Monday, July 1, 2013

Success Stories prides itself in being private. A vast majority of our users are private users that do not share their data with anyone. Some of our users share data with trusted family and friends.

A few users choose to share their chart with the world either on the featured profiles page at or on their own blogs. Our ability to feature success stories is limited because we prefer that our users keep their data and success private.

As we approach our 4 year anniversary, we encourage you to explore some of the success stories of our long time users.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Most Searched Nutrition Data provides you with valuable and unique view of the US Food and Drug Administration's nutrition database.  It lists detailed nutrient composition of more than 18000 packaged and restaurant foods.

Various food items can be searched, explored by category, or explored by high/low ingredient content.

Following is the list of the 100 most searched items for nutrition information at

  1. Quinoa, cooked
  2. McDonald's, Hot Caramel Sundae
  3. Melons, cantaloupe, raw
  4. McDonald's, Big Mac
  5. McDonald's, French Fries
  6. Louis Rich, Turkey Breast
  7. Bananas, raw
  8. Pork, fresh, composite of trimmed retail cuts, cooked
  9. McDonald's, Egg McMuffin
  10. McDonald's, Cheeseburger
  11. Jute, potherb, raw
  12. Apples, raw, with skin
  13. Hummus, commercial
  14. Stouffer's Lasagna with Meat & Sauce, frozen entree
  15. Egg, whole, cooked, hard-boiled
  16. McDonald's, Chicken McNuggets
  17. Cheese, cheddar
  18. Nuts, cashew nuts, dry roasted, with salt added
  19. McDonald's, Double Cheeseburger
  20. Burger King, Whopper, with cheese
  21. Wendy's, French Fries
  22. Cereals ready-to-eat, Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats, original
  23. McDonald's, Filet-O-Fish
  24. Taco Bell, Nachos Supreme
  25. Taco Bell, Bean Burrito
  26. Energy drink, Red Bull, sugar free
  27. Candies, REESE'S Peanut Butter Cups
  28. Taco Bell, Taco Salad
  29. Chicken breast tenders, cooked, conventional oven
  30. Nuts, almonds
  31. McDonald's, Baked Apple Pie
  32. Broccoli, raw
  33. Wendy's, Chicken Nuggets
  34. Celery, raw
  35. Watermelon, raw
  36. McDonald's, Premium Grilled Chicken Classic Sandwich
  37. Cereal wafer straws, Kellogg, Apple Jacks Cereal straws
  38. McDonald's, McFlurry with M&M'S Candies
  39. Spices, bay leaf
  40. Cheese, brie
  41. Burger King, Hamburger
  42. McDonald's, Hot Fudge Sundae
  43. Tomatoes, red, ripe, raw, year round average
  44. Cereals ready-to-eat, General Mills, Cheerios
  45. Amaranth grain, cooked
  46. Spinach, raw
  47. Energy drink, Red Bull
  48. McDonald's, McChicke Sandwich (without mayonnaise)
  49. McDonald's, Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken
  50. Strawberries, raw
  51. Egg, white, raw, fresh
  52. Infant formula, Mead Johnson, Enfamil, low iron
  53. Cereals ready-to-eat, General Mills, Fiber One
  54. Doughnuts, yeast-leavened, glazed, enriched (includes honey buns)
  55. Lettuce, iceberg (includes crisphead types), raw
  56. Burger King, Cheeseburger
  57. Alcoholic beverage, wine, table, red
  58. McDonald's, McFlurry with Oreo cookies
  59. Coffee, brewed from grounds, prepared with tap water
  60. Egg, whole, cooked, fried
  61. Cereals ready-to-eat, corn flakes, plain, single brand
  62. Carrots, raw
  63. Animal fat, bacon grease
  64. McDonald's, Hamburger
  65. Nuts, walnuts, english
  66. Drink mix, Quaker Oats, Gatorade orange flavor, powder
  67. Cheese, gruyere
  68. Fluid replacement, electrolyte solution (include Pedialyte)
  69. Cheese, mozzarella, whole milk
  70. Chef Boyardee Spaghetti and Meatballs in tomato Sauce
  71. Avocados, raw, all commercial varieties
  72. Carrots, baby, raw
  73. Infant formula, Abbott Nutrition, Neosure Advance
  74. Nabisco, Ritz Crackers
  75. Blueberries, raw
  76. Bagels, cinnamon-raisin
  77. Candies, Tootsie Roll, chocolate-flavor roll
  78. Gelatins, dry powder, unsweetened
  79. Grapes, red or green, raw
  80. Sweeteners, tabletop, aspartame, Equal, packets
  81. Kraft Valveeta Light Reduced Fat Cheese
  82. Taco Bell, Original Taco with beef
  83. McDonald's, Fruit 'n Yogurt Parfait
  84. Beets, raw
  85. Candies, Nestle, Butterfinger Bar
  86. Pomegranates, raw
  87. Jimmy Dean, Sausage Biscuits, breakfast sandwich, frozen
  88. Sports drink, Coca-Cola, Powerade, lemon-lime flavored
  89. McDonald's, Big Breakfast
  90. Sports drink, PepsiCo, Gatorade
  91. Wild rice, cooked
  92. Egg, Cheese and Bacon Griddle Cake Sandwich
  93. Fish, salmon, sockeye, raw
  94. Kentucky Fried Chicken, Fried Chicken, Extra Crispy, Breast
  95. Egg, whole, cooked, scrambled
  96. Taco Bell, Soft Taco with beef
  97. Popeyes, Coleslaw
  98. Butter, salted
  99. Onions, raw
  100. Stouffer's Lean Cuisine Chicken Enchilada Suiza

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Do Not Delete or Wait

We would like to highlight two user patterns that work against our proposition.

First, we often get requests to delete all of a user data because they want to start over again. We reply back encouraging them to keep all valid data. We point out the slider control below the chart that allows them to select the range of data that is displayed. Almost always, we get an firm response back. Delete the data; I have saved it elsewhere and I just want to start over!

Second, we see patterns in our data where a users waits for a long time before returning to the site to log their weight. In most cases with a long gap, the weight entered after the gap is significantly higher than the one entered before the gap. In many of these cases, the user is simply waiting for a "better" number before entering it on their chart.

Our proposition is very simple. By entering and visualizing your weight and wellness data every day, you are able to better control the factors that influence your weight and wellness. You are more aware of them and your actions are influenced by this awareness. Many of our users describe our site as a mirror that keeps them honest. By deleting old data or delaying entering current data, you are just avoiding the mirror. It undermines the fundamental way our site help you. The data that you do not like is as important to enter as the data you do like.

We encourage you to enter your and wellness data on a consistent basis. We also encourage you to review your charts and notes on a periodic basis.

Thank you for using

P. S. We always encourage that you review your weight and wellness plan with your physician and other wellness professionals.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Weight and Wellness After Holidays

We wish a Happy New Year to all of our users and visitors!  We hope that you have had joyful holidays.
There is always a renewed focus on wellness and weight after the holidays.  It is natural to gain weight due to abundance of holiday events that are food centric.  In addition to joy, holidays often add to the stress.

If you tracked your weight and wellness through the holiday, it likely lessened your weight gain rather than preventing it.  Some of the weight gain is easier to offset in the coming weeks.  Our experience shows that it is much more important to keep the focus on your weight and wellness during February and continue the rest of the year.  A large number of our users reduce their wellness tracking by March.
We encourage a consistent effort on wellness throughout the year!

Thank you for using