Mlazarx - Great app for people serious about losing weight
I started using this app seriously in mid-July. The database for foods is great and I up until recently just used the free version. During this time I lost 11 lbs. I set my profile to the lowest setting for activity and have my pedometer set to the app to add calories I get for walking. My goal is to just keep under the calories based on losing 1.5 LBS a week. My suggestion is record everything even if you go over (it will happen occasionally). But that’s ok because you can work harder the next day.
I finally did buy the premium version mainly for the export feature. I am an analyst by trade so I like to put my results into graphs and do monitoring beyond the app’s capabilities. I will stress it is not needed to lose weight. If you don’t want to spend time looking at your different nutrients then I would not spend the money on it. If you do it could be worth it.
I like how the app says you have a 67% chance of better success if you pay for the premium. They don’t tell you about the confounder. The reason that happens most likely is people who do buy the app in general are more serious about the long hall. This should not be viewed as a diet it needs to be viewed as a life change that you will do going forward. Once you reach your goal you then switch to maintenance so you keep your weight and don’t gain it back.
Georg-o - Great app but could use more user control of selecting or defining serving sizes
I really like this app. I use it for calorie counting. It links to Garmin Connect for integrating exercise calories into the overall balance for the day. You can scan barcodes for food items for easier logging. You can select items from your history of previous entries (great for frequently eaten foods). You can text search for foods, which accesses an enormous list of prior entries that I assume have been entered or scanned by other users. So why only four stars? My only peeve with the program is that it doesn’t seem to let users edit the serving size for many items, beyond being able to select from a too often extremely limited and sometimes arbitrary mix of imperial/metric/liquid/solid measures. The options presented vary widely from item to item, with little apparent logic. The best solution I have is to try to find items that use 1g as a serving size and then list the number of grams for that day’s serving as the number of servings for that entry. Since I’m using a food scale, that works for me. Seems a better solution would be to allow users to edit any food item to select from a full complement of serving sizes (or to just directly enter the desired serving size using the keyboard). Or just provide 1g as a choice in all cases (or at least all solid cases). In any case, I love and recommend the app, with the measurement detail being my only pet peeve.
Tobik0 - Disliked UI immediately
Years ago, I used this app to drop some pounds and really liked its features. I’m at a point where I need to reassess my diet and thought this would be a good option to return to, but the moment I opened the app after re-downloading, I just felt like it wasn’t for me. Calorie counting apps are a dime a dozen now, and a lot of them have worked hard on providing an interface that’s both efficient (because who wants to work around a clunky app when it already takes lots of time out of your busy day to record meals?) and visually pleasing (weight and dieting can be an unpleasant subject, right?).
MyFitnessPal was clunky from the moment it requested my vitals (difficult to scroll and go to the next input field), to the tutorial, to the constant pop ups demanding I consider upgrading to premium. I’ve barely used the app yet, why not leave me alone and try again when I’ve actually had time to experience it? There is no focus on calorie information on the home page, instead dedicating screen space to blog posts etc. that I don’t have the time or desire to read anyway. It’s difficult to find the wearable device/app integration options. The camera scanner is much slower than other apps I’ve used with the same technology. Overall there is no sleek design or cute graphics that would make the this app unique or pleasant to use regularly. I was just disappointed in how far this app has fallen behind, and you probably will feel the same.
AliHart1983 - Gross Pictures with Ads but extensive database
I’ve been using this app for years. There are so many ads now which I understand. But some of them pop up on your feed right when you open the app and there are some really gross images. A lot of times I am eating when I enter my calories and the images for the weird ads are so gross it makes me stop eating and lose my appetite. There was one that came up for weeks that showed someone getting ear wax removed. Now I logged in and it shows a close up of someone removing some type of gross substance from the back of their throat. Why would you have these kinds of ads show up on the home page of a food log app?
Also, if you sync with Fitbit it enters your workouts automatically but it also tracks your steps and gives you a calorie adjustment for that as well, which Is like double tracking. If you go for a run for example, it will sync the workout from fitbit and give you the calories for that, and then also add in your steps from the run and give you more calories which I don’t think is accurate.
Other than that, no other food app compares as far as the extensive food database and the ease of being able to enter recipes, meals, etc. I also love the social functionality where friends can comment on your status. Of course they have to scroll through all the ads in the feed to find your updates, and overlook the gross images of earwax and other things.
SSJ Klahr - App Review
A great service providing a platform for success on a human health quest. The My Fitness Pal application allows anyone to compile a detailed log of nutritional and fitness info into an easy to use, easy to interpret, easy to afford (free), and simple to navigate system. The breakdown of information into multiple charts and graphs is a phenomenal resource. The flexibility of being able to modify multiple facets of your goals such as macro nutrients, weight loss/gain per week, etc. is extremely intuitive and suitable for a wide range of fitness/nutritional goals. Nearly anyone can master this application within a reasonable timeframe of consistent effort and in turn become the master of their fitness/health destiny. My Fitness Pal has provided a great service and allowed for anyone with the desire to do so to achieve the best version of themselves possible. Also, after a long endeavor spanning months or years and reviewing your data in retrospect allows for a particular cognizance for what worked well and what did not. This, in turn, provides a chance to hone an adequate regimen into the ultimate program fine tuned to your personal goals. My Fitness pal provides an amenity that fosters a healthier and happier human race to those who utilize it. This application has earned a large following of motivated individuals for these reasons and stood the test of time. Go forth and conquer your goals with profound efficiency.
Miles Of Fun - Great App for someone with a disability
I have Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy, and I am a recent heart transplant patient. I lost about 30 pounds before my transplant because I knew it would be a hard transition and it is important to give yourself and those helping you the best edge you possibly can. It’s also important to really educate yourself on nutrition and your body, I studied nutrition on my own did all the exercises I could, learned my body type and how I metabolize food. I also consult with my doctors and get blood work done so I know how to best tweak my diet to maximize my diet and health. Get some it’s always wise to consult with your doctors and even get a basic basic metabolic panel done to check your blood work.
I recently gained a few pounds back from being on high doses of prednisone and others that made me super hangry like that already food loving person I am. As knowledgeable I am about nutrition I’m not a machine and this app keeps me accountable and allows me to make the most of my health habits. The key is to have a healthy balance and not obsess over losing weight and constantly over analyzing everything. It also helps me remember to hydrate. Don’t go crazy extreme, pace yourself and allow yourself to have many of the things you crave don’t over indulge make healthier versions of what you crave and eat smaller portions of the things you really want.
Artigius - No longer a good app
Several years ago, this app was the best out there when it came to tracking calories, nutrition and exercise data. If you wanted to lose, maintain or gain weight, you could find a good way to make the app work for you. The UI was fairly intuitive. There was a good ‘free’ service (‘free’ still cost your personal data of course), and an expensive but tolerable expanded service for those that needed to track more details or had some alternative dietary plans.
Over the past year plus, unfortunately, the company continues to make terrible decisions. The UI was dramatically changed, and it became far more difficult to do the most basic tasks (for most people this was logging food, water, exercise and weight). Bugs have become the norm. Features have been reduced or eliminated, especially from the ‘free’ plan. In short, the value plummeted, yet the price did not.
Now, after years of using this app, I and many others are moving on. There are better apps out there that make it easy to log calories in and out. There are still apps out there that let all users log food by scanning barcodes. There are apps out there that offer more premium options for a much better price. Like many companies out there. MFP became so focused on raising the price and forcing users into subscriptions, they forgot that if they don’t provide value, they’re just going to lose market share. Hopefully they’ll change things around and we will see more value in the future.
Clineomine - Difficult to navigate
I consider myself very tech savvy and the user interface for this app is very confusing for me. My husband who also uses it is totally lost and I have to enter his data for him. What is confusing is searching for foods. Depending on which page you are on, the “scan barcode “ may be in a different place. When creating a meal or recipe, no confirmation a food was added and return back to add in the next food. Multi add should have the ability to scan too. It is also not intuitive to find your recent foods. When you put in a recipe, in order to actually cook the item, you have to edit the recipe to see the amount of ingredients to create it. The other disappointment is sharing meals, recipes, and foods with friends you have added. The ability to favorite individual items should be there that is used weekly or monthly, instead of having to scan the item again as the recent foods is not listed alphabetically. The developers suggested I create a Meal for each of my grocery items to find. I’ve done that, but again, my husband doesn’t have access to that, so if he eats something I bought, but I didn’t, he has to scan it too. This is not usable for couples or families that eat similar items but not the same. I’ve already paid for my premium. I’m not going to continue with my husband’s. $79 is way too expensive for the minimal features provided. Also, it doesn’t sync correctly with my Apple health and watch data. I’m constantly having to edit it.
Klynnshira - It made me realize
My New Years resolution was to get to a certain weight that would call for me to lose about 15 pounds. I already ate rather healthy during my meals, but I had a problem with snacking. I wasn’t at the point of sitting down and eating an entire family bag of chips in one setting. I would however eat a handful here and there, eat 4 Girl Scout cookies twice a day, and some of the candy my grandma loves to send me every and I mean every holiday. I couldn’t see how much that snacking affected me. My fitness pal has helped me keep track of my calories as I take them in and it has worked wonders! I have been successfully losing weight and it’s all because I can actually see a number to know how many calories I have left in my day when I go to grab the snack. Now don’t get me wrong I still snack some, but I’ll do one snack a day now or half of the amount of chips and half of the cookies instead of a large amount. Another thing that this app has helped me with is realizing how I feel after I eat. For example if I am not eating healthier foods I usually feel exhausted the next day. I didn’t realize it before but now that I have a food diary to look back on I can see what I ate compared to how I feel.
Punker doodle - Love this app but...
I have been using this App for years. I took an 8 month break and picked it up today. Just found out that you can no longer scan barcodes without buying the premium. I was able to scan barcodes for years. It just feels like a ripoff. I’m not buying your premium even if the entire app is no longer free. I will just go use 1st Phorm’s app. One thing that I learned after studying a lot about nutrition is that your caloric intake should not be below your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate). At least not for an extended period of time. And yet, years ago in the beginning of my weight loss journey the calories goals had me at 1100 calories and I found out my BMR was closer to 1400. This had a profound effect on my mental health and weight loss. I had chronic fatigue and anxiety. It was awful. There was no warning about consuming lower calorie and being in starvation. There was no place I could add a BMR so the app would take that into account. I really hope you guys can refine that more because you would be able to teach people about BMR and good nutrition. You would be able to make sure people are not starving themselves and putting a wrench in their weight loss journey. You would be able to help people not feel awful and have more energy. You would help people not have their mental health suffer due to starvation. Please fix this and give back my barcode scan and I will change my rating to 5-stars!
Wolfwarden - Great app but too costly
I have been using this app off and on for years. Since before even Under Armor purchased it. I loved using it and I loved the fact that it was totally free. But since it has been getting more and more expensive. I understand that companies need to make money and I get having some premium basic features. I was even comfortable, although a little annoyed, when they put small ads here and there. Today I opened the app to begin using it again after about a year of not and found that when I try to log something an add pops up that I must wait for the countdown and then try to find and hit the tiny little X that pops up which results in usually the App Store popping up that I then have to close. This has made the basic functions of this app unusable in the free version in my opinion. So I looked to see what it’s gonna cost me to remove ads, because I love this app, I want to keep using it. $20 a month! Yes you get other features, none of which I’m interested in. But $20 a month. That’s a scam! I’ll pay you $20 one time to remove ads, maybe even $1 a month. This app went went from a group of developers who cared and wanted to make something good for the community, to a large company who introduced premiums, to another company who decided to try and squeeze out every cent from the users by making the app unusable without a subscription or a ton of patience. If you are thinking of trying this app look elsewhere!
