Best App for Calorie Tracking

By Douglas Pieterse, Co-Founder & Head Personal Trainer
"It may be simple but not always easy"

Ever heard one of your friends say "I am eating healthy but not losing weight!". Have you ever heard yourself say it? If so, it is time to start tracking what you are eating my friend!

 

Even though you are eating all the healthy food you’ve seen on Netflix, there is a good chance you are eating too much of it. Ever seen a skinny hippo? The fact of the matter is, if you want to shed some winter layering and so far you haven't been able to, tracking how much you put in your mouth will help you realize just where you are going wrong. So, should we break out an Excel sheet (and perhaps a primary school math book?) to figure out exactly how many calories you have left on your budget? Or would you rather keep up with technology and use MyFitnessPal to make things easier? I am all about easy so take my money and make my life better.

 

The good:

Inputting the food you eat doesn't take all that much time. Worst case scenario you can spend the first 3mins on the toilet catching up on your eating log and the rest of the time dropping a few logs of your own. Check out their bar code scanning function which makes input fast and efficient. 

 

If you are working a weekly calorie budget it is easy to see exactly how many calories you will have to spend on the weekend by changing the daily view to a weekly view. It includes goal settings for the three main macro-nutrients (carbs, proteins, fat) and helps tracking against these. It is a great learning tool and seriously eye opening too. After a couple weeks you will start to get a good idea of exactly where you are wasting unnecessary calories and soon you will be able to gauge how much you are taking in without having to use the app. 
You can share your diary with your trainer so he can also give you an idea of how you can optimize your diet to get closer to your physique goals. 
The basic version is free, so no financial investment, and the lesson you learn about how much crap you are putting in your mouth is priceless.

Who is it for?

Anyone who is not achieving the bodyweight composition results they are looking for, especially weight loss, to figure out where change is needed. 

 

Watch outs:

If it sounds too good to be true then google it! There are more than a few ways to fail at a diet but lying to yourself is high up on the list. If the calorie content seems too low, it probably is. Get a scale and weigh out exactly how many grams of salt and vinegar chips you are putting in your postprandial snack bowl. 

Alternatives:

You could calculate everything out on a excel sheet but this will be tedious work and will also take out the "on the go" type of entry which results in less flexibility. 


There are apps which allow you to take a photo of the food you are eating but in my opinion it doesn't teach you much about the food itself. 

Review:

So far I have not found an app as robust as MyFitnessPal, in terms of database and usability it is still to be rivalled. 

 

The Verdict:

If you not able to change your body composition then take that step and start tracking what you are eating on the easiest platform which is most widely available. This way you can learn more about which macros you are putting in your system and at the same time figure out what you don't need as much of. 
 

What others say: 

This app has a surprisingly large database, even the meatball shop down the road from where we live has their food on there. We pretty much ate our daily calorie budget there in one meal.

Mike Dukeman Davis