Calorie counting apps: Part 2

Continuing in our week long look at free calorie counting apps, today we take a look at Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal.

 

You can read yesterdays review of the Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker by SparkPeople here.

Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal

 

You can download this free app on the following links:

 

Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker for Android
Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker for BlackBerry or Amazon
Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker for iOS
Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker for Windows

 

Once you have download this calorie counting app you need to complete your profile with essential information such as weight, age, activity level, height and of course your goals. This information then generates a calorie limit for the day.

 

Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal

 

Adding food items consumed is easy, just tap Add to Diary followed by either Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner or Snacks. Now you can make a search, choose items you eat often from the Frequent tab or even create recipe’s if you cook from scratch.

 

Calorie goals

 

If you return to the home screen you can now see a summary of where you are on that day with your calories remaining, your goal, calories consumed, calories burned and your net calorie figure.

 

Exercise

 

The Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker app allows you to add into the equation calories used through exercise and this then raises the limit of guilt free calories you can consume that day.

 

You can search for almost any type of exercise under the heading of either Cardiovascular or Strength. Although you may find for example bicep curls listed under strength and you can record the weight used and number of reps, no calories are assigned to this action.

 

Exercise

 

Instead you can find weightlifting as a general exercise under Cardiovascular and by assigning the number of minutes taken a calorie equation is completed and added to your daily calorie allowance. On one hand this saves a lot of time but on the other you cannot effect the number of calories used by for instance using heavier weights.

 

Motivation

 

The motivational side of things is taken care of by either connecting with friends and viewing your combined news feeds or via setting goals.

 

Motivation

 

The Goals section is extremely comprehensive and lets you set a goal weight, nutritional goals such as net calories consumed or fitness goals such as the workout minutes you want to complete each week.

 

Verdict

 

This calorie counting app is easy to get to grips with and I love the fact that you can create your own recipe’s to accurately track the calories consumed. The food barcode scanner returns results more often than not so MyFitnessPal have done a good job.

 

My final judgement will be delivered on Monday when we compare all of these calorie counting apps.

 

Written by: Michael Brown

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