Start the New Year's right with these calories counting apps for Windows phone

As we head into 2017, it's always good to be thinking about health and fitness. While MyFitnessPal is no longer available here are some worthy alternatives worth considering.

FatSecret

FatSecret

FatSecret is a free app in the Windows Store designed to track both your diet and fitness activities. You can look up the nutritional information for the food you eat and track all your meals and snacks. An exercise diary is available to track your fitness activities and your weight.

FatSecret

The layout for FatSecret is very user-friendly with navigation tiles on the primary menu to send you to all the app's featured sections. All the data entered into the app can be charted where you can review your, fitness and diet progress, and a diet calendar is available to let you plan your meals in advance.

FatSecret is an easy-to-use alternative to MyFitnessPal. The hard part is going to be passing up on that chocolate pie for desert (as it always is).

Download FatSecret from the Windows Store (opens in new tab)

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Nutrition Hub

Nutrition Hub

Nutrition Hub is a Windows 10 app designed to track your diet and weight loss. The subscription based app lacks the ability to track activities but provides a host of features to monitor your diet, set goals for weight loss and chart it all out for easy review.

Nutrition Hub includes Fitbit integration where you can sync consumed foods to your Fitbit account automatically, support for scanning food product bar codes for quick and easy searching and can track carbohydrate intake for those partial to the Atkins diet plan.

Nutrition Hub

This Windows 10 app has an extensive food database of restaurant foods, generic foods and packaged items. If you cannot find an item on your dinner plate, Nutrition Hub has the ability to add custom foods to the database. Meals can be created for easy reference (great for items you eat, with regularity) and individual items can be tagged as a favorite for easy reference as well.

Nutrition Hub is free to download and try for seven days. Once the trial period expires, Nutrition Hub offer subscription periods ranging from $.99 for a thirty-day subscription to an annual subscription costing $4.99.

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Food Diary

Food Diary

Food Diary is a calorie and diet-tracking app for Windows 10 Mobile. The app is designed to help you control your diet and eat healthier by tracking what you eat. While it lacks an exercise tracking feature, it offers plenty of nutritional features that include:

  • Full off-line support
  • One-tap entry with personalized suggestions: The most common food items can immediately be selected. Starting on the second day, your recent items are suggested — we humans are creatures of habit, you're probably going to eat that again.
  • An extensive food database for pulling up nutritional values (limited with the free version)
  • Easy and intuitive design
  • Daily Reports
  • Personal reminders to help you stay focused on reaching your diet goals

Food Diary

The free version of Food Diary is ad supported. You can remove the advertisements by upgrading to the Premium Version for $5.99. The Premium Version also includes access to the complete food database, the ability to email your food diary and configuration options to add more meals per day.

While Food Diary is more nutritionally focused and lacks an activity component, it comes across as an easy way to track what you eat during the day and adjust accordingly to meet your dietary goals.

Download Food Diary from the Windows Store (opens in new tab)

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Microsoft Health

You also have the Fitbit app and Microsoft Health in the Windows Store that could be a great alternative to MyFitnessPal. Fitbit offers both activity tracking and dietary management. With the ability to manually enter activities, you could use the Fitbit app without a Fitbit device. But to fully appreciate the Fitbit eco-system you really need a Fitbit device.

Download the Fitbit App from the Windows Store (opens in new tab)

The Microsoft Health app is a fantastic option for tracking your daily activities and find guided workouts. While you can track your weight with Microsoft Health, it lacks nutritional or dietary tracking (which it could use). While best used when paired with a Microsoft Band, you can use the motion sensor on your Windows 10 Mobile phone to record your movements.

Download Microsoft Health from the Windows Store (opens in new tab)

These are just a few of the many possible alternative Windows 10 apps that are solid substitutes for MyFitnessPal. If you have given any of these titles a try or have another recommendation, let us know what you think in the comments below.

