I've only used the SP tracker and a food diary. I completely failed at the food diary! I like the SP tracker, I also eat pretty much the same thing every day so I just have everything in groups. Anything that I can't find in the tracker I just manually input and then save it so I always have it.
I've recently started using the app which is very nice but it doesn't show food groupings. Maybe I'm missing something but I can't find groupings on the android app! If anyone knows if you can do groupings on the app please let me know.
Mini Goals: 299 (out of the 300's) 01/01/11 299.2 280 (100lbs lost from my highest weight) 03/14/2011 279.8 250 (100lbs lost using spark) 230 (150 lbs lost from my highest weight) 215 (Should be able to fit in my old clothes) 191 (Out of an obsese BMI) 159 (Normal BMI) 150 (the GOAL!!)
Pounds lost: 54.4
Fitness Minutes: (3,799) Posts: 51 2/23/12 2:56 P
I use the tracker here on SP. I like that I can search for food entered by other users. I find most things, even regional food, that way. I always click the nutritional information button to compare to the label, but I find it's usually right and it saves me all the entering time. When I used WW, their online food tracker didn't allow searches like that, so you had to enter everything not in the original database.
One thing I have started doing that seems to make entry into the tracker easier, if I ate something not already entered, is to take a pic of the nutrition label with my phone. It's pretty easy to sit down later, look at the pic, and enter the info.
I also use the SP app, which has a cool barcode scanner feature. I've never gotten it to actually pull up the right food, yet, but it's in beta and should improve over time, and I haven't tried it very often. I find it pretty easy to enter foods in my favorites or that I can search for in the app. I don't care for trying to enter a new food. I always wait until I can get to my computer to do that.
Edited by: COWGIRLENUF at: 2/23/2012 (14:58)
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I really like the SP food tracker. I have browsed at My Fitness Pal and Loseit.com but because I like SP (overall) the best I stay with it. I know of others that use the Fitness Pal and Loseit and really like them (and I think they both have free apps for the smart phones if that appeals to you, but SP does also). Personally, I don't want to track on one website and go to another website for support, etc. - that's too much for me to handle . I'm like Dawn and find most everything is on here - either from what SP has or what others logged in or if needed I will log in the nutrition info but then it's there for the future. But, I think it comes down to what you find easiest to use and that will help you stay on the right track.
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personally i cannot stand the SP food tracker. I too keep a food diary and i like it a lot more. if i need to review my food it is right there at my finger tips and since i pretty much eat the same things over again not every day 365 but i have basic recipes that i work off of so i pretty much know what i am eating but i still write everything down. i like my diary because there is room for me to jot a few lines for my moods/emotions as well as track my water and exercise all on 1 page and i can track whatever nutritions i want to and i don't have to hunt for something that might not be listed and i write faster than i type plus when i write it stays with me rather then using the keyboard.
I do use the SP tracker. I find that most things I need are on here, especially if I click on the button "shared by other users". Otherwise, I enter my foods from their nutritional labels. Sometimes, if I don't have the information (ie - restaurants, etc..), I will just go to the restaurant website and enter the information from there. I find that once I have entered the information, I tend to use some of my entries often. I hope that helps...
Dawn Central Ohio, EST
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