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Tools for Tracking Calories and Weight

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Calorie DiaryIt’s easy to lose track of what foods and how much you eat throughout the day. Keeping track of your intake can actually help you lose weight by shedding light on your diet and encouraging you to eat healthier. Here’s three tools to help you keep track:

USDA SuperTracker website

  • Cost: Free
  • Available online only
  • Food-A-Pedia: a searchable database that provides verified calorie and nutrition info for over 8,000 foods
  • Food Tracker: create a personal profile and search the database to log foods eaten at each meal and compare your actual intake to your personal calorie limit and daily food group target
  • Physical Activity Tracker: log and track your weekly physical activity
  • My Weight Manager: track your current weight over time; updates your personal calorie limit based on your weight change
  • My Coach Center: log goals and receive tips and support

    MyFitnessPal mobile app

  • Cost: Free
  • Available online and as a mobile app for iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, and WindowsPhone
  • Searchable food database allows you to add foods eaten at each meal and track calories; large database but includes user-submitted information that may be inaccurate; add your own calorie counts for recipes
  • Track exercise and calculate calories burned
  • Net calorie count for the day updated on home screen each time you make a change
  • Includes discussion forums and ability to connect with friends for support and encouragement

Printable Calorie Diary

  • Cost: Free
  • Take it with you anywhere, anytime
  • Record foods and beverages consumed and the total calories at each meal compared to your calorie goals

 

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