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Subject: What sources do you use for gettting calorie counts for food and exercise?
Date Posted: 8/9/2009 1:52 PM ET
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Trying again.. for some reason I got two duplicate posts that were blank.

What internet sources do you use for Calorie counting for food and exercise?

I have been using www.calorieking.com

Just today I found http://caloriecount.about.com/ that seems a lot more comprensive for activities and foods.

Got any favorites?



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Date Posted: 9/12/2009 7:14 AM ET
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I found this cool website called fitday.com. you enter the foods you eat for that day, and it adds up all the calories. Plus, it also takes into account the vitamins and minerals, which I like. Anyway, you should check it out, it's totally free!

Date Posted: 9/15/2009 11:02 AM ET
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I use the caloriecount.about.com.  Have been doing so off and on for almost two years.

Date Posted: 9/20/2009 11:11 PM ET
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I use calorieking.com

Date Posted: 10/6/2009 3:58 PM ET
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I've been using Sparkpeople.com, not only does it count the calories you ate, but also the ones you burned. Some food you do have to add in yourself (they work on a database of what others have put in and what they found online) just this morning I had to put in my Special K Chocolatey Delight cereal.

You put in weight and height it tells you how many calories you need to eat and burn each day, but also tells you how many carbs, protein and fat you need a day, and how much you've had already.

You can also track your water consuption, and there is a forum, blogs, acticles, it's just a great big get healthy site.

Date Posted: 10/7/2009 7:17 AM ET
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I use FitDay, and am going to look into SparkPeople.  Hope they have forums.  FitDay has great tracking tools, reports, charts, food database, but they don't  have Forums, which I like.  I tried returning to WW Forums, but some of the posters aren't as nice as they used to be.  So sad!

Date Posted: 10/8/2009 10:14 AM ET
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I've used MyFoodDiary.com. It costs $9 a month, but is worth it in my opinion (I still maintain my membership even though I haven't been using it consistantly for a while). It tracks your calories and nutrients, exercise burn and helps you with the amounts to net to to lose. It also has great supportive forums - thats where I found out about PBS.

Date Posted: 10/8/2009 2:59 PM ET
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I use Sparkpeople also. They have so much available on there and all for free. Workout videos, tracking for your food and excercise, forums, just sooo many things. Anyone who is dieting or interested in it should check out Spark.

Subject: http://caloriecount.about.com
Date Posted: 1/20/2010 5:58 PM ET
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I am  a 44 year old woman who is  5'4".  3 years ago,  I weighed 175 pounds and was a tight size 14.  Now I weigh 141 and can easily wear a size 10 - still trying to get down to an 8.  The key to my success and maintenance has been exercising, and THINKING about every morsel I put in my mouth.  I logged everything I ate on caloriecount.com.  If I had no idea how many calories something was, I did not eat it.  This site will help you log what you eat, and to learn about portion control and nutrition.  It has a huge database with food from grocery stores and restaurants.  It will keep track of carbs, sodium, protein, and fat for you. 

It will graph your weight for you over time so you can see the pounds coming off, or pounds that sneeking back on.  Love the graph.

It will tell you how many calories you are burning per day and even takes into account your excercise routine.  It can be tedious at first.  It takes a little time to log everything you eat and do, but after a while it becomes second nature.

They have articles and forums to give you the support you need to lose wieght.

I can't say enough good things about this site. 

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Date Posted: 1/20/2010 9:30 PM ET
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I use the nutritional labels to get my calorie count info.   If I'm eatingout and the resteraunt doesn't have a nutritional menu I will use Calorieking.com.  But as of lately - I don't visit resteraunts too much.

I use sparkpeople - but I only visit the boards/groups there.

I know how many calories I'm burning because I do have a BodyBugg - so I use the Bodybugg web program to input all my calorie input and upload my stats to see my calorie burn.  Nothing is 100% accurate - but it is suppose to be 90odd-something% accurate - and I rely on my upload info over what the machines may "say" or some online calcu-estimator.

Date Posted: 1/25/2010 6:38 PM ET
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I use http://dailyburn.com/.  The basic tracker is free, and really easy to use. 

There is also a widget for your homepage if you use iGoogle. 

Date Posted: 1/31/2010 7:30 PM ET
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I have a wonderful little program for my PDA called Balancelog.  It has a whole database of foods along with calories and nutrients as well as calorie counts for exercises based on your body weitght.  You can add new foods to it as well if you have the food lables.  Gives you a daily tally of fat, protein, carbs, fiber, etc. in addition to calories.  Also allows you to record and graph your weight over time.

Unfortunately, the company that developed it (healthetech) was sold.  I emailed the new owners to inquire about an update, but they said they would only be offering the program in web format.   Probably so they can hold you hostage by charging an ongoing subscription fee instead of doing a one-time download. 


I may have to eat my words.   I just did a search on them and found they may have a new version.  While I have never used the new version, the palm version is WONDERFUL.  Perhaps they realized their stupidity in making such a wonderfully convenient product web-based only.  There are plenty of other web based programs, but the ones you can download and take with you are so much more convenient.  Here's a link:


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Date Posted: 2/5/2010 3:20 PM ET
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I use a free webiste called SparkPeople where you can log your food and it will calculate calories, fat, carbohydrates, protein, whatever you want. You can also log your exercise and it will calculate calories burned. The calories burned are just averages so they won't be as accurate as if  you are using a BoydBugg. This site has a lot of good articles and blogs about health and fitness.

Date Posted: 2/12/2010 9:43 PM ET
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Thanks so much for all the recommendations, you guys. I didn't even know sites like these existed. I'm hoping food logging will help me out.

I looked into a few of the sites, and I think I'll stick with SparkPeople. It has a good user interface, nearly all my foods were already in its database (many of them submitted by other users), and food logging is fairly quick. SparkPeople shows a running count of calories, carbs, fat, protein and any other nutrients you choose, along with your goals in all those categories. It has meal plan suggestions that may be helpful. For me, this site was a pretty clear winner.

Others I tried, in case anyone is interested:

caloriecount.about.com - Had a good food database and user community, but I found the user interface frustrating. Logging food seemed more time-consuming than other sites. Goals were provided for total calories, but not for carbs, fat and protein. Otherwise a very nice site; I sent them a note and hope they upgrade their interface.

DailyBurn - My favorite user interface, with an easy logging program. Downsides: DailyBurn wants you to upgrade to their "pro" plan (ie, pay money). The freebie version counts only calories, carbs, fat and protein, not any other nutrients. I had privacy concerns because DailyBurn shows users who have recently eaten each food. You can edit your settings to keep your nutrition progress private, but I was still seeing myself in the list of users who had recently eaten each food I logged. I think this site is really set up to be a social network site, and while I wouldn't mind corresponding with other people about diet and exercise, I want full control of who sees what.

Thanks again for the tips, you guys.

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Date Posted: 5/11/2010 4:32 PM ET
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I like fitday.com too. My new favorite is shape.com's virtual trainer. It keeps track of calories like the other websites, but also has a lot of good resources for healthy recipes and its gives all kinds of workouts. It has some good graphs and stuff for keeping track and staying motivated, which I love :)

Date Posted: 6/17/2010 10:55 AM ET
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Calorie counting is silly. If you lose weight by counting calories then you are losing muscle, unless you are eating right--which, if you are, you don't need to count your calories.