100 lb. Club - Which online calorie calculator do you use?




Michelle98272
01-22-2010, 12:58 PM
Are they all about same? I am looking for something that is super user friendly and easy to use.

I appreciate your help!!


Eliana
01-22-2010, 01:01 PM
I just discovered caloriecounter.about.com. You can put a family recipe in there and it spits out an analysis! Very cool.

I haven't found any I'm particularly thrilled with for entering in one food item. I like fitday, but if I enter "egg", for instance, I have to sift through hundreds of different preparations and I think it lists the egg's family tree. LOL! I don't care who its parents are, I just want to know how many calories are in an egg! :dizzy:

seidlet
01-22-2010, 01:03 PM
i use fitday.com, but i almost exclusively enter custom foods - they simply don't have a lot of the things i eat in their databank!


rakel
01-22-2010, 01:06 PM
I use the Daily Plate on livestrong. They just put out a new beta and I rather like it. It makes putting food in a lot easier than the old one, but you don't always get to see the descriptions.

ubergirl
01-22-2010, 01:09 PM
I use fitday even though it's a pain. I'm a creature of habit. The nice thing is that once you've entered a lot of custom foods you can use the "see my recent foods" and it's pretty straightforward. The bad thing is I'm too lazy to input nutrition info on the custom foods-- I just put the calories.

PeanutsMom704
01-22-2010, 01:10 PM
I use Fitday. I have had decent luck finding things but sometimes you have to try both the search and the browse feature to find what you are looking for. I also have created a lot of custom foods, but the nice thing is that once you create it, it's always there and easily found the next time. At this point, almost everything I eat is on my current foods list, so it's mostly go back through those, and sometimes adjusting the portion sizes.

time2lose
01-22-2010, 01:32 PM
Second for the Daily Plate

calluna
01-22-2010, 01:35 PM
I'm a Fitday user - have had it for years. I am something of a geek, though - I use the PC version on my desktop. I use the online account so I can add stuff from work or somewhere else and then sync with my computer later. I don't have trouble finding things because I type much of it in the item box.

By and large I really like it, though I agree that Fitday would do well to have more regular food database updates.

SNMomof1
01-22-2010, 01:35 PM
Third for the Daily Plate. I LOVE it! I even have the app for my Blackberry and the two synch together.

Trazey34
01-22-2010, 01:42 PM
i use Fitday as well, and like others have said, for the most part i made my own 'custom' foods, it was easier than going through a dozen pages to find the right one LOL and as I'm a creature of habit and eat the same things a lot it's super easy to plug it in now! I still get a little jolt of elation when i plug everything in and realize i have 200 cals left to go LOL

randomcards
01-22-2010, 01:56 PM
4th for the Daily Plate. Their new version just rolled out a month or so ago and it's amazing. Super fast to input. There has never been a packaged or restaurant chain food I want to input that isn't in the DB.

sweetandspicy
01-22-2010, 02:00 PM
5th for the daily plate. A lot of times I eat the same meals especially for breakfast and it allows me to save food combos as meals and I can just plug them in as I go. The simplier the more I will use it!!!

knobhdy
01-22-2010, 02:48 PM
I recently switched from Fitday to the Daily Plate. Like others I found the convenience of having the foods I eat already in the database too alluring to pass up.

calluna
01-22-2010, 03:05 PM
I decided to check it out too. I'm going to use them side by side for a while and see which I prefer in the long run.

thundahthighs
01-22-2010, 04:43 PM
I use Fitday. I enjoy knowing that no, I am not getting enough potassium.
Maybe the other sites do that as well, but Fitday and I have been together for so long already.

Michelle98272
01-23-2010, 11:57 AM
Pigged out seriously( 4 pieces of pizza and a handful of Jelly Bellies) after a day of healthy eating, last night and have decided this just can't go on....I need to S*** or get off the pot.

My choice for making a small change today is to get a Daily Plate account...estimate that I want to lose 1.5 lbs a week...entered my breakfast and tada! I have 1900 calories left for the rest of the day...

thePetNanny
01-23-2010, 10:25 PM
Love Daily Plate. Have their iphone app and use it ALL THE TIME. I'll look things up in the car while I'm waiting in the drive thru line, LOL!

Michelle98272
01-23-2010, 10:32 PM
I just completed my first full day using the Daily Plate. I have 161 calories left for the day at it's nearly bedtime. I really like the fun aspect of it, entering the food, activity and the water and watching the numbers change.
I'm planning on getting an iphone or crackberry for work soon and will add the Daily Plate app for sure.

wendyland
01-24-2010, 12:29 PM
I've tried several. I really prefer thedailyplate.

meowy
01-24-2010, 02:28 PM
I like SparkPeople for food/exercise, but I'm going to check out daily plate too since so many of you like it! I have trouble entering food on SP sometimes, it gets old having to hand-enter foods nutrition stuff all the time on basic stuff when I cannot find it in the search.

eclipse
01-24-2010, 02:36 PM
I've been using the Daily Plate, and I really like it. Fit Day doesn't have enough foods for me.

FitGirlyGirl
01-24-2010, 02:47 PM
I have a body bugg and so these days I use their stuff because it is much easier than tracking elsewhere and then moving it over. Before the bugg I was a daily plate fan.

Beverlyjoy
01-24-2010, 04:03 PM
Mine is pencil and paper in a beautiful spiral notebook. I might be the oldest person here....and I, sadly, could write a book on calories, fats, carbs, etc. So, I find it quick to keep track in my journal. That way I can also keep track of other areas - feelings, aware eating, no seconds, water, exercise, handling cravings, time spent eating ( I am really trying to slow down.) On the back cardboard of the notebook I keep a long list of the calories per ounce of my favorite foods - so I can weigh them and then multiply.

I tried Sparkpeople and a couple others. I just couldn't get the hang of it. I look up my calories mostly at Calorie King.

Just thought I'd throw this info into the conversation.

Margalo
01-24-2010, 04:08 PM
I use Calorie King to look up calories too. The last time I used Daily Plate, it seemed like it didn't have as large a database as CK. I use my iPhone to write down what I eat during the day, and then log everything into an Excel spreadsheet at night. Might give Sparkpeople a try...

rachael
01-24-2010, 04:26 PM
I use the daily plate, too. I like it better than any of the others I have tried.

FitGirlyGirl
01-24-2010, 05:25 PM
I also use calorie king to look up calories if the body bugg program doesn't have the item or if I think it might be off. I also keep the calorie king book in my purse to help with any unplanned restaurant eating.

aliquot
01-24-2010, 05:29 PM
I use the daily plate! :)