New Calories Display

We’ve just made some fairly substantial changes to our web version’s nutritional summary display area.

We found a lot of users were getting confused and frustrated with how we presented calorie targets and weight loss goals. Part of how we did this has to do with the history of cronometer. It was originally developed as a tool  specifically for people practicing the ‘CRON‘ diet (Caloric Restriction with Optimal Nutrition).  But as our site has grown, we have a much more diverse user base now with different needs and goals.

We’ve designed a new Calories Summary section to help show all of your calories consumed and burned, and see at a glance if you have a calorie surplus or a calorie deficit. Our goal with this new design is to clearly show users all their energy details in one easy to understand info-graphic.

Calories Summary

On the top left we have a bar showing your calories consumed. It grows from the left to the right. And on the bottom right another bar grows in the other direction, showing calories burned. If more calories have been burned than consumed, you can see The calorie deficit on the top bar. If you’ve consumed more than you’ve burned, similar surplus will be visible on the bottom bar.

The calories consumed bar shows the contributions from each macronutrient type (protein, fat, carbs, and alcohol). You can tap or mouse over each segment for more details.  The calories burned bar shows calories burned by being alive (BMR), calories burned from general light activity through your day, and any calories you’ve burned from exercises.

Note, you can click the gear button in the upper right of this panel to see detailed help and settings:

Calories Breakdown w/ Settings

You can configure the general activity calories here, as well as show or hide a weight goal which will tell you how much more you can eat or need to burn to stay on your goal.

We’ve also added a new section to the nutrient targets display showing configurable highlights. You can choose which targets you want highlighted here by clicking the gear button in the upper-right of the panel. You can also choose to hide them and show the old-style bars and macro-pie chart from these settings.

Nutrient Targets

We’re very excited about these new displays — we hope it you like them as much as we do. And if you spot any bugs or have any constructive feedback for us, we’re always listening. Come talk to us in our public chatbox.

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We now support Fitbit devices




We’ve just launched support for fitbit devices. If you own a fitbit device you can now sync your fitbit data to your cron-o-meter diary.

We can currently import your weight and body fat % (If you own the Fitbit Aria wireless weight-scale), and your hours of sleep and activity (from fitbit wristband devices).

To up Fitbit sync just go to the ‘Profile’ tab and scroll to the bottom where there is a section for ‘Devices’:

Setup Fitbit Click the ‘Link Fitbit Account’ button to authorize to sync with your fitbit data:

Fitbit Authorize

Click ‘Allow’ when prompted by fitbit, and you will be taken back to your diary where your fitbit data should start to magically import into your diary:

Fitbit Data

It’s that easy!

You can purchase compatible fitbit products here:

Fitbit Aria   Fitbit One

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Some new features

Hot on the heels of the redesigned website, we’ve added two small new additions to the Diary.

The old weight change widget in the sidebar is no longer just a boring number — but a weight graph:



And for gold subscribers, we’ve added an option to show the total calories for each group in your diary:


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New look to the website

We’re pleased to unveil a new look to our website today! We’ve updated the styling of the site to be more modern — and the cleaner look should help make heavy volume of data we present more readable.

We’ve not made any major changes to the functionality or mechanics of the site, it’s purely presentation changes, as well as many changes ‘under-the-hood’ that will make the site load faster and will make it easier to add new features down the road.

We hope you like the changes as much as we do!

NOTE 1: Some folks are reporting problems loading the page. This appears to be a (mysterious) browser cache issue, and reloading the page a few times solves the problem for most people, and clearing your web browser cache and reloading should solve it for everyone.

NOTE 2:We also forgot to mention last month, we updated the USDA database to use the latest sr27 release.

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Over 15000 new food items added!

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve just added a set of over 15000 new high quality food items to our database. These foods come from the University of Minnesota Nutrition Coordination Center’s Food and Nutrition Database. It has much more than the USDA’s database, and better coverage of micronutrient values. Look for these new items in your food searches. You’ll see them as coming from the source ‘NCCDB’.

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USDA sr26

It’s that time of year again. The USDA has recently released version sr26 of their food database. We’ve updated our foods with this new information. This release adds over many new food items, as well as more accurate nutritional information for existing items.

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Database updated with new USDA sr25

The USDA has recently released version sr25 of their food database. We’ve updated our foods with this new information. This release adds over 200 new food items, as well as more accurate nutritional information for existing items.

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System Maintenance Tonight at 11pm EST will be taken down at 11pm EST tonight while we upgrade to some more powerful servers. We estimate the outage to last roughly one hour.

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New Logo!

We’re proud to unveil our snappy new logo today:


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Happy Birthday turns 1 year old today!

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