1 MyNetDiary’s Foods Database vs. MyFitnessPal’s Food Database
Database Size and Quality
MyFitnessPal is famous for its vast foods database, boasting over 11 million foods, (all data is as of 9/1/21). While it is, indeed, possible to find almost any food item in MyFitnessPal's database, this exponential quantity of products develops through crowdsourced, user-created entries. Anyone can add any food or dish to the database, resulting in many entries with incorrect or incomplete information and duplicated or out-of-date foods. MyNetDiary has over 1,310,000 professionally-entered and verified foods with accurate information on servings, providing excellent coverage of the US, Canada, UK, and Australia markets.
MyNetDiary’s foods database is more reliable with all verified foods, and there are few duplicates in MyNetDiary. Before adding a new food item to the database, our data entry team checks that it does not already exist in the database so that no duplicates get accepted. In MyFitnessPal, crowdsourced entries result in many repeats and out-of-date/discontinued items and dishes, which can sabotage your efforts toward accurate calorie and nutrient counts.
For example, if you search for “Frontega," which is a registered trademark of Panera Bread, meaning that there are only two foods in the world that can have this name—the whole and the half Frontega sandwich—you can find exactly these two items in MyNetDiary. In MyFitnessPal, if you search for “Frontega," you'll get several dozens of "Frontega" entry results, all with varying calories and nutrition information, ranging from 730 to 850 calories. Yes, MyFitnessPal has millions of foods, but can you find the right one among so many inaccurate entries?
If a food item is missing or not up-to-date in MyNetDiary, no problem. Users can scan the barcode of products and upload photos of food labels to the app, and the food will be added or updated in just a few hours by MyNetDiary. Dining in a restaurant? Send menu photos or the restaurant's URL, and MyNetDiary's team will add this restaurant to the foods database.
Finally, MyNetDiary has more detailed information about foods and nutrients. MyNetDiary tracks 51 nutrients, including all major vitamins and minerals, while MyFitnessPal tracks only 20 nutrients.
2 Features Available in Free Tiers
As evidenced by numerous user reviews, MyNetDiary is one of the very few apps that provide for free all the features needed for healthy weight loss and maintenance.
Moreover, MyNetDiary does not display any ads and does not track users. Users won't see ads for questionable weight-loss products and tempting foods displayed frequently in diet apps specifically targeted by ad networks.
Also, MyNetDiary does not display incessant upgrade popups on every use of the app.
Here is an incomplete list of features available in the free tier of MyNetDiary:
- Unlimited food and exercise logging
- Barcode scanner
- Diet planning tools
- Daily analysis with feedback
- Recipe editor
- PhotoFoods service
- Built-in GPS workout tracker for walking, running, and cycling
- iOS Health app sync
- Grocery Check tool for healthy shopping
- Shopping list tool
- Diet library developed by a group of Registered Dietitians
The Premium tier provides more tools and more guidance with Premium diets and recipes, analysis, and feedback features. Still, all the basics, everything needed for healthy weight loss is included for free.
MyNetDiary is the best free diet app for users on a budget.
3 MyNetDiary’s Sleek Design
Colors, icons, food photos, and infographics make tracking fun with MyNetDiary. It's all subjective and a matter of taste, however, we often receive comments on how sleek the MyNetDiary’s user interface is, and how it’s a huge benefit of making the switch from MyFitnessPal or other apps.
Compare the side-by-side screenshots for avocado food entry in MyNetDiary (L) and MyFitnessPal (R).
Compare a breakfast meal entry in MyNetDiary and MyFitnessPal.
Contemporary and clear infographics in MyNetDiary helps you understand and plan your progress.
MyNetDiary looks delicious in Dark Mode on iOS13 or later. As of November 2019, MyFitnessPal does not support Dark Mode.
4 Lightning-Fast Logging with MyNetDiary
With the fastest food logging among all diet apps, MyNetDiary employs a whole set of tools and shortcuts to save you logging time.
- MyNetDiary has lightning-fast searching as you type, which means you can see results immediately.
- MyNetDiary remembers your search history and highlights matching foods that you had logged previously, so you can complete a search in just a couple of key taps, without typing the product’s full name.
- On the Food Entry screen, MyNetDiary shows all servings available and even your previous serving’s entries. No wheels. No pop-ups. Quickly enter amounts with one tap.
