Welcome to 2020!
Not only is this a new year, it’s a whole new decade! If you’ve been waiting for the calendar year to make a change and you’re just signing up to Cronometer – welcome aboard! We are thrilled to have you and we feel like we’ve created the perfect app to help you reach all your goals!
Because January is a busy month we went ahead and created a checklist of ways to maximize your Cronometer use so you can reach your goals more easily in less time!
We want this year to be your best, healthiest year ever! New Year, same you – only better!
1. Sync Your Device
If you have Apple Health (this includes Apple Watch), Google Play, FitBit, Oura, Garmin, Polar, Withings, Qardio or Strava make sure you connect your device to Cronometer for seamless integration!
Pro Tip: If your tracker captures your activity levels (ie. tells you how many calories you’re burning every day) then make sure you set your activity level to “none” or your Calories Burned figure will be inflated.
Learn how to sync your device on:
2. Copy + Paste
The same functionally you love on your computer is also available on Cronometer! The options with copy + paste are plentiful here; copy and paste single items, meals or the entire day to make logging a breeze!
How to copy single items:
- Swipe right on a diary item to to reveal the settings menu.
- Choose Copy from the action menu.
Here is how to copy a whole day:
- Tap the menu in the top right.
- Choose copy current day or the previous day from the action menu.
3. Diary Groups
Are you a Gold Subscriber? Yay! Gold Subscribers have access to Diary Groups meaning they can organize their diaries into different meals. Name these whatever you would like and even add a header for biometrics or exercise (or both)! What else can you do with these besides just keeping things organized?
We are so glad you asked!
Create Recipe from group
Use this option to bring you to the recipe editor pre-populated with the group’s food items. This will not change those items in your diary to a recipe but will save a recipe of those items for future use.
Copy The entire Group. Paste these by selecting the three dots in the top right corner of your chosen day/group and selecting Paste.
Show Nutrition Summary
Shows you the Nutrition Breakdown for that Diary Group.
Delete all of the items in the selected group.
Upgrade to Gold today so you can get sweet features like this one, plus custom charts, biometrics, timestamps, fasting timer and more!
4. Log foods from the NCCDB
How do you get the most nutritional info from Cronometer?
Perform text-based searches for your whole foods, then choose generic options from the NCCDB database! This way you will get more comprehensive and accurate nutrient profiles – which means you’re going to have a clearer picture of what is going into your body!
5. Update Your Targets
If you’re following any kind of diet that requires any kind of customization – Keto, Vegan, 30 Bananas a Day, or managing an illness that requires paying attention to certain nutrient levels – then we recommend checking your targets!
- Use Fixed values if you would like to input custom nutrient gram values directly in the fields.
- Use Macro Ratios, to dynamically calculate your macronutrient targets to achieve the ratio of macros based on your calorie budget.
- Use Keto Calculator if you are following a Ketogenic diet. Cronometer will dynamically calculate a maximum protein target based on your lean body mass, a maximum carbohydrate target and set the remainder of your calorie allowance to fats.
6. Barcode Scanner
Can you believe we live in a world where you can scan a barcode on a food packet from your device and then the nutrition comes up automatically? Wow! Is it 2020 or 2030?
What is even more wizard-like? That if we don’t have the food Cronometer can read the label and input the nutrition information for you. That’s right… it can read the details and enter the numeric values so you don’t have to!
If a food isn’t in our database, you can still create a custom food with the barcode scanner so you can begin tracking it right away.
We’re definitely living in the future over here! You can access the barcode scanner by pressing the orange circle with the + in it and then Scan Barcode. You can learn more about the Barcode Scanner here.
We know this is listed at the bottom, but that doesn’t make it any less important than the other 6! In fact it’s one of the things we love most about Cronometer – the community! We have so many people who love tracking their nutrition with our app and who also love sharing their Cronometer knowledge with other users… if you have questions check out our Facebook Community or our awesome Forums!