Counting Macros

10 Useful Tools For the Macro Dieter

flexible dieting tools for IIFYM

Macro counting is simple as no food is technically forbidden as long as it fits your macros.

But, tracking your macros and eating meals that help meet them can be challenging and frustrating for some.

Luckily for us, there are loads of great tools out there. Here are some that I use to help me stay on track.

1. Comprehensive Macro Dieting Guides

These books contain everything you need to know, as well as do, in order to be successful with the macro diet.

  • Fat loss edition
  • Lean muscle gain edition
  • Macro and TDEE calculations
  • Tracking macros
  • 10-day meal plan & recipes
  • Fitness guide and plan
  • Troubleshooting
  • Personal coaching and support options
  • Much more

Get either book here.

2. Easy-to-Use Macro Calculator

macro calculator

If you are still calculating your macros the old fashioned way, there’s now no need -or – perhaps you’ve tried other IIFYM calculators that have so many settings that it makes them very confusing?

Our mobile friendly Macro Calculator is not only easy to use but gives you an accurate estimate of your Daily Energy Expenditure and each of your macros. Plus, it can be used to lose, gain, or maintain weight.

Use it now here.

3. MyFitnessPal


Tracking Macros and your calorie amounts can be challenging, but MyFitnessPal is a free app that makes the process so much easier.

It has a huge database of foods, it allows you to scan an item’s barcode, and it integrates with a plethora of fitness tracking apps and devices.

Best of all, it’s free! Get the app here (iOS) or Android, and see our Macro Dieting – MyFitnessPal tutorial to get everything set up correctly when trying to use it with macros.

4. MapMyFitness

map my fitness app

MapMyFitness is another great app to use alongside the flexible diet. This app does a great job of estimating how many calories you burn during most of your favorite activities.

It maps your routes and workouts, keeps track of your times, and can be enhanced by the use of heart rate monitoring devices. It also allows you to compete against yourself and others.

Get the app here: IOS | Android

Need workout ideas and videos showing you how to workout at home or in the gym efficiently? Check out the Dr. Muscle App.  It tracks your fitness routines as well.

5. CalorieKing


CalorieKing is an extensive online database of food nutritional information. It is great for those that want to track their macros but don’t have a smartphone or aren’t comfortable with apps.

It allows you to easily change the portion size of foods and the results are displayed in a way that is easy to read.

Visit the CalorieKing website here.

6. Free IIFYM WorkOut Guide


People who are trying flexible dieting come from all walks of life and some may need some help getting started on a fitness routine.

Here’s a great resource to use if you are new to fitness or if you just want to switch some things up with your current routine.

Get the workout guide here.

7. Body Fat Percentage Calculator

body fat calculator
If you are lifting weights or strength training, the scale is not a very accurate measure of your progress. Worked out muscles not only retain water, but they also are adding muscle tissue, which can cause frustrating numbers on the scale.

I suggest that you use selfies and body fat percentage to keep track of your changing body..

Get yourself a set of calipers and use the free body fat percentage calculator to measure your progress.

8. Digital Food Scale

Measuring accurate portion sizes of fresh food and packaged foods is necessary when counting macros. Often portion sizes are given in ounces or grams so a digital scale is an essential tool for the flexible dieter.

Luckily these scales are pretty inexpensive and easy to use. You can find them at stores like Walmart or online here.

Also, check out our guide on how to use a digital scale to find the macronutrients in the food you are eating.

9. FitBit

fit bit

To get the most accurate measure of your calorie burn, heart rate must also be factored into the equation. Devices like FitBit give you the ability to do just that.

This way you can determine a more precise calorie burn from the exercises you do and then use that data to better adjust your TDEE and macros accordingly.

Not all FitBit devices monitor heart rate so if you want to get one, make sure the model you choose does.

Learn more about FitBit here.

10. Meal Plans

roasted vegetable salad

For those new to a macro diet, planning out all your meals to fit your macros can be challenging. You’ll need help thinking of things to eat that are healthy, but also fit your macros.

Here are 5 days worth of meals for those just getting started or for those who need new meal ideas. The recipes and shopping list are both included and it is designed with a healthy eating approach.

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Litman, L., Rosen, Z., Spierer, D., Weinberger-Litman, S., Goldschein, A., & Robinson, J. (2015). Mobile Exercise Apps and Increased Leisure Time Exercise Activity: A Moderated Mediation Analysis of the Role of Self-Efficacy and Barriers. Journal of medical Internet research, 17(8), e195. Study link

Ted Kallmyer is an ISSA certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, is an expert macros coach, and the author of The Macro Solution. If you need personal help reaching your weight loss/fitness goals see his nutrition & macros coaching options. Follow Ted on Instagram
Last Updated: December 16, 2020


  1. Cortney Kerns

    I have a question…I have been told two different things! I tracked macros somewhat for about a month and had really good results. I fell off and plan to start back hard on Monday. Are you supposed to enter your workouts into my fitness pal or no? Why and why not?

  2. spectra311

    Thanks for sharing! I use CalorieKing all the time and I love it, especially if I’m going to be buying something I’ve never bought before. I will have to check that body fat % calculator out–it can be a fantastic tool for figuring out just how fit you actually are.