The secret behind successful diets is the ability to estimate the value of the calories you take in and compare it against the calories your exercise routine burns. The Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal and the Calories Counter by FatSecret are two examples of iPhone applications that can help you do just that. However, an application of this nature needs to have an extensive database for food and types of exercises in order to be efficient. Let us see how the FatSecret and MyFitnessPal applications fulfill these requirements.
Both FatSecret and MyFitnessPal are online directories offering extensive information regarding weight loss procedures, personalized diets and are home to a friendly community of people who have obtained genuine success using these methods. Since staying motivated during a diet is one of the key aspects critical for the efficiency of the weight loss plan, becoming a part of a group of people that share similar goals can provide huge advantages. The MyFitnessPal company has been on the market two years longer than FatSecret and their first iPhone application was developed in 2009.
Head2Head: A comparison of app features between Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker and Calories Counter
The first thing you need to know is the list of food provided by Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker is significantly larger than Calories Counter and it is advertised as the largest one existing at the moment, with over a million types of food. As mentioned above, the size of the food database is one of the most important aspects to consider when comparing third type of application. At the same time, the interface of Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker enables users to enter the food they have eaten or intend to eat much easier than its FatSecret counterpart. While both applications have a barcode scanner and the ability to input the barcode manually, this feature does not seem optimized at all with Calories Counter and usually makes the application crash.
Both Calories Counter and Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker enable their users to create personalized diet and exercise plans and they are equally efficient for this purpose. However, the advantage Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker has is the feature that notifies users whenever they forget to enter data regarding a meal. If you think of it, this feature can come in handy, as though various factors can cause you to forget about it and repeatedly doing so has a negative impact on the accuracy of the counter.
While both Calories Counter and Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker can be synced with your online account, Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker is the only one that can guarantee your data is backed up in case something unexpected was to happen. In addition, with the former application; your progress can be posted on your favorite social networks, so your friends can motivate and encourage you.
On the other hand, the Calories Counter application enables user’s access to an extended database of cooking recipes, unlike Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker who only provides general info on different types of food. Since one of the biggest problems people on a diet are confronted with is that the food you are forced to stick to is rather dull and tasteless, this recipe list can come in handy. All you need to do is choose from thousands of ideas on how to transform a bland dish into a savory meal. However, Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker enables users to enter the ingredients they used to prepare a meal, measure the calorie intake and save the data in case they want to cook that dish again.
MyFitnessPal is a lot more popular than FatSecret and is one of the leading brands in weight loss programs and diets. Its tested efficiency and convenience have determined users to rate it as a five out of five star application on the iTunes website. FatSecret, on the other hand, has only received three out of five stars. While this popularity difference can somewhat be accounted for by the fact the Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker has been on the market a while longer, one is forced to admit that the features and interface of this iPhone application are simply superior to Calories Counter.
Both Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker and Calories Counter are freeware application and there are no hidden costs involved. However, users will be required to create a free account on their websites.
In a nutshell
The extensive food database, superior barcode scanner and the notifications whenever you forget to enter data regarding a meal are the features that deem Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker a better calorie counter application than Calories Counter.
Head2Head winner: Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker
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