Review: Calorie Counter by FatSecret

Review: Calorie Counter by FatSecret
Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆
Website: www.fatsecret.com
Cost: Free! in App World

FatSecret’s Calorie Counter is currently rated #1 in Blackberry App World under Health & Wellness apps. After reading a few reviews and looking at some screenshots I decided to give it a try. It has turned out to be the complete package with the ability to track food intake, exercise, weight, and even come with a great web interface as well.

Food Diary: This is where you track your daily food intake. You can find foods by using the search feature, which works quite well; by choosing Foods, which gives you multiple levels of menus (i.e. Meat -> Chicken, Lamb, Roast Beef, etc.); by choosing Restaurants & Chains, which will give you varying levels of menus depending on the restaurant selected (i.e. Dunkin Donuts -> Bagels, Croissants, Donuts, etc.); or by Popular or Supermarket Brands. Once selected, you can enter the portion size, choose which meal to add the food to, and save. If you can not locate the food in the program, you can manually enter the details and it will be saved as an option going forward.

As a first time user of a calorie counting program I was skeptical at first, after having whole wheat spaghetti and meatsauce about how many individual items I would need to enter (spaghetti, sauce, ground beef) but lo and behold, under Pasta -> Spaghetti appeared Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Meatsauce. How much easier can it get? Granted there’s no way to know that I’m entering the exact portion amount or that the calories listed match up exactly to what I had eaten, but ballpark figures are good enough for me.

Exercise Diary: Here I used the website, www.fatsecret.com, to set up my default daily exercise. I figured it was a safe bet to enter 9 hours of desk work (1280 calories burned), 7 hours sleeping (597 calories burned), 30 minutes of walking at a moderate speed (156 calories burned), with the remainder set to resting (711 calories burned). Makes me wonder what happens with my day, as it doesn’t seem to me I rest for 7-1/2 hours a day. If it’s a day I go to the gym, I can modify this and enter Running, Calisthenics, etc.

Diet Calendar: This is where your total calories gained (Food) and lost (Exercise) are all listed out by day for the month. You can see the net calories gained or lost. Supposedly from what I’ve read online, every 3500 calories = 1 pound (gained or lost). I have yet to determine the truth behind this.

Weight Tracker: Just as it sounds. You can enter your weight as often as you’d like. It tracks it, and even creates a nice line graph – the top line being your starting weight and the bottom line being your goal weight.

Sync: I’m not sure the point of this option, as everything you enter is synced immediately, and if you don’t have internet access (no service), you aren’t able to enter anything into the app to later sync anyways. This brings me to my one con.

Web Site: As touched upon earlier, the web site that drives the app, www.fatsecret.com, has a great interface for entering food eaten, exercise, etc, as well as setting up your profile, your recommended daily intake, etc. Truth is it’s definitely easier to use the web site to enter multiple food items and I find myself entering most food items through the web site. However, the app is still easy to use, and since this is a review of the app, that it what I focused on.

Cons:

  • You need signal to use the application as other than the basic interface, everything is web driven

Pros:

  • Speed. The app is very quick to move around, even with its constant pulling information OTA
  • No need to update the database of foods constantly, as the app is so web driven
  • Immediate sync coupled with a great web-site interface.
6 total comments on this postSubmit your comment!
  1. My wife has been using this program for a few days now and I agree with how simple it seems to be. Great review!

  2. Today makes it one month since i started using this program. I have lost 14 lbs. so far. This app is not only great as a useful tracking tool it also seems to provide me with continuous motivation. I also like that if the food you want to enter is not in the data base you can simply add it. I honestly dont know if i would be doing this well with out this app. You can also go to their website from your computer if you dont have your blackberry handy. It provides recipes. Lets you write a journal if you choose. and so much more.

  3. I just started using this a week ago and it does great keeping me motivated tracking results. The key is the ease of food entry. That’s always been a barrier for me. In fact I was using the application for a couple of days before I checked out the website. I was impressed with the website as well.

  4. I prefer simpler app from http://weightlossnyc.com it is clean and fast and doesn’t require a lot of effort to use

  5. Anyone know why I can see the app from my desktop browser in App World, but the app is not visible from App World on my Blackberry?

    Odd, I can see all the other apps.

  6. Just started using this app and it is simple and to the point. I love it! The other wieght loss apps on droid are horrible! Even the paid ones! What does a girl have to do to get some help around here GEESH! I would gladly pay for something helpful, but thank goodness I found fatsecret and its FREE. Doesnt get any better than that. Plus its got the website. Other weightloss apps like Libra only show you a freakin graph, I could make that. One of my fav fatsecet things is the bar code. Dont even have to look it up just scan and it even assumes you are eating the smallest portion so you can add a serving size if need be. I also went on and added all my favorite foods from jersey mikes, was really easy. Love it, I can feel my skinny jeans calling me now….

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