Help me set a goal or I want to set my own goal.
    4. Follow the on-screen instructions to adjust your food plan.
  • Android phones
    1. Tap the Today tab User-added image, and tap your profile picture.
    2. Under Goals, tap Nutrition & Body.
    3. Tap Food Plan > Edit Plan.
    4. Follow the on-screen instructions to adjust your food plan.
  • fitbit.com dashboard
    1. On the fitbit.com dashboard, hover your cursor over the bottom of the food tile.
    2. Click the gear icon User-added image.
    3. Under Plan Intensity, click the pencil icon User-added image.
    4. Follow the on-screen instructions to adjust your food plan.

How do I delete a food entry in the Fitbit app?

  • iPhones & iPads
    1. In the Fitbit app, tap the Today tab User-added image, then tap the food tile. 
    2. To delete today’s entries, swipe left on the entry you want to delete and tap Delete
    3. To delete older entries:
      1. Tap the day that contains the item you want to delete
      2. Tap the three dots > Delete Log.
  • Android phones
    1. In the Fitbit app, tap the Today tab User-added image, then tap the food tile. 
    2. Tap the entry that includes the item you want to delete.
    3. Tap and hold the entry you want to delete, and tap Delete item.
  • Windows 10 devices
    1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the food tile. 
    2. Tap the entry you want to delete
    3. Tap the trash icon.
  • fitbit.com dashboard
    1. From the fitbit.com dashboard, click Log at the top, then click Food
    2. Under Logged Foods, hover your cursor over the item you want to delete, then click the icon that appears.
Last updated: August 8, 2019
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