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Calorie Count

A robust online health and weight loss resource powered by About.com.

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We all know by now how easy it is to simply plug in the name of a food in an online search box and receive its nutritional information. And while there are numerous calorie-counting websites, not all of them are complete and comprehensive resources for everything you need to meet your calorie goals, boost your nutrition, share and read health-minded tips and get all the updates and news on foods are best for your health.

Calorie Count is more than just a online calorie calculator.

It was created to provide you with all the guidance and support you need for a healthy lifestyle -- one that you'll enjoy leading every day. Their approach is based on the fact that every dieting person is different, and one diet solution won't work for everyone.

It has a built-in intuitive nature that quickly identifies which foods you will like, which recipes you might love to cook and its strong emphasis on community will put you in touch with other like-minded health enthusiasts.

With Calorie Count, you can create your own account, free of charge, powered by About.com, to learn about eating well, exercising, managing your weight and networking with others just like you. Calorie Count is jam-packed with valuable tools and resources to guide you on a successful path.

Some of the notable features of Calorie Count are:

Personalized Diet and Weight Loss Tools

  • Body Mass Index Calculator
  • Burn Meter
  • Daily caloric expenditure/target
  • Customizable nutrition settings
  • Calorie Coach - provides healthy time frame to reach your goal

Nutritional Analysis

  • Detailed nutritional analysis of users' daily food choices
  • Logs to track daily caloric intake
  • Ability to track users' weight history and activity expenditure
  • Nutrition Report
  • Graphs and charts that show daily nutrition intake and needs

Food and Recipe Database

  • Ability to search food from restaurants, supermarkets, home-cooked meals, and user-submitted recipes
  • More than 100,000 searchable items

Recipe Analyzer

  • Instant analysis of a recipe's nutritional information

Interactive Community

  • Social networking capabilities include profiles for each member, personal journals, and direct messaging.
  • 1,900,000+ Calorie Count Members

Calorie Count Blog

  • Features daily dieting articles and other helpful health and nutritional information.
  • Calorie Count's Director of Nutrition, Mary Hartley, answers users' questions with "Ask Mary"

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  • Service is completely free
  • More than 2,000,000 members
  • Subsidiary of About.com, owned by the New York Times
  • Online weight loss plans yield much success
  • Does not promote any one diet
  • Content provided by diet/nutrition professionals
  • Members have access to tools like calorie counter, nutrition facts, recipe swap and exercise routines
  • Emphasizes community and users own personal diet preferances
  • Some critics say the forum and message boards can contain misinformation and mislead members

Being that Calorie Count is focused on helping you monitor calories for effective weight loss, food is pretty important. There are several valuable tools available to help you along the way.

  • Food Log: Record the foods you eat daily. It will automatically count the calories for you, as well as use this to make suggestions for meals. The log will not only search out generic-termed foods (grilled chicken), but will also identify popular restaurant and brand name choices (Wendy's Grilled Chicken Sandwich).

  • Recipe Search: Search hundreds of recipes from the site's pre-built list, or add your own recipes. The site will analyze the nutrition facts for your recipe as well as share it with the community. Each recipe includes the nutrition facts, an A-F nutrition grade, good vs. bad points and serving size. You also have the option to save the recipe to your account.

  • Recipe Analyzer: Simply add or look for your favorite recipe and learn its nutrition facts.

  • Nutrition Facts: Review the nutrition facts, including calories, for more than 110,000 foods.

When you sign-up for your free account, you'll complete a diet profile, which includes a list of your favorite foods. From there, you receive recommendations for how to use the site as well as what foods and recipes correspond to your preferences. Once your diet profile is determined, you can give and receive support from other Calorie Count members and experts.


Calorie Count provides a library of tools and plans to help you achieve success by staying active. There are a number of ways to build a plan to stay active. Some of these options are:

  • You can follow the pre-built 12-Week Weight Loss Program, created by a fitness and nutrition expert. This program guides you step-by-step through 12 weeks of progressively changing exercises. It incorporates nutrition, as well.

  • Build your own plan for a customized approach. The template is guided by a fitness expert with a wide variety of options that are sensitive to your experience level.


With so many diet and weight loss programs available on the Web, Calorie Count stands out as an impressive competitor. Focused on catering to your individual needs, without gimmicks, Calorie Count provides a valuable and relevant service to its users. Best of all, it's completely free. You'll never pay a single cent, nor will you be hounded by the advertisers.

Calorie Count uses experienced professionals in the nutrition and dieting fields to provide the content found on the site. While the message boards are monitored quite closely, it is still possible for misleading or incorrect information to be posted.

Online dieting has become increasingly popular in recent years. Calorie Count has identified the best parts of this and not only included them, but in some cases improved upon them. With features like the largest free food database on the Web, customized exercise programs, recipe analyzer and active message board, you won't need to go anywhere else to achieve (and maintain) your goals.

