I Started Tracking My Diet With Cronometer. Here’s What It Revealed.

What Cronometer revealed about my diet.


Hey, y’all.

So on Monday, I talked about how I gained weight during a depressive slump and what I’m doing now to lose the extra weight.

*Note: Keep in mind that I don’t have a GP at the moment and I haven’t spoken to a doctor yet about how much I weigh. I already know approximately how much I’m supposed to weigh for my height and age, and I know that I’m 5-10 lbs heavier than that. So all I’m trying to do is get back down to where I was before. Should I want to lose more weight, I will be speaking with a medical professional and advise that you do the same before committing to a drastic weight loss plan.

For me, it comes down to calorie consumption & activity level. I used to be really active, but haven’t been recently, and my diet changed very little in that time. So I was still eating the same amount of calories that I had been eating when I was working out.

About 2 days ago, I started using Cronometer to keep track of my calorie consumption at the very least.

Let me tell you, it hasn’t been very long, but using Cronometer has been so eye-opening.

As I cover in Monday night’s blog post, Cronometer tracks SO many things that we don’t even think about on a daily basis. Sure, we’ve all counted calories, but I don’t think that we know exactly how many kcal to eat each day to meet our health, fitness, and weight loss goals.

Cronometer keeps track of ALL of that, from your basal metabolic rate (amt of kcal you burn at rest), calculating how many kcal you take in, and calculating how many you burn during activity.

But, of course, the goal isn’t just to lose weight… it’s to be healthy. And Cronometer gives you a detailed breakdown of your daily values and what you are (and aren’t) getting in your diet.

I try to vary the foods I eat…

… because I know that, you have to supplement in order to get everything you need on a plant-based/vegan diet. And I thought that popping a multivitamin was all I needed to do.

But girl… I was mistaken.

A multi-vitamin takes care of your daily vitamin needs, but after looking at my Cronometer calculations, I am STILL gonna have to supplement for some of my proteins, lipids, and minerals.

Wow, bruh. My life is a lie.

Here’s a basic breakdown of these 3 categories. For more info on your vegan dietary needs, check out my post on 3 registered dietitians who make a vegan diet easier.

As for the 3 nutrient groups I mentioned, there are several different kinds of each:

Lipids

  1. Fats
  2. Omega- 3
  3. Omega- 6

Protein (amino acids)

  1. Cystine
  2. Histidine
  3. Isoleucine
  4. Leucine
  5. Lysine
  6. Methionine
  7. Phenylalanine
  8. Threonine
  9. Tryptophan
  10. Tyrosine
  11. Valine

Minerals

  1. Calcium
  2. Copper
  3. Iron
  4. Magnesium
  5. Manganese
  6. Phosphorus
  7. Potassium
  8. Selenium
  9. Sodium
  10. Zinc
Lipids, proteins, and minerals (1)

Please note that I am not a biochemist and I do my best to provide accurate info, but I only have basic knowledge/understanding of this.

Shoot, the last time I remember talking about lipids and amino acids was back in high school… and I’m 24 now. I’m basically just a chick who’s super interested in being fit and healthy. BUT that’s why Cronometer is so great for me and others like me.

Cronometer Daily Values

These are a few things I’m not getting or lacking in in my diet, according to a day of eating logged on Cronometer.

See if you can get you a multi-vitamin that’s also multi-mineral.

It turns out that my multi-vitamin is also multi-mineral, so I am getting more than I initially thought, but I’m still lacking in a few places:

Omega-3s and -6s

Most of my amino acids

Minerals magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium

How am I going to make up for these shortages?

Thanks to Cronometer, I have a much better idea of what to supplement.

I’ve already started looking for dietary supplements to cover these areas. Thankfully, there are specified supplements for all these things, so I won’t get an excess of the things I already have.

Verdict?

If you’re plant-based, vegan, or vegetarian… or if you eat food… start tracking your intake with Cronometer.

A healthy diet should be carefully planned. A healthy vegan diet has to be planned even more carefully. I don’t think I realized just how much you can miss without keeping track.

Shoot, omega-3s are essential… essential. I literally have no other way of getting them besides my diet. But they could be slipping past me every day and I wouldn’t even know it… except now I have Cronometer.

I know I’m late as hell to the party, but I’m figuring there are still some people out there, like me, who haven’t quite gotten on board yet.

Well, here I am officially telling you… get your ass on Cronometer now. I’m still getting used to it, but it’s really user-friendly and to-the-point.

Do you think Cronometer could help you?

Sources to check out:

https://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=15383

https://www.khanacademy.org/science/biology/macromolecules/lipids/a/lipids

http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/basics/proteins/

http://www.biochemistry.org/?TabId=456

https://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=15377

https://www.eatright.org/

https://www.eatrightpro.org/

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