MyMacros+ App Review: The Most User-Friendly Food Tracker

Before trying the Mymacros+ app, I had read many reviews that were very conflicting. 

While some users were reporting that they loved their experience with the app, others were saying that it was very difficult to use, with a poor food database.

So, I purchased Mymacros+ in order to determine whether as a nutrition coach I would recommend it to my clients who are serious about tracking their calories and macros.

Here is my quick takeaway if you are wondering whether MyMacros+ was worth it:

  • I found it to be one of the most user-friendly food-tracking apps I’ve tested. 
  • Unlike other apps that only focus on calorie counting (like the LoseIt App), MyMacros+ has an emphasis on tracking macros (protein, carbs, fats), and does an excellent job doing so. 
  • There is no free version, but for $1.99/month you can customize your calorie and macro goals, which compared with apps like MyFitnessPal, you’d have to pay $20.50/month. 
  • Along with others, I found the food database disappointing, which is a barrier for me using the app long-term.  But I would still recommend trying the app for yourself. 

Overall Rating: 4.0/5

MyMacros+

Overview

  • A macro and calorie tracking app
  • A user-friendly food-tracking apps
  • It has an emphasis on tracking macros (protein, carbs, fats)

Features

  • Can create unlimited meals
  • Access to a community Facebook group
  • Can set macros by gram or by percentage
  • The macro coach can customize your macros for you

Best For

  • Dieters focused primarily on their macronutrient intake
  • Those who want to log custom foods
  • People who eat similar foods daily
  • Those who have a tight budget

What is MyMacros+?

Mymacros+ is a macro and calorie tracking app that can be downloaded onto your iPhone, Android, iPad, and Apple Watch, and can be used to track your food and water intake along with setting your personal nutrition goals. No free version exists, you have to pay $1.99/month to access the basic features or pay $9.99/ month to upgrade to Premium. 

While this app does offer the option to track your workouts, it requires a separate app download (Myworkout+) which costs $2.99 USD per month.  

Note: I did not test Myworkout+ for this review, I only tested Mymacros+. 

This app also allows you to track personal body stats such as your body weight and body fat percentage, and when you purchase the premium version of the app, it will adjust your macro and calorie goals based on your weekly weigh-ins to help you reach your body composition goal.

Without the premium version, you’d have to update your macro and calorie goals each week manually, which is fine if you have that sort of experience or you’re working with a nutrition coach.  

MyMacros+ has a food database of over 5 million different food items and has an option for you to scan nutrition labels and barcodes to make food logging more efficient (however, I was disappointed with the food database – more on this later).

The app will also remember your frequent foods list, which makes it extra easy if you consume similar foods on a day-to-day basis.

In the next section, I go into detail about my personal experience with using the app, and how it works.

MyMacros+

MyMacros+ App

Mymacros+ is a macro and calorie tracking app that can be downloaded onto your iPhone, Android, iPad, and Apple Watch, and can be used to track your food and water intake along with setting your personal nutrition goals.

My Experience Using MyMacros+ And How it Works

Mymacros+ App user experience

I used Mymacros+ for one month, and for the majority of that time, I used the premium version of the app where I had access to the “macro coach” feature that helped me to calculate my ideal macronutrient split based on my current weight and body composition goals.

When I initially opened up the app, I was met with a slide of helpful instructions on how to use the basic features of the app. I then had the option to register within the app where I provided my name, gender, and email so that I could have the ability to customize my macros.

Once I was registered, I began exploring the app, and found that I could easily enter my own calorie goal, and set my own custom macros. I had the option to do this by a percentage or by simply entering the number of grams of each macro I wanted to hit. I chose to do a percentage as I found this was quick and easy.

I set my calories at 2000 per day, with a macronutrient split of 30% protein, 40% carbohydrates, and 30% fat. The app then calculated my daily macros to be 150 grams of protein, 200 grams of carbohydrates and 67 grams of fat.

I then got right into the process of logging my food, and this is where I ran into a few issues with the food database. 

I found quite a few of the foods I was trying to log (such as my specific brand of coconut yogurt and my favorite protein bar) were not available in the food database. I was surprised since I am normally able to find these foods in other food-tracking apps that I have used.

I then tried to log some of my favorite meals from popular restaurants and was met again with no matching foods in the database. 

For example, I tried to log a gluten-free sub from Subway into the app and was met with no matching results.

I found the app to contain a low variety of “gluten-free” food products in its database overall, which was inconvenient for me seeing as this is the type of diet I follow. It also did not contain any foods in its database from common restaurants that I like to eat at.

