Tips & Tricks – Getting Started With The Cronometer App

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Welcome to Cronometer!

If you’re new to Cronometer let us be the first to say – welcome aboard! We are thrilled to have you and we feel like we’ve created the perfect app to help you reach your goals. Whether you’re looking to track your protein intake to gain muscle composition, keep an eye on your magnesium and omega 3 for better health or shed a couple pounds, you can count on our nutrition tracker because:

Our data is accurate.

The nutrition information found within our app comes from lab-analyzed sources, such as the NCCDB or USDA. Other nutrition tracking apps will allow their users to submit their own entries, meaning there can be multiple options for a single food such as an egg, and each option will have different (and unreliable) nutrition information. We do still allow our users to submit foods into our database, but each entry is checked and verified by a staff member before being made available to the public. 

You’re getting detailed information.

Cronometer gives you the ability to scroll through granular details on up to 82 micronutrients, which is more than any other app on the market. Take a deep dive on things like zinc and potassium or lysine and oxalate. 

 

Because using a new app can occasionally be confusing we’ve compiled some tips and tricks so you can get the most out of your Cronometer account.

1. Swipe Right & Left

In the mobile app, you can swipe right or left on any entry in your diary. Swipe left to delete or swipe right to unlock more functionality such as copy & paste or to show more nutrition details. 

You can also swipe left on the top header bar to view your macros, highlighted targets & more!

2. Sync Your Device

Have an activity tracker? Make sure you sync it with your Cronometer account! A seamless integration will feed your activity data directly into your account and adjust your macros accordingly. We integrate with a selection of apps, but if you have a device that isn’t on the list, see if it will sync data with Apple Health or Samsung Health or Google Fit, then link those with Cronometer.

Pro Tip

If you are syncing activity data into Cronometer, make sure your activity level settings are set to none. Activity level provides an estimate of how many calories you may burn in a day, whereas your device will give a more accurate reading. Setting activity level to anything other than 'none', if a device is synced, will result in an inflated 'calories burned' figure. 

3. Create Custom Foods & Recipes

Within the web or mobile app, you can create custom foods & recipes to make logging the things you eat on a regular basis easier than ever! Do you drink coffee with a splash of milk and a teaspoon of sugar every morning? Create a recipe so you don’t have to add all of the ingredients to your diary separately each time. Navigate to the foods tab, then click ‘create recipe’ to get started. 

Pro Tip

Always taking the same combination of vitamins or supplements? Create a recipe that includes them all to add it in one easy step.  

4. Choose The Best Data Source

To get the most accurate and reliable data, make sure you’re logging with generic entries from the NCCDB or the USDA. When you search for a food, the data source will come up on the right hand side. 

Pro Tip

Click the orange filter button to bring up more food search options. You can filter out for just NCCDB data entries, sort by most frequent and even enable a multi-add function.   

5. Edit Your Targets

Your daily targets for both your macronutrients (carbs, fat, protein) and your micronutrients (all of those vitamins & minerals) are fully customizable. Our default targets aren’t necessarily fit for everyone and we recommend checking with your doctor, nutritionist or dietitian to help tailor them specific to your needs. Edit these in the ‘settings’ section of both the web and mobile app.

6. Ask For Help

We have a wonderful community around us here at Cronometer. A handful of staff members and over 5 million users are at the ready and willing to help. If you’re stuck and have a question or just need some straight up motivation, don’t be shy. Reach out to our support team, make a post in our community forums or leverage any of our social media accounts. We’re active on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tik Tok & YouTube so make sure you toss us a like, a follow and let us know what you think! 

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