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December 30, 2012 9:32 AM
I would also much rather weight in stones and pounds if it is such simple maths it really shouldn't be hard to code.
  10692524
December 31, 2012 5:06 PM
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It would be nice to be able to choose stones and lb's. Purely because it's what us Brits are used to. Also I don't understand the cup measurement? I did google it but it didn't really make it much clearer. Is there any one that could explain it to me in laymans terms? ;-)



A cup is 250 ml, i.e. a quarter of a litre.

If you use a mineral water bottle for your water intake, this is probably marked as 75cl - which is 3 cups. So you need to drink nearly 3 of those per day. Hope that helps.

Your water bottle might be smaller or larger than that - check the markings on its label.


A cup is also: 284 ml, 237 ml, 276 ml, 240 ml, 200 ml, and 180 ml. It depends on entirely who entered it and you have no idea which it is unless metric/imperial/customary liquid/customary dry/legal/Japanese/traditional Japanese is specified.

Likewise with spoons, pints, quarts, and everything else that is done in volume. Do you assume a pint is 500 ml, 568 ml, 473 ml?

What I would prefer is the ability of more fine tuned customisation. As I use a calculator to work out my BMI, I know my height and weight in inches and pounds. My scales are set to stones and pounds.

Yes I know my height in feet and inches, inches, and cm, and my weight in pounds, and stones and pounds, but I haven't a clue in kilos because it makes less sense to me measuring human weight in kilos than it does measuring car speeds in poles per minute.

Us British residents (and citizens, I guess) do not use one system. If 3 people talked about their body weight, there is a good chance at least one of them would need to do some converting/math, perhaps all 3.

Yesterday I had to convert 100g into walnut halves using 1/4 US dry cups = 13 halves (making 2 halves a twenty-fifth of 100g IIRC) to calculate the vitamins/minerals and then look up the US RDA (or whatever it is called) to calculate the percentages - wish there was a simpler way of doing that even if just the "based on 2,000 calories" bit had a box below it saying what those values are (especially on the create/edit food pages).

ETA: And to those saying everything in the UK is metric, did you check if that punnet of strawberries you bought was 400g, 227g, or 454g? Do you like scanning that pint of milk you bought and having to add a 5x100 ml entry and a 68x1 ml entry because the container size was entered wrong by someone? It's not the quickest thing to do on an iPhone.

Oh, and "Yes, I think in metric. Sorry if that's hard for you. I generally also don't use 'football commentators' as a yardstick against which to measure what choices I make in my own life." made me giggle.
Edited by watfordjc On December 31, 2012 5:43 PM
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March 21, 2013 6:04 AM
I really wish this would be added!
March 21, 2013 6:19 AM
Being 53 I didnt learn metric at school in England, I think somewhere around 1972 ish they started to introduce it and just ended up baffling the whole school, for some reasons I found switching to decimal for the money system easier to understand but as for kilos or kilometres etc forget it ! its has always been double dutch to me. Another poster mentioned earlier about "cups" and referred to water, however a lot of american cookery recipes mention cups in relation food such as flour or sugar and I have no visual image at all of the quantities involved as i still measure my cookery items in pounds and ounces instead of grams , there are a lot of puzzling to me food items in america what on earth are grits?? lol .. in england grits is what we put down on a road surface or its a small stone that gets in your shoe or a piece of grit flies into your eye outside when its windy, I hear of people eating grits and gravy and i would love to know what grits are, is it some kind of meat or pastry? or what ?
  40309797
March 21, 2013 6:24 AM
I would have agreed with you this time last year, but after over a year on MFP I've become quite an expert in converting to stone in my head, and actually I've even changed my scales to measure in pounds instead of stone and pounds. I guess it's become a non-issue for me now - there are far more important things in life to worry about smile
  14815744
March 21, 2013 6:54 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

QUOTE:

It would be nice to be able to choose stones and lb's. Purely because it's what us Brits are used to. Also I don't understand the cup measurement? I did google it but it didn't really make it much clearer. Is there any one that could explain it to me in laymans terms? ;-)



A cup is 250 ml, i.e. a quarter of a litre.

If you use a mineral water bottle for your water intake, this is probably marked as 75cl - which is 3 cups. So you need to drink nearly 3 of those per day. Hope that helps.

Your water bottle might be smaller or larger than that - check the markings on its label.


A cup is also: 284 ml, 237 ml, 276 ml, 240 ml, 200 ml, and 180 ml. It depends on entirely who entered it and you have no idea which it is unless metric/imperial/customary liquid/customary dry/legal/Japanese/traditional Japanese is specified.

Likewise with spoons, pints, quarts, and everything else that is done in volume. Do you assume a pint is 500 ml, 568 ml, 473 ml?

What I would prefer is the ability of more fine tuned customisation. As I use a calculator to work out my BMI, I know my height and weight in inches and pounds. My scales are set to stones and pounds.

Yes I know my height in feet and inches, inches, and cm, and my weight in pounds, and stones and pounds, but I haven't a clue in kilos because it makes less sense to me measuring human weight in kilos than it does measuring car speeds in poles per minute.

Us British residents (and citizens, I guess) do not use one system. If 3 people talked about their body weight, there is a good chance at least one of them would need to do some converting/math, perhaps all 3.

Yesterday I had to convert 100g into walnut halves using 1/4 US dry cups = 13 halves (making 2 halves a twenty-fifth of 100g IIRC) to calculate the vitamins/minerals and then look up the US RDA (or whatever it is called) to calculate the percentages - wish there was a simpler way of doing that even if just the "based on 2,000 calories" bit had a box below it saying what those values are (especially on the create/edit food pages).

