Feature request: Calories as an "amount"

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Posted: 19 Oct 2012, 15:59
Quite often I'll find an approximate match to what I want to enter for my food journaling, and I'll have a reference for the amount of calories... say for instance I go to the dollar store and I find a Snerkers chocolate bar, 300 calories. It appears by all rights to be a knock-off of a Snickers bar (that has, say, 250 calories). Now I have three choices if it isn't in the FatSecret system...

Firstly, I could enter all of the data from the wrapper into FatSecret. It feels like a bit of a waste of time because there's a dozen values to enter all for a snack.

Secondly I could enter a Snickers bar and not think about it, even if the total calories are different. This isn't optimal logging, I've managed to take in a lot of extra calories from loose adherence to logging.

Lastly, which is what I usually do, is I enter a Snickers bar and I choose, say, 1.2 serving Snickers bar... then I check the calories and iterate adjusting upward or downward from there, until I hit the target number of calories as per the Snerkers wrapper. This is a fiddly process to get accurate, but usually takes less time than entering all of the data from the Snerkers wrapper. My fat/carbs/protein come out roughly where they should be, and the calories are properly represented.

If I was provided with the ability to say I ate "300 calories" as the amount consumed of Snickers bar, I'd be able to specify both what I ate and how much of it I ate in the most succinct way.

This will be especially handy for things like fast food where the only data points you have at the time is the number of calories and the type of food. If I go to a smaller local restaurant chain, order their version of a "Big Mac" and I see the calories (and nothing else) on the menu (which is common in California where calories are required when a chain gets to a certain size)... well, I could just tell FatSecret I had 700 calories of Big Mac and be done. How cool would that be?

All of the data is in the system, we already know the ratio of calories per unit measure, it would just be reversing the algebra to solve for quantity instead of solving for calories.

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Posted: 19 Oct 2012, 17:29
I like Snerkers.
Consume whatever foods you prefer, whenever you prefer to consume them, while ensuring nutrient sufficiency and meeting caloric goals.

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Posted: 22 Oct 2012, 17:57
That is a great idea - one of the reasons I've fallen off the wagon a few times is because it just gets exhausting trying to get every weirdo thing on the food journal! I find myself doing a similar method to option 3.

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Posted: 22 Oct 2012, 18:20
But if you are eating the same snacks over and over, or lets say like a BLT or a specific sandwich, why not enter it in once, save it as a favorite and just add it that way? Takes a few moments up front, but over time you should build up your database of foods you actually eat... unless you eat a lot of weird stuff lol

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Posted: 22 Oct 2012, 20:17
Plus you are helping your fellow members by expanding the database Smile

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Posted: 23 Oct 2012, 02:40
d8tabyte: Because I'm lazy, and I'm not talking about combinations of stuff like a sandwich, I'm talking about single items. If I take the "Recipe" route, then it's several more clicks to journal my food each time, since my own recipes do not show up on the food search in the main screen for logging. It's less time to fiddle with option 3 than to make a custom recipe, because I forage on what's cheap and available quite often.

lcleaner2b: I don't think I'm helping my fellow loggers by populating the database with every variation of an Oreo that exists. The distinction between it and a Hydrox is basically irrelevant to me. I think being able to say "I ate 100 calories of 'Oreo'" is actually very useful.

Another use: a great deal of the entries in the database contain outdated values for calories (it's common for a manufacturer to shave a quarter ounce off a snack rather than raise the price). I can't edit the existing entry, but I can say how many calories I actually ate by looking at the package.

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Posted: 23 Oct 2012, 05:11
Frankly I think them fixing the problems on the site should come way before adding new features.

And BTW you can edit an existing entry. I do it whenever I come across an outdated one.

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