Welcome to my honest Carb Manager review.
Carb Manager is the app that I have been using for the duration of my weight loss journey with Keto and it has worked incredibly well. It is simple to use and is available online, on Android phones and iPhones.
So wherever you may be, at home or on the go, there’s no excuse to NOT be tracking what you eat. Tracking is what has helped me eat the right portions, get the right amount of macros in, as well as control the amount of calories I’m ingesting.
If it is not simply the best free keto app on the planet, then I don’t know what would be. I’ve never stuck with a diet for more than 10 days, so being on Keto for 6 months is a real miracle for me and it’s all thanks to Carb Manager.
I’ll go over the app today to show you how to use it and how it can help you lose the weight and keep it off for good… 🙂 Ready?
What Is Carb Manager?
Carb Manager is an app/website, also a tool that will help you track what you eat in the right portions to help you lose or maintain your weight. It is mostly centered around the Keto or ketogenic diet.
The Keto diet is all about keeping your carb intake low, while eating a high amount of fat and moderate amount of protein. The goal of this diet is to switch your body from carbs to fats as fuel for your body.
When you sign up and put in all your information, the app will recommend a certain number of calories, how much fat, protein and carbs you should be ingesting. Once you know all that, it’s easier to lose the weight.
That’s how you know exactly how much food your body actually needs and the app calculates the right deficit for you to lose weight healthily, without deprivation.
Not only is it good for tracking the amount of food you’re eating daily, but it also keeps you accountable to WHAT you’re eating. You see, it makes you more aware of what you’re eating, especially with what is IN the food you’re eating.
It made me realize how much sugar was really in a small piece of cake that I was eating and made me think twice about whether I really wanted my daily allowance to go to something so unhealthy.
That way, you also learn about your eating habits and that gives you pointers on what you should be changing around to become a healthier you. Not everybody can just jump into the diet, so if making small chages here and there is your style, then Carb Manager is gonna help you with that.
What I also like about tracking is that it shows your progress in written form. By tracking everything, you can look back on the history of your weight loss to keep you motivated to move forward, especially when you’re tracking the amount of weight you’ve lost.
Additionally, tracking what I put in food in the past helped me remember what I did right, so that I can keep doing the right thing and accelerate weight loss. There’s plenty of good things that will come out of tracking with Carb Manager.
How To Use Carb Manager
Obviously, the first thing you’ll have to do is sign up and you can SIGN UP HERE for free.
When it’s done installing, it will ask that you set up your profile. The importance of giving Carb Manager that kind of information is to make sure that you make the most of the app for you OWN personal stats.
If you do not complete your account set up, you might not get any results at all or you might even gain weight. So make sure to complete your account set up correctly.
The app wants to get to know you to make the right recommendation. Just like when you go to a doctor, the doctor wants to know your symptoms in order to diagnose you with the correct medical condition. Once that’s done, you get the right medication, right?
Well, the app is the same.
Carb Manager needs things like your age, weight, how much of a deficit you want to have (I recommend around 20%) in calories. The default macros will be the keto macros; fat at 75%, proteins at 20% and carbs at 5%.
I recommend leaving those at that.
That’s when you’ll get the amount in grams of what you’re supposed to eat based on the information you provided the app. For example, I’m now 149lbs and I’m a 70-25-5. For me personally, I found that I needed a little more protein.
I’m a 25 year old female and I’m mostly sedentary right now because I stupidly got myself a hernia, so no gym or running around. But based on that, with a 20% deficit, I’m at 1350 calories a day.
And with that, I’m allowed to have 17g net carbs, 84g proteins and 107g fats. Yours will obviously be different.
Measuring Your Food
Now that you know how much you’re supposed to have in a day, you’ll need to actually measure out the food and make sure that you’re coming as close to your fat and protein intake as possible.
That’s where you’ll need a kitchen scale. I personally love the Starfrit brand because it’s one of the best that I’ve used and it’s so accurate.
You can get one of the BEST SCALES FROM AMAZON HERE.
