Watching the number on the scale drop week after week can be hugely motivating—all the hard work is paying off! But seeing your weight loss ticker on MyFitnessPal can be even more powerful. We know from user feedback that not only personally rewarding, it can also fuel your friends to stay in the game for the long haul, too.
But what if you’re recording weight loss each week, and your ticker is just stuck at “Zero Pounds Lost?” The effect can be demoralizing, frustrating, or just plain infuriating.
Unless instructed otherwise, MyFitnessPal calculates the total weight you have lost based on the very first weight entry in your history. If you’ve been away from MyFitnessPal for a while, and returned a bit heavier than you were when you first signed up, your ticker will not update to indicate weight loss until you drop below your original recorded weight. Unless… you know this one little secret!
You can update your “starting weight” at any time, to allow your ticker to reflect your recent efforts. Here’s a quick and easy way to change your initial weight entry to get your ticker back on track.
1. Log in to MyFitnessPal in a web browser: www.myfitnesspal.com
2. Click “My Home” in the Navigation Bar, and then click “Check-in” just below that
3. Click “Edit Previous Entries”
4. Enter your new starting weight in the “Starting Weight” box near the top
5. Click “Change”
Voila! Regardless of what you weighed when you first started MyFitnessPal, your weight loss ticker will now accurately track the weight you lose from this point forward.
If you’re using the MyFitnessPal app on your mobile device, your ticker will update the next time you sync the app by launching it or adding an item to your diary.
See you in a few weeks with another MyFitnessPal power-user tip!