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March 3, 2011 8:29 AM
It would be nice to be able to input the exact serving size (if you happen to know them) ie; ounces, teaspoon, tablespoon, 1/8 cup etc.. and get the correct calories calculated. Examples: 2.5 ounces of sirloin steak, 3/4 cup skim milk, 1 tablespoon shredded cheese.
March 3, 2011 8:30 AM
That is the about the only problem i have with the site myself.
March 3, 2011 8:35 AM
I agree!
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March 3, 2011 8:35 AM
Me too...I try to average my quantity a liitle higher to be safe...not sure how else to do it, other than getting an actual food scale.
March 3, 2011 8:40 AM
You just have to find (or enter yourself) the food in the units you want (i.e. oz, grams, cups) then use the number of servings to make it how you need it.

For example, I just had a bowl of cereal. The serving size on the box and in the MFP database is 3/4 cup. Well, I eat 1 and 1/2 cups. So I pick the 3/4 cup serving size but enter 2 as the number of servings. For your skim milk example, I'm sure you can find a 1 cup serving size in the database, so you can just enter .75 as the number of servings and you're set for the 3/4 cup serving you used. So a little basic math will let you enter your exact serving size for any given food you might want to enter.
Edited by chuckyp On March 3, 2011 8:42 AM
March 3, 2011 9:03 AM
try this link for all conversions and measurements.


http://www.infoplease.com/pages/unitconversion.html
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March 3, 2011 9:04 AM
yes please, would make the app much easier
March 3, 2011 9:05 AM
it would be nice to have that where we put in recipes instead of how many servings there are total. I find it difficult to make soemthing that could serve three or four people, and then guestimate what that serving looks like
March 3, 2011 10:00 AM
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it would be nice to have that where we put in recipes instead of how many servings there are total. I find it difficult to make soemthing that could serve three or four people, and then guestimate what that serving looks like


Make your total recipe then measure the total amount and divide by # servings to get amount /serving...ie:a soup/stirfry/casserole etc. that can be portioned out by cups ..if makes 10 cups total and you serve 6 people from it then 10/6 =1.66 or 1 & 2/3 cups serving. If is in a casserole pan ( 9x9 or 9x13 etc. ) then just state cut into 9 or 18 or how many servings you get out of it..if you have entered all your ingreds. in recipe then MFP figures calories for you when using the recipe section.
Hope this helped.
Edited by maeadair On March 3, 2011 10:01 AM
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March 3, 2011 10:54 AM
Make your total recipe then measure the total amount and divide by # servings to get amount /serving...ie:a soup/stirfry/casserole etc. that can be portioned out by cups ..if makes 10 cups total and you serve 6 people from it then 10/6 =1.66 or 1 & 2/3 cups serving. If is in a casserole pan ( 9x9 or 9x13 etc. ) then just state cut into 9 or 18 or how many servings you get out of it..if you have entered all your ingreds. in recipe then MFP figures calories for you when using the recipe section.
Hope this helped.


That does help, though it is still another couple of extra steps and messy dish. :)

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