MyFitnessPal’s news of placing its barcode scanner feature behind a paywall has users looking for alternative apps today. Frankly, it’s good. If anything, maybe MFP will notice the problem and reverse course. Ultimately that would be ideal, but just in case, I had to go looking for another app to use purely on principle, even though none of them are as good or as useful as MyFitnessPal has been for me.
In the comments section of our previous article, a few people recommended different apps, so I headed to Google Play to do my research. Here are some alternatives that we are comfortable sharing. And please, if you know of any that are not listed below, drop them in the comments section below.
Calorie Counter by Lose It!
This app seems to be very close to MyFitnessPal in terms of features. It lets you track macros, calories, and other information based on what you eat. With a library of food and drink already in the database, all you have to do is enter (or scan) what you consume and your dashboard will update with the necessary numbers. And yes, there is a barcode scanning feature and it is completely free to use.
A premium service is available which includes designed meal plans, additional meal planning tools, water tracking and unlimited access to recipes. The price for this is $7.49/month or $45/year.
Calorie counter – MyNetDiary
Here’s another option that includes a barcode scanner, as well as macronutrient target tracking. Users can modify these values as they wish (carbs, proteins and fats) at no cost and then get their daily recommended calories based on these goals. It’s fine if you work with a nutritionist who simply gives you goals to achieve each week/month.
This app also offers premium features starting at $9/month or $60/year. These features are heavily based on customization, such as daily feedback and tips, autopilot and macro tracking, and premium recipes and diet plans. But again, barcode scanning and macro manipulation are free.
Lifesum: healthy eating and eating
Of the apps I have reviewed so far, I will say that Lifesum has the best user interface. It’s very refined and easy to use. With this app, you can track those macros, control your calories, and yes, analyze every food you eat for free. Lifesum’s dashboard is also extremely useful. You can quickly see your macros, calories, water intake, exercise, and your whole day’s worth of food and drink. It’s all there on one page, super easy to use.
Like most others, there are premium features as well. Barcode reading is not one of them. Lifesum offers life score and progress stats, gives daily feedback, and offers meal plans via premium. One note, you will need a premium subscription to adjust your macro levels, which is slightly annoying. Lifesum costs $5/month or $25/year.
Know of another great food tracking app? Let us know below!