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May 4, 2012 6:49 PM
There are loads of posts in the forum asking MFP to offer Brits a stones and pounds system so that our weight actually MEANS something to us when we log in, but nothing's been done yet. Get your voice heard here, and post your support!

I don't know about you, but as a Brit, seeing a huge number of pounds doesn't mean much to me until I've got the calculator out to work out how many stones and pounds it is, which is decidedly unmotivational, since I can't see a progression of weight loss I can immediately relate to, and my weight loss graph just doesn't give me the buzz it should.

It's a bit like me saying that I'm 67 inches tall, or 74 inches tall - does that 'mean' anything to you? No, of course not, but we all instantly know how tall 5" 7 is, or what a 6" 2 person looks like. In the same way, I wouldn't say that I travel 5,280 feet to work (or even 63,360 inches) - it's a mile!

It's exactly the same for us with stones. Of course, we could all work out how many feet are in heights given only in inches, or how many thousands of feet would be make a mile, but we already have a system to group these larger quanties into smaller denominations that we use, so why not use those instead?

Since there are 14 pounds in a stone, thie maths isn't as easy as decimal numbers, or even working out 12 inches to a foot. And really, why offer a weight loss setting called 'English' when it's clearly American measurements, and not 'English' at all?

Please, lovely programming elves, give us the option of stones and pounds to help motivate us to see how much weight we're "really" losing! It seems like an easy addition to make, and would make your app even better for those of us across the pond.
May 8, 2012 5:36 AM
SImilar issues for Australians (and New Zealand, I presume as well)- but relative to metric AUSTRALIAN measurements....

** Number One, Australians measure Energy expended and ingested by kilojoules, (kJ), not Calories; and

** 2. Australians walk, run, cycle, jog, and row in metric measurements of KILOMETRES (km), not miles.....

** 3. Australians weigh-in in KILOGRAMS (kg): evidently in line with the rest of the (non-British) "Fitness Pal" world

The closest Australian App is designed by the New South Wales State Government, in reference to daily kJ count average of Australians, but it directly targeted to mitigate consumption of junk & fast food, and therefore lacks wide menu recognition (of counts of fruit, vegetables, and "health" food, for example)

, Australians would like, across the board, metric Australian measurement options available, when opted for in options that is integrated across ALL sections of the software/ application!

Thanks fellas. Sure that this business is more popular and places more demands on you than you potentially ever imagined!

Regards from Western Australia
May 8, 2012 5:42 AM
I like the pounds way! If you convert it the first time... i.e 154 lbs equals 11 stone, you can easily adjust the lbs every time you lose some... 150= 10st 10lbs.... etc
May 8, 2012 5:46 AM
agree! but then I do quite like watching peoples faces when I say I have lost 20lb and they then try to convert it into stones!
May 8, 2012 5:48 AM
Oh my! You are asking for trouble from the haters on this site! I got blasted the other day for joking about the food portions being in tablespoons instead of cups!


This site is fabulous, I love almost everything about it (except the negative haters that seem to troll the topics)- maybe as it continues to grow, we can see more customization!

The "stone" vs "pound" thing has always confused the heck out of me- good luck to ya!
May 8, 2012 5:50 AM
I'm American and use pounds, feet, etc...but thinking of switching to stones because the number is SMALLER - I love the Brits!!
May 8, 2012 5:51 AM

I like the pounds way! If you convert it the first time... i.e 154 lbs equals 11 stone, you can easily adjust the lbs every time you lose some... 150= 10st 10lbs.... etc

I like the lbs, is nice to lose 10lbs and get down to the next level than 14lbs which is a long way, i am quite happy and agree with the quote above, its easy to know 10, 11 12 stone whatever you are and just add the odd lbs on.
May 8, 2012 5:55 AM
I use pounds but kilos make sense to me too. Using pounds though makes me feel like I'm losing more. 2.2 pounds looks better than 1 kg tongue
May 8, 2012 6:00 AM

I use pounds but kilos make sense to me too. Using pounds though makes me feel like I'm losing more. 2.2 pounds looks better than 1 kg tongue

May 8, 2012 6:03 AM
laugh Im new to this so im forever converting to stone, tbsp, etc etc, Oh well at least while im trying to get my english brain around measurements it isnt used to, im not stuffing my face.

