Difference between bars and wheel

Hi, I’m new here and just getting used to the cronometer app.

I’m confused by the calories summary charts.

On the horizontal bars it shows these results:
Fats – 93%
Protein – 68%
Carbs – 8%

However, on the wheel with Calorie Breakdown written inside, it shows this:
Fats – 81.4%
Protein – 16.5%
Carbs – 2.1%

Which one should I rely on for my ketogenic macros?

Thanks for your help.

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  • The horizontal bars show you how much in percentage of each macro you have eaten, e.g. if you are supposed to eat 125g of protein, and you have eaten 100g, you would get 100/125*100% = 80%. You still need to eat 25g / 20% more for the day.

    The calorie wheel breakdown shows you how much in percentage of your total energy comes from each macronutrient (protein, fat, carbs, alcohol). It would always add up to 100%.

    The easiest info to work from while you’re still eating through the day would be the horizontal bar. But for your purpose, the wheel shows the macro breakdown of your diet; i.e. you’d tell people you eat roughly 80% fat, 15% protein, 5% carbs, etc.

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  • That explains it perfectly Vickie, thank you very much ????

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  • I also found, by accident, that if you 'hover' over the colors, they tell you very helpful information. If I hadn't read this, I would have never known :smile:

    Where I struggle is understanding the nutritional targets section, and will be reviewing the video/user manual next week to try to get my head wrapped around the value.

  • @jerbir

    Please let us know if you have any specific questions!

    Kind regards,

    Susan Macfarlane, MScA, RD
    Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
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  • The calorie wheel breakdown gives the percentage of total carbs, not net carbs - is there any way to have the calorie wheel reflect net carbs?

    I am following the keto diet, and all my settings reflect net carbs, but I noticed today that the calorie wheel is a little deceptive as it shows full carbs. My carb percentage has been around 10%, so I have been cutting back to get closer to 5%, and the percentage was still not going down. I noticed today the carb percentage virtually cut in half after I deleted my fiber supplement (psyllium husks that have zero net carbs). So I have been eating much fewer carbs than what I should be eating. Showing net carbs on the calorie wheel would help tremendously. If there is a setting to reflect that, it would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!

  • HI @mitchml ,

    You can track %target Net Carbs in the "Nutrient Target" section (i.e. the individual nutrient wheels), as well as in the bars that are shown next to the calorie breakdown wheel. @Karen_Cronometer or @Hilary will be able to provide additional guidance if needed. :)

    Kind regards,

    Susan Macfarlane, MScA, RD
    Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
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  • edited June 8

    @mitchml
    The percentages listed within the "Total Macronutrient Breakdown" bar graphic indicate the percentage of your goal that you have reached.
    The Circle Graph to the right of this is measuring the Number of Calories of each nutrient you have eaten as a fraction of the Total amount of Calories you have consumed. This graph will always be set to total Carbohydrates.
    The percentage listed in the Calories Summary graph is also measuring the Number of Calories of each nutrient you have eaten as a fraction of the Total amount of Calories you have consumed.

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  • Thank you for responding so quickly Susan, I appreciate it! I guess I did not explain my request clearly, let me see if I can explain it better.

    I am not looking for my net carb percent of daily goal as is found in the two places you noted (say as an example, consuming 91% of my net carb goal). I’m interested to see my three macro percentages based on my targeted calories. My goal is 75%/20%/5% fat/protein/net carbs per day. So at any give time, I would like to see how I stand on the percentages for those three, exactly like the calorie breakdown wheel, but instead of showing total carbs as it currently does, I am wondering if there in an option to see net carbs. The breakdown wheel is a great, quick reference to see my percentages of fat, protein, and carbs based on total calories, but it would be more helpful to see net carbs instead of total carbs.

    I hope this makes more sense, thank you!!

    Michelle

  • Where can I find a guide for deciphering the nutrient balance wheels at the bottom of my nutrition summary page?

  • Hi DJS1049,

    There is a bit of an explanation if you click on the gear icon in the nutrient balance section of the diary page to expand the settings.

    The gauges are meant to display the ratio of the two nutrients listed below each gauge.
    For example, an Omega 6:Omega 3 ratio of 10:1 means that for every 10 grams of Omega 6 there is 1 gram of Omega 3.

    You can look at the gauge above as the value of the first nutrient divided by the value of the second nutrient. Using the same example 10/1 = 10. This number is displayed at the bottom of the gauge. Increasing omega 3 will reduce this number, or if you are planning your food for the future, reducing omega 6 will also reduce the ratio.

    These nutrients interact with one another, so keeping your intake in the green zone of the nutrient balance gauge will optimize the amount of each nutrient you can use.

    Learn more about these nutrient ratios on our blog:

    https://cronometer.com/blog/cronometers-nutrient-ratios-calcium-magnesium/
    https://cronometer.com/blog/nutrient-ratios-zinccopper/
    https://cronometer.com/blog/understanding-cronometers-nutrient-ratios/

    Learn more about the PRAL Alkalinity index here: https://cronometer.com/blog/alkaline-diet/

    Best,

    Karen Stark
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