Tracking Nutrition Without Focusing on Calories

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You Can Track Your Nutrition Differently

How does one effectively track their nutrition while avoiding counting calories? We’ve seen this question pop up a few times recently, which is why we figured there may be others who could benefit from a few suggestions that help to shift focus away from calories and onto a more holistic approach. 

One of our core values at Cronometer is transparency – and that means leaning into sensitive topics even when we know they aren’t always easy to discuss. But, it’s important to us that you understand we aren’t just here to support you when it’s easy. We want you to know we are showing up for you all of the time – we truly believe we’re all in this journey of health together!

So, whether you’re looking to avoid counting calories because it triggers unhealthy habits or if they’re plain old just not useful for you, read below for suggestions on how to reduce the focus on calories from your Cronometer account.

1. Turn Off the Energy Summary (ie. Those 3 Calories Circles)

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Eliminate these three calorie circles with just a few taps!

You can easily eliminate the whole Energy Summary section of the Diary Header, bumping Macronutrient Targets to the first option!

Here’s how:
Settings > Display > Show Energy Summary > Toggle Off

Access the User Manual for more tips about your Display.

2. Change Your Summary Column

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Here we've switched from Calories (kcal) to Protein.

Here you can change to any single nutrient we have listed in the database (a lot of people focus on protein) or choose none at all.


Here’s how:
Settings > Display > Summary Column > You Choose

3. Turn Off Energy Under Nutrient Targets

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This is what your Macronutrient Diary Header will look like without a caloric focus.

This will eliminate the Energy (kcal) section from the Macronutrient Diary Header – you’ll still see Protein, Carbs and Fats! Making this change will also remove calories it from your Nutrition Report.

Here’s how:
Settings > Nutrient Targets > General > Energy > Toggle Off “Visible”

Learn more about adjusting Nutrient Targets here!

4. Turn Off Energy Consumed Graph

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Eliminate this graph completely to focus on other metrics

If you’re a data nerd like us and love the Charting Library but don’t want to see the Energy Consumed graph can modify your Charting Library to eliminate calorie tracking here too.

Here’s how:
Trends > Scroll to the bottom > Manage Charts > Energy Consumed > Toggle Off

5. Get Your Coach to Turn on Restrict Mode

If you’re managed by a nutrition professional you can ask them to do all this for you quickly an easily by turning on Restrict Mode.

Be Well

Never be afraid to get in touch about any of this we are here with no judgement, no questions – just answers and support. Be well.

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