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

102 Comments
  • The alternative: Android.  Just hurry up and do it, you'll be happier, and your phone will be able to do so much more
  • Does that include get viruses, lag to all hell, and never get updates??? If so, sign me up!
  • Maybe version 1 of Android.  Get some new material dude.  
  • New material? So says the "buy an Android" guy.
  • You have been using the same schtick forever, little boy. Maybe you should get new material. And all I stated is still present with android.
  • Android hahaha...had one..never again
  • Version 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 lol 6 is nice I've had some issues but not bad much better than 1-5 Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • It's two days since we got the news of a malware spreading on Android through Google Ad-sense...
  • Don't tell this guy that. He is delusional and thinks those days are gone. PLEASE... LMFAO
  • what new? last 3 versions have hardly any difference.
  • Exactly
  • I love MS, but um, I've never had a virus. Ever. My S7E has had more than enough updates since my purchase. As well as my Priv that gets all the monthly updates. And lag is very non existent. Truth is WM just can't keep the apps that count. So it's not like he's lying. Android and iOS is the way to go for rich enhanced apps. I wish the best for WM. But in realty... Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Exactly.  These people are freakin delusional
  • Why don't you cool your jets, Alice...
  • 97% of all mobile malware is on Android. Its estimated that 1 in 1000 apps (even if only briefly) contains malware. Given the high number of users/devices, thats a pretty high number. You might not even know you are infected, as most users don't run AV, whilst the malware silently steals your IDs, credit card details, personal info, accounts etc. Android is horrible though not because of malware, because of its inconsistency, its horrible UI, its non gaurantee on updates. Get a Samsung device, get smattered in apps you just cannot delete. ROM it, put up with random battery drain and odd things happening to your phone, crashing and weirds. The only "upside" of Android is the numbers (and therefore app availability) and your ability to tweak and fiddle. But I personally don't want to "twiddle" with my running phone OS, like I don't want to tweak the engine on my car. I just expect my phone to be clean, supported and work - and buy the best quality. Right now, thats the Lumia 950 and the iPhone 6 series. I have both, and there is not an Android device that matches either of them for quality of experience.
  • Our security group tells us that around 94% of all Android units globally have already been compromised.  Android is designed with zero integrated security whatsoever. 
  • Preach, brother! The beat commentary on OS ever
  • You cannot know that for sure. Most viruses now are silent because they realized that killing your devices functionality will get them caught. Ask any security expert and they will tell you they can't guarantee you are virus free. The most they can say is none have been found. Some viruses took years to discover.Yes sticking to the play store is better but it wasn't long ago it was shown the top flashlight apps in the Play store contained viruses or spyware type code. Fact is Android by far is the least secure and has the most documented viruses. Putting your head in the sand and saying its never happened to you is a recipe for disaster.
  • I have never had a virus. Ever. Has nothing to do with head in the sand. I've had virus issues on Windows. I know that's hard for you to believe. But I have used Android since Eclair. I know how to watch and protect. This isn't something new to me. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • How do you know your Android device hasn't been compromised?  There's a better than 90% chance it's already part of a botnet and can be controlled any time the hacker feels like it.  It's just sooooooo easy to infect and hide viruses in Android so the user will never know.
  • Realty? U sell homes? Posted via the Windows Central App for Android A new home for Windows phone users lol
  • I am still able to use myfitnesspal on my windows phone. I also have a Galaxy S7 and I much rather use my Windows phone. Every time I try using my Galaxy S7 it frustrates me with its heating up and its sluggishness. It just is a pain to use. I dread the day Windows phone is taken off the market. I really hope it doesn't happen. Because I just don't like the Android experience. I hate that the iPhone took out the headphone jack too.    
  • 1) Never had a virus on any of my Galaxy phones. Just stop clicking pr0n links and you're good.
    2) Lag hasn't been a problem for me. I get unlocked phones and deactivate what I don't need. Flash ROMs when I want. Please stop perpetuating lies about Android. Windows phone can be promoted without using political campaign tactics.
  • Its good you haven't been hit but your experience does not change was security experts say abut the security of Android
  • Common sense is a great factor in security. The last time I had a virus in my pc was 5 years ago. So when a mac user spouts stats about how their OS is safer, it doesn't affect my security or choice in OS. If you want to put a virus on your Android phone its easy. If you curate what you put on your devices then you're good to go.
  • Be careful with that thinking. There have been documented cases of malware infection as a drive by on legitimate sites. All it takes is one bad advertisement. Even big news sites have been hit and their readers paid the price. Not all malware announces its presence or is found by security.
  • I somewhat get the attraction to iOS. It's not pretty, very bare bones, but it just works. The Android thing baffles the hell out of me. A mess on every aspect.
  • People who tout Android not because its clean rather because its flexible.
  • Yes, but it is flexible o the point that it becomes a fragmented mess.
  • Lag depends how bloated the os is, Samsung will lag. Nexus will lag not as much. I would put android lag in the same category as "resuming" for windows phone. Updates well my note 4 launched with KitKat, got lollipop, got marshmallow. Also gets security monthly updates. My Nokia 920 launched with windows 8.0 got windows 8.1 a year later and then was considered unsupported. In the 2 years I had it I never received a security update. Even better.. People who bought Nokia 800 phones launched with 7.5 then maybe 6 months later were told no more updates you're unsupported now. Microsoft track record of updating their phones is not Stella. Posted via the Windows Central App on my 286
  • None of those are actual anymore. Installing apks from unknown sources can get you a virus. All up to the user. Lag depends if you buy a cheap phone. NO updates if you buy a branded phone. Root, unblock bootloader, and you can update to any ROM.
