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Cronometer Reviews

Best Nutrition Tracking App

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Cron-o-meter is simply the best nutrition tracking app available. By comparison, MyFitnessPal looks overly simple and clumsy.

Most apps like this are really only useful for very basic fitness goals like "I want to lose weight" and "I want to build muscle", as they allow you to make sure you get the right amount of calories and macros for those goals. But for the advanced stuff, there's nothing like Cron-o-meter. If you want to go beyond macros and make sure you get the right amounts of various micronutrients as well, if you want to make sure your diet is healthy and you get all the nutrients you need, across the board and even if you want to track things like a ketogenic diet, this is the app for you.

I've tried this and numerous other apps (MyFitnessPal, LifeSum and the food part of the Jawbone app most recently, but many others before as well) and none of them are as useful or as advanced as Cron-o-meter.

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3 stars only because I can't find anything else that does the same thing, as in recording nutrition. Almost everything beyond entering what you eat and seeing daily or weekly nutrition is behind a paywall. When exploring the app or site, you get very familiar with the "BUY NOW" screen that comes up, essentially saying "you can't do that".

Having paid features is understandable, but they're fairly aggressive with it, limiting a lot of what I would consider pretty basic functionality.

Aside from that, the data for foods is inconsistent in its accuracy, and the easiest way to enter things (scanning UPC codes) is discouraged because it leads you to the entries with less data (the same foods are in there multiple times with different nutrition info). It won't tell you when there's no data for a given nutrient, it'll just list it as 0 and make it seem like you're getting none. For certain things, if you didn't take that into account and blindly trusted it, it could be very dangerous.

For example with iodine, there's little or no data on how much is in anything, so it will always show you're getting none even if you're getting too much, and somebody could go on to get even more, when that would actually be too much and a bad thing.

For the most part that's not an issue because you're going to be smarter than that, but it does make the usefulness of the results questionable, when you really have no idea how much of any of it you're ACTUALLY getting, which is the whole point of it. You only get an idea of the minimum. You can get lots and lots of protein, but all the sub-meters under that category are empty, which seems impossible to be true to me?

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According to the Cronometer website, the basic plan displays advertisements. The gold plan costs $34.95 / year, but I prefer not to pay a recurring cost.

https://cronometer.com/#plans

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Excellent reports. Much more detailed nutrition tracking including micronutrients.

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This is the best nutrition and fitness tracking app. I used MyFitnessPal for years and this is so much better. By tracking both micronutrients and macronutrients I've been able to focus on both cutting calories and making sure I'm getting the right nutrients. I've lost 10 lbs in 2 months and I feel energetic.

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