Apr 04 AT 6:27 PM Guest Blogger 25 Comments

Calorie Counter: Just how bad is that taco?


Want to get into swimsuit shape for the summer? Or at least cut a few pounds here and there? It’s important to keep an eye on what you eat. While some people can easily keep track of what they eat, and the resolve to limit the bad stuff, most of us need a little bit of help. That’s where Calorie Counter by Fat Secret comes in.

Calorie Counter helps you track what you eat during the day through several different ways. You can scan anything that has a barcode, and in most instances the nutrition information will be added to your daily list. Scan a package of string cheese, and the calories, fat, sodium, etc. will be listed out on your screen. Say you eat 2 packages of string cheese. Just change the number to two and the numbers will update appropriately.

You can also look up food based on a restaurant name. While you’re probably not going to find the local greasy spoon in this app, most major fast food chains and other restaurants have at least part of their menus included. I was easily able to enter the information from my lunch, and find out just exactly how bad Taco Bell is for you.

Calorie Counter also has an exercise tracker, and a weight monitor where you can enter any exercise done throughout the day, and it will give you a rough estimation of the calories burned through that activity. Fat Secret also allows you to sync your phone with fatsecret.com, a facebook app, and also a Firefox extension, for extra motivation to eat right.

Having recently started a rigorous weight loss regimen, it’s very helpful for me to track what food I’m eating. Calorie Counter has made this mostly effortless through the app alone. I’d definitely recommend this app for anybody looking to lose weight, or just keep an eye on what they’re eating. Calorie Counter is available for free on the Android Market.


  • Easy to add food that you eat throughout the day
  • Very helpful to see how the foods that you eat stack up nutritionally
  • Makes you think twice about adding that large order of fries for lunch


  • Ad supported — hardly a con, but worth mentioning
  • Sometimes makes you wish you didn’t know how horrible fast food is for you
  • Not all popular food items are available by default

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Note: This review was submitted by Justin Jelinek as part of our app review contest.

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