Calorie counting apps: The verdict

Calorie counting apps are certainly in fashion so this week we took three such apps on a test drive. Today we aim to summarise what we thought of each and declare a verdict on the best calorie counting app.

 

Calorie Counter by FatSecret

 

At the beginning of the week we intended to test and review Calorie Counter by FatSecret. Unfortunately we were stopped in our tracks by the inability to remove daily activities, although we did like the layout and principle of the app.

 

Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker by SparkPeople

 

The Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker app by SparkPeople has a nice interface and a comprehensive searchable list of foods and activities. Unlike the other apps we reviewed you can record even the smallest amounts of exercise so if you did a few tricep dips you could add these including the number of reps, sets, minutes and weights used.

 

The calculated calories burnt from these individual exercises makes this the best calorie counting app for gym enthusiasts.

 

SparkPeople

 

Read the review of Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker by SparkPeople

 

Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal

 

The Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker app by MyFitnessPal has several key benefits to it. The first is that you can, like the others, select foods saved as favourites but with the added benefit that the app remembers your portion size making it really quick to use.

 

The ability to invite friends and have your combined news feed sit below the basic information on the home page and the fact that so many people already use it, make this the best calorie counting app for dieting with friends.

 

MyFitnessPal

 

Read the review of Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal

 

Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker by CalorieCount.com

 

The Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker app by CalorieCount.com was the most visually appealing of the apps tested and the simple ranking of foods from A through to F makes it really easy to make smart dieting choices.

 

The nutritional analysis breakdown of everything from cholesterol to calcium, which can be added to the home page, makes this the best calorie counting app for those who are searching for a healthy and balanced diet.

 

CalorieCount.com

 

Read the review of Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker by CalorieCount.com

 

The verdict

 

So the verdict has left us with three winners depending upon who you are and what you want to achieve. Of course the accuracy of the calories consumed and burnt are approximate but it is the engagement and awareness that these apps offer that will ultimately bring success.

 

Which app will I be using going forward? The visual appeal of the app from CalorieCount.com will be finding a permanent home on my smartphone!

 

Written by: Michael Brown

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