New Calories Display

We’ve just made some fairly substantial changes to our web version’s nutritional summary display area.

We found a lot of users were getting confused and frustrated with how we presented calorie targets and weight loss goals. Part of how we did this has to do with the history of cronometer. It was originally developed as a tool  specifically for people practicing the ‘CRON‘ diet (Caloric Restriction with Optimal Nutrition).  But as our site has grown, we have a much more diverse user base now with different needs and goals.

We’ve designed a new Calories Summary section to help show all of your calories consumed and burned, and see at a glance if you have a calorie surplus or a calorie deficit. Our goal with this new design is to clearly show users all their energy details in one easy to understand info-graphic.

Calories Summary

On the top left we have a bar showing your calories consumed. It grows from the left to the right. And on the bottom right another bar grows in the other direction, showing calories burned. If more calories have been burned than consumed, you can see The calorie deficit on the top bar. If you’ve consumed more than you’ve burned, similar surplus will be visible on the bottom bar.

The calories consumed bar shows the contributions from each macronutrient type (protein, fat, carbs, and alcohol). You can tap or mouse over each segment for more details.  The calories burned bar shows calories burned by being alive (BMR), calories burned from general light activity through your day, and any calories you’ve burned from exercises.

Note, you can click the gear button in the upper right of this panel to see detailed help and settings:

Calories Breakdown w/ Settings

You can configure the general activity calories here, as well as show or hide a weight goal which will tell you how much more you can eat or need to burn to stay on your goal.

We’ve also added a new section to the nutrient targets display showing configurable highlights. You can choose which targets you want highlighted here by clicking the gear button in the upper-right of the panel. You can also choose to hide them and show the old-style bars and macro-pie chart from these settings.

Nutrient Targets

We’re very excited about these new displays — we hope it you like them as much as we do. And if you spot any bugs or have any constructive feedback for us, we’re always listening. Come talk to us in our public chatbox.


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