- The Staple Foods Catalog, alone, is a game-changer. MyNetDiary will help you select basic, staple foods from its unique Staple Foods Catalog, either by browsing or searching within it, as shown in the image below. The catalog has over 900 foods, carefully handpicked by our dietitians and experienced cooks.
MyNetDiary makes food tracking as fast and painless as possible, helping you be consistent and reach your goals faster.
5Display of Advertisements
MyNetDiary helps you focus on your health without distractions. There is NO paid commercial content in both the free or Premium versions. No pop-ups or obstacles or promoted stories. Unlike MyFitnessPal and other diet/nutrition/fitness apps, MyNetDiary chooses your well-being and success over ad revenue. Enjoy promotion-free blogs, forums, and social media filled with independent, professional, and actionable information that helps you stay the course toward success.
The clean, uncluttered screens will make you love your MyNetDiary app!
6 Flexibility and Customization
Reach Your Goal Comfortably
Reaching your goal may take a while, so your companion diet app should be comfortable and convenient for you. MyNetDiary can stay as simple as you want, or, with some personalization, it can become the most advanced and powerful diet app out there. With MyNetDiary, you are in full control. You can browse and apply preconfigured Dashboards based on your goals and needs, or you can move, add, or hide any item on the Dashboard, even it strip it down to the absolute basics. There are dozens of items available, including statistics, entries, and nutrients. Don't need the Grocery Check option? Hide it! Are vitamin K and potassium vital to you? Add them to the top of the Dashboard!
The only Dashboard customization available in MyFitnessPal is selecting three nutrients to display on the Dashboard.
Simplicity and Minimalism
Simplicity and minimalist design have become incredibly important over the past couple of years when it comes to apps. MyNetDiary was specifically designed to be easy to use, to have simple features, and a minimalistic view. You can clear the Dashboard to the basics and simplify the other screens. It doesn’t get easier than that.
See the examples of Dashboard options illustrated in the MyNetDiary screenshots below.
Abundance of Information with a Delicious Design
There are many ways to customize how MyNetDiary looks and works. If you prefer getting more information, MyNetDiary provides many options and statistics. Just take a look at the Food Entry screen example for avocados below. On the other hand, if you prefer seeing just the basics, you can simplify this screen, too.
7 Awesome Tools in MyNetDiary
With so many products on supermarket shelves, it might be challenging to decide which one is healthier. You could pick up several boxes and read the Nutrition Facts panel if you have time. But which nutrients are more important or to watch out for? Wouldn’t it be more convenient if there was a way to rank and score foods so that the app considers both harmful and beneficial components with one number? MyNetDiary does just that with its Food Grade feature. You will love it!
Get Help Shopping with the Grocery Check Tool
MyNetDiary’s unique tool, Grocery Check, compares foods and selects the best one. Open Grocery Check and move the phone’s camera over the product’s barcode. MyNetDiary will calculate a food grade for each product and use augmented reality to overlay them with color-coded, pulsating marks. Green indicates the food product scores the best; red indicates the food product scores the worst.
While in Grocery Check, when you point your phone camera toward a barcode, MyNetDiary will display product's grade, calories, and nutrients, and even show a macros chart, helping you evaluate and make an informed decision. See image below.
MyNetDiary has a powerful and flexible water tracker, on par with specialized water tracker apps. MyNetDiary supports multiple glass and bottle sizes, tracks consumption time, charts water progress toward the user's water target, and sends intelligent water reminders. MyNetDiary reads and writes water consumption to iOS Health.
Compare water trackers in MyNetDiary and MyFitnessPal.
Get Active with GPS Workout Tracking in MyNetDiary
MyNetDiary's iPhone app makes it super-simple to keep track of your walks, runs, and bike rides. MyNetDiary is the only diet app that has a built-in, clear, and simple GPS tracker to accurately and automatically record your workouts right in the app, calculating calories, distance, and workout time. No other apps or links needed.
MyNetDiary can automatically account for additional expended calories during day-to-day walking. Users can select the sedentary activity level and still get rewarded with calories burned based upon the number of steps they take. This option motivates users to reach their step targets. It also helps avoid overestimating total energy expenditure. If users get most of their exercise from walking and activities of daily life, then they could use this feature and then choose whether or not to add any special workouts.