Firestarness - Long Time User App Down The Drain
I don’t do reviews, but wow, I’m mad enough to do one now. I been using this app since 2018 and its been great for me. Loved the app over the years. However, lately in the past year or two its gone down the drain. Cutting back on “features” that’s really a horrible way of forcing people to buy premium to get those “features” back. They’re even moving barcode scanner to premium now. Are you serious MFP? This has been a free feature for years and now its going to premium for what reason besides thickening your bottom line while screwing over your daily users. Its a nice feature that we shouldn’t have to pay for now. Other apps have this for free as well. They even have these large, annoying pop up ads which the app never had before. I don’t mind unobtrusive ads like before but this is ridiculous especially if you’re logging multiple things. You log one thing and then the ad pops up and you gotta just stare at it before clicking the x in a few seconds. I think I’m going to be changing apps soon. Also, the UI changes over the years has been horrible for performance. The app is laggy a lot and I’m on a new iPhone too. If you’re reading this review and thinking about downloading the app DO NOT. Find a different app that gives you basic features for free and actually cares about their users health and not their bottom line. Seriously disappointing, I hope they revert these changes after all the recent negative reviews…
Appstorereviewwriter - It works
CICO (calories in calories out) works. Even if you’re not planning on changing your eating habits, it helps to just track what you’re eating with MFP. There’s a whole world of nutrition and forums, videos, websites, cook books and apps dedicated to this type of thing. You can get into it all by starting with a calorie counting app like this one.
I don’t use any of MFP’s features except for the calorie tracking ones. I do use the “recipe” feature a lot as it lets me portion out big batches appropriately. For example, earlier today I knew to portion a beef stew I made into 11 servings so they’d be at 538 calories each. How would you get that kind of insight without carefully tracking he ingredients of a recipe? You wouldn’t.
My one complaint is that I’ve had the recipe app crash MULTIPLE times while I’m in the middle of cooking. Obviously this is a pain because I can’t just remember the itemized list of ingredients in painstakingly measured grams. My workaround is to save every few additions so I don’t lose too much if it crashes. And it shouldn’t be crashing, I’m using MFP on an iPhone 12 Pro. If it’s going to be an ideal user experience anywhere, it should be on this. Can’t imagine how much worse it is on inferior hardware. Get your $;&@/ together MFP devs, figure out how to not let your app crash and lose data.
MalkuthIselith - What a disappointment… features now locked behind paywall
I have used MFP for so many years and would love to give it a five star review. It’s been invalubable to my weight loss journey. I didn’t mind the original advertisements two years ago. Now they have more aggressive advertisement, pop ups and interruptions while you are trying to log your calories. Fine. It’s free- I am willing to deal with it because I know developers have to make money. Imagine my surprise when I log in today when I can’t use the barcode scanner. It’s now, suddenly, locked behind a paywall. The subscriptions are any small matter either- 20 bucks a month or close to 100 a year to use the app that I have been using for years. No thanks. I’ll be switching to a new app. What a complete disappointment. It’s sad to see really good apps get ruined by greedy people. If the developer deigns to post an answer- please don’t. I’ve already read your article and it doesn’t change the fact you are greedy ********. Avoid this app and do not download. This goes double if you want to use developers not to suddenly lock features that you’ve literally been using for YEARS behind a substantial paywall.
I switched to the app “Lose it!” And I love it! They don’t lock their barcode scanner behind a pay wall and their paid subscription is less than half the price and has way more features than MFP. I am very happy with my new fitness tracker “Lose it!” Available on the App Store now!!
Casey Alin - Dietary Restriction Alerts & Polar Compatibility
In my own, personal opinion, the features that would earn fifth star would be to expand compatibility toward Polar brand products and applications, and to allow users to enter in specific ingredient, calorie, macro/micronutrient restrictions to be alerted to in meals & recipes. It would be great to know if something I ate (or am logging because I'm about to eat) will conflict with a low FODMAP diet, or has more of a specific nutrient than I want at the time. I recall a previous version that would offer food tips ("this food is high in sodium", "this food is a great source of vitamin c", etc.)
I haven't yet tried the paid version, and these could be included there, but I felt it worth mentioning. Overall, the app comes packed with so many intuitive, convenient features, I have succeeded in making journaling with it part of my daily dietary considerations. The terms and conditions of the challenges offered are abjectly terrifying, though, and ought to be more prominently featured before agreeing to them. Currently, the language you provide allows sponsoring companies the freedom to scour my phone for any notes I've taken to work on business projects of my own during my participation, and hamstrings me to do anything to defend my own privacy and trade secrets afterward if they take any action on them. Not cool.
3Believe - Not User Friendly for Free Users Anymore
With premium being crazy expensive at $20 a month or $80 a year, I decided to use the free version. It worked so well & I loved it, personally I dint even mind all the different ad bombardments after logging food in. But sadly they decided to put a feature, the barcode scanner which I use regularly behind the premium pay wall. The barcode scanner made my food log ins easier & faster, it's literally a key reason as to why I became more consistent regarding tracking my food. I’m not even going to consider buying premium because it is extremely overpriced. Putting previously free features behind a paywall will not make me wanna buy into an overpriced premium. I guess onto another app that actually offers decent features for its free users.
My problem with premium it’s overpriced. I realize premium offers a bunch of different features like a handy barcode scanner now & a lot of different tracking mechanics which is great if you want that. When my goal is literally track my calories & protein (that’s it, I’m not interested in anything else) why would I pay $80 a year or even $20 a month (that’s basically a gym membership by the way)
Solution: Creat another cheaper more affordable tier to premium that allows you to do all the basic stuff free users do without ads & a barcode scanner. All the other fancy features could stay behind the more expensive premium tiers. Lets say $2 or $3 a month.
AliciaHollywood - Could be a LOT better
I had this app for a long time, stopped using it for several years and came back to it and now you have to pay for a premium membership to use what was free before and it’s really glitchy! I thought somehow I was screwing up but I see now from other reviews that many others have my same issue. Foods in the diary keep randomly duplicating and sometimes adding to previous days’ diaries. I added in something for today’s morning and it added it to yesterday instead of today and another item was duplicated. The barcode scanner is very limited, doesn’t work on most nutritional items and for me the worst thing is that it doesn’t track nutrients except for like 4 basic ones. I’m much more interested in tracking nutrition than calories or exercise which I did manually for years easily in a notebook.
When you go over 100g of vitamin C it lists it in red like you did something terribly wrong. It reprimands you if your goal weight is less than what they think you should be even though I was that weight for years, was perfectly healthy and my doctor never once said I was underweight. It reprimands you if you go under 1000 calories for the day which is ridiculous, how can you lose weight eating more than 1000 calories?
I have the free trial of the premium now and already cancelled it to make sure I don’t forget (you still get the free month). The weight should be lost by then anyway.
Looooolllggg - Clean Up Food Entries
Update!!! Developers are forcing users to the premium version. No longer are there JUST banner ads, now every screen brings a hanging ad that must complete its process before it can be closed. They also removed the barcode scan feature as of Oct 1st. Shame on you guys!!!! Don’t waste money on an app with so many errors. There are so many wrong food entries. Same exact food item with different nutrition values. Even those that are “verified” with a check mark are full of incorrect information. I’ve been using this app off and on for over five years and the food entries are only getting worse. The “report incorrect information” feature is horrible too! It’s a lot of work and when 75% of the entries are incorrect, it makes it impossible for users to effectively report errors. Suggestion: Make a specific group of trusted users that can make their food entries Public and then make a different large group of moderators that review food entries and remove the ones that are bad. Even send the information back to the user for correction. Allow users to choose location by continent to filter out food entries from different countries or languages. Allow users to “favorite” a specific food entry that is used often. This app can be so much more and totally worth the premium version but right now, even the free version is barely average.
Warsenis - Good app, if you don’t mind being treated like a child
I am a paying premium member (not for long). Whenever I entered my weight, I kept getting this message asking if I’d like to change my goal weight to match the recommended range. I click on the “No Thanks” button and that should be that, but it isn’t. The next day when I enter my weight, I get the same annoying message (and you have to answer it otherwise you cannot proceed). Again I click, “No Thanks,” but the app doesn’t care.
So I contacted support and they made me go through all these hoops and hurdles and (including a full reinstall of the app) and a week of email exchanges later, and they tell me, “There is no way to turn it off as your goal weight is right on the line of healthy. While we do feel it's very important to keep the message in the app to deter users who may be attempting to reach dangerously low goal weights, we do acknowledge that it's not relevant for a member like you who is still in the healthy range."
In other words, they’re going to do nothing because you'd prefer to "deter users who may be attempting to reach dangerously low goal weights." So not only is this a poor reflection on how you treat a premium member like me, but also on how you treat your other members whom you choose to treat like children and tell them what's good for them and not let them decide for themselves by REPEATEDLY giving the same message and not stopping until they change their goal.
RynoN96 - Great for tracking meals. Big bugs.
This app has been useful for tracking my meals over the last year but there are some issues. The app will read and write the *same* data from Apple Health, screwing up your weight in both apps. I always update my weight in Apple health but when you look at the data in the app it shows the source of the data and after every entry in Apple, there is an identical entry written by MFP. Sometimes this is a day after another entry and this especially screws up my data. Doesn’t seem there is an easy way to fix and has increasingly become a frustrating problem.
The good features are the ability to see your data at a glance under the progress tab that is easy to get to and shows progress in weight, steps, and other body measurements.
I have tried a few other apps that have a much nicer UI (like Senza) but while it looks great, the design is a bit more complicated to use. KetoDiet has much more relevant, diet-inclusive recipes than MFP but it probably would not be as useful to someone on a different diet.
Overall this is the best app for most people that may be on any number of diets, as you are able to track macros and calories (even from many restaurants) quickly and add workouts. Those are the basics of most body management plans and this app does it best.
Smileforliz - Why don’t any fitness apps have a “just had a baby” note?
I used to love this app and many of its features but I find it lacking after having my baby.
Not only does the weight gain from my pregnancy look negative on the chart (well duh I made a child), but there are many of the features that make it seem like I’m lazy or not putting in the effort to stay healthy. The calorie intake is much less than what I should be eating because I’m breastfeeding but it turns negative when I include the snacks because it goes over the calorie goal. Not to mention that exercise is limited postpartum.
I’m not asking for my fitness pal to keep track of my breastfeeding or anything like that (there are many other apps for that) but it would be nice if there was a note you could add or status change that one could add that encourages mamas who are recovering from labor. Not put us down for not being able to keep up with our diets and exercise habits pre-child.
A little encouragement, especially around the 5th and 6th week postpartum would be beneficial since that is around the time when most moms can actually begin to work out and do light exercises.
This app is really helpful because it helps me make sure I’m eating enough, especially since it’s hard to stay sane with a newborn and lack of sleep. I just wish it was more mama friendly because many fitness apps seem to completely forget that labor and recovery ain’t easy. 😥
Mc.gitflow - Not quite there
I just tried this app after reading about it in a review for a different calorie tracking app, one I will continue to use instead of this. I created my account and went to enter my first meal, which includes 12g of sugar free Metamucil. I weigh all my food to make this easier. After scanning the barcode and pulling up the item, I see that I am unable to enter portion by gram. This is odd as the food label lists grams in a serving, so I check other Metamucil items in the database to see if that option is present. It is not. So I enter the tsp equivalent. Apparently “2 tsp(s)” is 30 calories, while “2 tsp” is 40... ok well 30 is the correct amount, however the app then shows incorrect carbs and fiber. To enter a generic banana by weight, I had to set serving size to 1 g and then enter 137.4 servings. As a developer that has also done a fair amount of quality assurance testing, if a simple method for entering portion by weight is available in this app, then I can confidently say the user interface in anything but intuitive. If the feature doesn’t exist, then it is hard to take this app seriously. A food scale allows an app like this to be much more accurate. I will stick to the app I’m already using, where I enter almost every item by weight, and the results match the label. Metamucil is not an obscure item. I should be able to scan a barcode and enter “11.6 grams”.
