Whether you're walking through the Getting Started wizard in the app, or adjusting your Macros goal via the Settings > Macros tab, the easiest way to choose a macros goal and select a ratio is by choosing a diet and allowing us to calculate your macros goal automatically. 

(What are Macros? We're glad you asked. Check out this article!)

But how do you choose a diet? These definitions and recommendations might help.

Diets Available in Carb Manager

  • Ketogenic

    Macros:
    5% carbs, 25% protein, 70% fat
    Pros: Best diet for weight loss, fat burning, and hunger control. Entering a metabolic state of ketosis causes hunger suppression and flips your body into burning fat (rather than carbs) by default. Evens out blood sugar and insulin. May be beneficial for type 2 diabetes.
    Cons: You may struggle with the "keto flu" for the first week or so on the diet.
    Best for: Most Carb Manager users and most individuals pursuing a low carb lifestyle for weight loss, health, or medical reasons.
    Read more about the Ketogenic diet here
  • Low Carb High Fat

    Macros: 12% carbs, 25% protein, 63% fat
    Pros: Most of the same overall health benefits as Keto. Evens out blood sugar levels and insulin, which may be beneficial for type 2 diabetes, obesity, and has been shown to have neuro-protective benefits. No keto flu.
    Cons: Doesn't put you into ketosis. This can lead to hunger, carb cravings, and less efficient weight loss.
    Best for: Those who need a slower transition to Keto, are sensitive to a high fat diet, or have been advised by a physician not to enter ketosis for medical reasons.
  • Low Carb Moderate Fat

    Macros: 20% carbs, 40% protein, 40% fat
    Pros: Some of the overall health benefits of low carb. Evens out blood sugar and insulin, and provides some degree of benefit for the conditions mentioned above. Beneficial for those rare individuals who may be sensitive to a high fat diet. No "keto flu".
    Cons: Doesn't put you into ketosis. This can lead to hunger, carb cravings, and less efficient weight loss.
    Best for: Those who need a slower transition to Keto, are sensitive to a high fat diet, or have been advised by a nutritionally informed physician not to enter ketosis for medical reasons.
  • Zone

    Macros:
    40% carbs, 30% protein, 30% fat
    Pros:
    Reduces inflammation in your body. This diet was designed for inflammation reduction. Some weight loss and fat burning benefits.
    Cons:
    Doesn't put you into ketosis. This can lead to hunger, carb cravings, and less efficient weight loss.
    Best for:
    Those who are specifically trying to reduce inflammation in their body as a primary health goal. Read more about the Zone diet here.
  • Bodybuilding

    Macros:
    25% carbs, 40% protein, 35% fat
    Pros:
    Highly efficient for building muscle and body mass while reducing body fat
    Cons:
    Only for users engaged in an intensive weight lifting program. Following this diet without lifting heavy weights may result in weight gain and increased body fat.
    Best for:
    Customers trying to get "Swole" ;-)
  • Moderate Carb & Fat

    Macros: 30% carbs, 30% protein, 40% fat
    Pros: Lesser degree of the overall health benefits of low carb. Slight improvement to blood sugar, insulin levels, etc. Better than a standard "high carb" diet for health.
    Cons: Doesn't put you into ketosis. This can lead to hunger, carb cravings, and less efficient weight loss. Fairly inefficient for weight loss in general.
    Best for: Those who want to continue to eat a fairly standard diet, but see the benefits in reducing their carbs. Those who need a very slow transition to low carb.
  • Balanced

    Macros: 33% carbs, 33% protein, 33% fat
    Pros: It's better than nothing! Small impact on even-ing out blood sugar and insulin. Can still eat many high carb foods, like pastas, breads, etc.
    Cons: Doesn't put you into ketosis. None of the weight loss benefits of low carb. Very slight health benefits.
    Best for: Those who want to "dip their toes" into carb tracking.
  • High Carb Low Fat

    Macros: 50% carbs, 15% protein, 35% fat
    Pros: Helpful for certain medical conditions, like specific types of thyroid or adrenal issues. You get to eat lots of bread and pasta. Sugar isn't heavily restricted.
    Cons: Difficult diet for weight loss, because you're depending entirely on calorie restriction for the weight benefits. This can lead to intense hunger and cravings.
    Best for: Those with specific medical conditions that can benefit from a high carb diet. Please consult your physician for advice.
     
  • Custom

    Macros: You choose!
    Pros: Advanced users get to choose their exact macros.
    Cons: You have to make the decision on macros on your own.
    Best for: Advanced users and "biohackers" who are experimenting with very specific macros ratios.

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