8 Modern Watch App
The watch app for MyFitnessPal allows you to view calories, macros, and nutrients, and to log calories and water. By comparison, MyNetDiary lets you see and do everything MyFitnessPal does, and much more with a tap or two. On MyNetDiary, you can also log your favorite foods, whole meals, enter your weigh-ins, and review your meal totals and actual foods.
Another great thing about MyNetDiary on Apple Watch is its outstanding support for watch complications. Complications display information from apps and are added to smartwatch faces. Similar to widgets on a smartphone, complications are stationary on the watch face for at-a-glance convenience. Some examples might be the current weather or the next calendar appointment. With MyNetDiary, you can add complications to display calories, macros, daily water intake, or any other nutrient stats on your Apple Watch. MyNetDiary supports nutrition and exercise complications for all watch faces. MyNetDiary allows you to choose the kind of data each complication will display. The same complication for Infograph face can be configured in MyNetDiary to display calories, macros (including protein), water, or any other nutrient's stats. MyNetDiary has got you covered.
Compared to MyFitnessPal, this is a huge step up. MyFitnessPal does not support complications at all.
Screenshots from an Apple Watch face, featuring MyNetDiary complications and configuration options
9 Designed for iPad
MyNetDiary developed one of the very first diet apps for iPad in 2010, and since then, the tradition continues. Today’s MyNetDiary for the iPad is quite amazing, with the navigation and screens specifically designed for iPad. Unlike MyFitnessPal and other diet apps, the interface is not just a larger version of the phone app, but specifically designed for the iPad's larger screen and other capabilities.
MyNetDiary doesn’t break everything into six sections at the bottom but instead provides an easy and intuitive navigation panel providing direct access to all of the features and screens in the app.
MyNetDiary takes full advantage of the large iPad screen, displaying all foods and nutrients at once, like a large spreadsheet, see images below. You can also start typing the food name into an empty cell and pick one of the matching foods that appears. Quickly enter right there the amount you ate. It will feel natural and super easy to log in MyNetDiary for the iPad!
As always with MyNetDiary, screens look attractive and easy to read!
10 370,000 Recipes Database
Both MyFitnessPal and MyNetDiary provide hundreds of recipes carefully crafted by dietitians.
Still, there are many more recipes out there on the web than included with the apps!
What if you don't know a good recipe to fit your diet and calories, your macro goals, or your taste preferences? Sure, you can try searching the web. Both apps provide web recipe import tools. There are many popular recipe websites, but to find exact matches for your needs may require a lot of searching, browsing, nutrient calculations. That's a lot of work and a lot of time.
MyNetDiary's Recipe Database is the cooking companion you want in your kitchen. With access to over 370,000 recipes, you'll find enough eat-in inspiration to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.
For example, powerful filters for macronutrient ranges help identify recipes if you require specific macros, such as keto, low-carb, low-fat, or high-protein. And it's just as easy to find recipes based on meal type and cuisine. You can also search applying allergy and food intolerance parameters, such as gluten-free recipes. Save the recipes under My Foods and make them a "favorite" to retrieve them easily for tracking.
MyFitnessPal does not have a searchable and filterable recipe database.
11 Shopping List
If your goal is weight loss, you know how important it is to plan meals. Knowing what you will eat before hunger sets in helps you stay within your calorie budget.
The shopping list feature adds real convenience if you've mapped out what you will eat ahead of time. You can add planned foods from your food log, and the app will build your list. You can add any of the Premium Recipes, scaling it for the number of servings.
MyNetDiary's Shopping List tool built into the app is every bit as good as special shopping list apps. You can edit the items, specify quantities, organize them into categories following your supermarket layout to shop in order. You can also add any non-food items, such as paper towels, cleaners, baby products, and more, making it a one-stop shopping solution. The shopping list is available in MyNetDiary's app for Apple Watch - a user can check the list and cross off items right from the wrist!
The Shopping List is just another tool making MyNetDiary a comprehensive, well-rounded diet app.
MyFitnessPal does not have a shopping list tool.
12 Full-featured, Modern Website Tracking
For those who prefer a large screen from a computer or laptop, MyNetDiary provides a full-featured, modern website for tracking and analysis. With a streamlined and clean dashboard, MyNetDiary.com lets you focus on your calories, macros, and weight-loss progress.
