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Ugh73
03-27-2013, 12:10 PM
Hi again all. I lost weight doing alternatives over the summer. Need a bit of a reboot (like 5 lbs)

Last summer I used MyfitnessPal app with much success. It really helped me stay on track when I had to log everything.
Between the update and my friend accidentally deleting it while holding my phone, I had to start anew. I tried to use it and found it more cluttered and inaccurate than when I used it almost a year ago.

Just looking up egg white, produced dozens of results, all with very different numbers. So frustrating.

Is there a site or app that is more accurate numbers wise?


ChickieBoom
03-27-2013, 12:11 PM
I know a lot of people love MFP but I'm a SparkPeople person. I find their website and app super easy to use.

Ishbel
03-27-2013, 12:13 PM
I use "My Net Diary"...I know lots of people use MFP and if I had gotten into it before "My Net Diary" I'd probably be using it too now.

I have an ipad and use it at home to pre-input my meals a day in advance or while I'm eating breakfast plunk the meals in.


TheSecondHalf
03-27-2013, 12:27 PM
I use Lose It. I like being able to scan bar codes.

Silverfire
03-27-2013, 12:51 PM
I am not and IP person but I love MyNetDiary for tracking food, its just great.

foreveryoung
03-27-2013, 12:58 PM
My nutritionist and personal training both highly recommended MFP, I was using Lose It but I switched and really love it :)

Psycht
03-27-2013, 01:05 PM
I love MFP. It has the bar code reader too and syncs with my BodyMedia Fit Link :-)

PacNW IP
03-27-2013, 01:09 PM
I use "My Net Diary"...I know lots of people use MFP and if I had gotten into it before "My Net Diary" I'd probably be using it too now.


I use My Net Diary as well, and I like it better than either MFP or FatSecret.

RareBird
03-27-2013, 01:38 PM
I use "My Net Diary"...I know lots of people use MFP and if I had gotten into it before "My Net Diary" I'd probably be using it too now.

I have an ipad and use it at home to pre-input my meals a day in advance or while I'm eating breakfast plunk the meals in.

I thought I'd give My Net Diary a try (because I'm not thrilled with MFP), and I like the look of it... but it looks like I can't customize carb/fat/protein percentages (which isn't very helpful in Phase 1 of IP) unless I upgrade to a paying membership. Is this true, or am I missing something?

dawn again
03-27-2013, 01:57 PM
I use MFP. Anyone else on it my username is Mikesgirl71 if you want to be friends :)

Lynnie63
03-27-2013, 01:58 PM
I like the feature on MFP that lets me enter foods on my iPad or my computer.

I also like to be able to print out my logs.

I'm going to check out other ones too.

lisa32989
03-27-2013, 02:01 PM
I use MFP and even tho the others sound great, I really don't want to switch b/c I have meals and recipes saved there.
I've learned how to search for new items to find the non-user added ingredients, which are the most accurate. User error frequently results in the inaccuracies.

Silverfire
03-27-2013, 02:08 PM
I thought I'd give My Net Diary a try (because I'm not thrilled with MFP), and I like the look of it... but it looks like I can't customize carb/fat/protein percentages (which isn't very helpful in Phase 1 of IP) unless I upgrade to a paying membership. Is this true, or am I missing something?

Yeah I think you can't do those customization's without the Pro version, but honestly, I think the Pro version is worth it in the long run.

PacNW IP
03-27-2013, 02:37 PM
Yeah I think you can't do those customization's without the Pro version, but honestly, I think the Pro version is worth it in the long run.

Yep, I agree. I paid for the pro version and have never looked back.

KitKat169
03-27-2013, 02:48 PM
I used to use FatSecret and found that reasonably friendly. I switched recently to MFP because it merges with my new FitBit tracker automatically. I like that I can save recipes and meals without having to log them in my food diary (so for advanced planning). I like the exercise options too. With FatSecret or MFP, there are options to print / PDF a copy of my food journal for the past week so I can send it to my coach instead of giving her a physical food journal. Both apps are usable on my iPhone, iPad or desktop computer which is convenient for all situations. Both have bar code scanners.

Any app that you use, it is a matter of getting used to the food logged and figuring out which one is the best one to select. I.e. searching for chicken will give you lots of options that you have to negotiate through to find boneless, skinless and the measurement options that you're familiar with (g vs oz vs cups)

dawn again
03-27-2013, 03:25 PM
KitKat169 how do you like your FitBit? Which one did you get? I have been researching all these things, but haven't bought one yet. Looks like the FitBit I would like the most.

tbone39
03-27-2013, 03:41 PM
I thought I'd give My Net Diary a try (because I'm not thrilled with MFP), and I like the look of it... but it looks like I can't customize carb/fat/protein percentages (which isn't very helpful in Phase 1 of IP) unless I upgrade to a paying membership. Is this true, or am I missing something?

You can customize MFP nutrition online (link (http://www.myfitnesspal.com/account/my_goals)).

I currently have mine set up with the following information:
Net Calories - 900
Carbs - 15%
Protein - 50%
Fat - 35%

RareBird
03-27-2013, 04:20 PM
You can customize MFP nutrition online (link (http://www.myfitnesspal.com/account/my_goals)).

I currently have mine set up with the following information:
Net Calories - 900
Carbs - 15%
Protein - 50%
Fat - 35%

Thanks. I actually did figure out how to adjust the values in MFP. My info is similar... I just have carbs set at 20% and fat set at 30% (I can't figure out how I could get down to 15% carbs! 20% is tough for me). I also added fiber to what I track so I can subtract fiber from carbs for net carbs. What I don't like about MFP is that it doesn't remember my foods... no matter how many times I save them, and they often don't appear in most recent either, so I have to keep looking up the same foods. I guess it isn't a huge deal, because I like everything else... it's just time consuming to have to keep looking up the same foods... and hard to remember which entry I used sometimes for consistency.

Doctorblue
03-27-2013, 04:44 PM
I've learned how to search for new items to find the non-user added ingredients, which are the most accurate. User error frequently results in the inaccuracies.
You can't just drop that in here without telling us how! Incorrect user entries drive me bonkers!

JenRem
03-27-2013, 07:11 PM
Ignore my post all, I'm posting now so I can find this Thread down the road.

At this time I don't have a smartphone. In fact, all my friends like to tease me and tell me I have a stupidphone. I don't really enjoy new technology or mostly when things go wrong with it and my non-computer brain doesn't have a clue how to fix the problem. However, I plan sometime soon to get a smartphone and join the rest of the civilized world so that I can use it for one of these apps. Thanks for the Thread. I will definately go thru it when I have a smartphone and am ready to pick an app to use.

I really appreciate peoples viewpoints on what they'd choose regardless of which app they are using currently. :) Jen