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03-06-2008, 12:50 PM
I am an on and off again logger, but am trying to stay on track and I lost alot of weight before with dietwatch( until they started to make you pay for it).
So anyway, I have used Fitday in the past but now I am trying Daily Plate. What do you do and what works for you?

03-06-2008, 12:55 PM
I have always been and will (for the foreseeable future, even in maintenance) be a FitDay addict. It is nearly automatic for me now, and it makes me accountable every day. I've tried all the other major ones and they overcomplicated things for me...I guess I'm set in my ways now.

03-06-2008, 12:58 PM
Ditto on Fitday. My first Fitday entry is June 9, 2001 and I've never quit. :D

03-06-2008, 01:01 PM
Pen & Paper for me ;) I always have it with me.

03-06-2008, 01:03 PM
I'm a pen and paper guru. I have notes I write it on during the day and when I am home at night I write it all down in a journal, along with my exercise activities. And on Thursday's I also record my weight in there. I have notes all over my kitchen where I have added up calories and ingredients. It's like my own personal version of fitday. I prefer to have it hand written because I'm more likely to use it.

03-06-2008, 01:11 PM
I'm a FitDay addict as well, although I own the purchased (downloaded) version, which I know is different from the online version. Logging can be as simple as you want it to be. Try one for a week, and another one for the next week and see how it goes. I suspect it will depend on how many pre-made meals you buy. I do know that some people don't feel that FitDay has enough brand name meals in it. I looked just now and I have lots of custom items added into FitDay, but most are from the beginning (cooking staples that I use that have labels on them).

It's really only important that you log, not how you do it.

03-06-2008, 01:12 PM
I'm an active member, and logger at TheDailyPlate. I've used all of them and found it the easiest. I've been tracking for a year.

03-06-2008, 01:16 PM
I used to use Fitday, but have recently switched over to Daily plate - and I love it!

03-06-2008, 01:56 PM
The Fitday vs. TDP debate is really personal choice -- i've used both and I think both have their high and low points. For me, Daily Plate wins out because of their HUGE database of foods, but like someone else said, that might not be important to you. Fitday feels a bit simpler to use -- more straightforward, I think.
I have also been a big pen and paper fan...

03-06-2008, 01:59 PM
Calorieking for me now, seems to have more food items then some of the others and I'm on a mac so I could download the program. I go in spurts though I'll admit, watch every calorie for a few weeks - but now I have a list of what I can eat for breakfast and lunch, both are about the same every single day, I keep few options. And I'm giving myself more options for dinner but if I eat carbs for lunch, I don't for dinner. I think I generally know what I'm eating, about 1600 calories a day. But I'm getting ready to do another "spurt" to lose 5 more lbs and that will mean some serious tracking and calorie counting.

03-06-2008, 02:11 PM
FitDay here... I'm used to it now and have never bothered to look at others.

I wouldn't want to lose all my previous data from FitDay just to switch now!

03-06-2008, 02:20 PM
I am a fan of the pen and paper method. I can use it anytime any where and don't have to be online. I have used the online plans and they work well but pen and paper is my choice .

03-06-2008, 02:32 PM
Started with CalorieCount, went to FitDay, and then quickly jumped to DailyPlate. Have been with DailyPlate for a while now and am satisfied.

03-06-2008, 02:32 PM

It's free :)

03-06-2008, 03:20 PM
I joined Weight Watcher's online and log my food there. Since you are paying for the weight watcher's program, it does cost but I like counting points a lot better than calories. The system is also easy to use.

cephalopod gal
03-06-2008, 03:25 PM
Yet another pen/paper person here! A few years ago my friend gave me this really cute little journal for Christmas and I had never used it, so recently I decided to use it for logging food/exercise. It's about 5" long, so it will fit in my schoolbags and some of my larger purses, so I can carry it around with me!! Not only does it allow me to write in it as I am eating, but it's a reminder not to give in to temptation because I'll have to write it in there!! :)

03-06-2008, 09:07 PM
i use the downloaded version of Fit Day and i love it. I have been using it since 2005.

I also carry a little hello kitty pocket sized notebook with me to log calories when i am out and about or at work or what have you. Then i can log that into Fit Day in the evening or the next morning.

03-06-2008, 10:09 PM
I work in an office... so I use fitday online and have been daily since last summer.

03-07-2008, 08:20 PM
I have a small journal that I can carry in my purse. It looks just like a regular journal, so no one knows what I'm doing, although I'm not afraid to tell them if they ask. I used fitday to write calories of foods I eat a lot on the back page, so I have a guide to look to as I calorie count as well. I double check on fitday when I can. I like having the journal because I can also vent any frustrations I have as well as keep track of what time of day I seem to get hungry. I like being able to look back and see if there are any patterns.

03-07-2008, 09:34 PM
i have a pda (or works for blackberry too) and i downloaded calorieking pda program...now i don't leave home without it.

03-07-2008, 09:57 PM
I also use WW etools and love it.

03-07-2008, 10:10 PM
I now log sporadically in Fitday, but go through occaissional spurts where I log every day for a few weeks. I've been doing it since 2002 and have a looooong list of custom foods which I wouldn't want to have to retype! I don't use the calories burned" feature at all.


03-08-2008, 05:45 PM
i didnt like the fitday online, i used regular notebooks, fitness logs i bought at borders, i tried spark... i really really like the downloaded fitday - a lot!

full of grace
03-08-2008, 06:10 PM
Use FitDay.com when calorie counting or watching carb grams, but on BistroMD, I just check off items on the spreadsheet they send with each week's food.

Hat Trick
03-09-2008, 09:45 AM
Um, am I the only one who mostly just keeps a running total in their head? Seriously, I just round up to the nearest 1/4 increment (25,50,75,00) to make it easier. I will use pen/paper or calc (mathletically challenged here) when adding a list of ingredients but just keep a tally in my head. Jot down the final total each day to see how my wt changes (or doesn't change) each wk.

I'm pretty keen on recording my exercise though. Just so I can reference to what I've done and wt loss and so I'm not repeating too many of the same things.

03-09-2008, 12:15 PM
I use sparkpeople.com and love the site, it is easy to use!!

03-09-2008, 02:28 PM
I use a small journal to log my food intake and daily exercise. I also write a few lines in there describing how I physically and mentally felt that day. It helps me to look back and see just how far I've come. ;)

03-09-2008, 02:33 PM
I LOVE TheDailyPlate because of their huge list of foods, so I rarely have to enter anything in myself. That makes it quicker for me. I'm especially happy now that they have a pie chart giving you a breakdown roughly of where your calories are coming from (fat/carbs/protein), since that's all I used to care about Fitday for.

get fit in ky
03-09-2008, 02:51 PM
I'm an intermittent fitday user...used it a lot for food early on, use it for the weight graphs and exercise logging. Plus I printed a bunch of stickers on my comp and apply them to blank calendar pages I printed out. I then post them on a big cork board to keep motivated. I literally have graphs of my weight that date back to high school in the early 70's!!! I have to see it to believe it.

I think I'm going to print dangerouscurves76's avatar and post that on my bulletin board as that's the body I always wanted!

03-09-2008, 04:12 PM
I started using fitday when i joined here, i like it a lot but i wish they had more branded food items. It really keeps me in control and i can see what i'm eating and what i'm burning in the activities section!

03-09-2008, 04:50 PM
I also use the download version of FitDay. Been using it for over a year now & all my regular foods are in there so I'm not switching to try something else. :)

I try to eat mostly whole foods & keep away from packaged stuff as much as I can so it works for me. I wish they would update their database & nutritional info though...theirs still tracks saturated fats which aren't on very many labels anymore.