Using the nutrition tracker is an absolutely vital component of my healthy lifestyle. Calories are important but also being able to keep an eye on the differing levels of nutrients is a fantastic tool for ensuring healthy outcomes.
Feeling tired, then perhaps you are low on protein. Feeling sluggish, then perhaps you need more fiber. The nutrition tracker will help you see what you are missing out on and what you are getting too much of.
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On the nutrition tracking page click "Change Nutrition Goals" It's just above the cups of water measure. Then click "Add another nutrient to track" I selected just about all the vitamins and essential minerals. I have found that I don't need to take as many supplements as I used to take. It saves money and I am more healthy.
The user entered foods are a great help in nutrition tracking.You can always at least get close. However, some users enter only calories so if you are tracking other nutrients, make sure to double check the nutrition information for user entered foods. Otherwise your results might be skewed.
I try to eat only things that are pretty easily quantifiable. If I can't log it into my Nutrition Tracker or determine the nutrition value, I don't eat it. Of course, this doesn't always work, but if I make it my general rule, it simplifies my nutrition tracking, making it easier to watch my calories.
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