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Dynamic Macronutrient Targets: What They Mean

In this blog we will discuss the new change to Cron-O-Meter, dynamic macronutrient targets and what the targets in the dropdown menu (zone, paleo, ketogenic, LFRV) mean and resources for you to learn more on their specifics.

On the diary page below where you put your foods eaten for the day, you will find the calorie summary box. By clicking on the gear icon on the top right of the box, you will get an expanded version of the calorie summary section. At the bottom right you will see the dynamic macronutrient targets area depicted below.

This area will allow you to select different macronutrient (protein:carb:fat) ratios to follow. The drop down menu has some popular built in ratios that you can select.   Here are what they are and what they designed to do according to the leaders in those areas:

  1. Default: This setting will set your targets to the RDA standards based on your age. Click here for the current RDA table.
  1. Even: This is an even ratio of 1:1:1 (protein:carb:fat) or 33.3% each.
  1. The Zone: The ratios in The Zone are 3:4:3 (30%/40%/30%). The primary ingredients are low-fat protein, colorful carbohydrates rich in polyphenols, and fat that is low in both saturated fat and omega-6 fats. zonediet.com
  1. Paleo: Paleo is the rage now and it is a ratio of 15:20:65. A Paleo dietshould be high in fat, moderate in animal protein and low to moderate in carbohydrates. Loren Cordain is one of the leading experts on the Paleo Diet. www.thepaleodiet.com It does have some restrictions like no dairy, grains, legumes, refined sugars, and salt.
  1. LFRV: Is a high carb, low fat vegan approach with a 1:8:3 (8%/67%/25%). More can be found here:   http://www.30bananasaday.com/
  1. Low carb/Keto: This diet is a 5:1:5 (45.5%/9%/45.5%) ratio. The ketogenic diet was designed in 1924 by Dr. Russell Wilder at the Mayo Clinic. It has many claims, but also has some cautions. You can learn more at: http://www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com/
  1. Custom: Selecting custom will allow you to put whatever ratio combination you desire in the boxes. With this selection the boxes will become active to be edited.

These options we give you need to be considered carefully and with your health practitioners.

At the very bottom of this section, you will see the option to select ‘Total Carbs” or “Net Carbs”.  This selection will be the carbohydrate percentage format that is depicted on the blue carbohydrate macronutrient bar.

Once you have set a target to follow, you can select the top box “show full macronutrient breakdown” and four sets of bars will now be depicted in the calorie summary. Here is what will be added to your view:

The top bar is a depiction of your custom energy target for the day (Basal Metabolic Rate, BMR) based on the vitals you set up on the profile page.   You can customize your target calories by clicking this bar. The protein, carbs, and fat targets below will now automatically be adjusted based on BMR and the ratios you have selected in the targets area.

We hope this will help you use Cron-O-Meter more effectively to obtain your desired health goals. The selections in the macronutrient target area are informative and you must be careful on which ratio you desire to use. We strongly urge you to consult a health practitioner to help you choose the target range that best suits your needs and goals.

Please let us know if this post was helpful and if you have any questions. In our next blog I will discuss the “net” and “total” carbs bar in the calorie summary box.

Live well!



Frank Alvarez :Frank Alvarez - Owner Frankly Nutritious. www.FranklyNutritious.com Frank turned his life around when he was racing as professional duathlete and adventure racer. He was "fit but not healthy", and pushed himself too far and became seriously ill. He found holistic nutrition and used it to turn his life around. You can can read his story at www.franklynutritious.com Frank graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BS in Bacteriology. Shortly after his graduation he joined the Wisconsin Air National Guard (Air Force) where he flew KC 135s for 25 years. He has raced as a professional duathlete competing in five world championships. He is a Cory Holly Institute Certified Sports Nutrition Advisor, a Colgan Power lifting coach, a CHEK Holistic Life Coach, and is enrolled in a Masters of Holistic Nutrition course, which will lead into a PhD program. His passion in health and wellness and his military career fostered his Wellness For Me integrative program that partners with the individual to design a path to their optimum health vision. As owner of Wellness For Me, LLC, Frank is proud to bring you the programs Frankly Nutritious and Frankly Fit. Hawthorn University- Master of Science and Holistic Nutrition- 85% completed. 128 Air Refueling Wing Resiliency Instructor Certified Sports Nutrition Advisor- Cory Holly Institute Cooper Clinic Fitness Specialist CHEK Holistic Life Coach Colgan Institute- Level 1 Power Lifting Certified Coach Level-1 US Track & Field Coach Category 4 US Triathlon Official USAF KC 135 Instructor Pilot - Retired www.FranklyNutritious.com FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/FranklyNutritious Twitter: https://twitter.com/franklynutrient

View Comments (14)

    • Chirstopher,

      Yes, we are doing some education. New users and a lot of questions on how to use CM more affectively.

    • As the blog above states: On the diary page below where you put your foods eaten for the day, you will find the calorie summary box. By clicking on the gear icon on the top right of the box, you will get an expanded version of the calorie summary section. At the bottom right you will see the dynamic macronutrient targets area depicted below.

  • Hello.
    when the ratio is 1:1:1, the amount of fat in gramms is shown twice less than either protein or carbs. Why is that so?
    Thank you.

    • Natalia

      Are you accounting for the caloric value of protein/carbs/fat of 4/4/9 kcals per gram? Fat is almost double the caloric value per gram.

      Best regards,


  • Hi on mine there is no 'default' setting. It starts: fixed target, even, zone, paleo, lfrv, keto, custom.

    No default? I just want recommended ratio based in my BMI

    • Hannah

      Yeah, there is not a "default" selection, Cronometer just defaults to the RDA unless you tell it not to by selecting to "Use custom values instead of RDA" when you click a nutrient. For example, you click on "fiber" in the nutrient targets, you will get a pop box and it will have a check for for Use custom values instead of RDA". Select that and that nutrient will be editable to ranges you desire.

      Best regards


  • Wow thanks for such a fast reply Frank. So which setting should I select out of the ones I listed because I don't follow a particular diet or plan I just want to make sure I'm getting all the recommended nutrients every day ? Thanks again

  • Hi, I'm new to Cronometer and really enjoying it! I do have one question about the Nutrient Targets though - how is the overall target percentage calculated? (78% in your example above) I can't make sense of how to utilize this figure. Thanks!

  • COMPLETELY USELESS since there is NO DEFAULT selection. WTF. I'm paying for gold but what good is that without a DEFAULT like you promise?