What You Should Know
CalorieKing produces calorie tracking software for those people who want to make sure they are meeting their caloric intake goals. CalorieKing was developed by Allan Borushek, the clinical dietitian who created the first comprehensive pocket calorie guides in the 1970′s. CalorieKing maintains a database of over 40,000 foods according to the company’s website. Full nutritional information is provided for each food, including protein, carbohydrates, and calories. Many restaurant and fast food products are included so that the users can still keep track even when they go out to eat.
Users of CalorieKing start by inputting their current weight, height and measurements into the program and map out timelined goals. The program allows users to compare actual changes to the original goal to let them know if they are on track. Goals can be set for caloric intake only or can include exercise goals. The CalorieKing website includes many free resources, tools, and articles accessible directly from the site. It also includes community forums and blogs accessible only to paid customers. The CalorieKing store offers many related items such as bathroom scales, pedometers, and books. We were unable to locate a money-back guarantee on store items.
The CalorieKing software can be downloaded immediately from the website for $49. There is a free 7-day trial available. CalorieKing can be run in either Mac or PC. There is an add-on recipe program that can be purchased for $20. A version for handheld devices that can sync with the main program is around $30. We liked to see the free trial period but were disappointed to not find a manufacturer’s satisfaction guarantee. This means that customers only have 7 days to figure out if they like the software or not. After the 7-day trial, the software is billed for and there does not appear to be any way to get a refund.
- Can access food calories search function for free.
- Combines personalized diet recommendations with calorie tracking.
- Annual fee compared to many sites that provide similar information for free.
- Does not take the place of one-on-one weight counseling.
- Will not actively help you lose weight.
CalorieKing is one of about a dozen competitive products that all do basically the same thing. CalorieKing has some bells and whistles that many of its competitors don’t (like drag and drop functionality), but it does have an annual cost whereas many competitive software programs are free or have free versions. The 7-day free trial is a nice feature to allow potential customers to take the program for a test drive before committing to purchase. CalorieKing would dovetail nicely into a weight loss program to help track exercise and food goals to keep motivation high.