Post # 1
Hey fitness bees!
I’ve heard many of you recommend calorie counting & food tracking as good motivation & accountability for dedicated loss of weight. I was wondering/hoping you might have some online suggestions for calorie counters &/or Food trackers (for nutrients or for seeing progress in monitering & maintaining calorie intake). Which are your favorites? Which would you NOT recommend? Why?
Thanks In Advance for your responses!
Post # 3
I use the Lose It! app for my iPhone. Out of all of the ones I’ve tried, it’s my fav. It lets you keep track of your food, and even has a database of store brands/restaurant brands. It’s easy to keep track of your physical activity too. It sets a “budget” of calories, and lets you know when you’re over. You can see your intake over a day or a week, and it also counts nutrients.
I know not everyone has an iTouch/iPhone, but if you do, this app is pretty good 🙂
Post # 4
I use sparkpeople.com. I do have a smart phone, no one makes apps for my phone. I like sparkpeople because I can go to mobile.sparkpeople.com and log my food when I am on the go. I have not found another site that makes mobile use that easy for us non Iphone and non blackberry users.
Post # 5
I have been using http://www.FitDay.com. You can track calories, nutrients and your weight loss. It’s as easy as searching through the various food options! It will also recommend how many calories you should be eating based on your lifestyle.
Post # 6
I really like http://www.caloriecount.about.com It tells you your recommended intake based on age/weight/activity level and goal weight/date. They also have a good index of foods (generic and brand).
Post # 7
Thanks for the tips, ladies! If there are any “seconds” to the sites suggested above, I’d love to hear them, too!
@Blueshoes2: Sadly I have yet to invest in an iPhone (waiting until they extend to carriers besides ATT/Cingular), but I will pass that on to my iPhone friends & family
@everyone else: I’m going to spend today trying out your suggestions & see which fits best…thanks a bunch! Do any of the ones you suggested ALSO let you count your workouts? (like, calculating generic amounts of calorie loss based on weight/age/heartrate/time so it minuses the loss from your calorie intake)
Post # 8
I love livestrong’s Daily Plate and I have a blackberry app for it.
Post # 9
I second Livestrong Daily Plate.
Post # 10
I third livestrong @ thedailyplate.com. When I have to make weight for a fight (boxing) I HEAVILY rely on this and its incredible. And they have iphone and BB apps
Post # 11
I’ve been using SparkPeople for a long time. I am trying to get used to FItDay because you can give someone else (trainer/coach/etc) a link to your food journal with it, but it’s not as user friendly as SparkPeople. I didn’t know I could log on the go with mobile.sparkpeople.com, so thanks for that, megan!
Post # 12
http://www.myfitnesspal.com is AMAZING! It gives you a calorie allowance based on your goals, it tracks your weight, workouts, calorie intake, bmi… it has an EXTENSIVE food index so that you basically just type in what you ate or exactly what kindof workout you did and it has all the facts. Plus it has message boards and weight loss groups.
Post # 13
calorie-count.about.com – I live on it. I record everything I put in my belly and all the activities i do. It really helps you visually see how you’re doing and the steps you’re making to get the weight off.
Post # 14
I use Spark People and love it! I’ve used it for over 2 years now. It’s a great way for me to maintain my weight loss and when I gained 5 lbs. over Christmas, it was easy for me to jump back in and get back on track.
Post # 15
I use FitDay. I like it but I do think that it’s somewhat annoying when I go to find food. I tend to eat healthier and choose the healthier options when I buy food, so it seemed like the calorie/nutrition information they used were estimating high. There were certain foods that ended up having like a 200 calorie difference which is annoying. You do have the option to make custom foods and put in the nutrition label info. These are then saved and you can go back to them without having to type in the info again, but I just thought it got annoying. I think I will check out some of the other suggestions and see if I like them better.
Post # 16
Arizonabride- mobile.sparkpeople.com is great if you only want to log your food or look up restaurant info. It does not give you the whole sparkpeople page and loads quick! I am on it constantly cause I know I will forget exact quantities by the time I get home!
to the original poster- I believe on sparkpeople you can track your workouts. I do not use it for that, so I am not 100% sure. They have a 2010 bride message board, the leader of the board is great! She always has new challenges for you to work for. I get bored of the same old repition things, I love having “challenges” to work for.