I’ve decided I’m going to track nutrition again. I tested entering the same day into 4 apps and recorded myself:
- Up! (came with my fitness tracker)
- Lose It!
Here’s the raw video of all 4 side by side. Its provided for reference only, I don’t expect you to actually watch it, unless you work for one of the above companies trying to understand what I saw.
4 Apps, Long and Boring
Here’s a close up of just the breakfast bits, for only two apps, trying to compare the same item to the same item:
2 Apps, Just Breakfast, Almost Watchable
These are all my opinions, not statements of fact.
- Could not find some restaurant food, so I had to go find something else that might or might not be equivalent.
- Amazingly wrong values for Orange Juice (45 cal per orange!), and Orange Juice (100 cal per g)
- While the “just add it and edit the quantity later” seems like a good idea at first, I think there were a lot more touches in the end.
- One reason why this one had a longer video – I had to go look up caloric values for stuff it couldn’t find, so that I could go back into the app and update things to more reasonable values. The other apps, I already knew the caloric value I was looking for, so they were spared this embarrassment.
- Their “slider” for changing quantity took a bunch of fiddling.
- If you enter food as you eat it, it’s a lot easier, but otherwise, selecting times for meals gets hard. I like the other apps “Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack” method better.
- Looked kinda clunky? (but it worked!)
- I think I was trying to put in 471g of soup, since my scale tells me its 471g, and wow that was annoying to have to scroll gently from 100 to 471.
- Lose It!
- Their selection of foods seemed limited, didn’t find what I was looking for. Its like they’ve tried to reduce complexity of what is available or something?
- App crashed during data entry, I had to restart it.
MyFitnessPal gets my “business”. I do not remember being frustrated trying to enter anything; everything I searched for came up; they had decimal input; and I agreed with the calorie estimates given the first time around.