If This Were Easy…


Calorie Tracking

Filed under: metapost, tools — Easy @ 11:52 am

Way back when, I asked about Calorie Tracking sites and then promptly did nothing about it. This week, I’m going to test out three of the options, by tracking my food intake and exercise if applicable in all of them, and see which one is least annoying. I’m not, at this point, attempting to limit my food intake, just track it.

The candidates are:

If you’re looking at these public profiles, do try not to pay too much attention to the fact that I had lemon cake for breakfast, kay?

First glaringly noticable difference amongst the three? FitDay calculates my Curves workout as 378 calories burned. CalorieCountPlus counts it as 628 calories burned. Daily Plate calculates it as 834 calories burned. That’s an astonishingly high set of differences.



  1. The differences are bizarre. How long is your workout? My exercise bike tells me that a half-hour ride, about 15 km, burns between 375 and 425 calories, so compare that to the exercise you’re doing and you should get a reasonable indicator as to which one’s right.

    Comment by Rusvul — 2008-09-03 @ 8:57 pm

  2. It’s a 25 minute circuit, plus about 10 minutes of light stretching. I’m going to poke at it some more, and also maybe ask tomorrow at the gym if they have any literature on what the burn rate is on doing the circuit.

    My guess is that the lowest figure is more likely to be correct. The Daily Plate number is just way too high.

    Comment by Easy — 2008-09-04 @ 9:55 am

  3. I dunno, depending on how much you sweat and your weight, a workout can burn a lot, in addition to raising your general metabolism. If I recall correctly, you’re pretty tall, right?

    As an example, I’m 5’2″ and my friend (male) is 6″. He weighs about 66% more than I do. We worked out about equivalent amounts because we went to the same wushu schools, but our difference in size meant that he was burning through a lot more fuel and eating a lot more than I needed.

    Comment by Pie — 2008-09-04 @ 4:14 pm

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