When I started the journey to get my body to the next level, stronger, faster, better, I didn’t knew anything about calories, what should I eat or what should I track in order to adjust my efforts based on what results I’d got.
In the beginning, a typical gym day was something like this: get back home from school, leave the backpack home and hit the gym for 2-3 hours until I could barely walk home.
Finally getting home, my mother would wait me with a big bowl of fried potatoes with chicken (my favorite food).
Needless to say, I got huge in no time and everybody would ask me how I put on weight so fast.
Now that I think about it, I must had been eating at least 2-3k calories post workout without the rest of the food that I would eat through the day.
Everything went just fine for a while (I was in the beginning and if you don’t know, when you just start out and workout like crazy plus eat like a pig, the weight comes up easy) until I started getting fat.
After getting on my computer and basically reading everything I could find on diets and calories, I started tracking my calories.
I don’t know how I have found Fitday but I was pretty lucky I must say.
This was approximately 5 years ago and I’ve been using it from then even if years passed by and new solutions came out (I tried every other calorie tracking software but nothing compares to fitday so I remained with it).
Let’s get into the software characteristics:
Before we dive into the most important characteristics, here are the options that you get:
- My daily nutrition requirements – customize your daily requirements
- Overview – pie charts of average calories eaten, average calories burned, weight change, calories eaten vs burned
- Web synchronization – synchronize your premium fitday account with the software
- Food Log – self explanatory
- Food Explorer – explore the food database
- Activity Log – self explanatory
- Activity Explorer – self explanatory
- Weight Goal – setup a weight goal and follow up
- Weight Log
- Mood Log
- Recycle bin
When I first started the software, I liked the fact that I could create a profile that is unique to me (my age, weight, characteristics) so it adjusts to my body:
What I liked about this software is that it gives you the ability not only to track calories but also to enter your custom foods (yes, I did my own recipes and made my own database with custom foods) so you can reuse the same recipes without wasting minutes in front of the computer manually entering every ingredient out there.
The food log is awesome and the database is just humongous containing virtually almost every type of foods out there and like I said if you see that something isn’t there, the beauty of this is that you can add them yourself later.
You get an activity log – this adds to the complexity of the software
As you can see, fitday software activity database is also huge and it contains every major activity that you could do, so tracking your daily activity becomes an easy task.
The weight log tab is also very useful as it shows you how is your weight changing and the graphic reports are plain awesome.
Another thing that I liked about it here is the ability to see how your body changes over time if you log your weight regularly.
The fitday bodylog is also great for tracking how your individual bodyparts are progressing so for example if your waist measurements goes up but your chest or biceps measurements stay the same or go down then something is wrong with your training or diet (great body feedback recorder).
This log can help you observe the effects different dietary approaches have on your mood and well being.
This can help you make adjustments on the foods you eat or the activity you do so you get a better mood everyday.
The reports tab is also quite complex and handles all kind of reports like : diet, diet advanced, activity, measurements , weight goal, trends
You can select the time period in which you want each of the report to be shown as in the picture bellow:
After you decided on the report, you will get a nice visual representation just like in the example I show you bellow with caloric report:
Overall I give fitday 9.5 out of 10 because of it’s ease of use, ability to track everything and giving you awesome reports.
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What caloric tracking software are you using momentarily?
If you use something, what’s that and why?
If you don’t use any caloric tracking software, what do you say about fitday?