3 of the Best Calorie Counter Websites and Apps to help you start the New Year
1. My Fitness Pal
MyFitnessPal is one of the most popular calorie counters right now.
It tracks your weight and calculates a recommended daily calorie intake. It also contains a well-designed food diary and an exercise log.
The homepage provides a clear picture of how many calories you’ve consumed during the day. It also shows how much of your recommended intake remains, as well as how many calories you’ve burned by exercising.
If you’re using a fitness tracking device, MyFitnessPal can likely sync with it and then include the data in the exercise log. The app tracks your progress towards your goals and offers chat forums with fellow users. These include conversations, recipes, tips and personal success stories.
MyFitnessPal’s nutrition database is huge, containing over five million foods. You can also create custom foods and dishes, or download recipes from the internet. Our favourite feature is that it can even save your favorite meals, so you can log those quickly.
Cron-o-meter lets you easily keep track of your diet, exercises and body weight.
It offers very exact serving sizes and a good exercise database. There is also a profile option for pregnant and lactating women, based on higher calorie needs during those periods.
You can also tell Cron-o-meter if you’re following a specific diet, such as the paleo diet, low-carb diet or a low-fat vegetarian diet. This changes the macronutrient recommendations.
The food diary is very simple and user-friendly. Below it, there is a bar chart showing the breakdown of carbs, fat and protein for that day, along with total calories consumed.
Cron-o-meter is particularly useful for tracking micronutrients like vitamins and minerals.
Fat Secret is a free calorie counter. It includes a food diary, nutrition database, healthy recipes, exercise log, weight chart and journal.
A barcode scanner is also included to help track packaged foods.
The homepage shows total calorie intake as well as the breakdown of carbs, protein and fat. This is shown both for the day and for each meal.
FatSecret offers a monthly summary view, which shows total calories consumed each day and total averages for each month. This feature may be very convenient to track your overall progress.
This calorie counter is very user-friendly. It also includes a chat community where users can swap success stories and get tips, recipes and more.
FatSecret also offers a feature called challenges, where users can create or participate in challenges in a closed group of people.