SparksFly007 - Security Risk
This app is ok except that it keeps triggering my antivirus software. This is disappointing because I’ve been using it for over a year and like the added ability to scan the upc to track my calories. I am going to have to look for a different app. This is what the security pop-up warning says is the problem with this app:
Sites that host or distribute malware or whose purpose for existence is as part of a malicious network (malnet) or the malware ecosystem. Malware is defined as software that takes control of a computer, modifies computer settings, or collects or reports personal information without the permission of the end user. It also includes software that misrepresents itself by tricking users to download or install it or to enter personal information. This includes sites or software that perform drive-by downloads; browser hijackers; dialers; any program that modifies your browser homepage, bookmarks, or security settings; and keyloggers. It also includes any software that bundles malware (as defined above) as part of its offering. Information collected or reported is "personal" if it contains uniquely identifying data, such as email addresses, name, social security number, IP address, etc. A site is not classified as malware if the user is reasonably notified that the software will perform these actions (e.g., it alerts that it will send personal information, be installed, or that it will log keystrokes).
DrScrub15 - One Small Feature Request
I’ve tried experimenting with other apps that almost all have better UI, but always lack something big, like a smaller pool of food available in their database to scan barcodes for which I find to be the main reason I use this app. But one thing other apps tend to have that this one doesn’t would be for a recommended nutrition breakdown per meal, in addition to the already existing total goal for the day. This gives me an idea on how important each meal is and allows me to recognize what parts of the day I slack on my nutrition and push me to try and meet that goal. It sounds basic and obvious but having the numbers presented in front of me that I haven’t met my goal yet gives me the motivation to look around for more options to eat than I’d routinely do. It also gives me an idea of how close/far I am to reaching those goals throughout the day. Without this feature, I can slack on breakfast or lunch and end up thinking I got a somewhat good meal, I’ll just have to eat a little more on my next meal, then by the time I get about halfway through the day and see how many calories and other nutritional categories I still have to get, I think to myself there’s no way I can get that many in the next meal or two, and I end up settling well short of my goal.
Ajmaestas95 - Terrible Customer Service and Glitchy App
I’ve used my fitness pal for years, and I never had an issue until recently. Thankfully, I’ve also never had the misfortune of talking with any of their customer service representatives before these past few days. I’ve been unable to log into the app for quite a while now, which is extremely disheartening considering that I’ve been paying the exorbitant fees for premium access for quite a while now (off and on, of course). I tried requesting a password reset over 20 times, and I still have yet to receive any sort of email. Yes, my fitness pal, I’m sure that I’m putting the email in correctly, and yes I’ve checked my spam.🙄 So naturally, I submit a ticket.
Here we welcome Frannie.🙂 After outlining the entire situation in my ticket, I get a generic mass-response type email outlining everything in the article which I’ve already read several times over. So I respond back telling her I still haven’t got a solution yet. To which she responds, “We have just sent you a password reset email. If you did not receive it, please let us know.” I wait a day, and still nothing. So I let her know twice, and, you guessed it, still nothing. Quite simply, I have no idea what to do now. I’m likely going to just have to request a refund for premium services seeing as how I can’t access the app on my phone or my computer. This is super frustrating and huge waste of time.
Bgrantz - New update has ads and now no more barcode scanner
I loved MyFitnessPal because it felt like a tool to improve myself, but with the latest update there are advertisements that pop up out of no where. This app now feels like a cheap App Store game bolstering the user with ads after logging food which is far from the type of feeling you want when trying to take your nutrition seriously. I see now this app is no longer for the user to improve and just another company doing everything they can to squeeze advertisement revenue out of willing businesses that only negatively affect the user experience.
I wrote this review a while back and now starting October 1st, the barcode scanner will only be available to premium users. This may be a deal breaker for me, I shouldn’t have to pay money to scan my food and live heathy. I think all free users can agree that removing a free feature and making it exclusive to premium subscribers is an awful decision and will likely lead many to leave myfitnesspal for other tracking services.
Much of the recent changes made to the myfitnesspal app shows that there is no consumer voice in the room when making decisions. In a market where the competition and myfitnesspal have no discernible difference it is becoming more and more easy to leave this once great app for others offer better service and don’t require a premium subscription to do so.
Tsampson09 - Pretty good, top choice for me, minor flaws
Overall, I’ve used this app for many years on and off. I keep coming back because it has many things for free that a lot of other apps do not have and I appreciate that! The only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is because I’ve noticed a few times that when using the barcode to scan in calories and nutrition MFP is off and does not match the dietary information on the packaging. The most recent 2 being, great value home style waffles packaging says 130 per serving (2waffles) MFP when scanning the barcode puts it at 200 and the ingredient count is off and the second one, being Lance Peanut bar original 9g protein packaging says 330 and MFP has it at 340 and again the ingredient count is off. The upside to this is I’ve learned to watch what it says and edit the nutrition which a good feature, but the downfall is if I didn’t have the packaging and just searched I wouldn’t know and at that point I’m forced to trust it. I think a lot of the food options need to be updated. Another thing is it doesn’t track the step count very well if at all. The calories through it are always 0. It does however, sync excellently with my Apple Watch activity. Outside of this, I really like this app!
Jonnydesigner - Lots of functionality, but not a very good app
This app is a good utility, but if they gave the UI and functionality a bit more polish here and there it could be great. Some things are just clumsy and/or glitchy which makes using it throughout the day kind of a pain. I’ll continue to use it, but as other similar apps arise I’ll definitely keep checking them out as there’s nothing really tying me to this one.
Some examples: it repeatedly asks me to allow Apple Heath access even though it’s already got it (and is already using the data it gets from there). It reads my weight and then writes it back to Apple Health resulting in duplicate data points. I couldn’t get it to integrate reliably with UnderArmor’s (pretty terrible) other apps. It doesn’t make use of 3D Touch, which could make moving/peeking/editing items in my diary much faster. It’s got visual glitches along the top and bottom of the iPhone X screen. I turned on the negative calorie adjustment, but that was REALLY glitchy, sporadically giving me a negative calorie adjustment > 1000 before updating to < 100 a couple minutes later. Googling this shows the issue has been around for a very long time, but they haven’t addressed it.
I’m paying for pro because they cripple the basic set of features so much, but at this point I definitely feel no loyalty to the app, and I wonder what they are doing with all that subscription money.
Bored in Midland - Life changing if taken seriously
I started using this app right at the apex of my weight gain during college. I didn’t participate in high school athletics and had virtually zero knowledge of anything nutritionally beyond, “ There’s a place that shoots out 5 dollar burgers.”. I think it’s most important to look at the composition of macronutrients in a few days worth of your particular diet, not necessarily using this as a “calorie counter”. It’s very hard to ignore some of the numbers that will pop out at you if you are diligent and truthful with yourself. It helps to motivate you in a different direction. Even though everything has nutritional information labeled as a requirement, it’s easy ignore until you start to realize that if Item A has 32g of fat and %4000 percent of my daily sodium intake... and that’s my daily between breakfast and lunch... It could totally swing a large portion of my diet by just omitting that one item.
In the past I’ve used this whenever I’ve switched large portions of my dietary ideology. Regardless of if you maintain 100% accuracy after month 3 or 4, I guarantee you will at the very least have a number of eye opening moments if you’ve never scrutinized the make up of your diet.
Young Oldtimer - Going downhill fast, time to jump ship
I’ve been a user on MFP for many years, but the app is going downhill fast and the recent updates are just making it worse. It’s slow to load, doesn’t scroll and locks up your phone, doesn’t fit on your tablet screen, notifications cycle back to the Home Screen and not their destination. Absolutely unusable. You can’t enter a weight, or see your progress anymore. Instead of trying to clean up the food database, or screen out creepy users, they’re trying to “beautify” the UI, and end up with this… it’s absolutely unusable. Filled with disgusting ads about liver disease and earwax, that take up 50% or more of the screen, before the last update made the screen unusable. It’s never been worth the premium price, and it’s not even worth the free download now. A shame, it was a great program a couple years ago. In response to the developer’s response, the scroll function on the dashboard does not work so there is no way for many users to access the progress page. Giving the advice of “scroll down to find the progress section” is fruitless when the scroll function does not work. I submitted tickets about that, the notifications, and other issues over the past several months to the zendesk to the reply of “this is a known issue” usually with no action or improvement taken. As my review states, time to jump ship.
Addicted_05102013 - Can’t find weight logs after update
UPDATED REVIEW: thank you for your reply. It still takes about 4 swipes just to get down to the weight and steps section. Swiping left/right is easy, but I never would’ve found this by chance or by reading the FAQs as they are. The cards are too big to fit on the screen, so swiping up and down doesn’t work well. Also, I don’t see weight totals like before (lost/gained X amount in the selected amount of time) - the charts aren’t especially helpful on the dashboard because again the cards are too big and don’t fit the data height-wise. I hope you put it back into a convenient place in a future update. If so, I’ll update my review and rating because it really was a great app before.
ORIGINAL REVIEW (gave it 2 stars): I’ve searched all over the app, and in the FAQs on the website, but can’t find a place to log my weight anywhere in the new design (I’m using an iPad). It says there’s a card for it on the dashboard, but there’s nothing but 4 cards (3 of which are “premium”). I can’t see my old weight logs either. I can log my food, but a weight loss app is kind of pointless if you can’t keep track of your weight. Really disappointed, hoping it’s reintroduced in a more convenient place (or almost any place at this point).
KellETee - Good, but could be better.
I’ve had this app for a few years now and have had success losing weight while tracking my food intake. Recently there was a change to the layout of the app and how you see your status and how you enter food, exercise, weight, etc. I do not like this change as it has made the app slower, not as “user friendly” or straight forward for entering weight or exercise. I’ve also had issues with it converting my steps into exercise. This has been going on for a couple months. It has no problem being accurate with my steps (just from my iPhone), but it rarely updates the exercise calories to reflect the steps. I know there are millions of options it has to find as far as food entries, but there are times where I scan and item’s barcode and the nutrition information that pops up does not match the nutritional information on the actual item (even if it finds the correct/exact item in the database). Because of this, I do not plan to purchase the premium package. Im worried that I’ll pay for something that I’ll still have to double check and do the math myself. Even though there are some things I get frustrated with about this app, I still recommend it as a tool to lose weight or just monitor your dietary health.
Alliekat04 - Great App to kickstart your healthy journey!
I’ve been using this app for little over a year now. If you are wanting to start your journey into getting healthy but feel overwhelmed with the idea of meal tracking I’d highly suggest this app! The fact that you can just scan the barcode and then input the serving size you actually use makes it so easy! Plus you get to create your own meals and recipes so they are one click away when you eat them. You also don’t need the fret over calculating the tracking info when you eat out, they already have that listed for most major restaurants.
The only issue I’ve had in the past two weeks or so is the app struggling to record data from my other fitness apps. It’s not been calculating my exercise from the iOS app. I’ve noticed this has been an issue since the most recent update when they changed the setup of the dashboard. Yes I have tried all the recommended steps, reupload all my apps and everything. Make sure it has permission to use the data, etc. Hopefully it’s just a simple bug that can be fixed. I miss having all my healthy data together in one location.
Mal5177 - Best calorie tracker that's free
I have tried a few of the free apps, and this one has a nice user interface that is easy to use. The graphs are nice, I have not felt the need for the pay version (free works fine for me). I use it for food logging and send all the data to my Fitbit for the best of both worlds. Few things that I think are missing from this app (and others).
