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For those using calorie/workout tracking applications...

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created April 12, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Do you mainly log your stats from your desktop computer or using a mobile/tablet app? If mobile, are you doing so from an Apple product?

Apologies for the seemingly irrelevant question. It is Paleo related, and will help all interested parties in the long run, I just need to get some market research down firstly. I'm looking to fill a void in calorie tracking applications (mainly the lack of a decent solution for Paleo followers).

The hypothesis I need clarified is which platform calorie tracking users are using mainly e.g. a website or a native application, and whether they'd be willing to pay for a better solution or put up with ads for one.

I feel like a major marketing douche now, hopefully my deprecation will endear me to some of you :(

Thanks to anyone willing to answer ;) Kyle

EDIT: As an addendum to this, I'm also looking for any shortcomings the paleo community is having with calorie tracking software as it currently stands. Which barriers are you coming up against?

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on April 12, 2013
at 11:16 PM

I use LoseIt. It would be nice to be able to add multiple foods at once from the "My Foods" page (My Fitness Pal allows it). Besides that I really like it. Personally I dont use the fitness aspect...I just have a daily intake I shoot for and go a bit more/less depending on activity

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on April 12, 2013
at 10:54 PM

I'm never willing to pay for the unecessary. I go by how I feel, and eat as much variety in terms of plant food matter as possible. Haven't broken down yet. One thing I hated about counting calories was that it inspired excessive OCD-type behavior. I would dream about calories, it drove me insane. Just don't fall into that trap, please :)

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on April 12, 2013
at 10:33 PM

Thanks for chipping in Desmond. If you don't mind my asking, which software were you using, and were there any glaring shortcomings to it? Thanks a bunch.

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on April 12, 2013
at 10:32 PM

Great insight! Thanks AstrumMortis. Do you think back then if there were a calorie tracker that offered these metrics as standard you would have been willing to pay for it or would you have been put off by typical banner ads throughout the online software?

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on April 12, 2013
at 10:29 PM

Both, for sure. I'm initially looking at nutrition tracking (so calories/nutrients consumed), but both are relevant.

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on April 12, 2013
at 10:17 PM

Do you mean exclusively calories burned, or are you talking about both workout and diet-tracking applications?

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86c97b2779feab3c330f5e1c5fea7e25

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on April 12, 2013
at 09:16 PM

I use my iPhone and desktop computer. Probably equal amounts

86c97b2779feab3c330f5e1c5fea7e25

(2312)

on April 12, 2013
at 11:16 PM

I use LoseIt. It would be nice to be able to add multiple foods at once from the "My Foods" page (My Fitness Pal allows it). Besides that I really like it. Personally I dont use the fitness aspect...I just have a daily intake I shoot for and go a bit more/less depending on activity

7fb4e9fb1162999cdd5099fee49dd0a7

on April 12, 2013
at 10:33 PM

Thanks for chipping in Desmond. If you don't mind my asking, which software were you using, and were there any glaring shortcomings to it? Thanks a bunch.

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on April 12, 2013
at 08:46 PM

The past two months I haven't been tracking calories because I find Paleo negates the need to do so. However, when I first began losing weight, I tracked at livestrong.com on my desktop computer and didn't use apple products. I was fine with livestrong because it didn't set up calorie parameters (some counters I've seen won't let you go less than 1200 cals a day) and the macro ratios were free as well. It just didn't ahve micronutrient measurements unless you paid for a gold upgrade, which I never did.

7fb4e9fb1162999cdd5099fee49dd0a7

on April 12, 2013
at 10:32 PM

Great insight! Thanks AstrumMortis. Do you think back then if there were a calorie tracker that offered these metrics as standard you would have been willing to pay for it or would you have been put off by typical banner ads throughout the online software?

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on April 12, 2013
at 10:54 PM

I'm never willing to pay for the unecessary. I go by how I feel, and eat as much variety in terms of plant food matter as possible. Haven't broken down yet. One thing I hated about counting calories was that it inspired excessive OCD-type behavior. I would dream about calories, it drove me insane. Just don't fall into that trap, please :)

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