8 October 2019Are you considering a low-carb diet? Here's how MyNetDiary can help!

Yes, you can use MyNetDiary if you follow a low-carb diet! MyNetDiary is designed to track while following any type of diet or eating plan.

To use MyNetDiary most effectively when you follow a low-carb diet (e.g. Keto, Paleo, Atkins, etc.), learn more about the features that will support your efforts. For example, it is important to be aware of how Net Carbs works at MyNetDiary.

Macronutrient Planning (Fat, Carbs, Protein) with MyNetDiary

The hallmark of any low-carb diet is a low-carb intake. MyNetDiary offers default daily targets for Total Fat, Total Carbs, and Protein as a courtesy for members. However, these default targets are not low-carb, rather, they follow a carb-controlled pattern:

  • 35% Calories from Total Fat
  • 45% Calories from Total Carbs
  • 20% Calories from Protein

To follow a low-carb diet, you will need to change the macronutrient targets. To do this, go into Plan (web) or My Plan (apps), choose "Fat, Carbs, and Protein" tab and then change your Total Carbs goal to either a gram goal (e.g.75 grams) or to a % Calories goal (tap then hold and drag slider). Note that when you enter a gram goal, the system automatically calculates the % Calories for you. Next, set a protein goal (use the recommended goal for your plan). Once you have set Total Carbs and Protein, MyNetDiary automatically sets Total Fat for you so that the total % Calories from all three macronutrients equals 100%.

Important: Macronutrient planning uses Total Carbs so that related reports and charts correctly calculate % calories from Total Fat, Total Carbs, and Protein. Even if you choose to show Net Carbs as your preferred "Carbs Type" in Food Entry Settings, keep in mind that Total Carbs is still used for macronutrient planning.

Planning for Net Carbs with MyNetDiary

If you have a specific Net Carb goal in mind, set your Total Carbs macronutrient goal = Net Carbs goal + Fiber goal + Sugar Alcohol goal. If you don't eat foods with sugar alcohols, then your math is simpler - just use Net Carbs + Fiber for your Total Carbs goal. For fiber, the goal is typically 38 grams for men and 25 grams for women. Therefore, if your Net Carbs goal is 100 grams, then for MyNetDiary, set your Total Carbs goal at 138 grams if you are a man or 125 grams if you are a woman.

Net Carbs Tracking with MyNetDiary

You can choose to track Net Carbs as your preferred "Carbs Type" in Food Entry Settings. This allows you to view Net Carbs during food logging, as well as see Net Carbs in meal and day summaries on your Dashboard.

Tip: If you use an iPhone and have Premium membership, tap "Configure Dashboard" (find by scrolling down to the bottom of your Dashboard screen), then tap "Select Dashboard," then swipe leftwards until you find "Low-Carb" and then tap "Apply." This will set up the Dashboard for low-carb tracking, which includes viewing Net Carbs on the Dashboard.

Planning Other Nutrients with MyNetDiary

In addition to customizing your macronutrient goals, you might want to customize nutrient selection and goals for other nutrients. For instance, you might want to track calcium, fiber, folate, magnesium, and vitamin C if you follow a low-carb diet since these nutrients may be low depending upon your food choices. You can do this in My Plan (apps) or Plan (website) - look for the Nutrient Target section. This is also where you can customize your Net Carb goal.

While in Plan section, you can turn off tracking of nutrients that you do not find useful while following a low-carb diet. For instance, many members tell us that they prefer to turn off tracking of saturated fat and cholesterol when they follow the Keto Diet.

MyNetDiary Daily Analysis

Not all nutrient statements in Daily Analysis will be useful if you follow a low-carb diet. To turn off statements about saturated fat, cholesterol, or other nutrients that you feel are not relevant, simply turn off tracking of that nutrient as described above.

Summary

MyNetDiary is a powerful and effective tracking app - regardless of the type of diet one follows. Having said that, it is still helpful to know these tips so that tracking on a low-carb diet is easier and more effective. Please post us questions if you need more help on how to adjust your Settings and views for a low-carb diet.

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Disclaimer: The information provided here does not constitute medical advice. If you are seeking medical advice, please visit your healthcare provider or medical professional.

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