1) It would be nice to track other body measurements like bust, legs, arm etc. Also, it would be nice if you could actually 'track your fitness' and measure goals for that. It is called 'myfitnesspal' after all!
2) It would be nice if you could measure as you increased weight or reps for strength training And see this reported so that you could visualize the accomplishment.
3). I think this isn’t best food tracker out there, but what it’s missing is an ability to track how you ‘feel’. If you could add things like bloated, tired, gassy, headache, or other common terms you could see the impact that certain foods or lack of exercise had on you. And this could motivate you to creat new habits or stick to those your trying to incorporate into your routine.
Wanderingbark - Almost useless for diabetics
This health/fitness/diet app claims to be comprehensive, but has a huge gap in its user experience for diabetics. There is no way to input blood sugar readings in real time or to integrate readings from glucose monitors on here. Given how tied to diet and macro nutrients diabetes is, you would think this would've been a basic aspect of the app already - or an add-on that could pop up along with adding food or exercise.
I've been a MyFitnessPal member for years and do appreciate the detail, massive database, and ability to input your own recipes you get for free. The meal time stamps it already offers with Premium would be really useful for tracking blood sugar, but nope, the only way to track that is manually adding a bunch of blood sugar categories, and then tracking them under progress, like it's your weight. This is useless when you have to do it 4 times a day or more at different times, and you can't look back at sugar levels as part of your diary (linked to your diet). Do the manufacturers just assume that people interested in fitness and diabetics are mutually exclusive populations?
We need either a setting to add our readings with a timestamp, similar to foods, that then can be read as part of the diary; or integration with the most popular glucometer apps. This should be a basic feature, or at least Premium, for a so-called leading health app.
Pennyb324 - Recipe Sharing & Net Carbs?
I've come back to MFP after a few years and am very pleased at the many improvements in capabilities, user friendliness, standalone mobile usability, social features, and the UI in general. There are 2 glaringly obvious QoL things that are missing.
The first is Recipe Sharing. As it is now, the only way my Hubs and I have found to share entries between people is to copy an Entire meal from someone's diary. It would be much simpler to be able to share the recipe with him on the front end so he could use it as he chooses. It would be even More helpful if we were given a little space to jot down actual directions so these "recipes" weren't solely lists of ingredients and I could recreate things. That may be asking too much though.
The other, much more important issue is that there isn't a setting to switch from displaying Total Carbs to Net Carbs (total Carbs-Fiber). There isn't even a way to show macros and Fiber at the same time to do the math yourself. The custom settings only allow for 3 nutrient selections (you'd need 4 to show Carbs, Fiber, Fat, Protein). This is something that needs to be updated ASAP.
Oh, and fyi if you're using a macro based method know that you'll need premium to get access to those tracking features.
Givemeefficiency - Update and dashboard are extremely inefficient
Please make the dashboard go away and revert to the previous screen set up upon opening the app. You are wasting space and making the app inefficient and inconvenient. Everything that I want to use the app for should be immediately clickable as soon as I open it. I now have to scroll down to enter my weight because you want to display the entirely overused phrase “what’s cooking good looking?” on the top of the screen. Absolutely ridiculous. This serves zero purpose, takes away the functionality of the app, and causes the menu along the bottom of the screen to now be in the way, since so much space at the top is being taken up by that useless phrase in huge font!! It also adds another useless menu option to the menu across the bottom of the screen “dashboard”. We don’t need dashboard and newsfeed. At least add the option to enter weight on that menu instead of the menu’s current selections. Please give me access to my diary, immediately entering a food, and immediately entering my weight effortlessly upon opening the app with one click and no scrolling. We are here to efficiently use the features of the app, not for some feeble attempt at being funny that decreases the app’s use. What’s about to be cooking is my premium subscription if these features don’t go back to being easy and convenient.
Shannonsc1 - You have to pay to scan barcodes now !
I started using this app February 2022 and I absolutely loved it ! I wasn’t interested in any of the paid features and wouldn’t have really used them, not to mention I couldn’t really afford it, so I stuck to the free version and it worked great for me. I lost 30+ lbs from February - August of this year using the app to track my calories and protein. I chose to continue to use the app even after I reached my weight loss goals to maintain my weight and track my progress photos since I often lift weights. I am extremely disappointed to find that they took away the barcode scanner for tracking food from the free version and moved it to the paid version of the app. I used that feature DAILY to track my meals and now I either have to deal with the inconvenience or stop using the app altogether, since I refuse to pay $20/ month to simply be able to scan my barcodes. This was a key feature in my success with this app because I could quickly track my meals when I was working / busy/ etc. If there was even a smaller one time fee to get this one feature back , I would gladly pay it. I will not pay a $20 subscription fee for this. It took away the convenience and ease of use for me and I think it might be time to move on to a different app.
Dkbdfkk - Used to be good
I’m a long time loyal user of mfp, over 10 years. It was never fancy but it served my needs and had a huge database and was just the OG app every fitness person used. I never thought I would have to switch to another app until now.
Ever since it was sold by underarmour to a private company is has gone downhill. The app is now so inundated with ads you can barely log anything without annoying pop ups plastering your screen and slowing down your logging process. On top of this, I think the ads may be affecting the app’s performance because I have had far more crashes and freezes lately than in the past. There is nothing more aggravating than being halfway through creating a recipe for a meal you meal-prepped for the week to have the app crash and you lose all your measurements that you’d recorded up to that point.
The final straw for me was when they put the barcode scanner behind a paywall. MFP is very expensive compared to other calorie tracking apps. I can’t imagine anyone would hand over the money for a feature that has historically been free and for an app that is increasingly buggy and annoying to use.
I can’t believe I will be leaving MFP but I just deleted the app today and transitioned to MyNetDiary which seems to have a decent database, a free barcode scanner, and an interface that doesn’t hurt my head to look at.
C 4 tha 1 - Most frustrating experience
I gave it two stars because I wanted to at least acknowledge what I did like about the application. The only thing I like is the integration with Garmin.
Now to the frustrating part. The purpose of checking this application out and going premium was because the previous app I could only set macros one day at a time. Carb cycling and adjusting daily i was looking for an easier way to set it and forget it. I went in and customized the daily macro goals for each day of the week and thought this is exactly what I wanted. The next day I look at my dashboard on the app and it has some crazy numbers that were not part of the baseline goal or adjusted goals for the different carb days. The dashboard on the actual website itself in the summary mirrors those crazy macro numbers but when I go to the goals they are all set and reflect the intended goal. Today alone, without me adjusting the dashboard has changed numbers 3 times.
I tried to take the easy route away from a dependable app that I had to adjust once daily to now paying way more money for an application that is pulling numbers from who knows where. The most recent adjustment has me eating 4707 calories when in the goals it reflects 2568. Worst decision made at this point in terms of tracking apps.
Briaxoxo - Inaccurate Percentages
I’ve used this app and other similar apps on and off throughout the years, and I’ve noticed little things that annoy me about them that always eventually makes me stop using them for a while. This time, it seems to be the calorie and macro percentages.
Yesterday I was excited to see how much protein I got because I ate more than usual, and I’m normally low on protein, according to this app at least. When I checked the macros summary page it said only 14% of my macros yesterday were from protein, along with 33% from fat and 53% from carbs. What confused me was that it also said I got in 60g of protein yesterday and 61g of fat. So why were the percentages so far off? When I calculated it myself I got about 18% for both fat and protein and 64% for carbs. Maybe they calculate it in some special way I don’t know about and those percentages aren’t what I think they are, but I’m doubtful. And even if this was the case then that just means the app should be more clear.
Also, this is more nit picky but on the nutrients page it said I got 61g of protein and 62g of fat. That probably just has more to do with the way it was rounded I guess, but shouldn’t it be the same way all throughout the app? And for those percentages I see no excuse. Makes me wonder what else on this app is inaccurate.
PurpleTurtlesss - Pretty great, easy to use
I started using this app when the USDA discontinued SuperTracker in 2017. Really simple to use imo, has a huge database and the barcode scanner makes it even easier to find things. You can also create your own recipes if you don’t want to add ingredients one by one every time. They provide a lot of free health articles too, which can be really useful if you’re just getting into nutrition. Overall I think this app is really helpful and user friendly; but I have two main complaints:
1. For some reason the app has always been a pretty heavy battery drain; I thought maybe it was my old phone but this one is only a week old and has a similar issue
2. The original macro colors were blue carbs, red fat, and green protein. These have changed multiple times over the years but the most recent has switched fat from red to purple and protein from purple to red, which makes it hard to use at a glance. Personally I just think the original colors were easier to distinguish from one another
** Update on this point: please let us choose what colors we want macros to be, the constant changing with every update is really inconvenient. Thanks
MC Soy Latte - Must have Fitness App
MyFitnessPal is an incredible tool for getting a handle on your health and fitness. The app makes it easy to log the food you eat. The calories as well as the grams of each macronutrient. There are too many features to list, but a couple deliver tremendous value. MyFitnessPal automatically updates from my Strava feed, so all my running, biking and strength workouts automatically show up. The food database is very extensive, but you have to know something about the nutritional content of food because some of the food items submitted by users are pretty sketchy. There is, a huge catalog of verified food items, so with a little bit of comparison, you get some accurate data.
I do intermittent fasting, where three days a week I eat a very low calorie diet and the other days, I eat normally. MyFitnessPal doesn’t like that and warns me that I’m not eating enough on my low-calorie days. The week view, however, smooths out the daily peaks and values and you can see your averages over time.
MyFitnessPal is a valuable tool in my health and fitness program. Along with my Tomtom Cardio watch and Strava, it delivers the metrics I need to stay on track.
123456789100000008 - I freaking love this app
I have only had this app for around 2 hours and I am already I love with it. I am 13 years old, I weigh 201 pounds, and I am super insecure about my body. This app has so many options and within 1 hour I already got to do everything that I planned on doing. This app lets you lose weight, gain weight, keep a calorie count, make homemade workouts, let you talk to others about each of your successes and how you are personally doing. My favorite part about this app is that you have the choice to pay for more options, and if you don’t want to do that you can just stay to the free one which is just as good. I have been trying to loose weight for 4 years now and I have struggled with my weight since I was born. And over the years I have seen many doctors, been on many diets, played all the sports, tried all the apps, and never once have I seen something that I can’t wait to do/use everyday. I will use this app for one month and update you all in one month on my progress. Thank you for taking the time to read this and if you get this app I hope that you have some great success. BYEE
MamaChile - Such a valuable app, and I mean even the free version
I love this app. It is a little tedious to have to track all my food, but it has been so worth it. The app is easy to use. Takes a minute to get to know how everything works and all the possibilities, but really quite simple to use. I have now used it for several years, on and off. This time around, I have found it makes me so much more conscious of the snacking I have been justifying. I now realize just how many extra calories those stupid little snacks, and the little bit of soda, or the mini-chocolates actually contribute to my daily intake. Way more calories than they are worth in nutrition. Accordingly, I have REDUCED my decadent indulgences, and am already losing weight! Those marketing masters, making mini-chocolates so you think, “It’s just little. It can be many calories!” The problem is those mini’s are just as addicting as the full-sized candy bars. So...I can’t just eat one. This app has put the truth in my face. It is now up to me to decide whether those indulgences are worth spending that many calories on. I am getting stronger and stronger!
Thanks, Under Armour, for making such great apps for health.
Omare123 - Works wonders when used correctly!
