Here’s the deal. I plan to be in my best childhood friend’s wedding party during the same weekend as our high school reunion.
You know what that means, right? I have to lose a few pounds. Losing pounds means counting calories and I hate doing that.
I’ve decided to count calories using my Mac and not my iPhone. Why? The iPhone goes with me everywhere I go and there’s no excuse for not collecting and recording all the calories I ate, wherever I ate, and whatever I ate.
I could go the Perfect Diet Tracker route, but that seems like a lot of money just to lose a few pounds. I don’t want to make a career of dieting. I just need to shed a few pounds.
For a lot less money there’s Calorific, simple app that searches the USDA food and nutrition database while you enter what you just ate (or, are about to eat, but don’t know how many calories it contains).
For double the money of Calorific there’s Calories Counter which carries a database of 7,500 different foods, tracks weight, calculates body mass index, and estimates daily calories needs based on gender, weight, age, height, and activity level.
I like this one. It also does metric, Imperial, American and SI units (I travel regularly between Brooklyn and London, UK).
A little more money opens up Calories 3. The name is deceptive. Not only does it track daily diet and calories, it also does BMI, activities, blood pressure, blood sugar, and has a counterpart for the iPhone.
Surprisingly inexpensive is All-in Fitness. I just want to lose a few pounds, and not go all in to some kind of daily regimen that changes my lifestyle so I become a Rene Campbell lookalike.
All-in comes with hundreds of HD videos for different exercises, 300 yoga asanas, and 700 fitness exercises, including 100 ready-made workouts to lose weight and tone up a few muscles.
This is more of a workout log and planner than it is calorie counter. It’s great, but does much more than I think I need to lose a mere 10 pounds.
I do a lot of fast food during the course of a week, and the best way to avoid piling on the calories is to know what you’re eating. Nutrition Menu’s Calorie Tracker is what I settled on because it seems to know my dietary habits (where I eat has menus on the wall).
Take a look at this. Calorie Tracker displays the menu items for hundreds of restaurants in the U.S. and Canada, including nutritional information. And calories.
There’s information about calories, fat content, fiber, protein, cholesterol, sugar and sodium and serving sizes.
The list of fast food restaurants reads like a who’s who lilt of where I’ve been every day for most of my adult life.
Importantly, there’s not an iPhone version to carry around and create a trail of guilt as I eat.