Calorie counting apps: Part 1

This week and with summer just around the corner, we are taking a look at calorie counting apps in an effort to get trim before the holiday season begins.


Today we are taking a look at the free app Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker by SparkPeople. Later in the week we will be reviewing Calorie Counter by FatSecret and Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal.


You can now read the Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal review here.


Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker by SparkPeople


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


After downloading the app your first task is to follow through a simple setup which involves entering your personal details such as your weight, age, sex and typical daily activity level.


Once you have entered this information you are ready to go and start tracking your calories. You should expect the first week to involve a little bit of legwork as you enter the items you consume but each item can be saved as a favourite making it really easy to enter foods you eat on a regular basis later on.


Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker by SparkPeople


When you enter a new food item you can view its nutritional information and if you happen to have the barcode then scan away for easy setup. If a food item isn’t listed then you can enter it yourself and as existing members have also done this it is however an unlikely scenario that you will be doing this a great deal.


Home screen


The home screen shows your daily status with the number of calories consumed along with the calories remaining for that day. You can also view additional health goals such as adequate sleep, eating fruit and drinking water.




The Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker app also allows you to enter any exercise that you do which incidentally allows you to consume more calories. This means that if you know you are going to have a calorific day or desire a treat then you can simply beef up your calorie allowance by for example going for a walk.




I was impressed with the search function for exercise which returned results that allow you to for example select the pace that you walk at allowing for really accurate monitoring. With each exercise such as bicep curls there is an exercise demo and the catalogue of exercises is so great that you will never be short of exercise ideas for the home or gym. You can even enter your reps and weights used and the app generates a calories burned figure for you.




If you need a little motivation or help then the addition features of Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker by SparkPeople will be interest to you. These features include health and fitness stories, members blogs, mobile chat and a coaching section where you will find tips of the day.


Further motivation is offered by the calorie and exercise reports which offer a visual representation of your actions.


Calorie reports




The interface is particularly appealing to the eye and it is really easy to get to grips with. The home screen can be customised to show the information you want to see and the additional features such as the goal board and the ability to invite friends all adds to the appeal.


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

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