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Top Android App: Calorie Counter

Posted on Feb 23, 2010 in Health, Top Rated Apps | 23 comments

Calorie Counter is a must-have tool for finding and documenting the Nutrition Facts for the foods that you eat.  If you’re looking to lose weight or want to maintain your current body-type, Calorie Counter will help you achieve your goals.  This app is extremely functional with many useful features that make it very easy to use.  Thank you to TigerAngel2 for recommending this app for us to review!

Version: 1.12.0
Size: 1.14MB
Category: Health
Price: Free
Overall Score: 4.7/5

User Interface: 4.5/5
Ease of Use: 4.5/5
Customizabilty: 5/5
Originality: 5/5
Indispensability: 4.5/5

Calorie Counter offers you a fully functional Food Diary, Exercise Diary, Diet Calendar, and Weight Tracker.

With the Food Diary, you can document the foods you have eaten throughout the day, broken up into breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks/other.  In order to add a food item, click the green plus button under the specific category.  There, you can choose to search for a food in multiple ways:

  • Search by name
    • A drop-down menu of matching items as you type makes this option very quick
  • Scan a barcode
    • This is a great feature if you have the food package in front of you, and it’s quite accurate
  • Perform a Quick Pick
    • Here you can find foods by category, restaurant (including fast food), popular brands, and supermarket brands
  • Most Eaten
  • Recently Eaten
  • Saved Meals
    • The previous three options come from entries you have already made to speed up the process, since we seem to eat the same foods again and again
The Exercise Diary allows you to estimate the number of calories that you have burned throughout the day from different activities.  Estimates are provided for sleeping, resting, and exercise activities.  There is an extensive list of activities that should cover most that you would need to enter.
In the Diet Calendar, you can view the calories you have taken in from food and those you have burned from exercise.  The net calorie count will help you determine whether you’re burning more calories than you are intaking, which hopefully means you’re losing weight!
Lastly, the Weight Tracker allows you to follow your progress each day. Find out what activities or which foods are working for you in your diet. Take note of fluctuations in weight and do your best to correct them.  You can even enter a journal entry if you’d like to document anything further. Note: It’s a good idea to weigh yourself each morning after you get up, this should help normalize the numbers.
For quick entries, just search or scan for a food and you’ll have the option to apply it to your Food Diary.  Some other convenient options are the ability to see what the food is frequently eaten with, more products from that same maker, and the ability to find a nearby grocery store (in Google Maps).
If you’d like the ability to add to your food and exercise diaries online (as well as access other information/support), you can choose to sync Calorie Counter with FatSecret’s official website.
Before you get started, make sure to calculate your Recommended Daily Intake (RDI).  You can do this by long pressing the RDI chart you see in the Daily Summary found in your Food Diary.  Based on your age, weight, height, gender, diet goal, and activity level, your RDI will be determined. Of course, take into consideration that the calorie number this gives you isn’t exact.  Use it as a guide and a tool to better health.
Overall, Calorie Counter offers you a great place to track and follow your progress, which is a great motivational factor for you to get and stay healthy.  Try it out for yourself!
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