A review of the Calorie Counter app created by NutraTech Ltd, by Jack and Jenni
Let’s get straight to the point, you’re here because you want to know if the Calorie Counter app (NutraTech Ltd) is a good companion to help you manage your intake and weight change. This review is based on experience and thoughts from team members with time spent with the app, Jack having spent a few months with the focus of weight gain, and Jenni has spent a few months with the focus of weight loss.
First and foremost, CC is available on the App Store and Play Store, receiving support for mobile, tablet and PC. The app is free to download and use, with a week of free unlimited features. If you’re content with the app, they offer a low-fee subscription of £3.99 per month afterwards which allows you to continue usage with all functions unlocked.
Some of the best functions include:
- Meal category separation (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks).
- Additional intake and exercise considerations (Water, 5-a-day and exercise).
- Near-infinite product selection, CC has an insanely wide variety of food/drinks, catering for branded and unbranded products and even fast food menus.
- Easy to use app, foods can be added from a simple barcode scan.
- Products have multiple realistic portion presets as well as the option to add custom portion sizes.
- Ad-Free service, whether you subscribe or not, the app is totally ad free.
Surprisingly, Calorie Counter has a thriving and responsive community. When launching the app, there is a Forums tab that will bring you to a list of message-boards that range in topic. Our best way to describe this experience is to imagine Facebook content with a Reddit structure, the wide range of forums differ from content about fitness challenges, diet plan enquiries, meal ideas, support for newcomers, carer support, comedy and even blogs.
What makes Calorie Counter a great assistant ? As well as accurately logging your intake, CC also measures your progress with weight management and exercise, with the option to add a wide variety of exercises to your daily tracker (even including housework). Another great feature is the ability to link the app with other compatible apps and software. These may include smart watches, Fitbit, Garmin Connect and built-in phones fitness software. There is also a useful selection of shortcuts to promote ease of access. Good examples of this are the barcode scanner, the ability to create set meals and the calendar, which allows you to alter your tracking for past and future dates, therefore allowing you to identify patterns in your behaviour & nutrition.
- Added support for eating disorders
- Free motivation with helpful recipes
- Positive and welcoming community support
- Friendly reminders to log your activity (nice insinuation to eat)
- Doesn’t add unnecessary pressure, also feels unbiased making it feel like a safe place.
- Works well with other devices/software
- Can possibly cause some insecurities and anxiety
- Can possibly amplify issues with eating disorders
- Forums can be click-baity
The insecurity/anxiety would stem from the self judgment that this app may cause, most people who look to use this app are discontent with their weight/health, therefore it’s easy to lose self esteem when you’re constantly looking in the mirror or at scales. All of this is a nightmare for someone with an eating disorder, the low self esteem and anxiety being a main contender for ruining appetites. We will always recommend using this app, however only listen to us if you can be optimistic and hold a secure mindset while doing so.
Overall, NutraTech’s Calorie Counter app is an amazing companion when trying to manage your health and weight. Not only does it offer exceptional nutritional support, it offers you support from others in similar situations and considers conditions/disorders.