I don't really share mine, but it is not because i am a private person. It is because of the lifestyle that I chose and how this site (trackers not people) reports on my progress. I don't count calories. I don't see a need with what i eat. I count nutrients and unfortunately though this site has lots of nutrients to track, i can't rely that the information is correct or that the nutrients i am tracking are included in the breakdown. The trackers say that I am always under protein, over carbs, over fat, under iron, and so on. I know that i am not. I am getting everything that I need.
But I do agree that if a question is asked about why someone is not losing weight, the tracker is the best place to go and if someone asks that kind of question hoping for a response, the tracker needs to be shared.
if you ask questions, it helps for those answering your questions to have as much information as possible.
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2,171 2/15/13 12:01 P
I've always had mine shared because I think it's a great tool to not only get feedback, but now that I've lost most of the weight I want to, my tracker goes to show how and what you can eat, and still lose weight. So many people think you have to really restrict what you eat, and eat salads all the time. I think my tracker shows you don't have to do that whatsoever.
This might be a bit harsh and I'm sure many won't agree with me, but I think the people who don't share (I'm not talking about the ones who don't know how, but the ones who refuse), are afraid to put it all out there, because they don't want to be held accountable.
I look at someone like my mom, who is perpetually trying to lose weight. She constantly complains about not being able to do it, how hard it is, etc. But then she doesn't eat healthy foods, goes out to eat a lot, and snacks too much. When I point that out to her she gets defensive. She doesn't like me pointing out what she's doing wrong, she just wants me to listen to her complain. I think there's a lot of folks out there (Not just on here) that are like that.
By sharing a food tracker you have to be willing and open to what people have to really say about it. If you're not willing to hear the criticism, that's fine. But don't expect good results when you ask for advice either.
I don't share mine, mainly because I'm a pretty private person and feel my weight loss journey is private as well. That said, I don't generally ask for too much help on message boards either. I do like to read all the threads and see what advice people have, though.
I'm of the mindset: to each their own. If you choose to share your info then that's awesome. Some of us just don't feel so inclined, which is ok, too.
I don't share mine as I don't track on SP, I don't have a reliable-enough internet connection to rely on it so I track offline. But I also don't ask for advice LOL. I think if someone is asking for advice they should either share their trackers or give us a good picture in the question of what they're eating and what they're doing for exercise. Many posters ask questions without providing any info about themselves, most likely because they don't realize how different advice will be depending on individual factors, as we are all unique and have different needs. In general there seems to be a reluctance on some people's part to ask specific questions when of course the more vague the question, the more useless the replies will be.
I feel pretty neutral on the subject. I keep mine shared mostly because I don't see a reason to hide it and I don't think anyone is really interested enough to check that wouldn't have my good interest at heart. But I can totally see how a personal food and exercise diary would feel ... well ... personal. If it's easier to be accountable to yourself and only yourself without fear of what anyone else thinks, there's no reason to share your tracker. If you are looking for specific input on your recent program and diet, yes, it's a quick and easy way to share pertinent info.
Fitness Minutes: (14,252)
9,646 2/14/13 9:09 P
I keep mine shared. :) It helps others encourage me (and I've gotten some friendly reminders from people when I was complaining about not losing weight tha tI wasn't keeping up with my nutrition.)
It's always very useful, and as a frequent poster/advice giver here, I know it helps me a great deal when I can look at trackers and make suggestions based on what you're actually doing.
I'm new to Spark People and am gathering a wealth of information before I actually go on to my pre-planned healthier meals and snacks next Monday.
What shocks me is the amount of people on this forum who ask for help to get off a weight loss plateau or wonder why they aren't losing any weight in the first place and when they ask for help, they haven't bothered checking the box in their profile to share their food tracker or exercise tracker with everyone or worse, their whole profile is private.
It seems like a no-brainer to me, how can someone help you if you can't see what they are eating or doing with their life. I've made the decision to be honest and open on my profile. If I slip up/have set backs you will see. If I'm doing well, you will see that also. After all, there has to be a reason that Spark People suggested sharing your food/exercise trackers and maybe, just maybe that reason is you are more likely to succeed with your goals if you have more accountability.
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