With that said, if I only had to enter generic whole foods such as “eggs” or “bananas”, I found the app had plenty of options, was quite accurate, and even provided the exact macro breakdown for that particular food.

I really liked this feature, since most other food tracking apps I have used do not make the macro breakdown of each individual food very visible. This was probably one of my favorite features of Mymacros+, and it did not require a purchase of the “premium” version of the app.

I also really liked that I was able to easily change the measurements of each food I was logging. 

For example, I had the option to log food using cups, ounces, or grams. Again I found this to be quite helpful since I use a variety of different measurement tools for different foods.

The app also remembered my frequent foods, which made daily food logging really efficient. It did also offer a barcode scanner, but I found that the few times I tried to use it, the foods I was scanning were not in the food database.

I had the option to track my water within the app as well, but this was not a feature I found that I used since I like to keep track of my water intake simply by keeping count of how many times I fill my water bottle in a day.

The other main feature that Mymacros+ had to offer was the Macro Coach, however, it was only available if I signed up for the premium version of the app for $9.99 USD per month. I was offered a 7-day free trial before purchase which I thought was quite reasonable, so I decided to try it.

Mymacros+ macro coach

In the Macro Coach section, I was prompted to enter personal details such as my gender, age, weight, height, and optional info such as my body fat percentage and waist size.

From there, the app asked for a 5-day history of my macronutrient intake, along with any weight fluctuations in the last 5 days. 

I was impressed with this part of the app since I have never encountered another food-tracking app that considers your current calorie/ macro intake before calculating your new macros.

As a nutrition coach, I understand that while personal stats like your height, weight, age, and gender play a large role in determining an accurate calorie/ macro intake, I also know that the amount you are currently eating plays a large role as well.

After this, the app asked me about my activity level (light, moderate, heavy, or very heavy exercise), my body composition goal (fat loss, weight gain, muscle gain, maintenance), and my preferred goal speed (slow, medium, fast, or aggressive). 

Mymacros+ body weight

I chose a maintenance goal and stated that I had a light activity level.

It then asked me my preference for carbs or fats, to which I stated I preferred carbs. It also asked me whether I preferred low, moderate, or high levels of protein, for which I chose moderate levels.

With all of this information, the Mymacros+ Macro Coach determined that my ideal intake was approximately 1918 calories, 135 grams of protein, 241 grams of carbs, and 46 grams of fat. 

As a nutrition coach, I thought this was a reasonable calculation for my maintenance calories.

It also gave me the option to redistribute my carbs and fat intake if I wanted while keeping my protein intake stable, which I thought was pretty cool.  

What this meant is that if I had a day where I knew I was going to consume more carbs, I could adjust my carb ratio higher and the app would automatically adjust my fat ratio lower, so that calorie intake would remain stable. I could do the same if I wanted to eat more fats, as the app would automatically adjust my carbs to keep calories the same.

I did end up using this option and adjusting this ratio slightly for myself to bring my fat intake up to 60 grams, and my carb intake down to 210 grams, since I was finding it difficult to stay under 50 grams of fat.

The Macro Coach also offered a weekly check in option. When you check in on the app, you are required to enter your weight, and the app will re-calculate your ideal calories and macros based on if you are progressing toward your goal or not.

I thought this was very handy since many people would likely not feel comfortable doing this themselves, or not know how or when it is appropriate to adjust calories and macros accurately.

Overall, I found the app didn’t have much more than calorie and meal tracking to offer. However, this didn’t necessarily bother me, as I think sometimes food tracking apps can become a bit too “cluttered” with features that people who are only interested in logging their food won’t need or use. 

What I Liked About Mymacros+

Pros vs Cons of using Mymacros+ App
  • Easy to Log Foods: Once I found the food I was looking for, I found the actual process of logging the correct measurement of each food I needed to flow very nicely. More specifically, I loved that I had the ability to change the measurements of each food seamlessly and easily.
  • Macronutrient Breakdown of Each Food and Meal: My favorite part of the app was how visible the macronutrient content of each food was. I also really liked how the exact macro breakdown of each meal was boldly displayed since I find this is a feature that is usually lacking in other food-tracking apps.
  • Displayed Both Macro and Calorie Targets: I really liked that while the app was definitely macro-focused, it also did a good job of displaying the calorie content of each food and meal, along with daily calorie targets. I personally really like to see both displayed and easy to see when I am tracking my food.
  • Simple and straightforward layout: I really liked that this app was not difficult to navigate, was easy to look at, and did not contain any unnecessary “fluff”. If you are in the market for a straightforward food-tracking app, then this is a good option.
  • Cost Effective: The cost of Mymacros+ is low at $1.99 USD a month, and even without paying for the premium version you can set your own calorie and macro targets and track your daily meals.

