Sunday, March 4, 2012

Weigh-In, and Online Food Trackers

Weight today is 207, up 2 pounds from last week.

As I said yesterday, I am adding exercise this week. I did some walking yesterday and will again today. The biking and focused PT will start tomorrow. I introduced milk back into my diet today in the form of 1/2 cup of low fat milk from local grass-fed cows, which I used in my coffee this morning instead of half & half.

I have started tracking calories again but ran into an annoyance. I have always used Sparkpeople.com as my online food tracker, but when I went back, they have changed the layout and tracking tools just enough to make it less smooth. There's ads now between the food lists and the daily menu so you have to scroll down to see everything. I am using it for now, but would like to hear from you food trackers what site you use and what you like about it. I need to switch!

I'd like a food tracker site that is free, easy to use, has a lot of foods in its database so I don't have to constantly be entering nutrition labels for what I eat, shows a running total of calories, carbs, protein, etc and a summary at the end of the day. If I had my dream software it would also include a way to tick off vegetable servings and fruit servings but that's not totally necessary; I can do that on paper if needed. So what do you guys say? What's your favorite food tracking site?

47 comments:

Jill said...

My Fitness Pal is the absolute best one I've found. A really huge database of foods, easily allows you to enter recipes and meals, and best of all it's free!

Low Carb Daily said...

I like fitday.com

Anonymous said...

livestrong.com

Cathy said...

I had a lot of success with myfitnesspal.

Anonymous said...

fitday.com ...you can enter your own customized foods ,it makes a pie chart that itemizes fat/protein/carbs, keeps running totals, I believe it has a phone app and you can track exercise as well.

TNTriathlete said...

MyPlate at Livestrong.com is by far the best I have found. It is streamlined, but has an exhaustive database of both food and exercise. It is extremely rare for me to find a food that is not already in the database. It also provides a glass to track your water. It is free.

This site has every feature including smart phone compatability but you can make it as simple as you like, which I also find attractive.

I entered my current and goal weights, told it how quickly I wanted to lose, and it calculated my calorie needs. Once I enter my exercise, it accounts for that in my calorie "bank" for the day, although I am sticking to 1200-1400 calories a day and not eating those activity calories (which sometimes total 2000). This way I will lose even more quickly.

It also provides nutritional breakdowns of what you eat. Check it out, I think you will like it.

Lindsay said...

myfitnesspal.com is awesome! :)

Low Carb Daily said...

I blog what I eat every day and then I also blog my weekly weigh-ins, so that I can see what worked and what did not.

Anonymous said...

myfitnesspal.com ! very easy to use, every single food i have searched has been in the database already (and I eat a lot of weird vegan food) and a really nice community as well. Also syncs with a smartphone app to track on the go.

Stacie said...

I like Lose It!- pretty good database and a good iphone app (which also has a bar code scanner so you don't have to input new foods).

MariMac said...

I love my fitness pal. Check it out.

Robbie said...

I love mynetdiary.com works well for me. Plus I can use it on my iPad and iPhone as well.

jenn said...

I love myfitnesspal.com. I have tried a bunch but this is my favorite free one. Thanks for all your info! I am one week into medifast and your tips have made it so much easier!

Lyn said...

Okay awesome! So far from your comments we have:

6 votes for My Fitness Pal
2 votes for fitday.com
2 votes for myplate/livestrong.com
1 vote for Lose It!
1 vote for mynetdiary

Keep the input coming! I will go look at all of these sites! Thank you so much.

Anonymous said...

MyPlate at livestrong.com is awesome

Lori said...

Livestrong. I have been using it for years.

Karen said...

My fitness pal. I like it better than live strong. Faster to track.

Bonus. There is a group called medifast loosers. Supportive group. Join us over there. Many of us have lost a lot of weight and several of us are transitioning and into maintenance.

It's the 12th rule in Refuse To Regain. See you over there! :) Karen P

lisa~sunshine said...

I use fitbit .. the tracking area is free... but I also have a fitbit and love that it tracks my activity and steps.. yes it cost $100 but unlike the bodybugg.. there is no monthly fees and it really movitates me..
There customer service is awesome as well

Broz said...

411fit.com is easy, extensive, free and has no annoying adds.

Ruth said...

Lose-It!..maybe not the best, nor the most exhaustive but considering that I am easily overwhelmed and throw in the towel with too much data, Lose-It works for me when I want to track.

LindaLou13 said...

MyFitnessPal works great for me. I've also yet to find a food that isn't in there already plus you can add your own recipes.

TheMegan2.0Project said...

I'm also a huge MyFitnessPal fan. I just set my calorie goal to 1lb a week instead of 2 and don't eat back "exercise" calories usually.

Rebecca said...

I use loseit.com

Anonymous said...

I like Livestrong. My favorite thing about it is you can create "meals". This works well for me because usually every morning for breakfast, I have a cup of coffee with 1 packet of sugar, a banana, and a handful of almonds. Instead of having to enter each individual item every morning, I just created a meal with all those components. It's really helpful, especially if you eat a lot of salads with the same veggies...no having to look up cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, etc, and add them individually. Just create your salad as a meal, and wahlah :)

Tami Hagglund said...

