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Tracking Nutrition

Jan 31, 2017


Tracking Nutrition

I have been in the quantified self mode last month. As part of that, I began tracking my nutritional intake daily. This started by method of pen and paper. This though became unbearable so I began to consider the alternatives solutions.

My basic requirements for this task are:

* Web interface

* Mobile application

* Supports custom recipes for Soylent and Ketochow

* Can integrate with fitness measurements to adjust for calories consumed

Things that I don’t care about:

* Social integration

* Sharing custom recipes

* Ultra sleek and modern interface

* Cost, it doesn't have to be free 

* Integrations to every bluetooth device around me

* A base food library that is reliable

Applications that I tried (free monthly mode only):

MyFitnessPal

Also known as MFP around the web seems to be the most popular nutritional tracker in both the web and mobile space. One of the bigger issues with it that I have found is that any member can submit foods. This forces a user to sift through the food to ensure the item they added is correct. Additionally, MFP doesn’t provide a good breakdown of the macro and micro nutrients. The web and mobile interfaces are well engineered. The social integration could be cool for someone that is into that kind of thing.

LoseIt

This application has the cleanest user interface implementation in my opinion. It also has a few ways to add food: text, camera, and scanner. I didn’t use the camera so I can’t speak to its ability. In terms of features, the base feature set for this application was the sslimmestlimest of all. It only has a calories and exercise tracker. It also has some social features which I don’t care about.

Cron-o-meter

This application is for data geeks and also is not free but the price is reasonable. It provides a curated library of food. It also has an awesome scanner to scan the barcodes of foods that you are eating. There is no social integrations that I have seen. It has is the ability to add several biometrics and exercises to your daily journal. An example of the biometrics are:

* Blood pressure

* Weight

* Height

* Pulse

* Glucose

* Temperature

* Body Fat

* Waist size

* Cholesterol

* Triglycerides

* Mood

* Ketones (breath/blood/urine)

* Sleep

* Vitamin D

* Ferratin

I am a data geek and love to dig into the details so it isn’t hard to fathom which application that I ended up using here. Also the ability to add biometrics for ketones made me land on Cron-o-meter as my winner. I have been using it now for a straight month and have nothing bad to note.

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