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December 5, 2012 12:15 AM
Please make the app more friendly to people who weigh their food. If every food had selectable a fundamental unit of weight--grams or ounces--as a serving size it would make MFP the ultimate diet and nutrition tool. I'm pretty sure almost any food that has a barcode has a serving size in grams on the package.

Also, for recipes, if you were able to input a total weight, the app could easily and accurately calculate nutritional information for each portion by weight. So you could ladel some chili into a bowl, get the weight and know exactly what you're getting.


And finally for people who have specific nutrition needs, it would fantastic if we could modify daily goals for individual nutrients. Someone with high blood pressure might want less salt than is generally recommended for instance. A bodybuilder might want more protein. In this case the fat and carb requirements could be automatically decreased and an option to return to default the ratio could be included.

Thanks!
December 5, 2012 3:20 AM
Excellent suggestion. I agree. Versatility in the units of measurement is particularly relevant to members living Australia, New Zealand, & the UK.

Also, it'd be great if the site could remember stuff people add from other tabs (e.g. recipes, search results), rather than having to go back into the Food Diary and add items separately that aren't included on the list/s. Then again, perhaps it's just my browser (Safari).

Cheers guys. Great website!
Edited by CDT71 On December 5, 2012 3:23 AM
December 5, 2012 4:05 AM
its not really improving the app but improving the database behind the app, and seen as though its mainly user inputed data, the users are to blame.
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December 5, 2012 5:14 AM
1) Most foods do show grams as a choice - you just have to click on the drop down arrow and it gives you all sorts of choices
eg. small apple, med apple, large apple, 100g of apple.... I weigh every thing I eat and just take it as a fraction of 100 g

2) Same thing here - only you put in the weight instead of servings. If you bake a 900g cake - just make it 9 servings and you've
got calories per 100g of cake - or as I've read here before which is even easier - 900 servings and you log 75 servings when
you have a 75g piece of cake! Things like chili are easier in cups - my 16c pot makes 16 servings, and I make sure I measure
out a perfect 1 cup into my bowl. (Or you could weigh the whole thing too...)

3) For your specific nutrition needs - just go into goals and click on custom... you can change to suit yourself almost anything.
But you do have to check that it doesn't revert back to default if you have changed anything. I change my fiber goals to a
healthy 25g a day but any time I go in to give an updated weight, for example, it seems to go back to the MFP figure of 16
or so.

To really get to know the features you have to explore the website, not just the phone app - it's quite amazing how user friendly MFP really is - now if I can only get the ability to input a recipe as an ingredient in another recipe I'd be a happy camper....
Edited by traceyfunk On December 5, 2012 5:17 AM
December 5, 2012 7:07 AM
QUOTE:

1) Most foods do show grams as a choice - you just have to click on the drop down arrow and it gives you all sorts of choices
eg. small apple, med apple, large apple, 100g of apple.... I weigh every thing I eat and just take it as a fraction of 100 g

2) Same thing here - only you put in the weight instead of servings. If you bake a 900g cake - just make it 9 servings and you've
got calories per 100g of cake - or as I've read here before which is even easier - 900 servings and you log 75 servings when
you have a 75g piece of cake! Things like chili are easier in cups - my 16c pot makes 16 servings, and I make sure I measure
out a perfect 1 cup into my bowl. (Or you could weigh the whole thing too...)

3) For your specific nutrition needs - just go into goals and click on custom... you can change to suit yourself almost anything.
But you do have to check that it doesn't revert back to default if you have changed anything. I change my fiber goals to a
healthy 25g a day but any time I go in to give an updated weight, for example, it seems to go back to the MFP figure of 16
or so.

To really get to know the features you have to explore the website, not just the phone app - it's quite amazing how user friendly MFP really is - now if I can only get the ability to input a recipe as an ingredient in another recipe I'd be a happy camper....


Thanks for the replies everyone. :)

After perusing the site I've found as you suggested that I was able to do exactly what I wanted to goals, which was up the protein. And yeah, a lot of the foods do have grams. If they have either 1g, 100g, or 1oz as a possible serving size, that works pretty well with the decimal feature. But I really don't want to have deal with getting out measuring cups while my food gets cold. Weighing everything is just fast, easy and accurate.

Also I can't really find any fault with your recipe workaround. Seems pretty clever actually. Thanks! :)

Now with the chili example though, if there were a standardized weight measurement for all the ingredients you put in, you could just add them all up and get the total without having to weigh your big pot of chili sans pot.
Edited by Telecide On December 5, 2012 7:08 AM
December 5, 2012 8:03 AM
"Now with the chili example though, if there were a standardized weight measurement for all the ingredients you put in, you could just add them all up and get the total without having to weigh your big pot of chili sans pot."


True - in theory. You gotta be careful of the water you lose in cooking. If you put 1000g of ingredients in the pot - 10 minutes of simmering and you'll be down to 7 or 800g total. So when you weigh out 400g of food you've still got the calories that were in 500 when you started. It's still best to list the calories that go into the pot, and then weigh the chili when it's done cooking.
..... But I've always been a little too anal for my own good :o)
December 5, 2012 8:12 AM
Good point. I've been out-analed!
December 5, 2012 9:57 AM
Glad I could help.

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