You need these tools in order to make sure that you’re getting the right amount of everything. As a beginner, I had no idea of the weight of a chicken breast or how protein it would yield. This is the only way to get through that obstacle.
Logging And Tracking
Anyways, now that you know how to measure your food, you’ll need to actually log it in and how I do it, is just type in what I actually want to log, like for example, 150g of chicken breast.
One of the features that I really love, especially when I’m on the go to find out how much carbs, fat and protein there is in something, I would use the scan feature. It uses your camera to take a snapshot of the bar code to then give you information from the database.
For example, I enjoy Love Good Fats bars and if I want to know how much of each fats, proteins and carbs are in a bar, I would simply scan it with the app and I could add it directly, without having to enter it manually in the app.
Other Carb Manager Features
The other features that I really love about Carb Manager are listed below. Some I use often and some not so much, but these are some of the reasons that I think you should really choose Carb Manager for tracking.
When you first get started, you’re probably gonna have to manually enter in every single ingredient of the dish you’re making. Yes, it takes a little bit of time, but guess what you can do?
You can save the entry as a recipe that will then get saved under “My Foods”. So next time you feel like have the same dish, you won’t have to manually enter it again. It’ll be there saved!
It really helps, especially for breakfast in the morning, when I’m having mostly the same things. I would usually have my coffee with 2 tablespoons heavy cream and 1 teaspoon of Swerve sweetener. I usually also have 3 eggs with some onions fried in butter.
Depending on the day, I might some keto bread with it.
So what I do, is save everything, even the keto bread. That way, when I’ve actually eaten, I can just delete what I didn’t eat from the list. Makes it really easy! You even get to take a picture for the meal.
Yea, I guess you can say that this is the feature that I use the most often.
The next feature that I really like but seldom use is the Exercise Tracking feature within Carb Manager. It might be one that you would want to use though, seeing as you can track your reps and amount of time that you work out.
For me, it wasn’t that important because even when I was working out (before all the hernia massacre), I had set my profile as being “moderately active”, meaning that I work out for at least 1 hour, 3 – 5 times a week.
When you set it up like that in your profile, it means that your caloric intake, as well as macronutrients also get updated accordingly. And on the days you want to work out, you would just eat that amount of calories.
But if you like to keep track of your progress in the gym, such as number of reps, weight for each round and time for cardio, you might want to use that feature. Looking back on your progress at the gym too can be very encouraging.
This is a very important part of the app; this is where you will log your weight loss.
I love this feature because you get to see exactly where you were in terms of weight at the beginning of your journey to your current weight. If you’re more a visual person, then this definitely helps materialize and put things more into perspective.
I used this feature way more when I was having big weight losses, which tends to only happen at the beginning of keto. Now that I’m fully fat-adapted, I’m maintaining a steady weight loss of 4lbs per month.
It’s a little slow but I really only have another 15lbs to lose to my goal weight of 135lbs. Just a few more months to go!
So, What Do You Think Of Carb Manager?
I personally think, since I’ve actually used the app for my personal weight loss, that it is a wonderful app to have. There is a free and a paid version, but I’ve never had to pay for the Premium to lose the weight. In fact, I’m still a free member.
Carb Manager has all the vital features that you might need in terms of weight loss with Keto. Setting up an account is really easy and logging food into the app is a breeze.
As a free member, you get a ton of value and if you do become a paid member, you get more options, such as glucose monitoring and even other tracking such as insulin, blood glucose, ketones, cholesterol and even blood pressure.
If you do decide to get the paid version, you’re also signing up for recipes that get added to your personal tracking, so no need to manually enter the ingredients. You even get to plan your meals in advance and get reports on micronutrients.
However, you don’t have to get the paid version to reap some benefits of the app. Like me, become a free member and take control of your life…uh, diet! If you’re getting the results you want, tracking might just be what you need.
Have You Used Carb Manager?
I would love to hear of your experiences with it, as well as your weight loss progress. Is tracking your food helping you lose the weight more quickly? How easy do you find using Carb Manager?
Thanks a ton for reading this Carb Manager review. I really do think that it is the best free keto app. Do you?
Lots of Love,