*This post was sponsored by Keto Diet Tracker. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience and I am a long time user of the app. See my full disclosure here.
Calculating and tracking your macros on keto is one of the most important things to do in order to ensure your success. Without doing so, it’s easy to be kicked out of ketosis, which is the main thing you want to avoid. You have plenty to worry about already so having an app do the hard work for you is ideal in both calculating and tracking your macros. The app that I use, and have had the most success with, is the Keto Diet Tracker app.
The following is my review of both the pros and cons of the app.
The app is tailored to keto so using it with a ketogenic lifestyle is simple. Many food tracking apps are tailored more toward counting calories and keeping your fat low, which is not ideal for a ketogenic lifestyle. This app, however, is keto specific so it includes all the important information you will be concerned with… calories, carbs (even net carbs!), protein, and fat.
It not only tracks your macros, but also calculates your personalized macro goals based on gender, weight, body fat percentage, activity level, and whether you want to lose weight, maintain your weight, or gain mass. When you first open the app, it will automatically guide you through calculating your macros. You’ll first select your gender and then input your current weight.
Next, you’ll input your estimated body fat percentage. If you have a scale that calculates this for you or if you’ve calculated this by another means such as calipers, you can input that here. If you don’t, click on the drop down to visually estimate it, and you can scroll through images and choose a percentage that most matches how you currently look. I love that the app has this! It’s such a helpful tool for those that don’t have fancy scales or calipers. Once you’ve selected your body fat, you’ll select your activity level and finally, whether your goal is to lose weight, maintain your weight, or gain mass.
After having done all this, you’ll be shown your personalized macro goals! These will include your daily calorie goal, daily fat, daily net carb, and daily protein intake.
Just as important as having personalized macros is to keto, so is being able to alter those macros to work specifically for your genetics. Sometimes this takes trial and error in altering your personalized macros a bit.
Luckily this app also allows you to edit your goals if you would like them to be slightly different. Do this by pressing “Edit Goals”, which will take you to a screen where you can toggle each individual macro up and down to find the sweet spot that is perfect for you.
As I mentioned above, this app calculates net carbs. This is one of the most important aspects for a successful and truly helpful keto macro tracking app in my opinion because counting net carbs vs total carbs is so important. Thankfully, this app makes it incredibly simple to do so! On the flip side, if you do not want it to calculate net carbs, you can easily turn that option off and on as needed in several places.
Using the App
When first logging in every day, you’ll be shown a screen that shows you your nutrition goals for the day. As you add foods throughout the day, the rings will begin to darken giving you a visual of where you are with your macros. I personally love this visual because I can see where I am at a quick glance at any time.
In order to begin logging meals, you’ll press the + button at the bottom center of the screen. Doing so will give you a several different ways to enter foods into your daily log which include:
- Searching for each specific food by name
- Scanning a product barcode – so convenient!
- Search through foods you frequently use
- Search foods you’ve recently used
- Searching by food categories, including restaurants
- Entering meals and recipes you have saved
My favorite part of this screen is that it will not only show the type of food, but also the net carbs and serving size directly under it. If the serving size is different than what you are eating, simply press the food name and you’ll be able to modify the amount eaten there. This will also show you all the nutrition for that item which is amazing for planning what you’re going to eat ahead of time! I do this often to determine how much I can have of specific foods each day while still staying within my macro goals.
One important thing to remember is that once you’ve gotten your item selected, be sure to press SAVE in the top right hand corner of the screen. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve forgotten to push this button and the app will not add the food to your day until you do so!
One of the things I was missing with this app was the inability to track things other than just my macros. However, the developer has come to the rescue and added 3 new features with the latest update! These updates allow you to not only track your macros but also:
- Track your water
- Track your exercise
- Track your weight
The addition of these 3 features will allow me to stop using several other apps and track everything I need in one app!
Free vs Pro
There is a free version of this app, which is the one I started out using to see if I liked it before upgrading to the pro version. Unfortunately, though, the free version of the app does limit you to saving only 5 foods per day. Once you’ve reached 5 foods in a day, the app will tell you that you need to upgrade to PRO to add more items. I personally started with the free version, loved it, and upgraded to the pro. There are 3 pro options:
- $2.99 for 1 month
- $5.99 for 3 months
- $11.99 for 12 months
Upgrading to the PRO version gives you unlimited saved foods and (depending on the subscription you choose) at as little as $1 per month or 3 cents per day, the convenience is absolutely worth it for me. Especially compared to some of the more expensive paid versions of other tracking apps out there.
This app is one that I use multiple times per day when tracking my macros and has taken the guesswork out of getting into ketosis for me. By not only giving me a simple and straightforward way to track my macros, but also calculating my personalized macro goals for me, it’s one of my my most used apps! I would recommend everyone trying out the free version at an absolute minimum. If you like it, and I’m confident you will, try out the PRO version. You won’t be disappointed!