Is MyFitnessPal Premium Worth the Cost?

One of the most common questions I receive from nutrition clients is if MyFitnessPal Premium is worth the cost. After using it myself, the answer is yes and here is why.
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How much does MyFitnessPal Premium cost?

These are all great questions and asked frequently, so I wanted to fill you in on what MyFitnessPal is all about before you decide to purchase (or not). FYI: Premium costs $9.99 monthly or $49.99 per year, and I highly recommend that you purchase the year because you’ll love it so much! 🙂

Is MyFitnessPal Premium Worth the Cost?

In my opinion, MyFitnessPal Premium is definitely worth it. The upgrade truly lets you take your health and fitness to the next level with features that make tracking your food and exercise so much easier. Below is a summary of the Premium features that make the upgrade totally worth it!

You can customize your daily macro goals 

This feature is one of the most useful with the Premium upgrade. MyFitnessPal automatically generates your macronutrient goals, which can be adjusted based on percentages. But, if you have specific macronutrient goals and want more accuracy, Premium gives you the flexibility to adjust your macronutrient goals by percentages and grams. How to do it: Click More (in the lower right-hand corner), select Goals, and then Calorie, Carbs, Protein, and Fat Goals (under Nutrition Goals).

You can customize your daily calorie goal

With the free app, your calorie goal stays the same from day-to-day. But with Premium, you can set different calorie goals for different days of the week. So cool, right? This is helpful if you alter your calorie/macro goals on workout versus rest days or if you’re doing intermittent fasting or another type of calorie cycling. How to do it: Click More (in the lower right-hand corner), select Goals, then Calorie, Carbs, Protein, and Fat Goals (under Nutrition Goals), then Set Daily Goals, and finally Add Daily Goal.

You can see your macro breakdown by meal

This is personally one of my favorite features! 🙂 With Premium, your food diary will display a macronutrient breakdown for each meal you log – in both percentages and grams. I love this because you can see how your meals and snacks break down based on protein, carbs, and fat. It’s helpful for hitting your macro goals because you see exactly how your meals and snack stack up (whether you’re over or under on a specific macro). And you can easily switch between grams and percentages by tapping on the numbers.

You can set your calorie goals by meal 

Premium allows you to break down your daily nutrient goals into smaller, meal-sized calorie goals to help keep you on track throughout the day. For example, if your goal is to hit 1,800 calories for the day, you can allocate 500 calories for breakfast, 500 calories for lunch, 500 calories for dinner, and 300 calories for snacks. (You can also split up your calories by percentages.) I love this feature because you can plan your day and split up your calories in a way that makes sense for YOU and your eating habits, such as starting your day with a big breakfast or always having a post-workout protein shake. How to do it: Click More (in the lower right-hand corner), select Goals, and then Calorie Goals By Meal (under Nutrition Goals).

You can customize your nutrient dashboard

The nutrient dashboard shows you which nutrients you’re missing for the day as well as your progress in meeting your calorie and nutrient goals. The free MyFitnessPal automatically sets your dashboard to display food calories, exercise calories, and calories remaining. As a Premium user, you can change your dashboard by selecting from several pre-set views (i.e. Macronutrient Focused, Low Carb, Heart Healthy) or totally customize the view by selecting up to three nutrients to track, in addition to calories remaining (just select Custom at the bottom of the pre-set views). The Macronutrient Focused view is especially helpful for tracking protein, carbs, and fat grams. How to do it: In your dairy, click the 3 dots in the upper right corner, and then select from the different views.

You can “quick-add” macros to your diary 

With Premium, you can use the “Quick Add” feature to add protein, carbs, and fat the same way you quick-add calories into your food diary. This is a super convenient tool if you’re tracking macros. I actually use this feature ALL the time since it works so well with my weekly macro plans! If you’ve never used the Quick Add feature, here’s the dealio: Go to your diary, click “Add Food,” scroll to the bottom of your food list, and then click “Quick Add” at the bottom to enter your macros.

You can learn about your food choices 

Premium truly helps you learn about your food choices and eating habits. It shows you the foods that you’re eating that are the highest in fat, carbs, and protein as well as the ones that are highest in calories. As a Premium user, you can customize the app to show you which foods are highest in the nutrient you care about most. For instance, you can see which food choices help you meet your protein goal for the day. This is helpful for changing your overall eating habits and consuming a much more balanced diet.

These are just some of my favorite features, but be sure to check out all of the awesome Premium features over on the MyFitnessPal blog!

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23 Comments

        1. I believe you can track them in the free version too. It’s under the Nutrients view in the diary. Chronometer is a good app for tracking more specific vitamins and minerals.

  1. Really don’t see how MFP can justify £40 per year for this. If you’re not careful your will spend your whole life analysing and not living.
    Don’t get me wrong, I love and use the free app, as for me to lose weight, I have to log my calorie intake in order to stay focused and on track. But taking it to the nth degree and paying top dollar for it is not worthwhile in my opinion. Each to their own 🙂

    1. It actually goes down to less than $5/month if you do it by year instead of monthly! I personally think an investment in your health is money wisely spent.

  2. I was disappointed last year when MFP included with their update last year due to the hack they experienced the inability to use it off-line. I am currently 335 days continuous days of logging in but will be without wi-fi next week. I like the continuity aspect, but would like to be able to continue with entries while off-line. That is no longer possible. I would pay for premium if this feature was made available in premium.

  3. Um wow. It’s actually gone up to $8.33 a month paid up front as $99.99 a year or $19.99 a month. That seems pretty steep. Thank you for your review, though!

  4. When I first started using MFP a few years ago, it helped me track protein, fat and carbs. It was on the free app. It worked great, but it seems it was sold to Under Armor and now they need to make more money off of it. I might have paid the money for it, but after 3 years and reaching my weight goal, I need a boost and find my data isn’t there. That doesn’t motivate me to continue with them. Might try Noom or something else. Too Bad.

    1. It shows when we try to purchase through mobile . Try to login on PC and see that works. I experience same on mobile phone.

  5. Not sure where you are getting $79.99 per year. List on their website on 2/12/2020, I can purchase PREMIUM FITNESS PAL for: $4.17/MONTH
    Billed $49.99 annually.

    1. It’s 79.99 thru the App, or 49.99 thru the Website. Pretty smart of them really – some people will just pay what they ask when using the app on their phone, other more frugal folks will go look elsewhere and feel like they are getting a deal on the site!

  6. oh come on. nutrition tracking is something one can do without a monthly fee. it’s ridiculous to pay ANYTHING, when calorie counts can be googled (you’ve already paid for monthly internet access, after all), and there is certainly some scrap paper in the house from which a journal can be formed.

    1. There is a lot to be said for tracking EVERY BITE (free version) at the beginning. It’s amazing how sauces, dressings, coffee creamers and condiments add up. If you do it seriously for a few weeks… it becomes easier and maybe not so necessary. You can’t get the ease of values with a scrap of paper… lol. I’ll be keeping it up for a while this time (last time 2016) though because I really want the results. Life bit me.

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