I was tracking faithfully when I first started, but it got too time consuming, so I don't use it anymore, I do use the quick tracker for fruits and veggies, which I like because it's so quick.
That said, I think you're right about the difference btwn the food and exercise trackers points, although it had not occurred to me before. Hope they can figure out a good way to bump up those tracker points! I do think the nutrition part is extremely important.
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I, too, find the nutrition tracker a very valuable MUST for keeping me honest. I haven't really thought about the points but it would be good to have points for each meal tracked. You can put Morning Tea and Afternoon Tea into your tracker if you wish.
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Thanks for all the comments! And, Linda, it was a great idea to post the question where it might get a bit more attention -- I had also put a similar post on the "techie" message board!
For my own nutrition tracking I don't track by recipe or by meal very often; it's pretty much food by food (although I do use the "food groupings" feature and then edit . . . and the "faves" of course -- to make things a bit faster). Still nutrition is taking me a lot of time.
But although I also do exercise quite a lot (slowly rebuilding stamina after health treatments) the nutrition tracking and weighing myself regularly do remain the number one things I HAVE to do to maintain my weight loss and avoid "weight creep" . .. How I envy those of you who don't!!
And more points would help: I need all the motivation that I can get!! For example, extra points for posting breakfast entries would help remind me NOT to skip breakfast -- a specific slot for mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks, between breakfast and lunch and between lunch and dinner would also help remind me to eat regularly throughout the day -- and I love the suggestion of "extra" points for balancing the carbs/proteins/fats also -- which is hugely helpful for me in avoiding hunger.
SP is a truly terrific site: appreciate it so much, I can't resist making a few suggestions that might make it even better!
The way I'd look at it is you get more points for exercise because it's something you want to do more of. You wouldn't want to have someone who happened to get in range off of 5 items (where presumably items are recipes or packaged meals) feel like they could get more points if they ate more. If course you could always make it 2 points per food or something instead of 1, and maybe increasing the number to 10 would be reasonable.
Then again you could always give out some points for tracking enough calories to get into the bottom of your range?
All that being said I really don't care about points. I understand that some people find them motivational, but not me ;)
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I think it's a good suggestion to raise the points given for nutrition tracking. Because it is a good way to keep oneself on the right track, but it can be time consuming. Wouldn't hurt to have a greater incentive to do it more regularly.
Edited by: SPARKARINO at: 10/10/2009 (11:10)
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You are right: I forgot about the Nutrition report points and I do pull that up and find it useful. But: still a pretty big discrepancy with the fitness tracker points . . . maybe not a key "motivator" issue for others.
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I think of it as 7 points. I do sometimes use the quick fruit/vegetable tracker instead and get anywhere from 1-5 points I never know what it will be even with the same amount of servings, but If I use the nutrition tracker for 5 points and then click on my nutrition report I get another 2.
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For me about 70% of weight loss/weight maintenance is nutrition tracking: calories, portion size, balancing carbs/protein/fats. Nutrition tracker is great but -- it takes a lot of time for a maximum of 5 points a day. I do it pretty religiously. Fitness tracker offers a maximum of 24 points a day for cardio, 10 more for strength exercise -- ie a possible 34 points a day. I'd love to see the SP site tweaked a bit so there is at least "equity" between points for nutrition and fitness tracking or even a greater point allocation for nutrition tracking. Did post this suggestion on the technical message board. Anybody agree, disagree or just think it doesn't matter too much?? (I totally feel that the community component of SP is also very very motivating . . . but that darn nutrition tracker is the core of things and helps keep me honest!!: that and the "signature" weight tracker . . . ).
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