I’ve been a MyFitnessPal user for 6 years now. I want to start by saying when I first started using it, I was using this app religiously. I managed to lose 15 pounds in 3 months. However, I was losing weight for all the wrong reasons and found myself tracking my diet and making sure I was only eating 1500 calories a day when I should have been getting 2000. As soon as I stopped using it, I kept the same weight until I went to college. Freshman 15 is a real thing and that is exactly what happened. I gained all my weight back but it wasn’t just fat, I was gaining muscle too because I found myself weightlifting regularly. 2 years later, I found myself big with a slightly higher than normal fat percentage. That is when I started using my fitness pal again. Now I use this app correctly, and have been losing a moderate and healthy amount of fat a month, by keeping track of my macronutrients and making sure everything that I eat align with my goals. This app does exactly that. Now I have gotten into a routine of logging my food. It used to be a chore, but now it’s a habit and it’s a habit I’m happy to have!
Mahstars - Glitchy and non responsive
I am not usual one to write reviews however the issues I found with this app was beyond what one should expect and I have just downloaded and can’t use it. Therefore, I felt compelled to write in hopes that someone will read and fix these issues. As mentioned, I had just downloaded the app and wanting to check it out before paying for the premium service. First, it denied me signing up 3x before I was final accepted my information to open up the app. Then as I went to put in my exercise for the day it gave no options for cardio and strength based workouts ( ie: HIIT, interval, circuit etc) and when I clicked on the “routines” option it just keep spinning the load circle bringing nothing up. Adding single food items was fine but when input ingredients to “create a recipe” it gave me an error pop up and told me to retry. Meaning I would ya e to input all the Ingredients I had just done again. I did this 3x again to no avail. Then lastly it asked for me to verify my email account that was connect via an email sent. I had done so hours before but was asked to do it again. So I requested another verification be sent. Over an hour later still have not received the email. This app is extremely disappointing and there are many others out there and I have deleted this app and will find one that actually works.
Craycray. - Technically a horrible app
On principal, this app is great. The method of calorie counting is the only way I know how to lose weight and maintain it. My fitness pal makes that possible. But from a technical standpoint, it’s awful. It’s basic stuff. It freezes up all the time, or it’s slow at the very least. It’s search is kinda bad. When I search recent foods, it doesn’t seem to always remember them or it’s as if I have to type it in verbatim, all words and the brand in order. At the very least it should remember something I ate a few weeks ago. Seems like it doesn’t. There’s a lot of clutter in the database. For example I can do without other people’s recipes that say “1 serving,” How do I know how big a serving is? It’s interface is weird and pretty much outdated, it’s hard to find features.
And yes, to be fair this is an app that I’m using every time I eat, so I’m holding it to high standards. But this is why it should be better. Counting calories is annoying, stupid, and it takes too long. I need something sooooo streamlined. I’ve been using it for years and I’m so tired of it. Seriously, exhausted. It’s known to be the most popular app for its purpose, so that’s why I use it. I’m doing research for a new one. We’ll see what I find. I might not beat it, I don’t know.
Spaceace90278 - Used to be 5 stars
I love this app still do there isn’t a better alternative. So it saddens me to say this but I’ve discovered a big problem that apparently has been an issue since at least 2015. I just recently got into tracking my macros and apparently for at least 7 years now for some people the macro tracking will not work. I set my macro percentages up and everything’s good I go back to my Home Screen and macro values will not update. This isn’t limited to the app either the values will not update on the website either. I’ve tried everything uninstalling reinstalling, powering phone on and off, logging out and back in on both the app and website nothing works. One example is my protein value in my macros is set to 50% which should be 280g. However everywhere else that value shows up except for where you set your macros the value for protein is over 400g. I sent in a help ticket on the app but judging from what I’ve seen on message boards and forums plus the amount of time this problem has existed (at least 7 years that’s just crazy) I don’t think I’ll be getting much help or resolution for this problem at all.
Hessbaby - Not worth it anymore
I have been using this app since around 2009? It’s not worth it anymore. I opened it up, and to my surprise these people started charging for the most basic feature. One that has been free for so many years. They know people use it and need it so they were hoping to gain money thinking people would desperately pay for it. No way is a barcode worth $20/month when there are plenty of other apps that still allow their barcodes for free. This app always has issues now anyway. When scanning an item, it doesn’t always even come up with the right nutritional info. It happens a lot. Sometimes it doesn’t even find it and it’s not some weird food either. After using it for over a decade, I hate having to change, but I refuse to support a company who does something so drastic. It isn’t like there is anything amazing that was added. $20/mo just for a barcode is a major no. Not when it was free for years and years. Way to treat current users this way. Wasn’t even as if it was new accounts. Lol they would not add a $20/month fee themselves for something like that, if that’s literally all you needed it for. Shows poor service. They also are impossible to get ahold of so I’d never pay for it when I can’t even get in touch w them easily as it is. 🙄 I’ve already downloaded another app and used it.
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Annoyed0000 - Issue with automatically adjusting daily macro goals.
I set my macronutrient goals which is great to follow. Hitting my targets within 1-2g variance daily. Only I’ve just realised when I actually click on my carbs for the day I’m not really 1-2g of variance the soo glitches and adjusts my goals so when I think I’m 1g out from my 270 carb target because the app says I am. When clicking into carbs I’m actually 8g over my carb target for the day because the app has changed it for the day. Completely frustrating considering it has threw off all my targets for the week.
UPDATE: I have managed to switch off the setting that automatically adjusts the goals based off your exercise and daily steps. Problem solved! For anyone else with the same issue go into more-> goals-> scroll to the bottom and click exercise calories -> turn off adjust my calorie goal.
Changing review to 5 stars
Cool cupcake girl1012 - Leading cause for eating disorders
Before you decide to download this app I urge you to read this immediately. This app is what causes eating disorders, it is not only addicting but changes the way you see food, you start to see food as numbers rather than fuel. Unless your clinically obese and your doctor has physically told you to loose weight and you have tried your hardest eating less and more healthy then you do not need this app. I understand this app is for 17+ but I can guarantee you that most teens have had this and it destroyed their view on food. Being skinny is not the key to happiness trust me. I was eating very low calories because this app advised me to to in order to loose weight “fast” so I did and developed anorexia, lost my period till this day, caused my metabolism to become so low that when I over a specific low amount of calories I gained weight. Then i developed bulimia and restrictive binge and purge cycle which I thought I would never ever developed. It was depressing ,miserable and was practically consuming my life. Today I am currently recovering but in the back of my head the numbers will never ever leave and have triggered me to have fear foods. So please please please for your happiness do not get this app or any sort of calorie counting apps it’s not worth your happiness!!! Instead study about intuitive eating! You’ll thank me in the future:)
Dooblyboobly - Almost Very Good
Aside from some inter-app syncing issues (which can usually be fixed without much effort) this is a solid app. Definitely made calorie tracking easy and help me to lose a bunch of weight. My main annoyances are that little consideration has been given to those of us outside the US. The nutritional information on our food is different, and aside from letting us dig through the settings to switch back and forth between cal and kj (why can’t we just toggle between these in the info entry fields?) there are some annoyances when it comes to manually adding new items. For example, if the exact amount of certain nutrients is listed on the packaging, but MFP only accepts % of DI, I have to calculate that before I can add it. Certain nutrients and vitamins there isn’t even an option to add. Etc etc. Also the search function is a bit funky, often it gives too results that are barely similar to what I type, when there are almost identical (or completely identical) results buried way down the list.
There’s also no way to correct foods that have incorrect serving sizes. If someone’s added wrong info for that barcode, good luck, you’ll have to make a custom meal and search for it every time. For no good reason other than they don’t care.
DeniseJoy2019 - Great app - Definitely get this one!!!
I’ve used MyFitnessPal on and off for several years, both the free and premium version. The only features I used from premium was the “time stamp” and “no ads”. I’ve reverted back to the free version, because it has everything I need.
The barcode scanner is great, and if the product isn’t there - you can add it. (Please include everything on the nutritional panel, guys) One thing that would help is if people would check their spelling when adding products to the lists, as these become available to us all and can make searching difficult.
Absolutely love the recipe and meal features. You can add a favourite family recipe - and it will calculate how many calories per serving. I recommend keeping it to weight/per gram, so you can weigh your portion and get the true caloric value.
In hindsight, it seems that the best way to get results it is to track your planned food BEFORE you eat. There are some sneaky calories out there!
I’ve recommended the app to several people, I like the diary sharing option (with password) which can help with accountability and partnering on your health journey.
It can be used in conjunction with many fitness trackers and exercise apps.
All in all, it’s definitely a worthwhile app to use - both free and premium versions. Give it a go, you won’t regret it.
Abcd BFG - Fantastic app- though i would love one extra!
I’ve used this app (the free version) for years now to track macros. It’s been a fantastic tool, has a huge variety of foods in its data base. Is easy to scan and add foods and supplements and I love you can see into your friends food diaries for inspiration meals, ideas and motivation. My only wish is that it would have the option to add or track NET CARBS along with total carbs. I know that this would help a much broader variety of healthy lifestyles who focus on net carbs in there diet. I for one am looking at changing my nutrition to focus on net carbs and unfortunately I think I will be forced to look for another app. Please consider including this in your next update!! MFP is really my preferred go to for tracking and if this was available I would more than likely go premium as it does everything else I want!
Ohcomeoniseverynicknametaken - Good app but could use a few improvements
I’ve been using the premium version for a while now, and I think overall the app is very convenient and quick. I especially enjoy the extensive food database, since I rarely need to add my own nutritional info for food. I would however like to suggest a few improvements:
- currently you can add directions to meals but not recipes... which doesn’t make a lot of sense imo (unless I’m missing something here)
- for the dashboard, it would be good to have a few more display options, such as to not show calories or to show % remaining of nutrients
- I wish net carbs was a thing, since it is easy to over consume fibre when on a calorie deficit, and end up having less calories from carbs and then getting less energy for workouts/day to day activities. It’s also easier to plan macros based on net carbs imo.
This will probably never be read but whatever lol
1DiamondSky - Effective tool for weight loss/healthier eating
Tracking keeps me honest and accountable. Gives me the leverage to walk away from unhelpful food and to make better choices. Quick entry and copy n paste features make tracking easy. At the end of each day, MFP predicts what my weight might be if every day is like today’s. That’s been a powerful motivator for me. Nutritional breakdowns of food are great for telling me what nutrients I need to eat more or less of. All helps my body feel satisfied. Also links with my exercise app, so exercise downloads automatically to MFP, and I can see the impact of that walk/run.
MFP has been a lifeline to me - given me power and control over my food that I’ve been lacking for a long time. No longer feel powerless and defeated. I’m getting brilliant results!
BananamanOne - Issue has been fixed recently, support still thumbs down
** reminder issue fixed..
took a long time and removed two stars due to the unprofessionalism of the support team that continually closed the ticket and ignored my responses.. This type of service is poor even for a free user, but for a Premium user is
Incomprehensible and the worst I’ve experienced in any subscription service.
Been a user since before the days that it was bought out by UA. Ever since then it’s gone down hill and being a Premium user just means no ads and some features. Been having an issue for 6 months and support closes my ticket and refuses to address the issue, and when I reopen it’s always the same song (it’s with the Dev Team). Also the database is pretty off for a lot of the foods, and doesn’t seem to be moderated at all. If you can give it a miss I’d suggest you do so or use free as premium support isn’t very premium at all.
Chezza2212 - Recent Upgrade 👎🏽👎🏽
I love using MyFitness Pal to log my food & exercise journey but also to keep track of my weight loss journey. I find the new upgrade has less free features to offer now, including the progress diary which has now become a premium feature.
All my progress photos and weight history from the last 6 years have been removed so I’m not that excited about the new upgrade. This was a staple feature of the free version for years and now it’s all of a sudden become a premium feature.