Definitely My Fitness Pal. Also has a really great, easy iPhone app!

Shonna said...

Another vote for Myfitnesspal. They even have Medifast nutritional info in their database.

Diandra said...

My calorie tracker is only useable for Germans, but if the adds are all that's bothering you, have you tried using some kind of add-block plug-in for your browser?

(I use Firefox with addblock, and whenever I see the sites I use frequently on other computers/browsers, I am surprised at all the adds and blinky stuff.)

Aimee said...

I'm surprised no one has mentioned has mentioned caloriecount.about.com. It's got a huge database, plus you can create recipes, set your own caloric intake goals or use one of their suggested intake guides. They also have a great smart phone app with a barcode scanner. And it's all free!!!

Stacy said...

Hey there- speaking of food tracking I was just doing some research today and ChooseMyPlate.gov has what they call "SuperTracker". It's VERY user friendly and they have loads of common food products- and not-so-common ones as well. Let me know if you find it useful.

Michelle said...

I said it in my reply from yesterday - but here's another vote for myfitnesspal.com LOVE IT!

Anonymous said...

I like MyPlate on the Livestrong website. As others have mentioned, the database is exhaustive because you can see all the foods that other people add to the database. They have a "Verified" tag on foods, meaning that they have verified that the stats are accurate according to the company that produces the food item. It's very easy to add a new food too if you can't find it in the database.

It will break down the macro nutrients for each day so you can see how much of each you've taken in. There are some reports/graphs so you can visually see your weight, measurement, and caloric trends over a period of time. You can set your current weight and goal weight and it will assign you a daily calorie goal. As you enter foods, they are subtracted from your allotment.

You can also track your exercise, along with your food, and the tool will credit you back some calories based on how much exercise you do. As well as with the food database, there are tons and tons of exercises listed for you to choose from.

My other favorite thing is that there is a journal that can be as simple as selecing a smiley or frowny face. Since many of our eating habits are emotional, it's nice to be able to note that on a particular day and be able to review it later on.

One of my other favorite features of MyPlate is that I can save favorites. I pretty much have three different breakfast's that I might fix. I can save each combo as Breakfast 1, 2, and 3 and when I'm tracking, I just select the one I had and I'm done. I also like that, when adding a food to my log, that there are multiple measurements (e.g. serving, cup, tablespoon, ounce) so I don't have to do any math if a serving is in cups but I measured in ounces.

I also tried fitday, probably a year ago, but the database was not to my liking. There were lots of things in the database, but they weren't brand specific. Because a single food item can vary in nutritional stats from brand to brand, I didn't like this. If I'm going to take the time to track my eating habits, I want it accurate. In the end, I was entering everything manually rather than using the database. Fitday does have a lot of graphs that you can generate, but they weren't enough to mitigate the frustration of tracking the food.

2beskinnyagain said...

I like LoseIt!I always double check the pre-loaded food items nutritional values. I have found a few mistakes. The barscan it great.

kayevs said...

Sparkpeople is what I use and I love it. Highly recommend!!!

pamk said...

Myfitnesspal is great. I've found every homemade AND restaurant food I've ever looked for! I like the visual graphing of my weight loss, too!

nvrmore74 said...

I like myfitnesspal.com it's simple & easy to you. :)

Anonymous said...

I second caloriecount.about.com

Gerri L said...

Loseit.com

Julie Lost and Found said...

I LOVE MyPlate at livestrong and I've tried them all. It's very user friendly and exhaustive.

That said, I have a good friend that has always just used a small notebook and she's lost a LOT of weight and kept it off for a long time. I think I'm going to be switching to the good old fashioned way of just writing it down. :)

Patty said...

I love fatsecret.com it has a great app for Android. My husband and I both use it and we buddied each other and can see each other's records.

Lyn said...

Wow! There are a lot more options out there than I thought! Thanks so much. I logged on 4 different sites today just to get a feel for them. I am going to try some more tomorrow. It's kind of fun :)

MizFit said...

whoa.
everyone has already given you all my ideas!

Steph @ A THINderella Story said...

Hey! New Follower here :) For a food tracker, I like to use: www.myfitnesspal.com they also have a mobile app that's great to use.

Anonymous said...

I use fitday. I create custom meals or combinations of things and just give it a name that makes sense to me. I love it's "reports" and ads aren't bad.

Anonymous said...

MyFitnessPal - use it on my smartphone. If they don't have something I've purchased (rare), I can scan the barcode with the phone. Seem to save recipes that others have added somehow - for example, if I try a popular recipe from an online source (eg cookinglight), it's often in there already. LOVE the save meals feature, so I can just add in some combos of foods I eat all the time and just add that in for a 'meal' with essentially one touch. Great! (Have lost 37 lbs so far on this, now weigh 157. Good luck!)

Jes said...

Fatsecret is the best!

Anonymous said...

small notebook/memopad-served me well for a long time and nothing gets easier.

Cali369 said...

Another vote for caloriecount.com. It does meals, water & nutrient tracking and can analyse recipes (crucial for me as I make most stuff from scratch)