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    Thanks to Mark's mentioning Fitday when I discovered this site, I've been using it for a few weeks. It's pretty awesome but it has a couple of serious flaws, in my opinion. I love the reports!


    As to the free online version, the rapid auto sign out is really, really annoying. What, our data needs to be secure? Or, is it an attempt to get us to upgrade to a paid version? If so, it's having the opposite effect on me. And apparently the Fitday PC, reasonable enough at $20, does not let a guy use both the online version AND PC. One download of online, and that's it, at least as how I understand it. Not so good for travel or being in the office.


    But the biggest flaw with Fitday is the food database. It sucks. It has all kinds of weird things like lots of Puerto Rican foods. It is completely devoid of many common foods. One day I took a swig of regular (Mexican) Coke. Nothing but diet sodas listed. It is often WAY off base, you can just suspect that Brussels sprouts do NOT have 5 grams of fat per cup, eh? The search engine totally sucks, one word often bringing up ten pages of suggestions. I must have three dozen Custom foods by now, sometimes getting a framework of data from Fitday but using either the USDA or packaged data to modify. (nutritiondata.com and fatsecret.com have much more intensive information and use the USDA database.)


    Although I have a heavy time investment in Fitday, I'd be more than happy to have a good program and pay a modest amount for it, maybe to $30 or so. I've done some searching without anything jumping out as what I want. Well, there was one that got a great review......and then I noticed that it used the Australian and Canadian db's! All that development and they didn't put the USDA in it? Wow. Google something like Ten Best Diet Software Programs and you'll get a sense of things.


    Another thing which is more in the "wish list" category is the inability to break out, in all foods, the three fat types and several carb types, and all vitamins. It would be nice to have an Atkins net carbs category, I do that with some foods when there is a large difference.


    Anyway, your experiences or thoughts?


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    check out

    WWW.DailyPlate.com

    food database and exercise log!

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      Or go to Daily Plate from here-


      http://www.livestrong.com/?utm_sourc...ampaign=july08

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        daily burn (was gyminee) has tracking and an okay database of foods:


        http://dailyburn.com/


        calorie king has an excellent database (you can browse for free), but actual tracking costs


        http://www.calorieking.com


        i remember going to fitday when just looking around, and searched for 'milk' and the first thing that came up was 'human breast milk'. I believe the correct response to that is 'lolwut?'

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          Thanks, I'll check these out and anything else that PB'ers suggest.


          Yeah, Tim, that's a perfect example of their messed up search abilities. Right after I made the original post, I typed in "beef." Pretty simple, eh? Five things come up, including beefalo and beef soups, but no beef. Had to get it by browsing, and there it was.

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            I've no experience with tracking. When I'm curious about the makeup of a food item I've had good success with: http://www.nutritiondata.com/

            They do appear to have tracking also.

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              I second Daily Plate through Livestrong.com, that's what I use and it's pretty easy. The database is extensive, but it's also really easy to enter new foods that aren't on there yet.

              You are what you eat,
              and what you eat eats too - Michael Pollan

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                WT, I think I recall seeing tracking on nutriondata.com , but it's not the full blown program with reports and such. I was hoping it to be so because they list all the components I would like to track.

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                  I find nutritiondata.com very useful for analyzing food and food combinations. You can enter a recipe and it will give you a complete nutritional breakdown of the entire recipe, or you can just throw a bunch of foods together under analyze and get the breakdown. It also gives the GI rating and inflammation rating. I use it to analyze all my meals and snacks.

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                    I use CRONoMeter.


                    Pros:

                    -free software for Windows, Mac, or Linux

                    -you can add stuff to the database and edit foods that are in it already

                    -keeps track of everything, from carbs/proteins/fats and vitamins/minerals to specific fats and water intake

                    -can track weight, bf%, blood pressure, heart rate, and blood sugar on handy charts

                    -can set your own targets for everything

                    -has a notes section


                    Cons:

                    -I suspect that some of the data in there isn't accurate

                    -not online, so if you travel or keep track of stuff at work it's probably not the best option


                    http://spaz.ca/cronometer/

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                      I use http://figwee.com/#. (Food&Exercise log. I've signed up ages ago, back then it was free).


                      It has a huge food database, with ounces and gram measurements.

                      Most importantly, it shows you a picture of the food, which changes according to the weight you choose (by moving a slider). that saves you a lot of time because you don't have to measure/weigh your food.

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                        I wanted something which is not online, so I can use it even if I am not connected. So, I have bought DietPower. This is a very efficient soft but its food catalog is really tailored for the US citizens and I must introduce many foods manually. Also, it is initially conceived for US measure system (but they are including the metric system and you can use it for logging food and activities). Moreover, it does not export at all the data and it has only some graphical analysis capabilities, very limited indeed. It is not free either. But it is quite powerful otherwise and has a large database (larger than FigWee after some small experiments with this, following Kate's advice. I am continuing my tests and maybe will ask for the Money-back guarantee if I do not get used to it.

                        I have not been able to discover any good European food based system or website yet. If you know any, I would be happy to experiment it.

                        Murat

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                          I use http://www.myfitnesspal.com They have an extensive database, I used to use FitDay but had the same issues

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                            Too funny to see this thread pop up because I was JUST going to switch over to 'The Daily Plate'.


                            In regards to FitDay.com, I also hate the crappy database and search results.


                            I tend to go to NutritionData.com for entering in my recipes and then I have to 'create a custom food' into FitDay.com (AAAAACCCCK!!!) and THEN, if I want to find a commercial food, I google search and it ALWAYS comes up in 'DailyPlate'!


                            So now, I'm thinking, I should save a step and just move to 'The Daily Plate' and abandon FitDay.


                            BTW - I have wonderful software that I purchased for only $20 that is better than all of these (my home PC is busted and it's just easier right now to use the internet), but, for those of you who are interested, I have a sales rep who will be more than happy to sell it to you (be aware, I was a sales rep at the time of purchase, so the amount is probably higher due to inflation and it being 'retail' instead of at my membership price).


                            Let me know if you want her name and I can direct her to you.

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                              Has anyone tried www.sparkpeople.com ?


                              They have a great Nutritional Tracker that has a very extensive food database. What's even more great is that whatever one can not find in the database, they can manually enter and it will be added to a "user entered recipe" for everyone else to use. For example, if I went out to a chain retsuarant and couldn't find the meal I eate in Nutritional Tracker database, I can try pulling it from someone else's entry without having to manually enter all the variables.

                              It aslo gives you a nice break-down of carb/fat/protein and any other kind of variable you wich to track (trans fats, sat fats, vitamin D, etc).

                              Did I mention it's free?


                              I've been tracking my food on that web-site for the past 6 months and once I heard of FitDay, I thought I would check it out. There's no comparisson!

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