I think I may have found every competitor/ macro counters best friend. The Orange Chef Co. created the Prep Pad which also has an app that goes along with it called Countertop. The Prep Pad is basically your kitchen scale plus your favorite calorie counting app all in one.
It gives you instant information about what you place on the pad, allows you to customize your goals based on your activity level and desired macros, and then lets you save each meal so that you can continue to add to it throughout the day.
When you first log in you'll customize your profile and set all of your goals. You can use the recommended amount of protein, carbs and fats or you can customize them to your particular goals. I changed mine just a bit to reflect the macros that I'm currently trying to hit.
Once that part is filled out, you're ready to go! I decided to use and apple and peanut butter as an easy example- first I placed the apple on the pad and used the search feature which has a database of over 350,000 items to let it know I had set an apple on there. I think one of my favorite parts about this is not guessing if you're eating a small, medium, or large apple-- instead it instantly measures how many grams the apple weighs and then calculates the macros based on that.
Once I added that, I set the container I was going to put my peanut butter in on the Prep Pad and hit the icon in the far right to let it know that it was not a food item. I then dropped in my peanut butter and used the barcode to scan the peanut butter jar.
The inner and outer rings show how closely your food is matching up with your goals and gives you a balance score which is a great way to help keep you on track.
You can then save your meal and even take a photo of it so that you can use it any time you'd like!
Then you can access the Meal View page which shows your overview of macro and micros as well as how far you are to your daily goals. You can then just continue adding to it as you continue eating meals and it will keep track of everything for you. Amazing, right?! If you are someone that packs your food with you for the day, it's easy to portion things out and save your meals as you're packing and then all the guess work is done for you.
Keep in mind you do need a iPad 3 or newer, but they will be coming out with an app for the iPhone really soon.
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