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what's the best food tracker?

Answered on March 25, 2015
Created January 07, 2012 at 6:16 PM

i'm tracking my food intake right now because i just switched to PHD and am trying to gauge my new macro breakdown till i get more used to this way of eating.

i'm not a fan of fitday, because i think it takes to long to load the searches for food items, and am now playing around with dailyburn, which isn't bad, except that i get annoying emails telling me i'm "overconsuming" or "missing" certain nutrients. also, their breakdown always gets annoyed at me for all the fat i eat. it's so annoying to look at! any other trackers out there that are more 'paleo/primal-friendly'?

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on January 08, 2012
at 12:06 AM

I've been really happy with cronometer. Also, the developers are quite responsive to feature/bug requests on their forum.

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on January 07, 2012
at 08:24 PM

i love this one! great recommendation! thanks!

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on January 07, 2012
at 08:24 PM

thank you! that was really helpful!

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on January 07, 2012
at 07:25 PM

See also http://paleohacks.com/questions/27807/whats-the-best-way-to-keep-a-food-log for suggestions.

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on January 07, 2012
at 07:15 PM

I like it too, has all the macronutrients

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on January 07, 2012
at 06:58 PM

I like cronometer

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on January 08, 2012
at 12:06 AM

I've been really happy with cronometer. Also, the developers are quite responsive to feature/bug requests on their forum.

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on January 07, 2012
at 07:15 PM

I like it too, has all the macronutrients

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on March 20, 2015
at 08:56 AM

Use a CAREOT food??tracker for iphone to monitor the intake of calories.??Monitoring your diet with a nutrition tracker helps to know the ratio of nutrients that you consume in a day and the calories you burned??in a day.

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on January 07, 2012
at 08:37 PM

I switched from fitday to cronometer two days ago. No complaints with cronometer so far. It tracks more things than fitday, the only thing it tracks that fitday doesn't that I actually care about are PUFAs though. The iphone app design is much cleaner too.

Edit: Also you can change the required daily amount for things so you could set everything to more paleo friendly values.

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on January 07, 2012
at 06:59 PM

I suggest you use the PH search box. Just type tracking and a number of threads with good options comes up.

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on March 25, 2015
at 12:14 PM

I use cronometer myself and even went for a lifetime memebership but please don't obsess over macros, after years of doing so myself, going VLC etc... it was all a waste of time and i did myself more harm than good, now i just eat real food and use cronometer to mainly check my overall calories & micros

PHD doesn't really explicitly tell you to hit any particular macros, just to eat nutrient dense starch, veggies & meat

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on March 25, 2015
at 10:54 AM

??There is always paleotracks.com as well. Not app at the moment though, as far as I know.

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on November 19, 2012
at 03:33 AM

Oooh! I just found DietMaster for android. This one is for serious geeks tho. It lacks in smooth user interface & cuteness but it's super thorough if all you want to do is track your NUTRIENTS! http://diet-master-app.android.informer.com

It doesn't care about your calorie intake, tho it does calculate it. It doesn't care what your goals are.

It will tell you how much of each nuetrient the USDA thinks you should consume which is annoying sometimes and useful at others.

It will tell you what foods will give you which nuetrients.

Here is a partial list of nutrients it tracks: a-linolenic acid, vit k, c, d, all the b's, e, a, water, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, cholesterol, saturated fats, sugars of different types, carbs, sodium, potassium, manganese, folate, calcium, amino acids/protiens, DHA, etc. etc.

You can check your daily, weekly & monthly intake of each nutrient.

The think I dislike about this one is that it doesn't have supplements in it's database.

I like MyFitnessPal's database and the fact that you can sync with an online account, but I dislike how few nutrients it tracks.

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on November 15, 2012
at 12:52 PM

I'm a huge fan of Cron-o-meter, they have pre-made macros but you can also set your own macro goals and even micro-nutrient goals can be edited. I made the switch from Fitday a few weeks ago and I'm very happy with it. The iphone app could use a little improving. I find it irritating that I have to sign in every time I use it, but other than that it's great. The databases are good too and I like the recipe builder feature.

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on November 15, 2012
at 08:34 AM

I've been using My Fitness Pal, which is also nice because it has a phone app the syncs with the online version, and the food database is considerably huge.

What I don't like about it is that it is calorie based. But you can look at the values that primal/paleo folks generally want to know about - carbs, fat, protien and some of that other stuff that's on a standard nutritional info label.

I just tried to enter my whole day of meals on Cronometer.

I love that it tracks all your aminos, it looks at a ton of different kinds of "lipids" instead of just "fat", you set up goals and stuff, but what's really annoying is how small the food database is.

what is especially annoying about this is that when you go paleo, you end up reaching for all kinds of non-standard foods. For example, I found this amazing treat for my mini indulgences - coconut cacao mousse. Ingredients: coconut milk, raw cacao, dates, carob & "spices". But the stuff on Cronometer is mostly just standard.

You can enter new foods on Cronometer, but you have to research all the food values. Very time consuming. With My Fitness Pal all I did was SCAN IT! It was actually IN the database! I have found many of my favorite organic foods and off brands in their database. I wish they would just team up with someone like Cronometer so we could benefit from their combined knowledge.

Maybe a combo of Cronometer and this Foodsnap from that last post will help us grow the Cronometer database.

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on March 21, 2015
at 02:47 AM

MyfitnessPal is what I fell into - you're right, it is easy to use, update, scan stuff in, and the existing food database is pretty huge - the downside is the reporting - it basically isn't reporting, that is really disappointing...

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on November 09, 2012
at 07:35 PM

We just launched an app where you can get nutrition info from real food. Check it out at http://www.foodsnap.mobi

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on January 07, 2012
at 06:57 PM

My Fitness Pal. You can set your own macro goals. It has a bar code scanner and a multi add feature for meals with multiple ingredients. MFP also has a pretty good fitness tracker with it. I think it is a lot more user friendly.

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on January 07, 2012
at 08:24 PM

i love this one! great recommendation! thanks!

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