To get started either watch the this tutorial video or follow the steps described below.
And remember, you can always revisit these topics by using this Support Center.
The first thing you'll want to consider is setting up an account with us. While you can use the basic features without it, creating an account will ensure that your data stays safe on our secure servers, so you won't lose anything if you lose your device. You can set up an account when you first launch the app, or by going to Settings in the app's left menu and selecting Join Now.
We also recommend that you begin by customizing your basic settings as they determine many of the nutrition goals that we calculate for you.
- If you're already using the app, select Getting Started from the app's main (left) navigation menu.
- If you've just signed up in the app, the Getting Started wizard appears automatically.
Now, you may have already used this tool when you first launched the app. If you haven’t, follow these three simple steps:
Step 1 - Basic Setup
Once you access the wizard, you'll start with some basic settings, including what to track and what units to use during the tracking.
Use the Information icons for individual settings to learn more about them.
Pay particular attention to your net carbs and/or total carbs or diabetes carbs goal. This is the primary target that you will be using to gauge your success on your low carb diet.
Most people track net carbs, which represent the carbs that your body is able to metabolize, affecting your blood sugar (i.e., carbs with a glycemic load). Carb Manager calculates net carbs by taking total carbs and subtracting fiber and sugar alcohols. Some prefer to track total carbs, in which case you can set that as your Carbs to Track here, and also set a net carbs goal under My Profile > Diet Goals.
Diabetes carbs are total carbs minus fiber and half the sugar alcohols. This is a more precise estimate of carbs that affect glucose and is used primarily by diabetics who will want to set that as the Carbs to Track.
Step 2 - Create your profile
Select Continue and create your profile by entering, gender, birth year, height, weight, and activity level. If you're unsure about choosing an activity level, take a look at How do I select an activity level?
These options will help the app generate a basal metabolic rate calculation, which can help determine your ideal calorie intake and macros ratio (see the Medical Disclaimer entry in the Terms of Service).
Step 3 - Set your goals
Select Continue to set your goals. Establish your weight goal, calorie budget, and ultimately your macronutrient goals (carbs, protein, and fat). For more information on these settings, see Setting Nutrition, Weight, and Measurement Goals.
Once you’re satisfied, and have reviewed the Medical Disclaimer, select Apply My Macros.
Note: You can always go back to Settings to edit your selections later.
Review the Premium Message
The Free version of Carb Manager is designed to provide basic carb and macros tracking, meeting the needs of most users. However, if you really want to unlock the power of Carb Manager, and make it even easier to meet (and exceed) your diet and health goals, consider upgrading to a Premium subscription. If you don't want to upgrade to Premium at this time, select Later. You can upgrade at any time.
Begin Logging Food!
The My Daily Log appears, with the My Day tab selected. This is where you can start logging food.
To begin, simply select the plus (+) button on the top right corner of the screen.
Use the Find Foods screen to search, scan, snap, say, or select a food/exercise item. For detailed guidance, see Finding & Logging Foods.
Once you’ve logged some foods, close the Find Foods screen and you’ll see a quick summary of your foods and exercises for the day, how your food consumption compares to your goals, a macronutrient breakdown, plus some data on other key nutrients for the day.
Your goal is to keep the net carbs progress bar in the green!
For more details on this feature, see Using the My Daily Log Feature.