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Top Android App: Calorie Counter

Top Android App: Calorie Counter

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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21 Comments

  1. This looks like a great app to have. At the moment I use a pc desktop software which is very good I have to say.
    Being someone who likes to try different apps relating to weight loss, this app does look like one to add to my portfolio.

  2. I downloaded the app today. I'm impressed with the barcode scanner and the food database. However, I'm having issues switching back to the home screen. The only way I can find is to close the app using task manager and reopen it. Certainly there must be another way.

  3. I had some issues with this app after awhile too, however it was after I uninstalled. For some reason, it still showed up in my download apps list but I couldn't open it or remove it!

    I'm hoping for an update soon which hopefully fixes some of these issues.

    In the mean time, it may be a good idea to uninstall/reinstall the app to see if that alleviates your issue.

    Thanks for the comment!

  4. Can not find the applications on Google Market. Could some one post the link foe donwload to my PC?

    • @Marcello: It’s not for your PC, it’s an Android app for a phone. You need to be looking on the Android Market with your cell phone.

  5. Thanks for your replay. The point is that I can not find ´Calorie Counter´ on ´Google Market´ using my Android phone. I wonder if I could download it as an .apk file to install it in my phone via/from my PC.

    • I also can not find it on the android market. I used to have it on my old phone, and now cant seem to get it again. let me know if you have any luck.

  6. It’s online at the store but is Listed with the extra title Calorie Counter by Fat Secrets or something like that.
    See the affiliate link above.
    Cheers O

    • That Calorie Counter by Fat Secrets is a different product that just went through some unfavorable upgrades. And it only works on iPhone products.

  7. Great I thought! Finally an app that does what I need. NOT. It fails in all the same places other calorie tracking apps and PC programs fail. Far too clunky too use without getting frustrated. Frustration leads to lack of use and that then leads to the dieting and exercise failing!

    • How fat are you, lollll

    • clunky? I don’t see how it could be any easier to use. maybe you should work on your own follow through and drive if this app is too hard to use.

  8. Love this app! Downloaded it from android market and I can’t stop playing with the bar code scanner. It did take a few attempts at the scanner before it worked, but now I just love scanning the bar code – so easy. The only thing I would love to see added is liquid intake – to track the amound of water I “don’t” drink… Thanks!

  9. I like the app very much but it runs VERY SLOWLY on my Mot Droid. Anyone have any thoughts on why, seems that it has slowed down lately. Could it be other issues loaded on the phone? The SD card is only 30% full.

    Thanks for any ideas

    Dave

  10. I loaded the app, but am unable to enter foods, either manually or with the scanner. it reads them, but when I try to add to my food group, I get the message: Unable to save this food item, please try again shortly. This applies to everything. I’ve turned my phone off and back on – any other suggestions?

    • I ran into the same problem, however, when I looked in my Food Diary, the new item was saved and listed in my Food History.

      • Thanks, I had the same issue. I’m glad to know it kind of works. I used it a while back and it worked. I don’t think I’ve used it since I switched to FroYo, though.

  11. I love this app but I have two suggestions that would make it better (imo).

    1) A way to track water intake… (as previously mentioned by Chris)
    2) I wish there was an option to do a different split than breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks. I eat 5-6 equally sized meals a day and would love to be able to seperate them into the meals I’m eating…instead I have to combine some of them in order to track them.

    Thanks!!

  12. If you’re having trouble, use a QR reader on the QR code (at the end of the above review). To get to the home page, press “menu” on most pages, and it should be on the right. Kind of an odd place (top left seems standard).

  13. An important improvement is needed for this app. I find it frustrating that I can’t manually enter calories on an item myself. For example, I’d like to be able to just enter a food and the calories myself — if I know them — rather than being forced to search for them or use the barcode reader. Other than this issue, the app is pretty good. But, this is a big issue!

  14. So I have reached my first goal weight while using this app and I now want to update my goal weight. I cannot figure out how to do this?

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