You may be asking yourself why is compliance so important and shouldn't the coach know when I'm compliant or not? Let's take some time to better understand compliance.

Here are 3 reasons why compliance is so important.

  • It creates habit change. You can't change your lifestyle while dragging your old habits with you.

  • It's an accountability feature. What would be the point of targets if you didn't have to follow them? If you keep doing what you've always done, you will continue to get the results you have always gotten.

  • It will teach you to observe what you're consuming and why you are or aren't successful in reaching your goal—allowing you to make lifestyle changes that better align with your goals. The saying goes: "If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime."

Now to the next frequently asked question regarding compliance, "Why does the coach ask if I was compliant or not? Shouldn't it know?" Having the coach ask if you were compliant or not was a very intentional decision. Here are 3 reasons why.

Some people use other trackers.

We recognize that there are a lot of tracking apps out there. We also understand that some people have been using a specific tracking app for a long time and enjoy it. Because of this, we wanted to make it a possibility for people to use Carbon while still using their preferred tracking app if they wish. After all, Carbon is a COACH with a built-in tracker for convenience.

Some people realize at check-in that their data is incomplete.

Let's say that you go to check-in and notice that something looks off with your tracked average for protein. You know that you hit your protein target every day of the week. If Carbon pulled data without asking, a situation like this would mean the entire week would go as non-compliant.

Not everybody uses Carbon's definition of compliance.

You have to have a cut-off somewhere for the compliance range. But we also understand that people might feel cheated because they were 0.1g outside the range on a single macro. Because of this, we allow members to use their best judgment in terms of being compliant or not.

Now that you understand the importance of compliance, why we ask you if you were compliant, let's jump into how to decide if you were compliant or not at check-in.

If you use Carbon's built-in tracker, it will take your food entries and light up green for any target that you successfully hit. You will see this screen in 2 places.

  • During the check-in process

  • Any time by swiping to the 3rd screen labeled "current compliance", in the top header section on the coach tab.

If you still struggling to decide what to mark, go back to the baby steps of flexible dieting and align the step you are at with your compliance screen.

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