ETA: And to those saying everything in the UK is metric, did you check if that punnet of strawberries you bought was 400g, 227g, or 454g? Do you like scanning that pint of milk you bought and having to add a 5x100 ml entry and a 68x1 ml entry because the container size was entered wrong by someone? It's not the quickest thing to do on an iPhone.

Oh, and "Yes, I think in metric. Sorry if that's hard for you. I generally also don't use 'football commentators' as a yardstick against which to measure what choices I make in my own life." made me giggle.


Just change the serving to 1ml, then add 568 of them.

Then if we could just convince everyone that the whole point of this calculator is so that you don't have to do a load of maths, and they're needlessly making a complete mess of the database by adding random serving sizes instead of just copying the nutrition label.
  9711248
July 17, 2013 1:30 AM
I'd also like it in stones as every time I lose weight I need to convert it into stones and lbs which is such a pain.
Ellie
  27953952
July 17, 2013 1:38 AM
QUOTE:

I'd also like it in stones as every time I lose weight I need to convert it into stones and lbs which is such a pain.
Ellie


Change your settings then?
  9711248
July 17, 2013 1:42 AM
I'm British and don't see why you would want this. It's an outdated, nonsensical system and straight pounds, and better yet - kilograms are far more logical.
July 17, 2013 1:42 AM
14 pound to a stone. its not really rocket science is it? :-P
July 17, 2013 1:44 AM
For all those struggling with conversions, type into google what you want to convert, for example;

"200lbs to stone"

"3km to miles"

"3000 kj to kcal"

Or simply bookmark "http://www.convertunits.com/"
July 17, 2013 1:46 AM
Really not seeing the problem. You have a choice of lbs or kgs. 14lbs is 1 stone, 2.2lbs is 1kg. Just work it out. It takes seconds.

I am in the UK and KGs works fine for me, I couldn't care less how many stones I have lost, and I don't go around telling other people how much weight I have lost so its completely irrelevant.

The number goes down? That means you are winning!
  10181428
July 17, 2013 1:47 AM
I hadn't even heard of "stone" as a unit to measure weight in before joining MFP. and I thought it was a joke xoP
  42628891
July 17, 2013 1:48 AM
QUOTE:

I'm British and don't see why you would want this. It's an outdated, nonsensical system and straight pounds, and better yet - kilograms are far more logical.


This. I'm British. I switched to metric. Now everything's very, very easy.
July 17, 2013 1:57 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

I'm British and don't see why you would want this. It's an outdated, nonsensical system and straight pounds, and better yet - kilograms are far more logical.


This. I'm British. I switched to metric. Now everything's very, very easy.


Agreed
Edited by KeithChanning On July 17, 2013 1:59 AM
  27722775
July 17, 2013 2:03 AM
As long as the number is going in the right direction I'm not bothered what I weigh myself in!
  14166286
July 17, 2013 2:03 AM
I WANT STONES AND POUNDS please. ie 1st 5lb which is my current total loss.
i also think it would be a good idea to put a converter on here as im fed up of finding a conversion sight to change oz-g then the other way around. makes more effort.
  44627668
July 17, 2013 2:08 AM
Let me google that for you

http://bit.ly/16IGLLx
  10181428
July 17, 2013 2:20 AM
I have stones as an option on my profile, I only noticed it a few days ago though, and I'm sure it wasn't there before.

Check under settings>change units on the website :-)
July 17, 2013 2:23 AM
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a lot of american cookery recipes mention cups in relation food such as flour or sugar and I have no visual image at all

I'm one of those that got baffled at school being born in 62
However re-cups
I discovered to my horror when buying some food measuring whatzanames in Lakeland plastics that the american cup is a different size to the english cup

I guess we'll never have a standard of anything; weight, volume, distance, domestic power sockets that makes everyone happy
July 17, 2013 2:36 AM
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STONES IS AVAILABLE, THIS THREAD IS NOW POINTLESS

STONES IS AVAILABLE, THIS THREAD IS NOW POINTLESS

STONES IS AVAILABLE, THIS THREAD IS NOW POINTLESS

STONES IS AVAILABLE, THIS THREAD IS NOW POINTLESS

STONES IS AVAILABLE, THIS THREAD IS NOW POINTLESS

STONES IS AVAILABLE, THIS THREAD IS NOW POINTLESS

STONES IS AVAILABLE, THIS THREAD IS NOW POINTLESS

STONES IS AVAILABLE, THIS THREAD IS NOW POINTLESS

STONES IS AVAILABLE, THIS THREAD IS NOW POINTLESS

STONES IS AVAILABLE, THIS THREAD IS NOW POINTLESS

STONES IS AVAILABLE, THIS THREAD IS NOW POINTLESS

STONES IS AVAILABLE, THIS THREAD IS NOW POINTLESS
  9711248
July 17, 2013 2:56 AM
As a Brit I would love to have St and lb's as an option even tho I'm under the doctors for my weight and get weighted in kg's there (standard for nhs). think it's definitely psychological when u see that u have gone under another st or half st barrier, it gives u an even bigger boost. im constantly using my conversion app on my phone. conversion app on mfp would also be a good help. or even showing both kgs and st and lb's on the profiles.
  18343242
July 17, 2013 5:41 AM
For those who find conversion hard here's something I read on the back of a cereal packet in the seventies when we were all learning the SI system

"Two and a quarter pounds of Jam, weigh about a kilogramme"

"A litre of water's a pint and three quarters"

and

"a metre is three foot three , it's longer than a yard you see"

Hope that helps
Luv n Kisses to all
Brixton
July 17, 2013 6:29 AM
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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.
  29949396
July 17, 2013 6:30 AM
agreed.
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