What I Didn’t Like

  • Poor Food Database: Although it does claim to have a database of 5 million foods, the fact that the Mymacros+ food database did not include a significant number of everyday foods that I normally eat (and am able to track easily on other food tracking apps) was enough to turn me off the app entirely. 
  • Workout Tracking in a Separate App Download: Most other food tracking apps that I have tested give you the ability to track your workouts within the app without additional cost. I did not like that Mymacros+ required a separate download (and fee) in order to track workouts.

Key Features and Benefits

A few features that Mymacros+ includes, which I think separate it from other apps, are:

  • Can Create Unlimited Meals: Mymacros+ allows you to create as many meals as you want and customize the names of each meal, rather than having to follow the traditional “breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack” layout.
Mymacros+ meals customization
  • Access to a Community Facebook Group: While this group is not run or monitored by Mymacros+, it allows you to connect with other users from an app that is commonly used.
  • Can Set Macros by Gram or by Percentage: When you are customizing your macros, Mymacros+ gives you the option to set the grams of each macronutrient, or to choose the macronutrient percentage that works best for you.
Mymacros+ food nutrients
  • The Macro Coach can Customize Your Macros For You: This is a great feature that the premium version of the app offers if you aren’t comfortable with calculating your calorie and macro targets on your own. The macro coach also has the ability to adjust your calories and macros based on your weekly weigh-ins.

What Other Customers Think

What originally caught my eye with the Mymacros+ app was the number of polarizing reviews that I saw.  The app boasts an impressive 4.7 out of 5 stars from a total of 25k ratings on Apple App store, with a similar 4.5 out of 5 stars from 5k reviews on Google.

Despite the high star ratings I was seeing, I read a variety of different reviews from users ranging from very good to quite poor. Upon reading these reviews I found I could relate to some of the good and the bad, which confirmed my experience with the app.

For example, one user wrote “I have tried other apps and just find that for macros counting, this app is the best. It is very user friendly and makes tracking such a breeze.” 

I personally agreed with this review in that I think it is a superior app for anyone who focuses primarily on the macronutrient content of each food rather than just the calories.

I also read a few very impressive reviews on the customer support, with one person saying:

 “I also can’t rave on enough about their customer support; when I got a new phone a couple weeks ago, the app was uploaded only for me to find that none of my data had transferred over—all of my custom foods, favorites, and recipes culminated over the years all gone. I was devastated!!! I reached out via email and Jason Loewy of their customer support team emailed me back within 24 hours stating that they were able to restore all of my data without a problem. Talk about a life saver! 10/10 would recommend this app”

While I never tested the custsomer support for Mymacros+, I was particularly impressed with this review, seeing as my experience with the customer support of some other food tracking apps I have tried has been extremely frustrating and painful (read my MyNetDiary review for more info on that).  

However, I did read a few negative reviews that I could relate to, which mainly had to do with the food database. One customer said:

“The food database is seriously lacking. It’s incredibly difficult to find simple foods, and I’ve ended up adding almost everything so far as a custom food. Also, the barcode feature is hit or miss. There have been several times that the product couldn’t be found, had info completely different from the box, or brought up something similar but not exactly what I was looking for.”

I also read a few similar reviews on customers losing all of their data upon receiving automatic app updates, with one customer saying:

“I recently updated to the newest version of the app and in doing so I lost every food item, favorite, and recipe I had saved in my profile. That is hours and hours of time that I’ve now lost. I will no longer be using the app personally or recommending it to anyone… Stay away!”

After reading these opposing reviews and using the app myself, I can relate to both the positive and negative feedback, and found that it’s likely not the app for me long-term since I find having an easy and accurate food database to be the most important feature of any food tracking app. 

Who Should Use Mymacros+

Mymacros+ is a great app for:

  • Dieters focused primarily on their macronutrient intake- If you are someone who prefers to pay attention to the macronutrients in your food as opposed to just the calorie content, then Mymacros+ is a great app for this.
  • Those who want to log custom foods- Since the food database in Mymacros+ seems to be missing many common foods, I would recommend the app for people who feel comfortable entering custom foods, or perhaps prefer to add their food intake as custom in order to ensure the most accuracy.
  • People who eat similar foods daily- Again, since the food database in Mymacros+ can prove difficult to find certain foods if you normally eat the same foods on a daily basis, then you can skip the tediousness of searching each food in the database and instead go to your “frequent foods” list, making food logging much easier.
  • Those who have a tight budget- While there are free calorie and food tracking apps on the market, for only $1.99 USD Mymacros+ allows you to track your meals and have access to an app that displays the macronutrients of each food, which isn’t always offered on free food tracking apps.

