I don't like the new Activity Tracker. I have been with SparkPeople for years now and I liked the old tracker. Is there a way to swap back to the old tracker?
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7/16/13 4:19 P
I've made the switch! It was an easy decision, knowing that I could switch back if I wanted to. I'm pretty much in maintenance mode (would be nice to loose a little more, but not hugely bothered) so I think it will suit me. I also had the chance to update my activity level, which I think has made things more accurate for me. Still interested to read your thoughts on it though, so tell me what you think.
I switched, and for the most part I like it. I do wish it wasn't an "all or nothing" sort of thing, though. Just because I burned off 400 calories on my treadmill doesn't mean I really want to eat them all back, and showing "under-range" implies, to me, that I actually need to, rather than I *can.* I could understand that for a really high output, I guess, but adding *half* of the exercise total back onto the nutrition goal range would be ideal for me.
I imagine that it will be *very* helpful once I get back down to maintenance mode, though.
I typically burn about 300-400 calories per day, so it's put me into the 1700-2000 range since I switched trackers. Maybe I haven't been eating enough during the week...I am going to try that range out for a week and see how it goes! That being said, I only have about 5 lbs to lose.
7/16/13 12:46 P
Thanks for all of the help/suggestions. Now I know that I can switch back if I choose to I'm going to give it a try. Let me know if you have any new thoughts about it, I'd be interested to hear them.
They announced on the blog yesterday that all members are now able to switch back and forth between both trackers. I tried the new one out yesterday and switched back this morning. I'm sure it will be wonderful for some people, particularly those in maintenance, but I'd rather my ranges not change from day to day. For example, I checked specifically on one of my days last week, when I hiked for over 3 hours, burning over 1500 calories. I ended up going over my original recommended range that day. It's normally 1200-1550, and I ate over 1800 that day, but I was okay with that because I knew I needed to eat more than usual, and I wasn't going to not eat because I was definitely hungry. My "new" range for that day, however, was over 2700 calories, minimum! I don't eat when I'm not hungry, period, and the thought of needing to find out how to add in another nearly 1000 calories just made me shudder, lol. I'll probably switch back when I get closer to maintenance, but for now, the classic tracking works well for me.
Yes you can still get the daily and weekly calorie differential report.
I switched to and I'm undecided if I like it.
On heavy exercise days my range is huge, 2,880 huge. However I'm not usually overly hungry until the day after a big exercise day when I make up the calories.
Honestly that's part of the reason why I prefer to eat clean over tracking my foods. When I tracked I often felt pressure to eat when I wasn't hungry just because I had the extra calories and then sometimes I was hungry but had already hit my limit for the day so I wouldn't eat. Both of which are not ideal.
ETA: I just went and switched back to the classic tracker so apparently they've got that sorted out.
Edited by: JUSTEATREALFOOD at: 7/16/2013 (07:08)
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7/16/13 4:31 A
I changed to the new tracker, grumbling all the way, but now I like it. I think it just takes time to adjust, as it does with anything different.
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7/15/13 8:29 P
I am able to switch back and forth between the old and new trackers. I like the new one but it takes five minutes or more in between entries to load on my tablet and phone.
So on my tablet I use part of the old one, the favorites. Search, groupings etc the new one.
On another thread I read that they are working on making it so that if you switch to the new tracker, you can still switch back to the old one later (currently, it's a one way street). If you're undecided, you might want to wait until they have this functionality in place before committing to the new one.
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7/15/13 6:29 P
As yet I'm undecided about swapping to the new nutritional data tracking, the one that adjusts your calories to match your activity level. One thing I need to know, can I still get the daily and weekly calorie differentials under the my reports tab? I usually aim to average out over the week, so if I won't have this feature then I'm tempted not to change.
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