How to Calculate Exact Macros of a Serving of a Recipe in MyFitnessPal

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A very common question I get in the world of IIFYM is “how do I figure out the serving of a recipe?” This tutorial takes you step by step to figure out exactly how many macros you’re eating in a serving of a recipe!

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First, go to the recipe tab in MyFitnessPal.

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Choose to manually enter ingredients.

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Add all the ingredients that will be included in making the recipe and be sure to set it to one serving.

Now, cook your recipe. Once the recipe is finished weigh the entire recipe. You can do this by pouring into another dish on the scale or for things like casserole you can weigh the dish you’re using to cook it in, note the weight, then weigh the entire dish after cooking and subtract the weight of the dish (see this video).

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Once you have weighed your dish go back into the recipe and edit the serving to how much the food weighs. For example, say this recipe weighed out to 1853. Now your recipe is showing you the macros for a single gram of your recipe.

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To measure out your serving simply place it on the scale. Say you weigh out 80g of the dish. When you add the recipe to your food diary put the serving in as 80g. Boom! Yes, some portions of the dish may have say more meat or more carbs but this is the most accurate way to get the macros without picking out each ingredient and weighing.

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