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May 23, 2012 10:20 AM
I apologize if this topic has been brought up before, I have not check the boards below.

I use MyFitnessPal as a personal log and analytics tool to make sure that I am on track with my eating, nutrients, and so on. I know that MyFitnessPal has many different use cases but I fall under the one where I am fit (dont want to lose or gain weight) but MyFitnessPal makes it so easy to track my food (the barcode scanner is great) that I use it as a reminder to stay on track. I think of this site like the for nutrition.

Along those lines I would like to see a more robust offering of analytics toward the data that we enter into the system. I have see the current reporting tools and think they can become more interactive similar to mint to allow people to dive more into the data that they are inputting. Also, I now use the barcode scanner ~99% of the time to enter my food. With that it still doesn't contain a lot of the nutrients in the food. Only the basic categories are tracked. With the barcode scanner could we track other vitamins and minerals so that there is more data to sift through which would feed in to a interactive analytics dashboard for the user?
May 23, 2012 10:35 AM
Agreed. I am trying to lose weight but am a data junkie! My biggest gripe is the exercise logging. When you input running, you just enter time, not distance. It would be nice to see pace, cadence, HR, etc...kinda like Daily Mile does.
May 23, 2012 11:22 AM
I agree with both posts above. I am in data analytics and would love the ability to export my diary data to excel so I can do with it as I please. Separate bar graphs are fine, but they don't come close to my "need" for analysis-but 99% of the population's eyes glaze over with what I would do. I'd just like to export so I can do my thing please.
May 23, 2012 1:02 PM
Double agree. The 'Reports' tab on the website is extremely lacking. All it does is give you a bar graph, which really tells you nothing. How about something that can be customized, as the OP suggested?

I would like a simple report that tells me how many calories I have eaten over the past week / month / whatever compared to how many calories I have burned over the same time period (Are they the same? Am I eating more? Am I burning more?). I could compare this to my weight change over the same period of time to see if I am on the right track and be able to make adjustments as needed.

If all that is too much, maybe just an 'export data' feature as V-3D already suggested.

Edited by timvickroy On May 23, 2012 1:03 PM
May 23, 2012 6:58 PM
I completely agree with everything that's been said. More customizable and robust analytics, preferably in graphical form, and the ability to add mileage, and then I can dump using DailyMile as well. Right now I'm using both, because I want to track my mileage, but love the food tracking simplicity of Myfitnesspal. It also seems the graphs and reports are better on the android version, which is odd.

I'd LOVE to see a long term "projected weight loss" or something like that that takes all those "if you have the same day as today in five weeks you'll" and puts it into longer timeframes, and graphical form.
May 23, 2012 7:00 PM
February 7, 2013 7:18 PM
While searching for keyword "analytics" I came across this post. I have to agree with the posters here that the "Report" tab is shockingly lacking in capabilities. I do Crossfit and track my nutrition to see not just total calories per day but also the amount of macronutrients. I am not trying to lose or gain weight but eat right to reduce fat with muscles. I want to eat carbs, fat and protein in the ratio of 40:30:30 and hence the motivation to track EVERYTHING I eat. After a week of painstakingly entering all the food I ate, I checked out the report tab only to be sad. Very sad! It just shows a graph for ONE type of data, while MFP has a huge database of complete nutritional information! WHat are these guys doing?? Here we are talking about Big Data but MFP is not able to create useful reports for us!!

Here's what I'd like to see and until these features are implemented, tracking my daily food is pretty much useless on this website. Are you guys aware of any other website or app which does it better? I can't use excel file as that will be too much work!

- show a graph displaying parameters (fat, protein, carbs, etc) selected by the user
- display a ratio of these parameters in the user specified time frame (daily, weekly, monthly)
- alerts and notifications when user is about to exceed their daily limits
- the total # of calories required / day is simply based on one's weight and age. MFP needs to provide more scientific options that include user's BMI, lean body mass, etc to accurately identify the caloric needs
- comparison of various food items in the database and provide suggestions on nutritious foods that have user's desired quantity of selected parameters
- in fact, if I have only 200 calories to left in the day, MFP should be able to suggest me some foods that will help me meet my goal of that day WITHOUT compromising the quantity of individual macronutrients.

Looks like MFP's focus has been on integrating with other fitness products and they have ignored their own website's UX and reporting/analytics capabilities. Very frustrated that there is nothing better out there!
February 7, 2013 7:42 PM

MFP should be able to suggest me some foods

At least this part here is I think unlikely to happen. With good reason. MFP is a log where you can track the foods you've eaten. It doesn't provide medical advice which as soon as they start suggesting foods with all the allergies / sensitivities out there would be opening up a whole 'nother world which I'd rather not see.
I've seen it with a care-taker... kid is allergic to soy... ok... snack provided? edamame...

Maybe this could be avoided / bypassed by only suggesting from foods you've previously personally logged, but I'd rather it be able to continue as a free service that lets me log things rather than providing "medical advice" that would have to take into consideration all the possible allergies / sensitivities.

Reports they've been suggesting for a while now that the website reports will get an update but no time-line for the roll-out of the improved feature.
February 7, 2013 8:12 PM
Orrrrrr, you can be happy that this is a free site and figure out your food on your own. *shrug*
May 1, 2013 10:48 AM
I've spent 3 days setting up the system and entering data before realizing there are really no report mechanisms for aggregating the data in the browser version as the post suggests. Any suggestions for other systems with reasonable reporting tools would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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