The Carb Manager app is highly customizable, allowing you to tailor your settings in whatever way helps you to best meet your personal goals.
Pursuing a weight loss goal? Managing diabetes or another medical condition? Advanced user who tracks fasting hours, ketones, and data correlations? There are specific customizations designed just for you!
In this article, we'll cover recommended customizations and optimizations for:
- All users
- Weight loss
- Diabetic and other "medical" diets
- Advanced users
All Users (Recommended Settings)
Create an account
We don't require an account to use the app. However, unless you create an account, you're at risk of losing your data if you lose your device. In addition, an account is required in order to sync between devices or to use the web version.
Successfully following a new diet or lifestyle means creating new habits. In the beginning, the best way to create new habits is to rely on reminders! Carb Manager lets you set reminders for logging meals, snacks, supplements, and exercise.
Create a list of "favorite" foods
Most people don't eat a different meal every single day of the year. You likely have your "go to" foods and meals. Creating a list of favorite foods/meals makes food logging fast and simple.
Choose between a pie chart and a progress wheel for your goals
This is a personal preference, but it's important to choose the setting that seems the most intuitive to you. If you're mainly interested in just tracking carbs, choose the pie chart. If you're tracking each individual macro to precisely optimize your diet, choose the progress wheel.
Enable "Smart Macros"
The Smart Macros feature automatically adjusts your macro goals on a minute-by-minute basis based on your current weight, recent meals, and body measurements. Smart macros sets you up for success in hitting your exact goals - no more, no less.
Enable calorie tracking
If your goal is weight loss, tracking calories is just as important as tracking carbs! But you can't track calories until you enable the calorie tracking setting. Take a moment to do so now.
Enable "Net Calories Remaining" in My Daily Log
This setting makes it easy to see, at a glance, exactly how many calories you have left in your "calorie budget" each day.
Decide if you want to track total calories
By default, when setting up your macros, we set a net calories goal (calories consumed minus calories burned), but not a total calories goal (calories consumed). If tracking total calories is an important part of your diet plan, enable tracking now.
Set "meal goals" for net carbs
By default, Carb Manager tracks a daily carb number. If your goals include weight loss, you may want to set a carb goal for each individual meal.
Set goals for weight, BMI, and/or body fat
At a minimum, we highly recommend setting a weight goal. If BMI and body fat measurements are important to you, consider configuring goals for those metrics as well.
Diabetic and other "Medical" Diets
Set condition specific goals
If you're following a low carb diet to manage diabetes, epilepsy, or another medical condition, we encourage you to set goals in the app for metrics that are specific to your condition.
These goals might include tracking blood glucose, ketones, the glucose ketone index, fasting, or other metrics.
Note: Please consult your physician before setting these goals.
Toggle from net carbs to "diabetes carbs"
If you're tracking carbs specifically to manage a diabetic condition, you'll probably want to toggle from net carbs to "diabetes carbs", which are calculated a bit differently and represent a more accurate measurement of carbs that affect glucose.
Insulin is another recommended setting for users who are tracking carbs for diabetes management. When you enter you daily insulin readings, you can then view them as a graph over time and correlate your readings with diet and lifestyle factors.
Choose the correct conversion factor for tracking the Glucose Ketone Index
The Glucose Ketone index is the ratio of Ketones to blood glucose in your body. This metric is particularly important for those who are tracking carbs for medical reasons, because even when you have high Ketone readings, you won't realize the full benefit of a low carb diet if your blood glucose levels are high.
Enable the correlation graph between glycemic load and blood glucose
Calculating the glycemic load (GL) of a food can provide an extremely accurate picture of what that food will do to your blood sugar. Carb Manager offers a graph that correlates glycemic load with blood glucose giving you the ability to not just predict, but to verify the way that foods with a particular glycemic load impacts your blood glucose.
To do so, select Analysis from the main (left) navigation menu, and select the Correlate tab. Then, select Glycemic Load for the upper graph and Blood Glucose for the lower graph.
Fasting and intermittent fasting (IF) have been shown in recent studies to boost weight loss, reduce insulin resistance, fight inflammation, improve brain function, and more. And it's easy to track and monitor fasting hours using Carb Manager. Set fasting goals by selecting Settings > Health Goals from the main (left) navigation menu.
Choose Ketone test type and units
If you're logging ketones, configure your ketone test type and units for the most accurate monitoring and analysis.
Configure data comparison and correlation graphs
Carb Manager offers powerful graphs that allow advanced users and "data nerds" to make comparisons and visualize correlations between two different metrics. To set up either a comparison or correlation graph, select Analyze from your main (left) navigation menu.
For comparisons, select the Compare tab in the top navigation, then select two metrics to compare, as well as the time period for comparison.
For correlations, select the Correlate tab in the top navigation, then choose your two metrics to compare, as well as the time period.
Connect Fitness Devices and/or Connect to Apple Health
If you're serious about tracking health metrics consistently, connecting a Fitbit or other health device, as well as connecting Carb Manager to Apple Health, ensures that you never forget to enter data, as it happens automatically.