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Old Sat, Jan-12-19, 17:54
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Default Review of Carb Manager app

I just got it for my Apple iPad, so I donít know if it is on Android (probably) but Iíve only used it one day and I am so pleased.

I have always been a fan of tracking, especially when starting a new wrinkle in my low carb journey. I started keto today, and decided to see how far the science of tracking software has come. I found a well-rated app called Carb Manager. It is really a snap to use, and since I almost live on my iPad, it will always be handy. To add foods, look up basic items like eggs or brand names like Wholy Guacamole and it appears.

You can even scan a barcode, and if it is found in the database, all the information gets uploaded for use. I love that one!

The only thing I didnít find in the database today was a gourmet item of grassfed sausage, but I could add all the information and store it for the future. It even let me take a picture, so it is easy to find again and see it on my food list.

The foods all have icons to make it easy to find and keep track. And thereís a lot of flexibility in serving sizes. You can even set an entry to appear every day if it is your goto breakfast or something. If you make a mistake, you can adjust it.

Thereís a weekly rolling total with charts. I was aiming for macros like this:

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Generally, the keto diet macros vary within the following ranges: 60-75% of calories from fat (or even more), 15-30% of calories from protein, and. 5-10% of calories from carbs


Today came out to 3% carbs, 76% fat, and 21% protein. Thatís 8 grams of net carbs.

That is all I wanted, so Iíll stay on the free level.

The app can expand into a whole program for $40 a year or $5 a month; track exercise, do more reporting, take uploads from your FitBit and downloads to Apple Watch. This also gives access to a whole bunch of recipes and meal plans, including the ability to upload an online recipe and add it to your food list (I gather.)

Whatever you use, I do urge everyone to track for a few weeks at least, just to get the hang of things. Iíve looked up foods and got a nasty surprise. And somehow adding stuff up in our heads or guesstimating never winds up being overestimated. That can trip you up.

It has amazing motivational powers too. You look at something, think what it would do to that nice chart, and you pass it up.

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Old Sat, Jan-12-19, 22:13
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OMG Iíve got to stop scanning all my favorite foods and go to bed!
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Old Sun, Jan-13-19, 05:17
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Thanks for the review - I might play with this later. It might be compatible with my Garmin fitness tracker. I tried MFP with it and hated it. I did the free trial, and couldn't believe what MFP was charging for crappy software/membership. FitDay, which is well over 15 years old, was better. No, I don't want your stupid blogs and attempted social media network, just gimme a tool that works.
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Old Sun, Jan-13-19, 07:24
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No, I don't want your stupid blogs and attempted social media network, just gimme a tool that works.


Software by marketing committee! Never works.
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Old Sun, Jan-13-19, 14:04
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Having explored the app further, want to add some more info:

It lets you put in a recipe, and do portions, all with the free version, along with custom foods.

I've been using it to look up foods I was used to having as part of my low carb lifestyle, like cottage cheese, and what I noticed is that the food comes up with a Keto Grade, from A to F, based on a suggested portion size. Like, their default info and letter grade for salsa is 2 tablespoons, while the portion size for Queso dip is 1/2 cup. Which reflects the real world

I also love the pie chart that at a glance tells you what the macro ratios are in this food.
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Old Tue, Jan-29-19, 08:42
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Thanks for the review. I might download and give it a try. Iíve been using Atkins Carb Tracker & itís fine. I like to try different apps.
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