I’ve reviewed seven calorie counter apps
to help you find the best one for you. I looked at MyFitnessPal, Spark People, LoseIt,
Cron-o-meter, MyDietCoach, Hapi Coach and MyNetDiary
They are all available on Andriod and iOS, and, with the exception of MyDietCoach, they
each have a free version. Premium versions usually offer an ad-free
experience and range from £2.50 to £50 a month.
Many of these apps let you scan the barcodes of the foods you are eating, and they automatically
import the calorie and nutrient breakdown into the app.
MyFitnessPal and Cron-o-meter also let you import recipes straight from the web and add
them to your meals. Others, like SparkPeople, LoseIt and MyNetDiary let you do this manually, which isn’t quite as convenient.
With the exception of HapiCoach, they all provide a nutrition breakdown.
You can log your weight on all of the apps, and monitor your progress. The only one that
allows you to log body fat % is Lose It (on the premium version) And you can add your measurements on LoseIt
and MyDietCoach. If usability and design are important to you,
then MyFirnessPal is definitely the best calorie counter app.
MyFitnessPal is also good for accuracy – with a number of common foods verified. It also
seems to have one of the biggest databases. Some of the data in some of the other apps
was slightly off, mainly because it is sourced from the community. And others, like cron-o-meter
didn’t seem to have much variety. LoseIt, MyDietCoach and MyNetDiary were my
favourite for working out calorie targets. Cronometer not so much – it suggested a
very low calorie number for me which seemed a little bit irresponsible.
Here are some specific features I liked about the different apps:
When you complete your day of logging on MyFitnessPal, it tells you “if every day were like today,
in 5 weeks’ time you would weigh-.” SparkPeople gamifies your calorie counting
with SparkPoints, but it’s a little confusing. LoseIt offers badges and challenges to motivate
you. MyDietCoach has an avatar that slims with
you – based on the principle that if you can picture it, you can do it. And it also
has a panic button to control your cravings. HapiCoach is slightly different from the others. You take pictures of everything you eat and
a nutrition coach will analyse and advise. he/she will comment and validate your meals.
Answer your questions, offer tips to help guide and motivate you. Start by choosing
your plan, describing how you eat and setting your goals. But the usability is odd.
Cronometer asks if you are pregnant or lactating and takes those into account when calculating
your calorie requirements. Which none of the others do. And MyNetDiary and LoseIt connect with your
fitness device. So, before I summarise in a table the best
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