If you've tracked for a while, you may have noticed that calories don't always line up with macros. Why is that? This is due to rounding on food labels and the ability for food manufacturers to subtract the calories from dietary fiber and sugar alcohols.
-If a product has fewer than 5 calories per serving, it can be rounded to zero
-If a product has 50 or fewer calories per serving, calorie counts can be rounded to the nearest 5 increments (32 would be rounded to 30)
-If a product has more than 50 calories per serving, calorie counts can be rounded to the nearest 10 increments (106 would be rounded to 110).
This may not seem like a big deal since it's just a few calories. Still, it can add up pretty quickly during a whole day or week of eating. Your actual consumed calories can differ significantly from the "label" calories you have consumed.
For example, if you had 120g of protein, 200g of carbs, and 60g of fat, the app would say you ate 1820 calories (120 x 4 + 200 x 4 + 60 x 9). This will allow you to achieve the following.
By doing the math of calories, you can have more freedom with how you track. It will ensure that you are always eating the right amount of calories for your goal and open up the possibility to just focus on hitting your calories and protein. If you tried to do this while using label calories, it would introduce too much variation in the actual calories you are consuming due to the issues outlined earlier.
How have we fixed this? We created the "Macro Calories" feature. If you want to learn more about this feature, click here.