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The Battle of The Calorie Counters

The Battle of The Calorie Counters

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin

    Thanks for giving the run down! I actually didn’t even know about LS before reading this post. I use WW so I just use their online tracker, and its super user friendly and a big sense of community, but its not free! Plus, its points, not calories, but I’ve always been curious about the calories!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I loved this breakdown. It was good info for people wanting to get started.

  2. LIsa

    great post!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. Valerie Furnas

    I am a huge fan of Sparkpeople. I just love the ease that it fits into your day, the great articles and recipes.

  4. Karen@WaistingTime

    I’ve tried SEVEN version of online tracking recently, thanks to great input from readers. I found both Livestrong and Sparks to have more negatives than others. Right now I am using Not perfect, but very easy. Wish I could design a combo of all of them!

  5. Jayna @ Healthy Living Bites

    I am a HUGE fan of Spark People. . . I lost 90 lbs thanks to using their tools (partly cause of getting so wrapped up in earning spark points I didn’t have TIME to randomly munch food LOL). They are actually featured on my site as a “Site to Bite”. With recent back surgery I’ve gained some weight back and just don’t have the same drive to go through all the pop ups on spark people though to track. . . I might have to give live strong a try.

    Any thoughts on apps for android phones to count with?

    1. Leah @ L4L

      I know that SP has a droid app but I haven’t used it (I have a blackberry) so I can’t attest to its functionality.

      1. Lisa Eirene

        And I have an iPhone so I’m not any help either… 🙂

  6. Coco

    My favorite Calorie Counter App is Nutrition Menu by Shroomies. When I just want the basics, I also use Daily Count, which is very rudiementary but gets the job done.

  7. Pip

    I’ve been using Livestrong for about a month, and the calories it’s allowing me are just about 1,000 a day. Sparkle, on the other hand, says I can have 1200-1550. That’s a huge difference, and I’m really confused about which one is best. Does anyone else have a discrepancy like this? Thanks. 🙂

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I don’t use either of those websites for counting calories. However, my opinion is that 1,000 calories a day is not enough food to lose weight in a healthy way. 1500 is a good number to shoot for. When I was losing 100 pounds I ate between 1600-1900 calories a day.

      You don’t want to eat too few calories and then your body thinks it’s in “Starvation Mode” and will hold onto fat.

      1. Pip

        I think LS figures I only need 1K to stay where I am w/ no exercise; then when I exercise it adds those calories back into my daily amount…it’s kind of confusing, actually, but works out to more than the 1K as long as I don’t veg all day.

  8. Pip

    I just figured it out. *L* It’s a subtle difference in the way they figure the calories burned in, and it comes out the same. Sorry!

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