MyNetDiary Help

MyNetDiary is an easy and comprehensive application. We've tried to make it as simple and intuitive as possible, but with so many features, you may need to check with these help pages when you have a question or run into a problem.

Known Issue, Problems, and Coming Updates

In the recent update we fixed all known issues and added nutrient selection and date navigation. PLEASE, if do you experience an error - let us know as soon as possible, e-mail to support@mynetdiary.com and we will do our best to quickly resolve it.

The two top questions about the iPad app are entering food amounts and deleting food entries.

Exercise tracking update has been completed and submitted for review on Wednesday, we hope to get it approved and become available within a few days.

We highly recommend joining our Online Community for extra motivation and support!

Application Overview

There are four main tabs - MyNetDiary Plan, Daily Foods, Daily Details, and Progress. The top title bar keeps track of your planned calories, consumed calories, exercise (if entered online or from the iPhone app - it's coming to this app as well), and remaining calories. Also, on the right side, you could use the four buttons to update your personal information, settings, and MyNetDiary account info.

You can navigate between dates by swiping Daily Foods or Daily Details screens.

MyNetDiary Plan

After you completed initial diet profile setup, you can use this screen to adjust your plan. You can change your weight loss rate, target weight and date, and also adjust macronutrient balance.

Updating your personal information automatically recalculates your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) and Weight Maintenance Calories - how much you should eat to maintain your current weight. If you eat less than Weight Maintenance Calories, you will be losing weight. It does not get simpler than that!

Updating both your personal information and targets automatically recalculates your Target Calories.

Choosing a realistic target date and weight loss rate, losing between 1-2 lbs a week, makes you more successful in the long run. Heavier people might lose more weight in the beginning, but average weight loss over time should eventually reach 1-2 lbs/week to avoid very low caloric intake to meet weight goals. Very low caloric intake is associated with poor nutrient intake and nutritional risk. People closer to their goal weight might want to lose weight at a slower rate, for example, ¼ - ½ lb per week.

Please note that MyNetDiary calculates weekly weight loss rates up to 2 lbs. If you have a doctor's recommendation, you can override this entering calorie target directly.

Finally, make sure you tapped the "save" button, to apply your changes.

Daily Foods

This is the most important screen of the whole app, this is where you spend most of the time, hopefully much less than manual tracking on paper or with another app!

Simply start typing food name directly in the table, and you will immediately see matches found. Tap the food you need, then enter or select amount, and you are done.

Each meal row also contains three buttons - Favorites, Custom Food, and Recipes, letting you quickly enter foods.

To see a food's Nutrition Facts, simply touch the food's nutrients.

For more options, touch and hold the food's nutrients - you will see several options available, including editing custom foods (if you tapped on a custom food).

Entering Food Amounts

Amount entry in MyNetDiary is so unusually simple and efficient that, surprizingly, some folks are having a hard time finding it. To get the most of it, we are providing very detailed instructions here.

Once you have selected the food, you should see one or several serving amounts listed, depending on the food. For foods with volume servings, you will see cups, fl oz, ml, and so on. For restaurant foods, sometimes you will only see "serving". If you ate this food before, your previous amount entries will be displayed as well, in blue. Sometimes, depending on the Internet speed, it may take up to a second to update the amount popup.

If you want to enter not just one serving but some other quantity, for example half a cup, you need to type "0.5" (without the quotes) on the iPad keyboard and then tap "cup" in the amount popup. If you want to enter two cups, you need to type "2" (without the quotes) and then tap "cup". Please note that while you can enter any quantity, you can select only among listed serving types. If some serving type is not listed, then MyNetDiary does not have nutritional information for it and cannot calculate calories and nutrient amounts.

If you changed your mind, and it's not "2 cup" but "2 fl oz", you can simply tap "fl oz" in the amounts. Whatever the number you have entered, it will be preserved. If you want to change the number, simply edit it with the keyboard delete key and enter new number and tap amount.

After the amount box shows what you need - the number and the serving, then tap elsewhere to dismiss the amounts popup and automatically save your food entry.

This way, it is very easy to enter any amount, be it one serving, 2, 0.35 lb, or 245 g. On top of that, all your previous amount entries for each food are remembered and will be listed above other servings in blue, so the next time you eat this food and the same amount, you will only need to tap your previous amount entry.

Deleting Food Entries

There are two ways to delete a food entry. You can tap and hold the food nutrients, and then select Delete Food Entry in the menu appearing. Another way to delete a food entry is simply erase food name from the foods table with keyboard delete key.

Custom Foods

The only piece of information required is food name (the food will get zero calories if not entered). We recommend entering food group as well.

If you don't know food weight, you don't need to enter it, you can enter only serving name, for example, "salad", or "sandwich".

We also recommend entering more nutrients, especially the ones you track - this will help keeping more accurate track of your consumption.

Daily Details

On this screen, you can enter your current weigh-in, other measurements, notes, water glasses, and see the analysis of your day, with helpful nutrition tips.

You can customize the measurement list by tapping the gear icon on the right.

Progress

On the Progress screen, you can see several types of charts, helping you visualize your weight loss progress, measurement changes, and calorie and nutrient information.

For Nutrient Charts, you can choose whether the chart should display grams, calories, or calorie percentages.

For Measurement Charts, you can select one of the measurements you have configured for tracking on the Daily Details tab. Body Mass Index (BMI) and Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) are always available.