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The Best Apps and Websites for Calorie Counting and Tracking Your Fitness Goals

For all you tech-savvy people out there, we have compiled a list of some of the best (and most convenient) smartphone applications and websites to help you track your fitness and nutritional goals. We understand that not all of you wish to carry around a journal all day to write your food intake and exercise down. These programs allow you the convenience of tracking it all at the touch of a button! With such options as restaurant chain menus, grocery store foods, and weight tracking… it will be extra hard for you to get off track!  **Skinny Jeans/Gut 2 Cut: (Just don’t forget to show Coach C. either a print out or your real journal once a week; you don’t want to get in trouble!)

Calorie Counter by FatSecret for Google Android/Iphone/Ipad/Blackberry

My personal favorite part about Calorie Counter is the easy to find ingredient info screen. The main screen features several categories users can use to find ingredients and even full meal information. Those areas include: Foods, Restaurants and Chains, Popular Brands and Supermarket Brands. If you’re in the store this means you can easily compare a brand name versus a store brand if they are not located right next to each other, while finding nutritional values for fast food chains which is not the easiest task when at those locations is now only a few clicks away. You can even scan a bar code.

It also has a daily weight tracker, exercise tracker, and a nutritional breakdown of your daily food intake.

Cost: Free;  Ease of Use: 5/5 stars

Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal

Lose weight with MyFitnessPal, the a fast and easy to use calorie counter for iPhone or iPod Touch. With a large food database (over 450,000 foods), and fast food and exercise entry, this can help you keep those extra pounds off!

The food entry remembers your favorites, add multiple foods at once, save and add entire meals, and more. It fully syncs with the web, so you can log from your computer or your phone, which ever is more convenient. Plus your data is backed up online so you never lose it. For those of us who travel and often deal with spotty network connections, this works offline as well. You can create your own custom foods and exercises, track all major nutrients, progress reports, customized goals based on your diet profile, and more.

Cost: Free;  Ease of Use: 4.5/5 stars

Calorie Tracker by LIVESTRONG.com for Blackberry/Iphone/Ipad

Calorie conscious? Calorie Tracker is a handy app from LIVESTRONG.com, Lance Armstrong’s health and fitness website. Users can look up and track daily caloric, fat, carbohydrate, and protein intake.

The app pulls from LIVESTRONG.com’s Daily Plate nutritional database with over 450,000 food and restaurant items. And if you want your physical activity to factor into the mix, just use the app to calculate burned calories for a variety of exercises. Users can also use the app in conjunction with the website for support groups, forums, and Q&A.

Unfortunately, there are glitches and the ease of use is rated below others. Their website seems to run more smoothly.

Cost: $2.99; Ease of Use: 3/5 stars

Websites We Love

No smartphone? No problem! Try out these websites to help you track your goals and keep it in one, easy to use spot. Careful, it can get addicting.

http://www.livestrong.com/dailyplate

This site keeps track of the nutritional information for the food you eat. There is an extensive database (member-created, so there are some flaws) of branded and generic foods, as well as the ability to add your own items to the database. It totals up your daily caloric and nutrition information, and has a calculator to help you determine how many calories you need to lose or gain weight. It also has a database of calories expended for many activities including different types of exercise.

This site has a very social atmosphere and many forums for support.

http://www.caloriecount.about.com

With Calorie Count, you can create your own account, free of charge, to learn about eating well, exercising, managing your weight and networking with others just like you. Calorie Count is jam-packed with valuable tools and resources to guide you on a successful path.

Some of the notable features of Calorie Count are:

Personalized Diet and Weight Loss Tools

  • Body Mass Index Calculator
  • Burn Meter
  • Daily caloric expenditure/target
  • Customizable nutrition settings
  • Calorie Coach – provides healthy time frame to reach your goal

Nutritional Analysis

  • Detailed nutritional analysis of users’ daily food choices
  • Logs to track daily caloric intake
  • Ability to track users’ weight history and activity expenditure
  • Nutrition Report
  • Graphs and charts that show daily nutrition intake and needs

Along with an extensive food and recipe database, Calorie Count has a huge network of support and forums detailing just about every topic imaginable. Great support system.

http://www.my-calorie-counter.com/

My Calorie Counter is a great web site for those who want to journal their daily food intake, track exercise, monitor water intake, and/or get advice and support from fellow dieters. It is easy to sign up and the premium subscription plan is only $5 per month.

The food list is very extensive but just in case your item is not listed, you can add it.The activity list is very extensive, as well. The social support system is great as well.

Use Your Tools

Weight loss and fitness goals take time, effort and commitment. We believe that you should use all the tools available to you.  With the wide berth of knowledge on the internet coupled with extensive easy-to-use programs, there is no reason you shouldn’t use these to your advantage. Seek support where you need it and use the tools given to you.  All of the above are extremely convenient and helpful ways to add accountability, as well as more support, during your journey.


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