This short collection of tips and recommendations would help you get the most from MyNetDiary,
and also answers to some common questions.
There are many more FAQs and tips available on the Support screen!
Each screen in MyNetDiary also has a Help button, providing help and information specific to the screen.
Keep tracking! Learning a new app and starting a food diary may start to seem difficult and time consuming. Please, don't give up, keep tracking!
Firstly, with MyNetDiary tracking gets easier over time, remembering your foods and exercises, taking less of your time. Secondly, from our stats, those who stick around for at least 5 days have excellent chances to achieve their weight goals with MyNetDiary according to their plan! Keep tracking!
If you write a review on the App Store, describing the problem, we have no way to get back to you and help you resolve the problem! If, for example, you just write "the app crashes", we would have no idea where or why - it works great for many thousands of other users, and we need your help to understand the problem, to help you better.
MyNetDiary has the fastest and smartest search in the best food database. But you have to make sure you search and select the right food!
For example, if you ate Provolone cheese by Land O'Lakes and search for "provolone cheese", but select in search results "Provolone cheese by Krafts foods", its calories and nutrients would be different from the food label of the cheese you ate. It's a different food and nutrients will be different! When you search and select foods for your food diary, make sure you find what you actually ate. Often, including food vendor name in search helps to narrow down results.
MyNetDiary remembers the words you used to search for a food and uses them as your "personal" food name.
This serves two purposes: 1) the food names displayed in the app get shorter and easier to read, 2) the next time you eat the same food, MyNetDiary display it's name at the top as soon as you start typing - this makes food tracking faster for you!
Start building a recipe on any meal screen (Breakfast, Lunch, etc), entering foods as usual. Then, tap the recipe button in the bottom toolbar and on the Recipe screen give the recipe a name, and further modify recipe ingredients, if needed.
One important option is "Ingredients to Meal": if turned on, when this recipe is selected for a meal, all its ingredients are copied to the meal, not the recipe itself. This option is helpful when you eat/prepare the same foods together, but they vary from day to day. You don't want to tweak the recipe every day, but with this option you can easily add them to meal together and then tweak the food entries.
As vendors introduce new foods and modify composition of existing foods, some foods might be missing from the food database or become out of date. With MyNetDiary Pro, on iPhones and iPod Touches with camera, you can send us food and nutrition label photos directly from the app. We will add or update the food and enter all nutrients for you!
When you use PhotoFoods, please make sure you searched for the right food. If you send us photo of what you ate, but the food you selected in search does not match, we would not be able to update its nutrients - it's a different food and that would make its nutrients wrong. When you are sending us photos, please make sure that there is no such food in the database and that you selected the right food in search!
Also, you can turn PhotoFoods off on the Custom Food screen and enter all nutrients yourself
MyNetDiary provides weekly loss rates up to 2 pounds. The reason is that eating less than it takes to lose 2lbs/week may result in some metabolism changes and existing equations stop working and will be inaccurate. If you have your doctor's recommendation, you can override MyNetDiary-calculated calories for 2lbs/week on the Plan screen and enter a smaller number of calories yourself.
MyNetDiary includes an intelligent system of favorite foods and exercise, managing them for you, based on your typical eating and exercise patterns. It looks back for a few weeks, checks foods you eat together, checks what you ate recently on the same days of the week, and more. We found that most people prefer this system over manually managing favorites. If you see that this system does not work well for you, please help us understand why do you think so, what's not working for you. We might be able to improve the system, or implement a manual system.
If you are a MyNetDiary Premium subscriber, diabetes tracking is already included both online and in the free iPhone app. Make sure to sign in with your Premium account name!
If UPC is not found, you can search by typing food name. If you found the food with search and added to your diary, its UPC will be remembered for the next time.
With MyNetDiary PRO, you can also use PhotoFood service and include barcode scan. We will process and add or update the food for you, including its UPC.
We always recommend getting connected with MyNetDiary on Facebook to get the latest news, read and share success stories, and also joining MyNetDiary Community - a friendly place where you can team up with other people to get support, keep your motivation high and build long-term dieting accountability.