It would be nice to cover all measurements tho' smile
May 8, 2012 6:12 AM
Im forever converting it would be nice to have the choice and have the option of using stones and pounds, not asking for anything instead, both would be an option.
May 8, 2012 6:23 AM
It would be nice to have the choice of either happy
May 14, 2012 2:15 PM
I also find it quite difficult with just the pound option as i have to then go off and convert it to get the stones and pound weight. Would be great to have the option of all three, LBs, LBs and Stones, Or Kilos
June 14, 2012 8:20 AM
Yes I am a Brit I would like the option to be able to view my weight in stone as pounds mean nothing to me!!!???
June 17, 2012 1:39 PM
Yep, I think I started a string as I can't figure out how to contact the designer directly. I grew up in Spain so can think in kilos, and know lbs, but conversations in the UK about weight always reference stones, I've lost half a stone, or someone weighs 25 stone, I've been on holiday and put a stone on, etc.

Psychologically, it's always a boost or a crusher to go up or down a stone, "I was 13 stone something, now I'm 12 stone something..."

If anyone's listening, PLEASE can we have this?!
June 17, 2012 1:43 PM
I agree. I've set myself goals of a stone at a time and it just doesn't mean anything to me to calculate my goals purely in pounds.
June 17, 2012 1:47 PM
Yes please! Stones and pounds would be a lovely option!

I divide my weight by 14 to get my weight in stones - am I doing this right??
June 17, 2012 3:43 PM
I thought the Brits had gone Metric years ago. No?
June 26, 2012 4:43 AM
I agree and we went Metric for some things, but kept Imperial for others to add to the confusion.
- pints of beer, larger, milk etc
- miles per hour
- Distances in miles and so on

I've also started another topic as the more topics, the more likely they will listen to us?
June 26, 2012 4:48 AM
I would like stones and pounds too please. I can use kilograms but would prefer not to convert if I don't have to. I cannot get my head around just working in pounds at all.
June 26, 2012 4:51 AM
Just change the setting on your scales!
Edited by HunterKiller_wechange On June 26, 2012 4:52 AM
June 26, 2012 5:00 AM
I agree! I would love to see my weight on here in stones and pounds rather than just pounds! Please include it as an option!
June 26, 2012 5:01 AM
I totally agree - you make the case really well!

I 'converted' mentally quite easily and I must admit 200lbs > 199 was a nice achievement (and yes, we know how to flick the switch on our scales to shows lbs!). However, the rest of the (British) world around us still thinks in stones and it would be nice to feel more part of that (ie. not having to do quick mental conversions all the time).

Also, yes, you do have to wait longer to lose a stone than you do to lose 10 lbs - but that's why you celebrate half a stone, which is even more frequent! drinker
June 26, 2012 5:09 AM
I'm a Brit and I kinda forgot all about stones as I don't discuss my weight loss with anyone over here! It might be different if I attended a slimming club or discussed it with my British friends but I really don't. One of the few other 'real world' people who I support on here is my sister and she lives in Canada now so also uses pounds. I weigh myself in pounds now as I find it easier to compare my progress to others on here, given that most are from the US. eg If an American woman of my height and starting weight posts progress pics, I don't have to do any conversions towork out what her end weight was compared to mine. I just realised that I also see my own progress in terms of 'Yes, I'm in the 170s' 'my next goal is the 160s' etc as opposed to stones. I've been Americanized!

However, in the interests of equality and if enough people want it, I think there should be a 'stones' option for Brits and 'kilos' for our Australian and NZ cousins :)
June 26, 2012 5:27 AM
I'm British and I've taught myself to operate solely in pounds, but people generally talk about body weight in stones and pounds here.

It would be good to have the option of using stones & lbs. Anything that can be done in terms of site design that helps people to engage with it and continue to use MFP must be a good thing, right?

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