TOPIC: Calories & Grams not syncing correctly
Joined Jun 2011
August 6, 2012 2:05 pm
Totals 2,095 106 80 119
Your Daily Goal 1,836 115 81 160
Remaining -259 9 1 41
Calories Carbs Fat Protein
These are my totals for today - it is showing that I am over my calories by 259 calories - yet Carbs, Fat & Protein are all showing that I have grams remaining.
9gm carbs * 4 calories/gm = 36 carb calories remaining
1gm fat * 9 calories/gm = 9 fat calories remaining
41gm protein * 4 calories/gm = 164 calories remaing.
According to my carb/fat/protein grams, I have 209 calories remaining to eat today, and yet I'm already over? Something isn't adding up right here.
Joined Aug 2011
August 10, 2012 4:39 pm
i'm sorry if the disagreement between calorie and macro-nutrient totals in your diary has been a cause of concern.
Many of the food items you see while searching our database were entered into the system by the MyFitnessPal staff. You can tell which ones these are, if you search using the website's tools at http://www.myfitnesspal.com, because you'll notice they have NO asterisk ( * ) next to them. The ones WITH the asterisk next to them are items that have been entered in by our members. You'll notice there are a lot more of these items. (If you're using MyFitnessPal from a mobile device, you won't see the asterisk at all, though this is a discrepancy we hope to address in future updates to our mobile apps).
While in most cases, members are careful to enter the nutrition information as accurately as possible, there are entries in which the macronutrient values are either inaccurate, or in some cases have been left blank. Currently, the system only checks that the calorie value is not blank, it does not check the accuracy of the relationship between macro-nutrients and the total reported calories. This is also something we are considering adjusting in future releases.
We are always working on improving the quality of the Food database. However, while we're looking into solutions, it's a good idea to verify what's on the site using the label of the actual product, whenever adding a new food to your diary. We've included tools to allow members to be able to edit the items that find that have errors. By allowing members to add to the database, and also to edit information that they discover to be inaccurate, we are able to grow our database in both size and accuracy in a way that would not be possible if we relied only on our own staff for these purposes.
To edit the database, Go to the "food" tab. After you click the "food" tab, a link for the "database" should appear directly under the "food" tab. Click on the "database" link.
Type the item you would like to edit into the "search our food database" and click "search". Find the item in the matching search results and click onto it.
After you click on the item, another page with the item's nutritional information should appear on the right hand side. To the right of the nutritional facts should be a green "edit" button. Click on the "edit" button, and another page should appear. There you should be able to edit the incorrect information. Make sure you click the green "save changes" button when you have finished.
Hope this helps clear things up.
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