My Fitness Pal
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Below is a comment I wrote on someone's blog re MFP. They weren't sure about SP vs MFP.
"I'm not sure what to tell you. I can only tell you what I've done. I have been a member of SP for over 5 years now or more. I loved entering food data. I've also been a member of MFP for 2-3 years as well as a friend moved from SP to there because it was less graphic intensive.
I've been horrible at tracking food on either site. But lately, I've gone back to MFP for the diary only (actually just last week!) for a couple of reasons.
- The computers at work are very slow so going to SP wastes my day as I wait for the page to load in.
- The simple lack of graphics at MFP is appealing.
- I just got a kobo vox for christmas and just installed both the MPF & SP apps. I also did this on my new ipod touch. I have to say that MPF app is far superior to SP's even if has only 2 colours and no graphics. The barcode scanner alone is worth it.
- I can manually enter calories consumed without having to enter a product or recipe.
- I've also discovered (and perhaps because of the barcode scanner) that I don't have to personally input as much as I do have to with SP.
- A lot of inaccuracies in data on SP by users.
- as for exercise... I am not sure about that yet for either. I think SP might be better on that score.
What I do prefer about SP is the community, blog, personal page, articles, daily spark page, recipes, etc. I also am a member of the live classes which I thoroughly enjoy. I almost feel like I'm betraying SP by tracking food over at MFP but hey... when it comes to ease of use and speed... at this point, that takes precedence. I am not on a computer a lot these days (sick of my computer to be honest). so this will allow me to take just a few minutes to track. Whereas, it takes from 5 - 30 minutes to track on SP.
Good luck in your decision!"
Member Comments About This Blog Post
I've been using MFP for several months, it is far more accurate, especially since I add my own foods/recipes for my own database, and set up the calories and nutrients based on an ounce of food, or two tablespoons, and it always depends on the food/recipe, which has to be measured either by ounce or TBSPs to determine the nutrients/calories per 1 ounce serving. It is kind of hard to determine a 1 cup portion of Marie Callender's Lasagne, just an example, however once you read the box, and then do the math, and enter it in by the ounce, then weight your portion, and enter 11.5 servings of 1 ounce portions, then you get a lot more accuracy, especially when trying to track an accurate intake of calories and nutrients. First figure out the number of ounces in the entire package of food, calculate the total number of calories and nutrients in the entire package of whatever food or recipe. Then take each nutrient or calorie and divide the total amount by the number of ounces, that amount you enter into the MFP food nutrients, and is based on per ounce serving.
Does that make sense?
1359 days ago
I have been using MFP tracker for about a month, love it! As far as loyalty goes, my health and body take precedence.
1714 days ago
I think it would be nice (good for all) if the two sites would link up. I like the depth of the SP site and the streamlined functionality of MFP. And that both link to BodyMedia Fit, a unit worn on body for individualized output on a multitude of areas.
SP has added some pretty annoying fluff that is distracting. Agreed?
1726 days ago
Comment edited on: 3/26/2013 1:24:49 PM
Just curious have you seen Fitday?
This was one of the trackers that I used early on, but SP got my attention due to the community.
I don't have an IPhone yet, but plan to someday (race is on between the phone or a Nook), however I highly encourage you to on the What's Up at SP community message board to note the reasons why the app is not as good and to ask for a toggle for a quick load environment.
Just know I was pretty excited to see you blogging this week. The reality is I want to see you healthy and I'm sure you know tracking is super important not just for the calories - but for the nutrition you do get and that that we shouldn't. I'm really faithful about my logging, because the lower I go on calories the more important this becomes AND I've maintained normal iron levels on diet alone all via the tracker.
I'll give you hints on entering just calories alone - under personally entered food you can add a "food" - Fudge Factor 100 etc ( which under mine is FF50, FF100, FF150, FF200, FF500...then on entering you just click for foods you've entered and type in FF and this list comes up..if I need 300 I can just enter FF200 and FF100. I do this to outline my day and then go back later to fill in reality. I do this less now, as I've better at pre planning.
So happy if you find a tool that works for you. Come around and visit us from time to time so we know you are well!
1946 days ago
Most of my foods that I track are what I enter myself, so I'm not sure how easy it would be to move my SP food database anywhere else.
1949 days ago
I feel the same about the SP app. I installed it on my BB, and without even knowing what the apps for other sites are like, I stopped using the SP one right away. It just frustrated me. I haven't tried MFP, but I may check it out. Sounds interesting. I know what you mean though about the loyalty feeling. I feel like I'm cheating on my partner. Weird. That being said, I have been using a site called Calorie Count for several years. Their database of foods and fitness items are way more extensive than SP. I go over there and look things up in their database and then come back here & input them into my favorites. They are also less graphic intensive, and they are a lot more logical and user friendly when it comes to finding stuff and features.
1949 days ago
Comment edited on: 8/15/2012 4:50:40 PM
1950 days ago
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