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The New & Improved Calorie Count Dashboard


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As you may have noticed, we revamped our dashboard to make it even easier for you to track your calorie intake and expenditure. On the new dashboard you will see ‘Food’ = calories you eat, ‘Activity’ = the calories you burn through logged exercise, and ‘Remaining ‘= how many calories you have left in your calorie budget to eat for the day. The ‘Remaining’ calorie number is based on what your target intake is set to plus any logged activity which would allow for an increase in your allotted calories. Technically, you want to aim for zero remaining calories at the end of the day to ensure you are not over or under -eating.  

Previously, we had incorporated an activity level which estimated the amount of calories you would burn every day on a baseline level. While it is accurate your body requires a certain number of calories at rest, it is a variable, often inaccurate calculation. Because we want to make things as simple and clear as possible for you, we have removed that number from our dashboard and analysis pages. However, if you were used to the old format, you can switch back by clicking the link on your dashboard.

Added: March 9, 2012 - 9:26am

As you may have noticed, we have incorporated the new design into the Old Dashboard experience. We now also offer a toggle version that allows you to see Net or Remaining calories depending on your preference/or to see both. The selection that you make there affects what your analysis graph displays for you. We've also exposed the water logger and added a date widget. We are listening to your feedback and are doing all we can to ensure you have tools that work for you.

Edited Aug 24 2012 17:13 by Igor
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I really hate the new analysis chart. Showing how close I am to my calorie goal seems silly. If the point  of CC is to try to hit my target calories everyday, and this chart makes zero my target calories, then that means if I do everything perfectly I'll have a graph of zeros... what's the point of that? 

I liked being able to see how many calories I had eaten vs. how many more/less calories my body had used. That seems way more helpful to me. 

Please go back to the way it was!!!!! 

Original Post by bvrail:

I really hate the new analysis chart. Showing how close I am to my calorie goal seems silly. If the point  of CC is to try to hit my target calories everyday, and this chart makes zero my target calories, then that means if I do everything perfectly I'll have a graph of zeros... what's the point of that? 

I liked being able to see how many calories I had eaten vs. how many more/less calories my body had used. That seems way more helpful to me. 

Please go back to the way it was!!!!! 

I completely agree, everything else is fine its just the analysis chart that is annoying!!!!

I don't care for it at all.  Granted, I only care about how many calories I consume.  It doesn't matter how much I exercise...consumption would stay the same.  However, I like seeing the scale showing how much I saved each day.  It was a good motivator to improve the following day.

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I feel like there needs to be an option to show both how many calories you have left to eat for your goal as well as how many to equal the standard deficit.

Thus, if your target is 1500, which would be about -1000 calories per day for a 200lb man, then eating 1500 calories gets you to your goal of -1000.  In addition, when you exercise and log it, then you need to eat more to get to the same -1000 target.  The current tool does this well, but it seems like seeing both the number of calories remaining to get to the 1500 calorie intake and the number left to get to the -1000 deficit goal would be useful.  Thus giving you an estimate of your daily deficit without suggesting that you eat significantly more just because you went to the gym.  In general, for "normal" people, they are not working out enough to demand significantly higher calorie intake on those specific days, so being able to see how you are doing against both targets is a good idea.

Thus, if someone is over their goal by 50, but they exercised, then they don't have to feel bad, but at the same time they didn't eat the extra 400 calories that they burned by working out.

I would like to have my nutrition "grade" right on my dashboard.. Just so I know how I'm doing so far through the day.. it's not a huge deal but just a thought :) thanks I love you guys

Is there a way you can put an app. that logs or a place like the water log, where we can log the amount of vegetables one is consuming?

I agree soph_slump. I like seeing the calorie deficit.  It kinda makes me feel like I accomplished something.

Another annoying change--used to be I could change my day-end calories/activ without deleting my "report" and all the responses.  Not so now, just deletes what I said and all my commenters. Really annoying. 

What's more annoying is that it's like having to learn software all over again and again and again. Users are not doormats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Leave well enough alone!

