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 Post subject: Re: Calorie Confessor Food Diary
Unread postPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 6:15 pm 
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Ok so this is weird... It seems like the problem with keeping this HTML app in HOME mode is affected by the Javascript switch in my Chrome browser. If I block all Javascipt in Chrome browser app then my voCal app runs fine without any periodic crashing. Surprisingly too the Javascript in Opera Mini doesn't seem to effect things negatively and I can run web pages with javascript inside Opera without any side effects. So I am wondering if this is an odd Webview problem or maybe just some more glitches in my html/css code.


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 Post subject: Re: Calorie Confessor Food Diary
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2016 6:00 pm 
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I haven't tried doing the HOME mode again yet, but a lot of quirkiness and odd crashes may have been caused by my program optimizer. Now that I have a faster phone I don't think I need to squeeze out every last millisecond. Not really sure why the optimizer was causing problems unless it messes with the HTML.OPEN/CLOSE timing issues.

At any rate, I am losing about 0.3lb/week again!


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 Post subject: Re: Calorie Confessor Food Diary
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2016 9:42 pm 
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cterp wrote:
At any rate, I am losing about 0.3lb/week again!

and that's the most important ;)
good job Chris!

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 Post subject: Re: Calorie Confessor Food Diary
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Thanks Nicolas! I finally figured out that I really need to shoot for a 500 calorie deficit every day... 200 by dieting (mostly low carb) and 300 by exercise.. seems to work.. Been doing physical therapy for my back and really felt good today. I am still about 5'10 and 205lbs but my muscle tone and energy are starting to get pretty good.

I like Google Play's new method of tracking Active Installs which is probably more accurate: 169 disciples so far!

If I ever get really ambitious I might try to link my app into Nutritionix's nutritional database... They gave me a complimentary link to their developer API but I am not sure how hard it would be to implement it. Their Track app is pretty slick but they don't have the shortcuts that mine does, plus you have to have a data plan to use it effectively. I dumped the data plan on my smartphone about 2 months ago and don't really miss it since there is a lot of free WiFi around here.


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 Post subject: Re: Calorie Confessor Food Diary
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Thanks to nobs, I added some bar graphs which are really good for looking at weekly and monthly calorie consumption:


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 Post subject: Re: Calorie Confessor Food Diary
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 11:57 pm 
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I find 500 calorie deficit way too much!

I think you are starving yourself.

I was 230 to 250 pounds a long time ago.

Then through eating healthy foods instead of calorie restriction...

I was about to bring it down to 210 and hold steady.

The main thing is eating healthy instead of fasting.

What if you're big boned?

You're naturally going to be heavier.

You're body is naturally meant to hold a certain healthy weight.

Even if you're fat.

That just means you're body is scared of starving.


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 Post subject: Re: Calorie Confessor Food Diary
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What if you're big boned?
You're naturally going to be heavier.


well actually there's no such thing as "big bones". http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/artic ... finds.html

personally i think people who want to lose weight can do it however they want, unless they use unhealthy methods like excessive fasting or chemicals. losing weight isn't a thing you can do without careful planning and research.

but that's outside the topic of programming.

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 Post subject: Re: Calorie Confessor Food Diary
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There is such thing as "big bones" :) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/0 ... 75706.html
People have different body frames, but this is not related (/not an excuse) to being overweight.

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 Post subject: Re: Calorie Confessor Food Diary
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I have measured that I need to eat 1800 a day to keep steady weight without losing or gaining.

To lose now I consume 1600 and burn about 300 through exercise.

1 lb of fat does indeed seem to be about 3500 calories so if I have a net calorie deficit of 500 calories a day I can only expect to lose up to 7*500/3500 or one pound a week.

That's why losing weight is so hard.. the most you will realistically lose in a day is only an once or two.

I still watch what I eat though: enough protein, little sugar, good veggies and fruits, etc..

As far as big bones, I have a very small frame and definitely was obese at 220lbs. I am 205 now but still need to lighten up.

Weight isn't that great of a metric for fitness.. better to by body dimensions i think


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 Post subject: Re: Calorie Confessor Food Diary
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Uploaded newest version to Paul's ftp and still using it myself.

Newest changes are :

I added red and green colors to the bar graphs to spot above below averages... This is kind of handy for seeing trends of a couple days. (Sorry my code is rather ugly since I do most of it in spare snippets of time on my phone and haven't had time to make it more readable.)

I made the reminder banner accept multiple lines which it randomly displays each time something happens in the app. This is really great for those little diet and behavioral factoids that you constantly have to remind yourself of.
You can even cut and paste short inspirational quotes into it as long as they are one line.

I still have an odd problem with the app locking up unpredictably with a blank black screen... I can't seem to figure out if it is crashing when it is exiting or when it is starting but added a log() function to timestamp app events. The odd thing is that everything seems to be working fine in the logs but it still seems to hang every now and then. One possibility that I haven't fully checked out yet is that there might be an ONERROR: condition that isn't being handled right or there is some other odd timing problem.

As far as my own diet goes, I was in a big slump and pretty sick over Christmas but found out that taking an over-the-counter brand name probiotic helped a huge amount. I have read that dieting tends to change your microbiome and that some scientists think that the homeostasis of being overweight is maintained by bad gut bacteria. I think that could be quite true since I feel much better and am back on track again. The other change I made was burning 500 calories a day through walking (mostly caregiving) instead of the mere 300 which wasn't doing much good.


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