  • Funny. Everyone u with with judges **** the exact same things. Denial is ugly.
  • Android isn't an alternative to MFP, but nice try at a smug, sarcastic answer. Is that a feature you picked up by using Android?
  • It's called denial, and you're a pro at it.
  • Is that some "new material"?
  • Why do you keep repeating what I originally said?  Stay on topic, that's the first indication of someone in denial
  • You don't say anything important or original.
  • I'll tell you what, if my life came down to trying to push a phone system on everyone else while trying to insult people for their choice of phone (look in a mirror), I'd have to seriously look at reevaluating my tiny life (look in the mirror again).
  • On topic would be a discussion about fitness apps on Windows as an alternative to MyFitnessPal. You haven't been on topic, yet. You're over here evangelizing a competing platform as if you are our savior. Repeating an insult, over and over doesn't make it true that people who make different choices than you are "in denial". I'm not sure how you were coddled as a child to make you think that you are always right and anyone who disagrees with you, must have a defect, but welcome to a world of choices and people who make them. I'd suggest that you stay on topic, but you probably wouldn't listen. You seem more comfortable throwing out insults' that don't even apply.
  • Love the way people always slate android. I bought an android this year. After having two windows phone. There is not a single bit of lag. Lighting fast, don't need interaction notification s like so. Because your there in an instant. As for viruses. Avg, and anti maleware bytes. As long as you're careful with browsing. You shouldn't get anything. On WP, no protection,when browsing. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • That's because you dont need protection on wp. The apps and os are sandboxed. You cant simply install a bootstrapper or malware as easily that's been disguised as something else and have it root the os then take over. That sorta ***** only possible on Android.
  • They slate Android because this is a site dedicated to Windows Phone. As for protection on Windows Phone no protection has been needed because of the design. There has only been one virus found and it never got off he ground. XDA has even had a hard time cracking it except with weak Samsung firmware. As least, so far, protection has been unnecessary.
  • The site is dedicated to Widows not Windows phone. Many of us who like using Windows 10, on our PC's. But choose not to use Windows phone. So you're going to get Android, and Apple users in here commenting, whether you like it or not. I don't use Samsung. And If I stayed away from something. Just because it might get a virus. I would never use the internet full stop. Android is quicker more responsive than both Wp8.1, and Wm10. 
  • This site was originally dedicated to Windows Phone users if you've been around long enough to do that. That said I own both Apple and iOS devices because I need to know they but avoid telling people they made the wrong choice by choosing Apple or Google on their site. I might say another platform has a better feature that platform XY, or Z could use but coming to troll is just wrong. Its wrong even if a Windows Phone user goes to iMore and says get a real phone, get a Windows Phone. You can compare and contrast differences but to come to an articles with irrelevant information off topic muddles the conversation. When people from another platform come to bash it makes you sent their platform even less. I used to love Linux until I ran into too many arrogant people who instead of being helpful wanted to berate you. That said, if you want to have a discussion about Android then lets talk over on Android Central or Android Authority. We can talk about its faults there. If want to talk about this article, then lets talk about Windows Mobile.
  • Good job. Now go collect that paycheck from Google.
  • Because obviously fan = paid employee
  • I'll just go and buy the cupcake (1.5) version then.
  • You misspelled "oblivious"
  • I was a devoted WP user for 5+ years having owned a Focus, 920 and 1020 (still have the 1020!).  However I couldn't wait around anymore. After MS bought Nokia everything just went to hell. Every MS service I use is available on Android and then some. I hate that it came to that but as of now, MS is in the doldrums of the mobile space. If they make a comeback then I'll be one of the first to go back over.
  • I'm glad for you that you're happy with Android. I can tell you, though, I would not be happier with Android, and I doubt my phone will be able to do "so much more" beyond what I need for it to do. By the way, I used the quotes because I am quoting you, not mocking you. Your suggestion is noted. I will stick with the Windows Phone.
  • You are an idiot. Get off this platform if you don't want to be here.
  • That's ironic because myself, my wife, and my parents both switched from Andriod to Windows Phones because they were so buggy, slow, constantly rebooting, and just all around frustrating.  My dad and I had Samsungs, my wife had an LG, and my mom had a Motorola.  The Windows phones have been fast and steady as a rock.  The apps aren't an issue at all.  What's really funny is my wife expressed frustration at losing this app (MyFitnessPal) because she does use it daily.  So I got her LG back out, recharged, and told her to use it for that one app (or whatever else she may miss) and in about 10 minutes she started cussing and said she now remembers why she switched.  Its a POS.  I'm about to wipe it completely clean to see if it helps, but its damn near unusable.  And its only a year and a half old.  My Nokia Lumia Icon is just as fast now as it was when I got (2 years ago) and I'm running Win10 beta.  No way I'm going to back Android.  And Iphone is out of the question.  But thanks for the advice anyway.
  • Won't have a choice when WOA replaces Windows Mobile next year. Microsoft will have no reason to continue support of W10M at that point. They even said themselves they only keep it around for ARM and LTE support. The Surface "Phone" won't be a phone and will be running WOA, not Windows Mobile.
  • Poor sad little rld82982 so bored with his Androob he has to troll windows threads.
  • My partner has latest Android, biggest load of confusing garbage I have ever laid my hands on. Overlays that have to be turned off for other apps to work, please, I almost threw it out the window and it wasn't mine. You clowns that recommend Android and Apple you really need to wake up. WE DON'T WANT THEM, PERIOD.
  • I see no reason of why you'll be here. But thanks anyway. Your ignorance shows again that Android users, in most part, are some spoiled kids.
  • I'm in the process...
  • Fat secret is OK. I tried Nutrition Hub and it seemed too long winded to add any food to your diary. (I had to go to each individual foods nutrition facts to add it to a meal) Haven't tried food diary but it looks pr