In order to maintain balanced eating, it is imperative that I have an easy way to keep track of the calories I am eating. I stumbled upon Cron-O-Meter when I was researching calorie tracking apps through an informative blog by Authority Nutrition. The article gave a great breakdown of the pros and cons of five different apps, but Cron-O-Meter stood out to me for a couple of reasons.
The first is that it connects with a health tracker device, such as a Fit Bit, and adapts calorie recommendations based on your level of activity for the day. When I exercise in the morning, I am always amazed at how many more calories I tend to burn throughout the day. This translates to more food I am able to eat, while still staying within my calorie guidelines. You can set your calorie thresholds based on your weight-loss goals, whether you want to lose two pounds a week (like me), or simply maintain your current weight.
Cron-O-Meter has a searchable database of foods that makes it easy to input the calories you’ve eaten. I absolutely love the bar code feature, which allows me to scan the bar code of any packaged food, and its nutritional information will pop up. Being something of a food snob, I turned up my nose at this feature at first. This feature is for the frozen meal peeps of the world, I thought. I’ll never use it. Au contraire! I use it all the time! Cron-O-Meter allows you to create recipes, into which you can scan any packaged ingredients you use. Think sour cream, milk, pasta, or special sauces. It’s also useful if you are eating a pre-packaged snack, like my fav, Kind bars.
I like that Cron-O-Meter tracks macronutrients like vitamins and minerals. It was pretty apparent after the first few days that my vitamin intake was sadly lacking, so having an app to tell me exactly what I need more of has been very helpful. I find myself looking for ways to supplement my diet with elusive nutrients, like fiber, or potassium, or copper. I haven’t yet had a perfect nutritional day, where I have hit all of my calorie goals as well as my macronutrient goals. Fiber, potassium, or copper gets me every single time.
If you are only looking for a logical review of a calorie-counting app, please stop reading right here. The quirks in my personality are about to take over.
The second reason that Cron-O-Meter stood out to me is for a completely superficial and strange reason: its name. Most people see “cronometer” and think that the app’s developers just weren’t very good spellers. If you are unfamiliar with the term “chronometer,” it’s because we don’t use it very much anymore.
It makes sense that the developers might have named this calorie tracker after an instrument that measures time, because Cron-O-Meter’s purpose is to track nutritional information over time—-accurately, regardless of the conditions of the day.
But “chronometer” is not what I think of when I see this app’s brilliant name. I see Cron-O-Meter and think of Cro-Magnon man. Because clearly, I don’t think the way everyone else does. Don’t start thinking about about Geico slogans, like, “So easy a caveman could do it.” Those apish-looking cavemen with their large, sloping foreheads are Neanderthals. If you’re interested in a comparison between Neanderthals and Cro-Magnons, check out Mental Floss’s brilliant article here. Otherwise, just take my word for it: Cro-Magnons are like a sophisticated version of Chevy Chase in Christmas Vacation, whereas Neanderthals are more like a muscled, grunting version of Cousin Eddy.
Cro-Magnons were tall and muscular, and their average brain size was apparently larger than the those of modern mankind. They are known for their innovative toolmaking and for their advanced artistic skills. According to Encyclopedia Brittanica, their sculptures of humans were typically large-breasted, large-hipped women.
In other words: Cro-Magnons were my kind of people.
It’s only natural that my calorie-counting app is an advanced tool of which even Cro-Magnons would approve.