If This Were Easy…

2008-09-05

Calorie Tracking Smackdown

Filed under: metapost — Easy @ 11:12 am

So, for the past two days, I’ve been tracking Calories in FitDay, CalorieCountPlus and DailyPlate / Livestrong.

After two days, DailyPlate is the clear winner from that group — it had the most food items, it had a decent if busy public profile option, it tracked many of the things I’m interested in and it has robust options for frequently eaten foods and groups of foods. It’s not perfect — there are a lot of unneeded clicks in the workflow, and it’s waaaay overestimating the calorie burn on my workout — but of the three, it’s clearly the best.

I really liked the look and feel of CalorieCountPlus, but the lack of a public profile, the inability to easily adjust portion sizes and the relatively paltry food database did it in.

FitDay, well, it seems like it might be the best of the bunch — I especially liked the clean, non-myspacey look of the public profiles. But the devil is in the details, and on that front, there were just way too many annoying things about it, starting with the fact that I got logged out between every visit, even if I never closed the page. Little things that shouldn’t be broken, like the tab order when entering a new food, were also annoying. Plus, it doesn’t have much of a database of packaged / fast foods.

So, having given up on two of my options, but not quite in love with my remaining choice, I decided to add SparkPeople and Gyminee back into the mix. I opened accounts on both and attempted to catch them both up to my other calorie trackers.

SparkPeople is already out the door. It’s a shame, because I do like their add food interface quite a lot, but overall navigation was a pain in the ass, and it was just a little too perky and tied in with their ideas of what you should be doing for my tastes.

So that leaves DailyPlate and Gyminee in the running. I’ll keep with the tracking in those two for the next few days, and see how it goes. Comparison charts for all 5 sites are in the sidebar under “…I would know who I am”.

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1 Comment »

  1. I look forward to reading more of your comparisons. If you have suggestions, please let us know in our forum. We are constantly trying to improve our site.

    Best Regards,

    Andy (Co-founder, Gyminee)

    Comment by Andy — 2008-09-05 @ 1:44 pm


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