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What is a Fitbit 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 with Fitbit?

You can begin a food plan, log food, and monitor your progress using the fitbit.com dashboard and the Fitbit apps. For instructions on how to manually log an activity, choose a section below.
  • 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 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?
  • fitbit.com dashboard
    1. From the fitbit.com dashboard, click Log at the top, then click Food.
    2. Click the Get Started button in the Food Plan section.
    3. 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.
    4. 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 in the Fitbit app?

  • Fitbit app
    From the Today tab User-added image, tap  gray + icon on the food tile. 

    Note that if your iPhone or iPad supports 3D Touch, you can also log food from the home screen with the Quick Action menu accessed by 3D Touch. 

  • 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

Can I scan barcodes to log food in the Fitbit app?

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 in the Fitbit app?

  • iPhones & iPads
    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. Swipe left on the entry you want to delete and tap Delete.
  • 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.

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

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. 
 
User-added image

After you log food, your macronutrients breakdown appears. To see your macronutrients in the Fitbit app:
  1. Tap the Today tab User-added image, then tap the food tile.
  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 fitbit.com 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. 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.
When you want to track the meal again later, find it in the Fitbit app 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 in the Fitbit app?

Choose the country you want to use for your food database. This affects the listings you see when you log food.

  • 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 > Settings. 
    2. Click Food Database to choose a different country. 
    3. Click Submit.

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: July 18, 2019
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