Disappointed to say the least, this was one of the main features that made this app so awesome and versatile to use. I was contemplating to upgrade to premium just recently as I wanted to dive deeper into my macros and analytics but the recent upgrade has changed my tune… not a fan of the new upgrade the free version has literally been stripped back to its bare bones. The only way I’ll be able to retrieve my weight loss data & history from the last six years is to pay a premium for it, not cool.
Lostfaithinhumanity - Terrible update
The update has ruined this app for me. When the update happened 3 days ago it created hundreds of reminders I can’t get rid of. I was so confused as to why I was get around 50 notifications for each meal, I went into the reminders part of the app and founds dozens of reminders had been set. I went through and turned them all off, went out of it and when I went back into it they had all been turned back on. So I had to go through each reminder one at a time and delete each one individually. Then a couple of hours later I get 50 notifications to log my lunch!!! I go back into the reminders and each one I painstakingly deleted had reappeared!!! I’ve missed text messages and emails because this is clog up my phone notifications and making my phone over whelmed and slow! If I can’t fix it I will have to delete the app
LeighEllen - Everything I need for health & fitness
I love this app! I can do everything from just one application - track food, see exercise results, track my progress, and sync my fitness tracker. I’m also getting real value out of the blog: I’ve gotten some great fitness tips, ideas for new exercises, and some new meal plans that are working well. I started using the app just to track food, and it made a big difference to see where my daily calories were actually coming from. I made some simple adjustments to what I was eating and had instant results. I’ve slacked off from my routine a few times, and this app always helps me get back on track. Now I use it for everything :)
UserError26 - Already lost 2kg
MyFitnessPal has a huge catalogue of foods available to help keep you tracking and accountable, as well as allowing you to scan the barcodes of your food to help log all nutritional values, not just calories.
I've used MyFitnessPal for years on and off, never being truly consistent, but I decided a week ago that I needed to lose this 15kg, and by being able to track exactly how many calories I'm consuming, I've been able to drop 2kg already.
Only annoying thing is that it constantly insists that you upgrade to premium, not just in order to access other features such as macros and intermittent fasting scheduling, but also leaves a banner on every single tab in the app. If I want to go premium, I will - it's annoying that I have to look at that ribbon advertising premium everywhere.
Gretoutfg - Some good functionality, but big thumbs down for the food search
My nutrition coach asked me to download and use My Fitness Pal so we can set goals and track calories and macros. The goal setting is fine. But for some reason the recipes that my coach has set up in My Fitness Pal are not coming up in the search results, no matter what variation of search terms are used. She has set the recipes as “public” so that is not the issue. I can see hundreds of other (often not relevant) search results so it’s not a problem with my access or connection. This needs to be fixed - so recipes marked as public are searchable by others. Also, it’s very annoying that a recupe can’t be quick added with just calories and macros added, it’s so time consuming to have to put in every single ingredient to get the values. Please fix this also.
Rama tu - Advertisement Sell out.
Was a good app, now it’s an advertising billboard lol If you enjoy being interrupted with pointless adds then this is for you lol. No longer user friendly and has always had issues reading barcodes especially from Coles. expect to constantly be interrupted with advertisements which makes the overall efficiency of using this app extremely poor. Very little thought has been considered when applying Improvements each update instead the experience is underwhelming at best and more frustration due to this app becoming an advertising tool more than what it was originally intended for. Most organisations use advertisements to support their product/business but you can achieve this with out these adverts disrupting the use and function of the app, an improvement that should be considered for future updates. User Experience should be of priority and addressing the above issues would be a reflection of this.
Army1981aa355038 - Complex un useful support
I had been using the free version of this app for a year or so and it is very good, recently I upgraded to the full Premium version, it was when l started to try using the premium features l had problems, one of which was trying to register for a particular challenge, when trying to register l was getting an error message, so l took a screen shot of the message and sent it off to ‘priority customer support’ the next day l received an email from customer support asking me to send some additional information which consisted of 11 questions. This is ridiculous! The question ranged from who, is my internet provider, what is my location, what language the app is set to….and more. Given l sent a screen shot of the error message this should be sufficient to work out what the issue is and address accordingly. I will not be sending this requested information and will simply let my years subscription run and not renew. Lesson learnt.
Hellochocobo - Once great, now steadily becoming unusable. Find a better tracker
I have used MyFitnessPal daily for 12 years. Not just for my own nutrition tracking, but also to track nutrition clients remotely. I’m a paid premium user, as are all my clients.
Tracking clients macros remotely is now excruciatingly clumsy using this app, and I can no longer use this platform for this purpose. Duplicate entries and bogus data is everywhere, and not just on one or two clients, right across the board. Mobile/browser data doesn’t sync properly, and the food database has grown into an abomination of false values. I’ve attempted to resolve some of these issues with support but they don’t seem to care.
This nutrition tracking concept should not be difficult to deliver in simple to use app form. So after a very long time on MFP I’m now looking at alternatives. This is far from optimal.
[shnub] - So helpful
This app is teaching me so much more about food and i’m really beginning to understand what im putting into my body. I started to use this app to support my partner to lose weight, but even i am learning too. And what i learn, i can share with him to help educate his experience, but also further understand his experience as he embarks in this same learning experience.
I struggled to use the app at first, but i think that was more to do with my fear and overwhelm of grasping all of the nitty gritty about my food intake. With some steady confidence I have no idea what i wasn’t understanding! This app is so user friendly, great for beginners and pros alike.
Im so glad there is something like this out there for people who are really trying to make a change for the healthier
IRead5608 - Everything you need!
In not normally one to leave reviews, but this app is fantastic. It might not suit everyone, but I just wanted a food diary and an exercise tracker in one - and this far exceeded my expectations.
It gets data from your Apple id about your daily steps, and it lets you build meals and recipes that you can just input to save time. But best off is the simple daily equation it provides, which is : (calories allowed per day - calories consumed) + calories worked off during exercise = calories left for the day.
Noom coach wants $80 a month to do the same thing so far as I can tell - this app does it for free. Strongly recommend!
Kacymru - Brilliant - and amazing for free
I tried this app a few years ago but couldn’t get into it so I went back to weight watchers which I combined with Paleo for good results.
I recently tried this app again and learnt to set my metrics so that the % of fat, carbs and protein suited my chosen diet.
Such a great app. I’ve chosen to do the 1 month free premium trail and, after just 3 days, I’m likely to pay the $79 for the year of premium, it’s that good. I can plan all my meals and tweak them to suit my goals, record my weight and take pictures to log my progress along with my body measurements. I could go on, but safe to say, I’m a big fan. Try the free app and consider the month free trial of premium.
Bpd0808 - Very Unhappy
For over a week now I have been logged out of this app. In June I paid for a premium subscription and last week was unable to access my account. I contacted Support only to receive a bulk email which did not address my issue. I have sent over 5 emails to Support detailing my issue. As a result I received one email back which was the same bulk email I originally received.
I have had to start a new account, pay for a premium subscription again and as a result I have lost over two years of data from my old account. Emails to Support to merge my new and old account so I can access my data has fallen on deaf ears and I have had zero support. When you pay almost $140 in two subscriptions one would expect some decent support. In my case, there has been Zero support. Very unhappy and I would no longer recommend this app. My mistake for starting a new account.
Aneta_01 - What have you done to your app?
I’ve used the free version of this app for about 7 years and it has always been helpful, but this latest update is terrible. It is slow, my diary entries have gone missing, and you can’t log glasses of water correctly. Plus, all the premium subscription pop-ups are annoying! I get it, you want people to pay... payment for premium services are great, and I have considered it numerous times, but the free version does everything I need and I’ve always been a huge advocate of MyFitnessPal. Please don’t make the current features useless with annoying pop-ups. With all the competition available today, I won’t need to remain a loyal user of yours. Your Product Owners really need to get back to customer-centred design instead of whatever sales strategy focus they’ve currently got going on.
Von_M - Worth paying for premium
I’ve been using this app on and off for 4 years and have a current consistent streak of 1.33 years.
First: The free version is excellent. You don’t have to go to premium. In fact, until you have a reliable habit of entering everything (honestly), I wouldn’t bother.
But once you have that reliable entry of data, the Premium option to export data into excel is fantastic. It can be easy to become discouraged when plateaus happen but 2-3 times, a data dump has enabled me to draw very clear cause and effect that helped reinvigorate my efforts. It’s easy to ‘feel’ like you’re doing everything right - but the data tells another story. It also works the other way - showing you when you’ve plateaued because you’ve eaten too little.
The macro data is also interesting and helpful.
I’ve lost almost 30kg so far, another 10 to go, and I think I would give this app a solid 1/3rd of the credit as a solid, useful tool that isn’t buggy and helps keep me going.
Rumdr00ls - Declining ever since acquisition by Under Armor
With every update, this app gets worse. The new UI is frankly the most egregious example of terrible UX design I've seen in years. Functions which were previously a single button tap have been slowly hidden deeper and deeper into the annals of the app, and the latest unnecessary changes have worsened this again. Prior to being acquired by Under Armor, this app was an excellent tool for health and fitness. Ever since, it's become nothing but an advertising board in an attempt to make as much money through commercials and premium plans as UA can possible squeeze from its user base. Yet still, the worst part is that they will always get away with it, because there is no true competitor in the space.
Edit: Since writing this review, they've also added full-screen ads to the experience. Amazing!
Ilacat - Love it
It's a great app and easy to use. Love the barcode scanning option, how it remembers your foods and how you can set recipes and meals.
A few improvements: it'd be great to be able to write what the food was when entering calories using the quick entry option; also, it'd be good to be able to enter gram quantities rather than having to set quantity to 1 g then have 50 servings of it! I like to enter my meals ahead of time so I know I will have a balanced day within my calore count. It’d be good to be able to tick foods off as I eat them. Lastly, I am currently doing the Michael Mosely fast 800 diet. An intermittent fasting setting would be good as at the moment the app tells me off every night for not eating enough :(
Swishy92 - Great app to help you with your goals
Easy to use with a large library of foods to log. I especially like the function that allows you to set your macros to reach your goals. The app guides you with how many calories are ideal for the desired weight in the time frame. Each day as you "file" your diary, it gives an indication of what your weight would be like in 5 weeks which helps me stay on track, but also not to overthink the days where I go over. It is so rewarding to see yourself reach those goals and to be able to log and track them on the app!
Lea182lea_ - LOVE this app
I’ve been using this app on and off since around 2014 and has been the best thing to log my daily calorie intake and track my weight loss progress. I love that you can scan the barcode of your food and it picks it up straight away. I also love that I can pop in the link for a recipe and it automatically calculates things and I can see exactly how many calories and what nutrients I’m consuming. Super user friendly, very simple to use. Would recommend this to anyone wanting to track their calorie intake, weight loss or weight gain and nutrient intake.
Rob Pool - Awesome training and weight loss partner
It wasn’t the only tool, but without the help, the planning and resources available in this fantastic app, I’d still be a fatty!!!
I’ve lost 65 kilograms, that’s 150 pounds or almost 11 stone! Huge in any language. I know about weight loss, all this trying for all this time, it’d be impossible not to pick up a little knowledge, but my number one must /have/do tip is get a plan and focus on the metrics,(measurements). My Fitness Pal gives me that and more. Get it, pay the money and get the full version and then get its companion, Map My Walk, you will see results.
My Fitness Pal is everything an app should be!