Who Should NOT Use Mymacros+

On the other hand, Mymacros+ is NOT the app for anyone who:

  • Wants an app that offers more than just calorie/ macro tracking- Mymacros+ is great for tracking your meals and setting targets for your weight, calories, and macros. However, if you are looking for additional values such as recipes and customized meal plans, this app is not for you.
  • Relies heavily on a diverse food database and doesn’t like to custom log foods- If you are someone like myself who really dislikes having to custom log food into a food tracking app, then you might want to skip out on trying Mymacros+. 

Sign Up for Mymacros+

The process to sign up for Mymacros+ is extremely quick and easy:

1. Go to the Appstore and download Mymacros+ ($1.99 USD)

2. Click into the app, and follow the prompt to create your own account

3. Enter your name, gender, and email to finish the account creation

4. Once the account is created, either begin entering your own custom calorie/ macro goals, or upgrade to “premium” ($9.99 per month) in the Macro Coach section to have the app customize your calories and macros for you.

5. Begin tracking your meals!

Mymacros+ Alternatives 

1. MacroFactor – It Has A Better Food Database

MacroFactor

MacroFactor is another great alternative to Mymacros+ since it is also an app that focuses primarily on tracking macros and calories. In fact, they are both similar to each other in the way that they both tend to focus on the macronutrient content of your food vs. the calorie content.

MacroFactor also has the largest food database on the market which has been verified by a registered dietician. This is extremely important to consider since many food tracking apps contain many inaccurate food items in their database.

Similar to Mymacros+, MacroFactor can customize your calories and macros for you, which is a great option if you are not comfortable with doing it yourself.

If you want to try a free 2-week trial of MacroFactor use the code FEASTGOOD on either Apple or Google Pay.

Apps Store
Google play

2. MyNetDiary – Good If You Want Recipes & Meal PLans 

MyNetDiary is a great alternative to Mymacros+ if you are wanting to track your calories and macros, but also want to have access to additional features such as macro-friendly recipes and meal plans.

The MyNetDiary app also offers information in regard to the overall health score of the foods you are logging, and provides each food in its food database with a “food grade” based on how nutritious the food is for you.

MyNetDiary offers a free version, and in this free version the app customizes your calories for you, and while it does provide information on macronutrients, your daily macro breakdown is not displayed as boldly as it is in the Mymacros+ app.

You can get access to a large library of amazing recipes and meal plans on MyNetDiary by upgrading to the premium version of the app for $6.50 USD per month.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Mymacros+ Good for Weight Loss?

The Mymacros+ app can be a great tool for weight loss since it allows you to set your ideal calories and macronutrients for a calorie deficit. If you update to the premium version of Mymacros+, the app can even customize your weight loss calories and macros for you, and continue to adjust them as you lose weight.

Is Mymacros+ Free?

The Mymacros+ app is not free; however the basic version of the app has a low cost of $1.99 USD per month. If you want to upgrade to the premium version where you have access to the Macro Coach feature with customized calories and macros, the cost is $9.99 USD per month with a 7-day free trial. 

Is Mymacros Compatible with Apple Watch?

Yes, the Mymacros+ app is compatible with your iPhone, Android, iPad, and Apple Watch.

Is Mymacros+ Accurate

I found that the Mymacros+ app gave me an accurate calculation of what my ideal calorie and macros should be based on my age, height, weight, gender, and body composition goal. I also found that the Macro Coach feature made accurate adjustments to my calories and macros when it was needed.

How Do I Cancel My Mymacros+ Subscription?

If you are wanting to cancel your subscription with Mymacros+, all you have to do is go into your iPhone settings, click into your iCloud subscriptions, click into your Mymacros+ subscription, and press the cancel option. You can cancel at any point in time with no consequence from the app.

How To Contact Mymacros+

If you ever need to contact the customer support for Mymacros+, you can contact them through email at Support@MyMacros.zendesk.com. Based on customer reviews, the customer support team for Mymacros+ is very efficient at solving any issue you might come across with the app.

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Mymacros+ App

Mymacros+ is a macro and calorie tracking app that can be downloaded onto your iPhone, Android, iPad, and Apple Watch, and can be used to track your food and water intake along with setting your personal nutrition goals.


About The Author

COLBY ROY

Colby Roy is a holistic health and nutrition coach. She is certified through Precision Nutrition and has a passion for all things nutrition and healing the body. More specifically, Colby likes to work with clients who want to optimize their gut health and energy levels.