The lightning-fast, in-place food search in MyNetDiary makes food logging a breeze compared to MyFitnessPal, which requires you to go to other pages to search for a food item.
A beautiful and impressive logging system and modern infographics in MyNetDiary will help you focus on your diet without being distracted.
13 Loved and Appreciated by Users
Here are just a handful of user reviews of MyNetDiary from the iOS App Store, by those who made the switch from MyFitnessPal.
Reviews from iOS App Store
Fantastic calorie counter
This is a stellar calorie counter. Light years better than myfitnesspal.Nov 4, 2019
Better than MyFitnessPal!
This app is so much easier to navigate and provides all the necessary functions for free, even though you can upgrade to premium but it’s really not needed.Sep 18, 2019
Makes MyFitnessPal look silly. What a great app with more features than calorie count.Sep 12, 2019
I used to use MyFitnessPal but tried this app on a whim and never went back! This is the absolute best tracker I have ever tried, at least for me!Jul 22, 2019
I like the interface much more than MyFitnessPal. The quick, easiness and pleasantness of noting my intake (less clicks required) ensures I am more likely to use it in daily life. Not being bombarded with ads really helps with usage as well. I like the insightful articles I have the option to click on but am not forced to click on. Just an all round great interface! Hope more people use this so more food calories from merchants are added.Jun 11, 2019
Better than MyFitnessPal!
I‘ve used many calorie/exercise tracking apps (including MyFitnessPal) for a long time, and always had difficulty with it as I mainly wanted to see how much of a deficit I was in, but this app is amazing! It’s easy to use, has a huge database of food (the largest I’ve used), and has an easy to view deficit/surplus chart! I love it!!Feb 25, 2019
100x better than MFP
I had been using MyFitnessPal for a couple years, then UnderArmor bought it and turned it into a horrible app. I then switched to MyNetDiary. I am so glad I did. I have been using it for 2 years and love the way Fitbit syncs perfectly (MyFitnessPal syncing rarely worked after UA bought it). My food and nutrient tracking is impressive, the advice tips are helpful, and love the analysis and charts provided for easy viewing of detailed info. And adding food via photo is great. It is easily a 5 star app.Oct 18, 2018
Most helpful diet app
I’ve used MyNetDiary and MyFitnessPal. MyNetDiary does WAY more of the math for you. Entering calories for portions of a whole is as simple as entering calories for a single item. I love all the charts and graphs. I’ve lost 34 pounds with MyNetDiary, a kitchen scale (a game changer), and discipline & patience. This app lives in the favourites bar on my phone. Update: goal weight achieved. 38 pounds lost. So long as I keep using the kitchen scale, & MyNetDiary does the math, I know I’ll be able to maintain it, too.Jun 25, 2019
STILL the best food log app!
Just as stated in the title, this app is simply the best. The most stable and user friendly app I've ever used - with some great, useful, powerful features (such as charts, measurements log, and diet analysis) not found in the other apps like MyFitnessPal or FatSecret. And you can customize your macronutrient goals! And... you can track exercise & calories burned. I love this app, and you will, too.Dec 15, 2018
I’ve used different apps and this one is definitely the best. I feel like it doesn’t stress you, like MyFitnessPal, which has too many features and it gets overwhelming. This app is simple, clean, easy to use, and just plain friendly. The daily advice is really neat, the Bike icon ready to go downhill is an incentive and the food grading is a great way to keep you aware of what you’re eating. Also, the scan code is super fast! Best of all, this app is more affordable than MyFitnessPal, for sure. Love it! Highly recommend it.Nov 12, 2018
Best nutrition app available
I’ve been using MyNetDiary for about 5 years to track nutrients and calories. I tried MyFitnessPal and several other apps before I found this one, but found the ads on most annoying and the apps mainly focusing on weight loss. MyNetDairy is by far the most comprehensive nutrient tracker if you want to see more than carb, protein, and fat breakdown. It lets me customize the dashboard for any nutrients I want (I like to track my potassium and Vitamin K intake on the dashboard since those seem to be good indicators of how many vegetables and greens I eat) and also lets me easily see all the detail I need. It also lets me track water intake and syncs with my Fitbit. I can add customized foods and recipes as needed, copy recent meals and pick from frequent foods. With each update, this app just keeps getting better!Nov 4, 2018
MyFitnessPal is a registered trademark of Under Armour Inc.