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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  • http://goncalossilva.com Gonçalo Silva

    “Sometimes makes you wish you didn’t know how horrible fast food is for you” – epic con :)

  • http://Website David

    Love this Application, I have been using it all of this year so far and it has helped me loose over 40 lbs so far!

  • http://Website Jeremy L

    This is one of my favorite apps. After I started using it, I realized how much I snacked and this helped me to stop doing so. It also helps you realize how bad some food is for you and if it’s worth eating – I have realized certain foods are just way too many calories and I’ve since changed my diet, helping me lose 20 pounds in 2 months. Love this app. A++

    Oh, and it’s amazing how many brands this app has in its database! The barcode scanner option is really nice too.

  • http://Website David B

    I also love this app. I’ve been using since the end of February in combination with their website. I just wish it had more restaurants. I’ve given their website address to a few that they don’t have (Damon’s and Rooster’s). Hopefully, they can get more restaurants and manufacturers to send them information.

  • http://roughridergames.blogspot.com/ ColdFusion71

    I’m having some issues with the app. What device was used here? On my Droid it is always force closing.

    • http://Website Justin Jelinek

      I’m using a rooted G1 running Cyanogen’s latest. It runs without any issue for me. Unfortunately I can’t speak to any other devices.

  • http://Website Richard

    I tried this, but it’s REALLY slow, the back button doesn’t work on some screens (it just reloads the current one)

    And, not being american, most of my stuff isn’t on there. I wouldn’t mind if there was the ability to just type in anything I wanted!

    Notepad is a better app for it than this…. I tried to like it

    • http://Website Mike

      You can add food entries into the app’s database. You can also create new entries from dishes you make. Why would you track your food in notepad then?

  • http://Website Cassandra

    I love that this app has a LOT of menu items to choose from. Ive had difficulty in the past sticking to a calorie counter due to the limited knowledge of food items that most of them have. This one has worked very well for me! It helps to see how much simple snacking can effect your diet!! Helps me stay focused!

  • http://Website SH

    Very helpful tool….I didn’t know that you could put your exercise information in there along with what you eat. Pretty neat :) Good to know there are tools for you to use and keep track on the go…!

  • http://Website MHS

    Works Great! Ive gone from 202 to 186 in 2 months using this App to track my progress. Very helpful

  • http://Website Mike

    When will this be available for Android 2.1 users? I had it on my Eris before flashing it to 2.1. It’s a great app! I personally added in at least ten food
    items. My only regret about flashing to 2.1.

  • http://Website Eric

    This is a great app. I travel a lot and eat out often because of that. This helps me keep my choices for mealS in check. It is amazing how bad some foods are when you thought they were a good choice.

  • http://darderphotos.blogspot.com/ darder

    i use this app all the time, its great for keeping track of my calories because 1) its easy 2) i get to play on my droid. I’ve lost about 15lbs so far I need to lose about 100 more! this and cardio trainer are great tools.

  • http://www.jens.bruntt.dk Jens Bruntt

    I use this app every day, and I am steadily loosing weight. A great app on the Motorola Milestone.
    I have identified a problem that Calorie Counter has with using bandwidth when it is not in use. It can easily spend 10 10 MB of data during the night.
    I still love the app though. I just kill it every night using Advanced Task Killer

  • http://Website amie

    I can’t find this app in the marketplace anymore. Did it change it’s name?

    • http://Website Justin Jelinek

      I found it again just now by searching for “Calorie” and it was the second app on the results. Searching for the developer, “FatSecret” also works.

  • http://Website gary

    Clever app great article sounded good I tried it I love it.thanks guys!

  • http://Website Jason

    I didn’t ever think I’d try, let alone use an app like this. After reading this review I decided to try it. I’m glad I did. I know I eat too much fast food but I didn’t actually KNOW one meal I typically eat at McDonalds once or twice a week contains more than half my calories for the ENTIRE day and almost all the fat I should eat.

    Thanks for the push I needed to start tracking my caloric intake! I probably wouldn’t have even given an app like this a second glance if the Just how bad is that Taco tag-line didn’t draw me in.

  • http://Website T Rski

    Nice app. Quite helpful for people that live on the go and work odd hours. The exercise tracker is a plus also.

  • http://Website Marco

    I just downloaded the app and it works! its nice to know roughly how many calories your eating a day. The barcode feature is so usefull and a good idea for this app. works awesome on my droid. Good article

  • http://Website Michael

    I usually do not download applications to my phone unless the review is decent. This review was informative and there was a lot of detail and it was done so anyone could understand it. I downloaded the application and it did exactly what it said to do.

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