Calorie Counter app

An app aimed at anyone wanting to keep track of their food intake, physical activity and weight.

Calorie counter by FatSecret By FatSecret
Calorie counter by fat secret logo Features
  • Calorie counter with food database
  • Weight tracking
  • Free recipes
  • Online social networking

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Clinical review

Four out of five stars

Read a clinical review of this app.

Security and privacy Does the app:
  • collect medical information? Yes
  • require a login? Yes
  • have password protection? Yes
  • have a privacy policy? Yes
  • require internet access? Yes
Read more safety tips around health apps.
Cost Free (option to upgrade to Premium with in-app purchase, which include meal plans, custom meals and water tracker)

What does the app do?

This app uses a food intake and physical activity log to help you manage your weight. The app also includes a body weight tracker and a variety of quick and easy recipes. For a more detailed description of the app, go to the app website(external link), Google Play (external link)or App store(external link) and, for a detailed review, see Reviews.




✔ The graphs clearly show the user's progress against goals.

✔ The database includes New Zealand foods, brands, restaurants and recipes. 

✔ Connects to other devices to track movement.

✔ Customises to your goals.

✔ Provides a breakdown of macros and nutrients in your diary log.

✔ User friendly.

✘ There is no interpretation of nutrition quality or the amount of physical activity achieved.

✘ The app is not very intuitive, having lots of repetition, and could lead to user fatigue and boredom. 

✘ You must upgrade to Premium to access meal plans.

✘ Requires time and dedication. 

✘ No details provided of other more healthy food choices.

✘ Macronutrient and nutrient details likely need further interpretation and advice from a health professional.

Privacy and security

There is no privacy policy or data encryption, but this is not a major concern since the data is stored on your device or on your memory card. Read more about things you can do to improve your safety and security when using apps.

Review details

  • February 2021, Version 8.15, Apple
  • January 2021, Version, Android
  • June 2016, Version, Android


The following references relate to articles about apps for weight loss.

  1. Chen J, Cade JE, Allman-Farinelli M. The Most Popular Smartphone Apps for Weight Loss: A Quality Assessment(external link). JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2015 Dec 16;3(4):e104. doi: 10.2196/mhealth.4334.
  2. Coughlin SS, Whitehead M, Sheats JQ. Smartphone Applications for Promoting Healthy Diet and Nutrition(external link): A Literature Review. Jacobs J Food Nutr. 2015;2(3):021
  3. Flores Mateo G, Granado-Font E, Ferré-Grau C, Montaña-Carreras X. Mobile Phone Apps to Promote Weight Loss and Increase Physical Activity: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis(external link). J Med Internet Res. 2015 Nov 10;17(11):e253. doi: 10.2196/jmir.4836.
  4. Hingle M, Patrick H. There Are Thousands of Apps for That: Navigating Mobile Technology for Nutrition Education and Behavior(external link). J Nutr Educ Behav. 2016 Mar;48(3):213-218

Related topics

Nutrition apps
Healthy eating
Food groups
NZ Health App Library
Consumer guide: how to choose a health app
Clinicians guide: how to choose a health app
Security and privacy of health apps

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Data security and privacy information

Tips to improve your privacy and security when using health apps
Health Navigator Charitable Trust, NZ, 2019

Staying safe online
Netsafe, NZ, 2020

Credits: Healthify Editorial Team

Reviewed by: Dr Alice Miller, FRNZCGP, Locum GP, Wellington Region

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