- Does Calorific really work? How?
Surprisingly, yes! Research shows that the people who are most successful at tracking calories (and those who lose the most weight) already follow the principles behind Calorific. Essentially, it turns out that it's much harder to over-eat if you eat good food (this is true for several complex reasons, including glycemic load, fiber content, insulin production, etc). The important thing is that it's not the exact calorie count that matters — it's the overall food picture that will shape your eating habits. Just try it out for a few days, log everything you eat, and you will notice yourself avoiding Red foods wanting to eat more Green foods. This is exactly what happened with all of our research participants.
- But I want my calorie tracking to be precise. How can I get this?
Unless you weigh every ingredient of every food you eat, it's impossible to get precise calorie tracking. Portion size is notoriously difficult to estimate — you might eat 10 oz. of steak instead of 6 oz., or add just a little more chicken to that Caesar salad. This will change the calorie count drastically, making precise calorie tracking an illusion. Besides, different people metabolize foods very differently, getting a different number of calories from the same food.
This is why Calorific takes a very different approach. It acknowledges the imprecision of calorie tracking, and focuses instead on fixing your eating habits by providing consistent and easy tracking (and soon many other features!).
- How do I determine the portion size (small, medium, large)?
This is a tricky question with any calorie tracking method, but research shows that you don't need to be precise. A good guideline is to record a "medium" item if you eat the recommended serving size, "small" if you eat half of the recommended serving size, and "large" if you eat more than the recommend serving size (about 2 servings). If you know the calorie value, that can also help to judge the portion size: medium green item is about 60 calories, a medium yellow is 120 calories, and a medium red is 300.
Here is a table that might help you (please e-mail us to let us know if it does):
| Category||Size ||Calories || Notes|
| Green||Small ||45 cals ||Low calorie density per gram|
| ||Med||90 cals || |
| ||Large||135 cals || |
| Yellow||Small ||60 cals||Moderate calorie density per gram, > 30% of calories from sugar|
| ||Med||120 cals|| |
| ||Large||240 cals|| |
| Red||Small||150 cals ||High calorie density per gram, > 30% of calories from fat or > 60% from sugar.|
| ||Med||300 cals|| |
| ||Large||600 cals || |
- How do I undo something if I make a mistake while logging?
If you log something incorrectly, just hit your phone's Menu button and select "undo last entry."
- Why is wine in the Yellow category? Isn't a glass of wine good for you?
It's true that a glass of red wine a day has several proven health benefits. However, since foods in the Green category are meant to be enjoyed in abundance without having to limit yourself, we can't place things like Wine in this category. If you would like, please feel free to log one glass of Wine (but just one!) in the Green category, and log the rest in the yellow.
Why are beef and pork in the Red category?
The main reason is that almost all cuts of beef and pork contain too much fat to be classified in the Yellow category. The second reason is that this is red meat, and while some recent studies doubt it, most still point to a connection between red meat and heart disease. If you are having an exceptionally lean piece of beef or pork, feel free to place it in the Yellow category (but only for the first serving!).
Couldn't I match the correct ratios of food you prescribe and still overeat?
It's true, you could still overeat (at least in theory). On the other hand, lots of research shows that if you eat the right stuff, you are less likely to eat too much, and that's the foundation of Calorific. In future versions, we will probably explore more ideas on portion control, so please keep that feedback coming.
How do I record water, tea or coffee?
The jury is still out on whether or not drinking zero-calorie beverages can help you eat less or lose weight. Some studies show that in lab tests with mice, filling their stomachs with large amounts of water had no influence on their food intake. Other studies show that it does help humans eat less, and yet others believe the effect works, but is purely psychological. The science behind this is called Volumetrics, and while we don't want to get too far into the debate yet, feel free to log these as small green items if you would like to track your beverage consumption. This is not required, and beware that the 8 glasses a day rule is an urban legend.
Why isn't Calorific integrated into CardioTrainer and Weight Loss Trainer?
At initial launch, we just didn't have time to integrate Calorific into our other programs. We will do so eventually, so please feel free to suggest it on the survey to let us measure how many people want this feature.
What do I do if a question I have is not on this FAQ? Or have more feedback?
Just e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your question and we will get back to you.
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