ReeandBob - Excellent app
This app is excellent it can scan all your foods and tell you what’s in it carbs, sugar, protein etc you add everything you eat drink and what exercise you do and it will tell you how many calories you have left or have consumed- just pick what you want 1,000 1,200 or 1,600 per day - it also has junk food McDonalds KFC - you can add your own recipes too - if you sign up for extras it is not expensive and has some extra features- I was very surprised to see how much sugar was in so called healthy foods and it also links to your steps from your phone and adds it too - Fabulous
Honora_C - Cost of Premium Subscription
It seems to be impossible to find out the cost of the Premium Subscription before signing up for a free trial. This makes it impossible to make an informed consumer decision. I have quite a few app subscriptions, so am genuinely interested in the option of Premium, rather than free. I am going to check out if, not knowing the potential annual costs of subscription, confirms with our Australian Consumer Law - which app would need to conform with if selling to Australian residents through Apple’s App Store. There are quite a few frustrated people in the app’s Community wanting to know both the cost and benefits of Premium Subscription, so developer has sufficient feedback to know this is an issue for some users - an issue developer is obviously not taking seriously. Frankly, I find the lack of information on subscription rates bizarre
Not yet taken... - New menu organisation ruined a good app, will probably be deleting it.
Want to provide feedback to the developers, the new menu to weight logging is terrible. Before it was right there on the menu bar to check weight progress and log weight. It took two clicks to do. Since the new look update, it take five clicks to get to and is very inconvenient, particularly as “steps” comes up first every time. Very fiddly now. It’s a terrible change that despite preferring the food diary logging to other apps I’ve used before I’m seriously considering deleting the app and finding a better health management app after using MyFitnessPal since 2017. Please fix this by making the weight logging/charts easily accessible on the main menu bar again.
JAppleseed1 - Crashes frequently
I used to love this app but it now frequently crashes. So frustrating.
I cook from scratch a lot so adding my recipes is really laborious (the feature to add a URL and it should automatically load the recipe NEVER works for me) and I just can’t cope when it crashes half way through.
It might be good for people who eat a lot of food from packets as you can scan barcodes to get the calories added. But I’m looking for a new calorie tracker...
Followed instructions to sync then uninstall and reinstall app. The recipe function still doesn’t work. I tried to add a dinner recipe and when I copied the ingredients the next page said the app had found a match for the ingredients (there were about 8). The ‘match’ was apples and cinnamon??? These items were not in the recipe, it just randomly added these ingredients.
Nutsy_3 - My bible for weight loss
I love just about everything in this app. It’s easy to track my food.
The only 2 things I would like to see added and removed is:
1: please add body measurements, these are just as important as weight. Sometimes we lose measurements instead of weight and would be awesome to track these as well. PS this feature is in most other apps!
2: Take the videos from the front page and move them to a tab so you can choose to look at them.
This app is my bible for helping with weight loss. Please consider the 2 changes especially the body measurements
Petelangford111 - Lots of bugs with exercise tracking and poor customer support
I initially loved this app for diet tracking. Easy input of foods. But lots of errors when it tries to calculate exercise. It regularly calculates my exercise calorie usage as -940 (yep, it tells me I should reduce calorie intake if I exercise), it sometimes double logs or doesn’t log at all my exercise, and it doesn’t allow manual logging or correcting of exercise for previous days (which is sometimes necessary because I sometimes don’t catch the errors until the following day). All these problems mean I can’t keep an accurate history. I’ve logged problems with customer support but had to wait a week to receive an automated email that said “Please reply if you still want help” (and I’m a premium subscriber).
Anonsss - Great app
My FitnessPal has been amazing. I have been wanting to change my lifestyle for a while but it can be hard with a busy life. By entering my daily diet into the app I have learnt what to change. It has taught me sometimes even a salad can be too many calories if too many ingredients are used. I didn’t realise the sugar content can be high in a lot of foods that I thought were ‘healthy’. I love that the app tracks my steps every day too. I have lost 4kgs in a month and hope to lose more in the near future but I am also able to use the app to maintain my current weight.
Daniel.hiscox - Good and bad
This app is THE app to get if interested in tracking calories. However it falls in having a far too expensive premium membership system, for me and I assume most people who use this app the articles on the main page are pointless. It also suffers from crash issue and I often open the app to find it in “offline mode” despite having home wifi and data both available. It is a good app overall with a solid system for entering food data and a relatively large data base in comparison to other apps I have used. However the fact that you have to pay way to much for premium in order to simply see the macros of the food you enter kills the app for me and because of that I cannot recommend it.
Kaiagirl - Used to be the best now pathetic!
This app used to be literally the best on the market - it was all I ever used and loved it!!! Since the last update, this app well and truly is a pain in the proverbial backside! Every single time I go to the app it asks me to consent to some stupid data collection policy - like every time I log a meal or a glass of water - yesterday I think I consented at least 20 times. I don’t know what you’ve done My Fitness Pal but you need to fix this stuff up and FAST because it’s becoming very annoying and time consuming and after almost 5 years using this app I’m ready to delete it and say goodbye! To all those looking to start using this app - don’t bother until it’s fixed because it will drive you crazy with the constant requests for data sharing every time you click on the app!
123wrgtuikolytrgrinj - Additional food options
Hey, I really love what you do here, this app has made it so much easier to count my calories and eat the most efficient foods.
I don’t know if you guys read these or they are just made to the public, but if you do I think it would be beneficial to both you and the user to add Aldi products to your collection, as I’’ from Melbourne and that is a very prevalent brand here where I get most my shopping from, it is just hard to count your exact calories when your entering slightly inaccurate nutrition information.
Anyway, still love the app cheers.
Very annoyed about this 100% - Love it! but here’s an idea...
I absolutely love MFP. I use it every day in my journey in the gym, it’s so handy and easy to use; I love to see exactly how much protein, carbs, fats etc is going into my body
But I would love a feature where we can change it to a checklist if you will. I (along with lots of people) pre plan our days. Now if there was an option to “make checklist” where all the food we’ve put in get’s a little circle next to it; and we can “check it off” when we eat it; that would be awesome!! Obviously not demanding it; just a thought :-)
Maefygirl - Somethings could be better
After using Cronometer, swapping to MFP has been a bit of a learning curve. Obviously, the database is much bigger but it MFP is a bit clunkier to navigate around compared to Cronometer.
One thing that Cronometer has that MFP hasn’t, is the ability to put in a recipe under “grams” instead of serving size. Having grams allows you to measure out what you want after having cooked it. Looking at forums, there is a way around this, but it would be much simpler to have it built into the app in the first place.
Definitely worth paying for premium to remove all the ads.
Martin Breheny - Can’t handle nightshift life
This app is great and I’m sure it will help me get on top of my eating, but unfortunately it seems to be hardwired to deal with days without regards to the end user. If I could set what time a “day” happens for me, it would go a long way to a better end-user experience!
I’m a nightshift worker, so I wake up at 3pm and go to bed at 7am. For me, “breakfast” lands about 4pm, “lunch” is about 9pm, and “dinner” is while I’m at work, usually 2:30am. However, by the time I get around to putting in my lunch into the system, it’s already decided the day has ended and I’m starting a new day.
I’d like to know how many kilojoules I’ve eaten since last I slept, not since some arbitrary time of night.
Mag ink - Really needs improvements
Great concept, tracks calories well... but!
Will not track steps through iPhone health app consistently, did so for some time, but no matter resetting and re-syncing it will not work which is really frustrating.
It keeps resetting start date weights and throwing out your progress, only fix is to bring your starting weight up to a later date to get accurate total weight loss, really poor in my opinion given the cost of the app, it really has way too many issues to be a streamlined experience, basically missing very key items working properly
Demzor - A reliable and easy app to help track your eating
I have used this app on and off over the years when my interest peaks back to my health and this app makes it so easy to track calories and nutrition in your diet. It has a Huge database of foods in it and you can even add in your own. It is probably my most used and consistent app next to the obvious social media ones.
I am not a personal trainer or anything like that so this app takes the stress and guess work out of my daily food intake.
Sono97 - Love this app!
I've been using this app for 18 months in conjunction with my Fitbit exercise tracker. The apps sync with each other so that I'm encouraged to exercise I order to increase the number of kilojoules I can eat.
Fitness pal is very easy to use. You can scan barcodes, add your own recipes or meals, or just look up by name from the massive database.
I find losing weight with this app relatively easy as long as you enter all your food BEFORE you put it in your mouth!
I have several friends who now use this app and love it as much as I do!
Chich1157 - On track thanks to this app
Instead of thinking about food, what I can and can’t eat, I complete my daily info. All the information one can access is amazing.
It is easy to navigate and it is fun exploring what it has to offer. Once I did my first week weigh in, I went straight to this to record my loss.
And my friend and I encourage each other through the link. I can see what she has been eating ha ha and just how active she has been. Sadly she has the same access to my data 🤪🤪
Japester - App Hangs Frequently
I rely on the app because of its extensive database. I don’t need the other features. This is its value. I briefly considered paying for it, but I suspect that paying for it won’t resolve my problem.
This app hangs constantly. If I add a food to the diary, it hangs. Moving a food around, it hangs. It could be anything I do in the app. I don’t have the patience to see if it’s going to start responding again, so I force-quit the app and reopen it. This is extremely frustrating. Surely this is affecting everybody.
It does seem to always save what I just did, like adding a food, so there’s not a problem of data loss.
Wal916 - Was a great app, now slow bloatware
I've been using this app for a number of years. It was a great app. It used to be simple, fast, with a straightforward UI. The latest release has further driven the app down a path of becoming cumbersome, bloatware that's lost a lot of it's easy-to-use convenience features E.g. The 'Quick Access' button has been removed, quantities are now entered by spinning 'picker' wheels rather than direct access. The performance has also got gradually slower, even on my iPhone 12, to the point where you have to wait to see if you've actually pressed a button. The last 'upgrade' also lost my synced data history. Disappointing.
MamaKylee - A great app but....
I just downloaded this after seeing that it was recommended on a fitness/food website. While there are ads that encourage you to go premium, there is not any information that actually states what it will cost per month, even after scrolling through the terms and conditions (I mean honestly, who ever does this?!?) While it is easy to sign up for the Premium free trial and cancel this before payment begins, there really needs to be more upfront info so that consumers can make an informed decision straight away.
LibSaka - My fitness pal
Very easy to use and track what you’re eating, and the exercise completed. It can be personalised and updated or changed as desired.I love the reminder to log feature, it keeps me on track. It also tracks weight loss and your goal. This app is not only for weight loss but weight gain also. I have only marked 4* because of the payment feature required for more detailed information on what foods have fat protein or carbs in them . I am not a premium member as I can not afford to pay monthly for this but I assume it would make the app more user friendly and 5*.
DGavet - Exercise confusion
Just downloaded the app yesterday and so far so good, will take a little getting used to see how good it really is in the long term. However one thing is when entering my exercise I wanted to enter sprinter lunges and side to side jumps but they were only in the strength sub category and didn’t calculate calories so I tried the cardio sub category and both exercises weren’t there at all so I have no idea of the calories I burned. Would it not be valuable to just have all the exercises in both sub categories ? and also enter number of reps as well/instead of minutes ?
Jendeano14804 - Nope
Leaving my old review down the bottom, as I’m sure it’s still a valid point.
But my new problem is with the cost of a premium subscription, 80$ per year, you must have a massive crack problem to expect people to pay that... surely you would help a lot more people with a lower price and also get a lot more subscribers. 80$Yearly is a joke
I'm so sick of searching through 20 of the same thing looking for what is right. The foods that people input should be checked before it is turns up on everyone's list. Some of the calories are so far wrong it's pathetic... I have been using other calorie apps to double check the information on MFP. I don't care if I have to pay for it, if I find a better app, I won't be bothering with this anymore.
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Ver0713 - My Fitness Pal Review
Still learning how to use it but it is a GREAT APP so far! If possible, it would be nice to have an occupation category to be able to see how many calories you would approximately burn at work.
Also, would be nice if you were able to share recipes so you don't have to enter all ingredients manually, twice. For example my husband and I are using the app and eating the same dishes.
Black Cat19 - Shame on you!
