MyFitnessPal Premium: Worth the cost?

In one of my previous posts I talked about Sean and I starting to eat healthier. With that we needed a way to track our calories and I introduced him to MyFitnessPal.

I have previously posted about WW (weight watchers) and I am still using the WW app in addition to MyFitnessPal, I know overkill right. My reason for using both is because I was still overeating the 0 point foods available on WW but I also keep track of calories it keeps me a little more accountable.

Sean is using the free version of the MyFitnessPal app but I wanted some of the features available in the premium version. This post is about my experience with the premium version of the app and if I think it’s worth it.

What is MyFitnessPal?

To be simple, it is a calorie counting app available on iOS and Android that has a very extensive list of foods and the ability to track your exercise. MyFitnessPal is also available in an online format so you don’t have to use your phone.

What is MyFitnessPal Premium?

The premium version of MyFitnessPal is basically an extended version that allows you to track more specific nutrients; including giving yourself goals that are carbs, protein, and fat rather than calories. The premium version of MyFitnessPal is $19.99 a month to unlock the extra features to dive deeper into your eating outside of just calories.


First I wanted to show the premium features list that you can access on the app, and then highlight the ones I love the most.

Custom Dashboard

I really love the custom dashboard premium feature because I can focus on different parts of my eating as I move along.

Right now I have my dashboard set to calorie focused to display my total calorie goal, calories used, and calories remaining.

Exercise Calories

By default the app takes the calories you burn and adds them to the remaining calories you can consume. I really hated that because I would push my calories above where I wanted them to be.

This feature can only be turned off if you have a premium account and it is one of my favorite features. Personally I want to keep those burned calories in the burned category.

Calories, Carbs, Protein & Fat

As I said above you can control your diet further with the premium version of MyFitnessPal.

The free version lets you set your calories and that is about it. However, with this premium feature, you can control the percentage of your diet that comes from the macros you consume.

Even if you’re not doing keto or a low carb diet this feature can give you a little more control over what you are taking in.

Calories By Meal

The last premium feature that I love is the calories by meal. This feature lets you divide your calories between your three main meals and a snack.

I love this feature because it gives me a cap on my meal that I want to stay under. Of course, sometimes I to trade some of these calories around when we have plans for a large dinner or if we are going out to eat for lunch on a Saturday afternoon. Like today with my 760 calorie homemade crunch wrap for lunch…

Is it worth $19.99 a month?

Yes. I love the features that come with the premium account but I also think that not everyone would use all of them. I am still learning about eating healthy and the premium features can and will help if you are too. Yes $20 a month is a little much and I do believe that if could be a little less but I still think it’s worth it for me.

If you are starting your weight loss, weight gain, or any kind of fitness journey; what apps do you use? If you use MyFitnessPal comment below your favorite parts of the app.

2 thoughts on “MyFitnessPal Premium: Worth the cost?

  1. I love MFP! I’m a fitness coach and I recommend it to all of my clients. I have just started using it again to help me reach my own goals. It has been a big benefit as I look not just at my calories, but my intake of all my macros. It’s been a big help. If you need more fitness tips, please check out my other blog Sandler Strength and fitness.


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