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This is good, in that it has a high inventory of popular foods, and you can add your own, but the ratings for foods need to be changed - they need to stay up with the latest studies. For instance, why is an egg white rated C+, why is butter an F???

posted May 1st, 2016 12:29 am



I have been using calorie count for about two weeks now and I love it!

posted Jan 26th, 2016 9:25 pm



Is there an option to email my CalorieCount.com analysis report to my nutritionist and myself?

posted Jan 17th, 2016 1:12 am



The big issue for me is the site is not user friendly and the log buttons simply DON'T WORK. Like I'm about to leave the site for this simple reason. It does not function. And this is a "known issue" for half a year that they have yet to fix.
It does, however, work great on iOS devices if you download the app.

posted Oct 30th, 2014 6:35 pm



I love using the calorie count APP on my phone , I've lost around 70lbs using it But I've changed phone and lost my password. Need help been trying for days to get log back on.

posted May 20th, 2014 3:10 am



I am with Cathy - the "grades" given foods are silly; it's a bad formula. Halbut should not get a lower grade than an orange! Part of the formula seems to be calories, and once something is over some meager number of calories (let's say it's 100) , it gets downgraded. But that isn't how dieting or healthy eating should work...you need lean protein! And a 4oz serving of most lean protein is going to exceed the formulaic calorie threshhold. Iceberg lettuce gets an A (but it has almost no nutrition, just some fiber!) and salmon cooked without fats (which nutritionists call a superfood) gets a B+ !!! Use the calorie counter to track your intake, but ignore the grading system!

posted Mar 24th, 2014 9:17 pm



I would never, ever rely on the "grades" this site assigns to foods. Perfectly whole, natural foods get grades C and below, while processed foods with all sorts of additives and processes get As. People are being led toward very unhealthy dieting and poor health by this "system" of grading which really appears to be done by supporters of big food marketers.

posted Aug 3rd, 2013 5:47 pm

G G Park


What have you done to Calorie Count? I used this software last year and it was instrumental in helping me lose 50 lbs. I lost that version when all the programs on my phone were deleted a few months ago. I loaded the new app last night and I hate it. I have spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out how it works, I can't get around in it. I don't see meal totals and I don't see a place to enter exercise. I can't use this new version, so am going to see what else is out there. You ruined the "easy user" factor.

posted Jul 30th, 2013 1:28 pm



My wife and I asked to cancel the Calorie Count $4.99/mo. plan 3 months ago, and have called numerous times since then. TWICE she was told it was cancelled, but they keep taking money out of our account! I "count" this organization as a THIEVING and DISHONEST BUSINESS.

posted Jul 6th, 2013 6:05 am

Jim King


It's good but just too slow.

posted Mar 17th, 2013 5:07 pm



If you want to track stuff, fine. But don't pay any heed to the nutrition grades it gives things. Caloriecount.com and most of the people who frequent it are still in the wrong mindset set forth by the government decades ago that all grains and carbs (including massive amounts of fructose-laden fruits and starchy veggies and legumes) are holy and should be the bulk of your diet, which is complete and utter BS.

If you must, use this site for tracking only. If you think their nutrition grades mean anything, have fun gaining weight and developing insulin resistance.

posted Dec 8th, 2012 11:36 pm



Great product. Really helps you balance portion sizes and snacks. If you tell it how much you weight and how much you WANT to weight it suggests a daily calorie intake and how long it will take you to reach your goal. be honest by tracking exactly what you eat and how much of it and this will be an awesome tool for you!

posted Jun 6th, 2012 12:33 pm



This website is one of the many positives in my life. Belonging to calorie camp has made this not only my last attempt at weight control, but a sure success. I have been here over 6 weeks and am showing no signs of slowing down or giving up and believe me.....I know the signs and when they come along. Just as they always have in the past, this time I have a support base like never before. Thank you Calorie count and to my 40 + calorie camp supporters!

posted Feb 21st, 2012 9:59 pm

Ginger Hill

I have been using this for only a week... can't find "Help"... cant find my list of meals, cant find my list of favorites (??); Need to update a "meal"... can't find how to do that. Can anyone help?

posted Jan 7th, 2012 6:30 pm


very very worst

posted Dec 7th, 2011 2:55 pm



I think the site is user friendly and has added many great features since I joined in 2009. Unfortunately I still haven't found my magic equation for weight loss. I have tried increasing my exercise and have reduced my calorie intake to 1300 calories per day for 3 months and did not lose weight. My doctor has not found a reason for this through blood work or other tests.

posted Mar 7th, 2011 7:10 pm



This site did not help me. Simply put

posted Oct 4th, 2010 9:37 am


I am a big fan of calorie counting, in a simple logic, it's the only thing that works. The amount you put into your body is directly related to your weight. I have been using http://ehealthydietplan.com for my dietary needs ( disclaimer: I work there) it's a much simpler version than calorie count, but it works just as well :)

posted Oct 3rd, 2010 1:07 pm



Completely impressed with this website. Not only is it easy and cool to use, but it's teaching me about my dietary deficiencies and what foods I can eat to fix this. They have it down to a science.

posted Aug 16th, 2010 11:57 pm

Claudia Murch


I've been looking for help with dieting and I think this is it. Thank you

posted Aug 7th, 2010 9:54 am


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