Shame on you My Fitness Pal for forcing users to consent to sharing their data if they want to use the app. If you don’t want your data shared My Fitness Pal wont let you use their app! They don’t even tell you who they are sharing your data with!
300FA! - Registration error
When signing up, once i fill out the page with my bday on it, it dosent take me to the next page and when i press the arrow on the top right an error pops up saying that the account cannot be registered
Rippedoffnotripped - Watch out for extra charges!
I cancelled my monthly plan and the next month was charged for a full year of premium, the kicker is that my app is still asking me to upgrade and I still have the basic plan. I contacted the company and got crickets....
Ashrmn - Sign your rights away
Too much data is collected from users. I’d rather pay but have my health-related data stored locally tbh.
Heylol1123 - Eh
This app is probably really amazing but it won't let me create an account even if I try logging in with facebook
DiaboliquePixi - Used to be helpful - now just disguising.
Since UA takeover this app has become a shadow of former self. Privacy invading, money hungry social network that left its first users (myself included) in the dirt after they helped build its massive food database. The app wants me to pay to take advantage of its features, many of which exist because others like me spent hours of ours lives adding bar codes and editing nutritional information of hundreds of products. We did this for free to help support a great app that could in return help us in our journeys. We didn’t need ads, social network features and surely we didn’t want to excessively share or personal info.( Never mind data breaches.) And sure as hell we didn’t expect that one day the very app we helped build will ask us to pay for the stuff we put into it. Thanks but no thanks. I’m out. Disgusting.
Calbo2 - Great
Wonderful way to track meals and monitor calories.
Enteranickname---- - important
gave me an ED
Iwilleatyoyrefingersoff:) - Horrible
This is where Ed’s starts I’m 5’8 and 120 pounds and they told me to eat 1200 calories which is 800 calories to low
Thebestkel - Selling yourself
In order to use the app you must agree that they are allowed to collect sensitive data and sell it to others and you have to agree that they can sell your information within the USA. Keep yourself and your information safe. Do not use this app
Canadian juliette - Eating disorder
It just gave me an eating disorder and made my life miserable tbh
Olibiniftv - ...
I developed an eating disorder because of this application. I experienced anorexia for 2 years. This application should no longer exist. To be in shape, you just have to eat healthy and be active everyday. You don’t have to count every calorie you eat.
Drac181 - Virus warning in iOS, poor use of ad providers- DELETED app right away
And to think, I was about to go premium and pay $10.00 per month. STAY AWAY from this app
Princessemilymcd - Switching to Loseit!
Full page ads, can’t download my data, and barcode scanner is now a premium feature. Ridiculous. I’ve used this app for 8 years but no more. Premium is very expensive and theres no value. Green check foods are often wrong. Just a bad time all around. Time to say goodbye myfitnesspal.
Ksotto - This app’s time is over
Used to be a good app, but now they’ve introduced pop-up ads & increased prices. Moving on to a competitor app after many years on MyFitnessPal. Thanks I guess
SSABRILA - Ads ruin the experience
The most recent update is riddled with full screen apps. This intrusive update has now ruined what was an incredible problem free experience I’ve had since using the app first in 2014. It’s come a long way and unfortunately it took a sharp turn for the worst. Personally I’m switching over to MacroFactor.
Essentiae - Too messy
The food database is full of duplicates and mistakes and other inaccurate or incomplete information. It’s not worth it to me to track if I’m not getting accurate nutritional info.
Shorty855 - Way too expensive!
I really like this app. Although not perfect, it has many features I personally find helpful. I used to pay for a premium membership, but was disgusted to come back after a long break from the app to see that it is now $28 CAD per month. Not a chance you will ever get a penny out of me at that price.
Linds18391 - toxic
this app is awful. it promotes disordered eating habits and dieting to vulnerable people. cancel it.
Gamer27211 - Used to be good
Now with the announcement that they are making the barcode scanner only available on the pro version there’s no point to using this over other apps. Plus they’ve been increasing adds lately to push it even more
Toddpoirier - I understand needing ad revenue
I get it. Gotta pay your bills. But forcing full page ads that block me from actually using the app doesn’t make me want to pay for premium, it makes me want to find a new app instead of MFP. I end up quitting the app and reopening it later.
Joshin You - Make MyFitnessPal Great Again.
Recently there’s been WAY too many ads, useless ones at that. Like no, I do not want to try out some dumb tennis game. I’ve been using this app for years but I’m just about ready to pull the plug on it. Developers need to fix this ASAP.
Beeswaxxx - Went from the best to the WORST
Wow this new update is a disgusting user experience. Greatly limits all the features, you cannot escape the ads they pop up full screen and are so annoying to exit, can’t even see your macros anymore. Not to mention it is SO expensive for the paid version now. What a disappointment- deleting this garbage. There’s too many other calorie tracking apps to be dealing with these greedy developers.
D=A - Barcode scanning going premium after years
Lp3333333 - After years of use it’s time to say goodbye
Fitnesspal is going to see it’s nails in the coffin probably within a year. the company has decided to go ad heavy, and to essentially force people to switch to premium which is ridiculously priced. Thanks for the great years, but the poor choices you’ve made will cause a mass exodus among your loyal users. I highly recommend you all switch to a more reasonably priced and better laid out app.
Hey28940 - Meh
The micro transactions in this app and all the interesting features behind the paywall are disgusting, especially considering the number of unavoidable adds in the app. Download Cronometer instead.
Ddmae97 - Barcode
LAZY company. Moving standard features to premium instead of coming up with new ideas. Will be deleting because of the barcode scanner.
Instabooya - Goodbye
Are y’all high?? $30/month premium
Here’s some alternatives: Cronometer, Loseit, or Macros
Sandman_130 - $30 a month premium!
$30 a month premium!! Are you guys high? That is more than netflix, disney+, and spotify COMBINED! You think that’s worth it???
An225 - Slow
This app has crippling performance and stability issues. Also the “onbording” instructions can’t be dismissed all at once, which is annoying. Just get me to the app and I’ll find out how it works!
Moes Schrute - Disappointed
This app is a breeding ground for eating disorders.
Sam.Gerlitz - Experience ruined by ads - I used to use this app, now I’ll be using LoseIt!
I’m super disappointed to find rotating ads in the main UI of the app.
1. This is distracting and makes the UI look bad.
2. These ads use privacy invading trackers inside the app that sends your information back to the ad provider.
I used to use this app, now I’ll be using LoseIt
Try launching a free, reduced-feature, ad-free version and you’ll see increased traffic in your app.
Fozzzey - This app is not worth the sub.
I’m tired of the clunky controls and the constant errors when I scan barcodes. Really not seeing the value in a sub anymore. This is not worth $74/year.
Please add a prompt if someone swipes down to cancel creating a recipe. It is so easy to accidentally swipe down instead of hitting the arrow thinking that will cancel adding an ingredient and instead it cancels the recipe and all of your progress is lost. The app should ask you whether you want to cancel creating a recipe before it just erases it. Also, I should be able to submit fixes for wrong information or add new foods while creating a recipe without needing to exit out and start over.
Also, about a quarter to half of the things I scan lately are wrong. It makes the barcode scanner pretty useless if you need to take the time to submit a correction to all of the nutritional information anyway. I don’t know if this is a Canada vs US problem or what but in some cases it’s not even the same product at all. Also, why on earth can I not update the incorrect serving size while I am updating the rest of the incorrect nutritional information? It’s ridiculous.
I feel like this app just keeps adding new features but ignores all of the problems with their existing features. You are known for having an extensive database of foods that can be scanned easily. Please take the time to quality control that database or it doesn’t matter how many foods it has in it.
The Real Real Pro - tw eating disorders
i like this app. but you know what i have? anorexia. in fact a lot or probably even most of the people who use this app or apps like it have an eating disorder of some sort. so to all healthy people thinking about getting this app just don’t you don’t need to count calories and your beautiful just the way you are. to everyone else who already has it delete the app it isn’t helpful and if you have an eating disorder please seek help. so yeah wether the creators of this app intended for it to promote or aid eating disorders does not matter what matters is that it does.
Spiniffer - Latest Update is Bad!
Since the last update to the app, it’s become really slow to respond. Takes forever to log stuff. Not happy.
Cdnstudent - Was good until recently
One of the most recent updates seems to have completely messed up the app. It freezes a lot now, decides to lose data, the barcode scanner portion randomly stopped working for a day, just the most random glitches, it used to be so stable and reliable please fix I want to like this app again!
LMikosz - Annoying "personalization" update
Since last update the app keeps asking authorization for "precise location-based content". There's no option to refuse, just "accept" or "remind me later". I'm a premium user and don't want any location based content. Rating 1 star until I get an option to disable / refuse personalized content.
Omgomgnicknames - If you have body issues THIS IS NOT FOR YOU
All this app did was make me analyze everything I ate. For weeks I was obsessed and then Deeper and deeper into depression I fell, deeper and deeper into hating myself, my body, and what I put in it. Constantly starving myself, questioning my portions. The Worst experience. Just be you and love yourself. Oh and have a burger once in a while!
Great-Phoenix - Not my preferred
1. The app asks to login frequently and not clear what triggers that.
2. The ads repels users and do not make them pay. Probably some other policy is better such as removing some options like logging water and posting to community.
3. The font is too small it would be good to add an option in settings to allow users choose a bigger size.
@RRstates - Too many ads!!
The app is decent, but the push to premium is over the top. It feels like 1998 banner ads all over again.
Apocalypstick_now - Why no gender neutral options?
Like the app for tracking and recently re-downloaded. Went to sign up again and not only is selecting a gender mandatory, there’s no gender neutral option. Last time I checked, the nutritional breakdown of food is the same no matter who’s eating it.
I want to continue to use this app, but I need a gender neutral option.
KataGatame95 - They have RUINED this app
Barcode scanner is a PAID feature, ads everywhere. This app has been ruined. Use a different one.
Msm0918 - Used to be great
App is basically unusable now due to corporate greed
Jacq20 - Was a great app.
This used to be one of the best apps for calorie tracking. However, I find their new update annoying. I don’t want to see the locked premium features on my main dashboard. And their premium account price is outrageous. $30 a month for calorie tracking!! I’d pay $10 a month for the extra features, but not $30.
Ginnygin7 - Deleted.
Have used this apps for years and will be now be deleting and switching to a different app solely due to the ridiculous amounts of ads and the barcode reader being made only a single with a premium subscription. If the premium price was a realistic amount ($5-10/month) then I might consider it but $30 is way too much for what is provided.
MDL-780 - Used to be better.
I’ve been using this app daily for over six years.
It has become slow and clunky over the past few months. Probably lining up with when they changed the interface. I understand the need for advertising with banners. But there are now lots of pop up ads as well. Which can be irritating.
The ads combined with the app being slow makes for a frustrating user experience. Especially since it used to run so smoothly. If it continues like this, I will likely find an alternative for nutrition tracking.
MartinRacicot - Impossible to cancel…was charged 133.32$
I’ve been trying to cancel this app for the past two weeks…seems impossible to do so!!!
Consequently, 133$ was billed to my credit card…absolutely ridiculous…fo not get caught like I did!!!
Rammyb94 - Not syncing my workouts
For the past weeks, I’ve been having trouble syncing my workout to my fitness pal. I’m always told to update my setting in my apple health, but that doesn’t work either.
ThisGuyGuy - Getting spammy of late
Filled with ads, now the app regularly spams me with full screen ads that take over the app, and interrupts my usage of the app 100%. On the fence about continuing to use this app, or jump ship to a competitor as my satisfaction is declining by the day.
Update: uninstalled app, and decided to go with Fitbit. No adds, and no interruptions in using the app. Good bye spam app MyFitnessPal. 😊👋
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