MyNetDiary vs. Lose It!

We are proud of the diet service we created at MyNetDiary, and rightly so. We have worked to build the best tools and program in the world so people can succeed with their weight goals, and we are very passionate about creating awesome software.

With this in mind, we wanted to put up a comparison against some of the competing apps on the market and highlight where we think MyNetDiary is truly better. Here we compare MyNetDiary Pro vs. Lose It! – one of the most popular mobile diet apps.

Screenshots above are taken on 1/3/2012. You can see how highly MyNetDiary is rated by our users!

 

Why Lose It! is so popular?

First of all, Lose It! app provides very good basic food and exercise tracking and community tools, and as with any diet app or tool (even a paper journal!) helping to count calories, it will help you lose weight! No matter which app you select, as long as you stick to it, it will help you!

But, if you pick the app that is easier and faster, you increase your chances of sticking to it! So, the app selection does matter after all. And as you would be able to see below, MyNetDiary apps are much easier and provide much better tools - bigger database, faster food entry, personalized feedback and analysis helping you not only lose weight, but also make better food choices.

So, why Lose It! is more popular than MyNetDiary? We believe it has to do with two historical factors: 1) Lose It! was one of a few apps mentioned in Apple's iPhone Superbowl ad, so many more people are aware of it, and 2) Lose It! used to be completely free – it's much easier to pick or recommend a free app than another one with "lite" and paid versions – it is assumed that as some features are available only in the paid app, the "lite" version is inferior to the unconditionally free app. That's not true with MyNetDiary – even MyNetDiary's free app is superior to Lose It! in most areas that matter!

Now that Lose It! is no longer completely free and does offer a paid premium upgrades, the comparison becomes more interesting.

Highlights

Food Database – Lose It! used to advertise having about 35,000 foods in its database. It no longer publishes food database size, but based on food vendors added, it hasn't grown much, on our estimates it's about 45,000-50,000 foods. MyNetDiary has 789,000 foods database, and only our team can make changes in this database, improving the food's accuracy and relevancy. Additionally, MyNetDiary Pro and Maximum provide awesome PhotoFood Service – for foods that are not in the database or out-of-date you can send their photos directly from MyNetDiary's iPhone app, which will be verified and entered by MyNetDiary's professional data entry team, resulting in higher quality database.

Food Entry – MyNetDiary instantly searches as you type, remembers your previous searches, remembers your servings, and even corrects typical typos. Food entry in MyNetDiary is the fastest and simplest in the world, saving you time and effort every day.

Analysis and Feedback – MyNetDiary provides comprehensive analysis of your diet, foods, nutrients, pointing out problematic foods, nutrient deficiencies, providing recommendations, it even provides special Food Score to help you compare foods, helping you eat better and make better choices – it's like having a personal dietitian always with you!

Comprehensive – MyNetDiary tracks up to 45 nutrients, tracks body measurements, vitamins, notes, allows planning in the future days (even the free app!), provides many charts and supports US and metric measurements. And MyNetDiary keeps it simple – all these features are there when you need them! Lose It! tracks only 9 nutrients including calories.

Diabetes Tracking Options – if you are pre-diabetic or have diabetes, MyNetDiary provides tools for diabetes tracking, including blood glucose, medications, and insulin tracking, support for net carbs counting and diabetes carb count, as well as special reports and charts. The diabetes tracking is available in a special iPhone app, or, with MyNetDiary Maximum subscription – in the free app and online.

iPad version – in addition to the iPhone, and Android apps, MyNetDiary provides a special iPad app, optimized from the ground up to take full advantage of the large iPad screen. MyNetDiary for iPad get the closest to simplicity and intuitiveness of a paper journal, while providing the same comprehensive, state-of-the-art tracking and diet tools. As all MyNetDiary's apps, it automatically syncs to the "cloud" – MyNetDiary website, so it could be used alongside with another MyNetDiary mobile app.

Comparing Features and Benefits

To illustrate more of the differences between MyNetDiary and Lose It!, we put together a special chart. MyNetDiary clearly has many more useful features, but they are well-designed and not cluttered. The most frequent word in user reviews of MyNetDiary is "easy". Everything is easy and everything is there, in MyNetDiary, when you need it.

Feature MyNetDiary Lose It!
Creation of online account required No Yes
Food database size 789,000 about 50,000 (estimated)
Quality of food database #1 database in the world. If a food is missing or not up-to-date, send us its photos from the app and we will enter or update all nutrients. Unknown
Avail­ab­il­ity online, iPhone, iPad, Android online, iPhone, Android
Fast search and food entry Searches as you type, remembers your previous searches for faster entry No
Charts
  • Weight chart
Pro and Maximum:
  • calories deficit chart
  • macronutrient charts
  • measurements charts
Only weight chart
Customized recommen­dations, how to eat more health­fully Yes No
Food time tracking (important to keep track of smaller meals) Yes (Pro and Maximum) No
Nutrients tracked Up to 45 9
Water tracking Yes No
Daily notes Yes No
Body measure­ments, hours of sleep, daily steps tracking Yes No
Entering future days Yes Premium subscription required
Support for metric system and kilo­Joules Yes (kJ supported on Food Label and Custom Food screens) No
Food entry by voice Yes (for Maximum subscribers) No
Diabetes Tracking (blood glucose, insulin, medica­tions, charts and reports) Yes (in Diabetes Tracker app and for Maximum subscribers) No

User Reviews

MyNetDiary Pro has a stellar 5-star average rating. We selected a few of many thousands reviews of MyNetDiary on the App Store.

Great calorie and nutrient counter

I love this app. I started counting calories using the Lose It! app, but found that it was missing a lot of foods. This app has a great database and I love the analysis feature. It helps me get a better overview of how well balanced my diet is on any given day. I would definitely recommend.

by Runnrgirl – Version 3.50 – Aug 2, 2012

Love it!!!

This app is so much better than other apps similar on the market!! Better than Myfitnesspal, Weight Watchers, or Lose It! So much information that's personalized really help me know what I'm really eating, how my weight is progressing, and what my habits are!!!

by Monemie – Version 3.50 – Aug 8, 2012

This is the one...

I have counted calories for years (it works), and this app comes closest to the simplicity of a paper record while offering the benefits of database and analysis. The barcode scanner is easy to use. The designers clearly have thought about ease of use and clarity in organizing screens. Other apps I have tried are enarmored with bells and whistles, with the result that the user has to probe through layers of menus and pretty graphics, often not logically designed. This one means business and wastes little time. Importantly, it works off-line and does not require (or breathlessly encourage) that the user join a "community" to share his or her dietary habits. Who does that who has a life to live? This app is for focused users determined to get -- or keep -- their weight under control.

by dhabercom2 – Version 3.32 – Dec 8, 2011

Calorie Counter PRO by MyNetDiary

This is the best app of its kind. I loaded about 5 different calorie counting/exercise tracking apps and erased all of them but this one. Its easy to use and has a huge range of food and exercise to choose from. It's certainly helped me be more honest about my calorie intake and exercise efforts.

by trewenO – Version 3.60 – Dec 9, 2012

Amazing app

Definitely five stars. Easy to use large database of foods. Especially like the barcode scanner, and ability to add recipes. As a physician I love this app. I recommend this to all my patients interested in losing weight. I have lost 50 lbs using the app.

by Dr.P1 – Version 3.32 – Nov 28, 2011

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