Frequently Asked Questions

I have a question that is not answered here!

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Thats great!! Part of the Beta test is finding out what is working, what is not, and what is confusing.
To get ahold of us, you can visit our Contact page for our contact information, or send us the question directly through our Feedback page.

There is a good chance your question may become part of this FAQ to help out others in the future.

What makes this site different?

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  • Free: No pay per use, or monthly memberships. This site is ran by donations. As long as we get the funds to keep the site afloat, it will be free.
  • Personal Food Libraries: Everyone with a new account starts with the most basic foods in their personal food library. You then can manually add additional foods or add foods from our own 9,000 USDA based food database. Why is this relevant? Simply put, not everyone eats the same kind of food, hence will have different library's. We have found that most people’s diets will only consist of about 20 different food items, and just having those food items specific to your life style in your food library will make using a calorie counter so much easier and faster.
  • Personal Exercise List: Just like your Personal Food Library, you can create custom tailored exercises that you can use to easily reference for daily use.
  • Estimated Weight Loss: From your last weigh in day, calculations are made that will allow you to see a preview of your Estimated Weight Loss (EWL). This is just an estimate based off of your BMR, calories burned and calories eaten. While not perfect, it’s a good idea of where you stand if you cannot get to a scale. After your third week of dieting, a Daily Adjustment will be available to help with the accuracy of measuring your EWL.
  • Daily Adjustment: This interesting feature is still in BETA testing. Even using the science of 3500c = 1 pound of fat, is not always correct. This can be due to differences in metabolisms, eating habits, missing information or other factors. After the third week of dieting this feature becomes available and will provide an error correction to help calculate your Estimated Weight Loss.
  • Over 9000 Food Database: We have incorporated the USDA food database into this site. You are able to search through it, and add any food you find to your own personal library. You can expect this to expand dramatically over the next couple months.
  • History Tracking: Everything you eat, every exercise, every pound lost is stored so you can measure your progress over time. Visit the history tracker page to view what you ate and did months ago.
  • Motivational Pictures: You will be able to upload two pictures which will be used to display when your withing your Daily Calorie Intake and when you go over.

BMI (Body Mass Index)

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Body Mass Index (BMI) can tell you if you are Healthy Weight Range.

It is important to remember that a BMI Calculator is not perfect as it does not take into account age, people less than 5 feet, muscular builds and pregnant woman.

Your BMI is just a ballpark figure and should not be used to determine whether you are healthy or not, only your doctor can determine that.

Always consult a doctor before starting any diet.

BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate)

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Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) represents the minimum amount of energy needed to keep your body functioning. Basically it’s the amount of calories you would burn if stayed in bed all day.

Your BMR is used to help calculate your TDEE (total daily energy expenditure), which in turn is used to calculate your Daily Calorie Intake.

There are several different ways to calculate BMR, we use the Harris Benedict Equation:

Women: BMR = 655 + ( 4.35 x weight in pounds ) + ( 4.7 x height in inches ) - ( 4.7 x age in years )
Men: BMR = 66 + ( 6.23 x weight in pounds ) + ( 12.7 x height in inches ) - ( 6.8 x age in year )

TDEE (Total Daily Energy Expenditure)

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TDEE is your Total Daily Energy Expenditure for the day. Your TDEE is used in many calculations, including finding your Daily Calorie Intake.

TDEE is derived by multiplying your BMR by an Activity Multiplier which is based on how active you are. If you then set your TDEE equal to your Daily Calorie Intake, you would be maintaining your weight. Adding or taking calories away from your TDEE will help allow you to lose or gain weight.

Calculating your Daily Calorie Intake

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Your Daily Calorie Intake is the number of calories you want to hit and not go over.

There are multiple factors that are taken into account when calculating this number.

You’re Age, Height, Weight and Gender is used to calculate your BMR. Your BMR is the base amount of calories that your body needs to survive as if you were in bed all day. Your BMR is then used as a base to determine a healthy calorie goal to either, loose, gain or maintain your weight.

To determine your Daily Calorie Intake, your BMR is used and multiplied by an activity base (1.2 for a sedentary lifestyle). The result is called your TDEE (total daily energy expenditure).

Your TDEE is the amount of calories you burn per day doing your normal daily activity. So if you wanted to maintain your current weight, you would set your Daily Calorie Intake equal to your TDEE. If you take 20% off of your TDEE you will lose weight, vice versa for weight gain.

**For the purposes of using MaCC, your Daily Caloric Intake is based on a Sedentary life style, additional daily exercises are added manually from your exercise library. This allows for more accurate Weight Loss Predictions.

Daily Adjustment

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One of the wonderful features of Matthews Calorie Counter is our ability to give you a “weekly” and “daily” Estimated Weight Loss (EWL).

Your Estimated Weight Loss calculations are based off of your Total Daily Energy Expenditure and Total Calorie Intake per day. Even with the most diligent use of this calorie counter, after some time, variations between your Estimated Weight Loss and your Actual Weight loss may occur. This could be for any number of reasons, ranging from metabolism to miscalculated activities or foods. To counter act this, we have created the Daily Adjustment.

How it works:

This calorie counter will look at your Estimated Weight Loss and compare it to your Actual Weight Loss when you weigh in. If a discrepancy is detected, a Daily Adjustment is created. This Daily Adjustment is then used to offset your daily and overall Estimated Weight Loss calculations.

Daily Adjustment is currently in Beta Testing
This is a new feature that we are testing. The more people that use it the more we can fine tune it.
Daily Adjustment does not interfere with Actual Weight Loss calculations
Daily Adjustment will only be available after the start of your third week of dieting
Because the first week of weight loss can be extreme (due to dramatic loss of water weight) the calculations for the Daily Adjustment do not start until the third week. This way the data is not skewed.
Daily Adjustment will be unavailable if either of the following conditions is met:
-If this is a new diet, you must wait for two weeks before Daily Adjustment will become available.
-If it has been more than 30 days since your last weigh in, Daily Adjustment will be unavailable until a new weight is entered.

Difference between “Auto” and “Manual”, when entering burned calories

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allows you to select an activity level that best matches your 'general' activity level. Your Total Daily Energy Expenditure (TDEE) will be calculated for you based on your given general activity level.

Your activity level is then used to determine your Daily Calorie Intake using the Harris-Benedict Principle. And since your TDEE is calculated for you, there is no need for you to input exercises from your exercise library.

TDEE Manual
gives you more control and a more accurate calculation of your TDEE (recommended), which in turns gives you a more accurate EWL projection.

With your account set to MANUAL, your initial TDEE is based upon a Sedentary lifestyle. This is number is called your "Daily Activity".

Additional Exercises or Burned Calories must be added from your Exercise Library in order to reach your Total Daily Energy Expenditure.

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This FAQ is in-efficient and hard to read!!

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The current FAQ set up is temporary, and we plan to have a more organized easier to read FAQ in the near future. Suggestions are always welcomed!

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