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Day Rating

Last Updated: Sep 14, 2016 02:23PM CEST
Please note: this functionality is being built for Android and is already implemented on iOS


Day ratings
Day ratings are ratings given to each day you've tracked based on how healthy it was. They appear in the form of letters at the top of the diary. The ratings are generated by looking at three factors; the proportion of what you ate that was healthy, the proportion of what you ate that was unhealthy, and how well the meals met your daily goal for calories, macronutrients and micronutrients.


Why don't the calorie amounts under or over for each meal add up to the amount in the circle?
The amount of calories mentioned on the right in each meal card is the amount of calories under or over for that specific meal. That is, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In Snack you will see what is left for the rest of the day; if you're on track, have some calories left, or how many calories you are above the daily goal.


Why does my day get a low rating when my meals have high ratings?

In general: One reason could be that your calorie intake is lower than the recommendation, in combination with imbalanced macronutrient-content (content of protein, carbohydrates and fat). The Life Rating™ for your day takes into account how well you met your goals and how good your food choices were.

Ketogenic: Even though your choices were good, amounts matter. The day ratings for the Ketogenic diet help you eat according to your distribution of macronutrients per meal and day, and guide you so you don't exceed your carbohydrate limit. If you tracked too many carbohydrates for one meal for example, you can end up over the limit for the day, and that will affect the day rating.

To obtain the best Life Rating™ for your day, your intake needs to consist of a significant amount of fat.

High Protein: To obtain the best Life Rating™ for your day your intake needs to consist of a significant amount of protein.


Why does my day get a good rating when my meals have lower ratings?
In general: Since the Life Rating™ takes into account how well the day met your daily goal for calories, macronutrients and micronutrients, you can end up with a better day rating. Remember that all foods consist of “better” and “worse” nutrients in different amounts.

The meal / day ratings are not based on an average of your foods / meals, but are determined by how well you’re meeting your daily goals.


General questions

Where do I look to understand my rating?
To get details about why you got a certain rating, tap the meal rating card and scroll down to see how you are doing in regards to calories, macronutrients and micronutrients. Tap "Nutrition Distribution" to see how far you’ve gone in the progress bars for each macronutrient. Tap "Calories" to see how well you’ve done in regards to your energy balance.


How do I understand the detail view?
The parameters you see are all in the algorithm that rates your meal. All of them can cause a higher or lower rating.
  • Macronutrients: Information about how you are doing on protein, fat and carbohydrates can be read by tapping “Nutrient Distribution”. Depending on which diet you are on you have a recommended amount for each one. On some diets there are minimum or maximum limits for a specific macronutrient, and in some diets there is a range for all three.
  • Calories: Information about how you are doing on calories can be read by tapping “Calories”. To the left you have the range for the meal or day, and to the right you have the amount under, over, or if you're “in range” also known as “Perfect”.
  • Micronutrient highlights
    • Added Sugar: A positive reason about this micronutrient is shown if the tracked amount is less than the recommended amount for each meal or day. A negative reason is shown if the tracked amount is greater than the recommended amount for the meal or day.
    • Fibers: A positive reason about this micronutrient is shown if the tracked amount is greater than the recommended amount for the meal or day. A negative reason is shown if the tracked amount is less than the recommended amount for the meal or day.
    • Sodium: A positive reason about this micronutrient is shown if the tracked amount is less than the recommended amount for each meal or day. A negative reason is shown if the tracked amount is greater than the recommended amount for each meal or day.
    • Unsaturated fat: A positive reason about this micronutrient is shown if the tracked amount is greater than the recommended amount for the meal or day. A negative reason is shown if the tracked amount is less than the recommended amount for the meal or day
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How can I improve my rating?
To learn how to improve your rating, take a look in the detail view and see what you’ve had too much or too little of.


Is the rating based on my goal?
The ratings are calculated based on your diet preference, nutrition settings and calorie goal, to help you achieve your goal.


I always fail to eat enough protein/carbohydrates/fat, what can I do?
You might need to change your diet. You could use one of the built-in diets offered by Lifesum Premium to do so. A subscription is required.

Another solution could be to tap Settings > Nutrition Settings > Change values. There, you can change nutrient amounts so that you can be at your best, and get high ratings.


Is the meal rating an average of my foods?
Yes and no.
YES - A lot of high rated foods and a small amount of low rated foods will give you a higher rating for your meal. It also works the opposite way. A lot of low rated foods and a small amount of high rated foods give you a lower rating for your meal.

NO - Simply working out your rating as an average of the rating each food receives won't give you the rating for your meal. Remember meal ratings are generated by looking at three factors; the proportion of what you ate that was healthy, the proportion of what you ate that was unhealthy, and how well the meals met your daily goal for calories, macronutrients and micronutrients.


Is the day rating an average of my meals?
Yes and no.
YES - A majority of high rated meals and only a few low rated meals will give you a higher rating for your day. It also works the opposite way. A majority of low rated meals and only a few high rated meals give you a lower rating for your day. The exception is when the low rating for each meal is based on too few calories or too many calories. At the end of the day, if you've made good food choices and have eaten pretty close to your calorie goal you'll get a high rating.

NO - Simply working out your rating as an average of the rating each meal receives won't give you the rating for your day. Remember day rating is generated by looking at three factors; the proportion of what you ate that was healthy, the proportion of what you ate that was unhealthy, and how well the meals met your daily goal for calories, macronutrients and micronutrients.

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