So I got the phone app update, how can I change 'remain cals' to 'net cals' like on the site? It is annoying cause it is locked at the top of the app (I like the log buttons fine) and I do not like seeing 'remaining cals' but do like seeing 'net cals'. 

Thank you so much for the new dashboard and calorie camp!  I love seeing the net calories, especially that I can eat more when I exercise.  I really did not like the feature in the old one that did not change how many calories you burned when contemplating if you were over your target calories.  This new system encourages me to work out more!

I just took a 'diet profile' quiz.  While it was such a simple thing to do, I think the little information it gave me will be quite helpful.  I hope you keep it up for others to use. 

I miss the pie chart that shows you how much you ate each meal (the percentage of the calories eaten by meal.  I'm always curious if I'm eating more at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks and I found the chart interesting.  

Also, I'm not sure if this is the place to post it, I love having calorie count on my phone.  But why is the dictionary of foods less substantial on the app?  I hope you can find a way for the phone app to access the same database that the website uses.  

And also on the phone app - in most instances I love the new look.  However, I've almost stopped using it because I of difficulties entering the right amounts of food using the new food selection thing with the spinny wheel.  I did not have this problem with the website and only noticed the limited nature of the data in the previous app.  This may still be a problem with the underlying data, not the user interface, but please please please do something about so many of the foods only being idenfied by 'grams' or 'ounces' instead of custom settings like 'per apple' or 'miniature box' of raisins.

Hello,

Can I make a suggestion.  When adding "Custom Foods" I need to be able to add servings of vegetables, or fruit, etc.  For example, I was adding the nutrition information for OPA Restaurant's Calamari and Greek Salad, and when I checked to see if I was meeting my goals for the week, it says I have had no vegetables yet this week.  I also realized that I have been logging my low fat Subway sandwiches, with all the veggies, as listed on the CC website, and that has not registered that I have eaten any vegetables either.  I love the convienience of the list of foods already on the website, but it does make meeting the goals difficult if it is not showing the vegetables included in the CC nutritional information.  Thanks for a great website.

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So, I switched back to the old Dashboard (thank you for making that option available) - but I wonder how long I will be able to use it?  How long until all users will be forced to use the new dashboard?

I don't understand all the grumbling.  I have no problem understanding the new analysis graph.  I think it's just like changing from Windows XP to Vista. There's a learning curve, but with a little familiarity it's not difficult to use.

My calorie allowance - based on my sex, age, weight, activity level and weight loss goal - is 1700.  I don't need to see my activity level calories subtracted from what I've eaten as the day goes by.  If I eat 1700 or fewer calories I lose weight.

When I exercise, I lose weight faster, or I can afford to eat as many additional calories as I exercised away, if I want to keep losing at the same rate.

The new chart gives me what I need to know to guide my eating and exercise decisions.

I also don't understand....they have given people the option of seeing their deficit or zeroing out at the end of the day.  Both types of analysis are also there.  I think CC has done a great job addressing what we want, now it's time to addapt!

I have set up "My recipes" for a couple of vegetable dishes.  When I post them cc still says that i haven't eaten my vegies.  Why not?

How do I get it back to the old style?  I can't figure it out.

Go back to comment #671 - she put a way to do it on her comment

Original Post by rachel_dietitian:

We now also offer a toggle version that allows you to see Net or Remaining calories depending on your preference/or to see both. The selection that you make there affects what your analysis graph displays for you. 

Bah, I wish I had found this post sooner.  Just noticed the link in the analysis section today.  The "calories remaining" system is stupid, IMO.  What's key is calorie deficit, and that's easier to track under the old system.

I like your setup very much. Is it possible to add SUGAR to the analysis bar graph?

Original Post by bozeman:

I have set up "My recipes" for a couple of vegetable dishes.  When I post them cc still says that i haven't eaten my vegies.  Why not?

The program can't decipher recipes. Try creating a meal from one serving of your recipe to get credit for veggies.

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