I have tried a couple different calorie counting apps but one thing that stands out about this one and not the others is their approach. This app encourages you to get healthy. If you make a good choice it tell you “good job”. If you make a not so good choice it says “that’s ok. There’s always tomorrow “. Most apps in this genre don’t do this and in fact what you do is usually not enough. Trying to change eating habits is anything but fun and it’s nice to have that extra pat on the back.
Will Not Sync with Apple Health App 3/5
I really like this app a lot. It’s very nice looking and motivating. I have been a paid subscriber for about 4 years now but am thinking that I might not be renewing this year. I’m not sure if the problem is with the Lifesum app or the Apple Health app, but the nutrition data will just not sync properly from Lifesum to the Health app. I am using the Health app to aggregate all of my health data which syncs properly from my sleep app, glucose app, exercise apps, etc., but not my diet/nutrition app which I consider to be essential for getting a complete health picture. I contacted the developer about this issue but was just told that they were working on it and informed as to how to get a refund and cancel my subscription. That was definitely not the answer I was looking for but may just take them up on it. What I really wanted to hear was a timeframe for getting this right. What I got from the response was that it wasn’t really a priority for them. I would like to know whether it is or not because if it is and they are expecting a breakthrough in the near future I would definitely stick with the app.
Buggy to the point of being unusable 1/5
I don’t get how this app can have 4.5 stars. Seriously. Granted, it looks nice, but that’s about it.
I’ve been using it on and off for more than three years now and it remains buggy to the point where it is unusable.
Here’s a best-of:
- Editing food for days in the past sometimes changes food for today’s date, while the days you intended to edit remain unchanged
- Once you want to edit food on today’s day that you’ve already entered, it sometimes jumps back to the original amount you entered
- The app cant even do basic arithmetic, it often happens that I notice a different total calorie amount if I manually add all the entered items together than the total that Lifesum shows for that meal
- The food database (when you scan an item) is pure chaos. While the database seems comprehensive on first sight, as it seldom happens that a scanned item can not be found, it is still unreliable at best, unusable at worst, as the nutritional values for almost all food items do not correspond to the nutritional data stated on the packaging. This is technically not Lifesum’s fault, as they rely on crowdsourcing to maintain this database, but there seems to be no reliable mechanic in place to ensure that the data entered by users is in fact correct. The discrepancies may come in part from local laws or food manufacturer decisions, where some countries and states may actually end up with different nutritional values for the same food item, but even if that’s the case, this problem could be minimized, if not completely solved, by using geofencing for scanned items.
Long story short, the bugs I’m talking about are not small issues like graphical glitches or less-than-ideal UI decisions, but massively frustrating bugs within the apps‘ core functionality. And all of the bugs mentioned above have been present since at least 2014 or 2015. I have written emails to the developers at least once a year, to no apparent avail, and so I stopped using it, only to give it another shot half a year or a year later to see if they finally got around fixing these things in the meantime. And they never did.
They keep working on the look of the app, and they keep strapping on new features and new ways to convince you to buy the subscription, which is fine, they have to pay their bills somehow. But there’s something seriously wrong with their quality management, and it has been for years.
I’ll be looking for an alternative. And so should you. But if you still want to give Lifesum a shot, do yourself a favor and thoroughly test if the app works for you before you buy into the subscription. You will thank me later for saving you a ton of money.
Wasted my money on this. Recipes are too complicated for a busy person who doesn’t cook very well. Also there doesn’t seem to be a way to exclude seafood or narrow down likes and dislikes. Very disappointed!
Great App a little expensive 3/5
Really like this app. Subscription plans are a little pricey especially since others are free. Hoping they add a recipe import feature soon.
Fatal bugs 1/5
This app was great at first, but after 3 days the step counter stopped linking up to my fitness app. After an hour working through the troubleshooting and another half hour to find the place in the app where one communicates directly with the designers, they insisted I send them screen shots of the relevant apps rather than simply believing that I had an issue. Then they told me, essentially, ‘Too bad, so sad, you’re SOL.’ They don’t know how to fix the problem and don’t know when it will be fixed. And, no, they won’t refund what I paid. I’ll have to go through Apple for that. The moral? Don’t give them any money.
Love this app just wish it had more Apple Watch features 4/5
This app is awesome for picking a plan that works for me. It is very user-friendly. The only reason I gave it four stars is I would love to be able to record my food intake on my Apple Watch and have it be part of the modular face where I can see my progress at a glance.
Cash Cows 1/5
I’ve been with lifesum for 4 years or more and NOW THEY DECIDE THEY WANT MONEY FOR MANUAL MACRO ADJUSTMENT? No thanks, gonna uninstall.
Great user friendly app! 5/5
Great app and super easy to use, has a great aesthetic too. It’s a lot simpler and easier to use than most other apps to track your calories and macros. The customer support team is also great.
Won’t let you choose water bottle size 2/5
Update 2: Finally responded to my actual review. But they still are not going to implement the simple feature. I’m extremely disappointed that they are not prioritizing customer concerns.
Update: Developer responded with a canned response and told me to add my feedback to their UserVoice which I mentioned in my original review that they don’t care about. I still stand by my review that they aren’t listening.
This app is great except for fact that you can’t have a custom bottle size for water tracking! You can only choose between a 9oz bottle and a 17oz bottle. I have many bottles that do not conform to those sizes and it makes water tracking in LifeSum impossible. To make matters worse, this was requested on their feedback site 3 years ago, has received almost 1000 votes, and they haven’t even responded to it, let alone implement it. I actually really want to buy the premium version of this app but I can’t give money to a company that won’t listen to their customers. Especially when literally every other water tracking app supports custom bottle sizes. I will be returning to this review to give it 1 stars after every update until this is resolved. You’ve had 3 years, and this isn’t hard to implement - I’m a software engineer - I know how this stuff works. Please fix this.
Great Help 5/5
By mediterraenian max
This app is great. It’s the only calorie counting app I’ve found that also helps me follow a Mediterranean Diet! I love the veggie and fruit trackers it as. I wish it has a tracker for alcohol that helped you keep yourself under so many drinks to help with weight loss
Just trying to make too much money 1/5
I’ve had this app before and loved it because I could adjust my macro nutrients and track my food, now everything I do they want you to “upgrade to premium” and I can no longer track macro nutrients and adjust them how I want. Turned into a bad, money hungry app.
Uninstalled after they charged for macro goal changes 2/5
Great app until they decided to get greedy and charge customers to edit their macro goals. Very disappointed. A monthly charge is not how I would like to keep track of my macros...switched to a pay one time app.
Good app 5/5
This app would be a five if it would show net carbs.
Love love this app since it shows net carbs now.
Needs a free trial of premium 4/5
I love this app, it’s great to use and pleasing to the eye. HOWEVER, I’d like to try the premium version before spitting out $34.99 for 6 months of it. I don’t really have that kind of money to just throw away on an app so it’d be nice if they offered a free trial. Otherwise, it’s a great app and I recommend it to everyone I know!
Great app but... 3/5
I’ve been using this app for almost a week now and I like it. With that being said I really wish it gave you suggestions of things to eat that would help get your rating to perfect. Also I can see my friends meals but they are not able to see mine. There is no explanation as to how this works.
Food choices have wrong numbers 2/5
This app started out looking pretty good. But, when choosing my food choices, like the Carl’s Hr 1/3 lb lettuce wrap, it says it’s 166 calories. It’s way more than that. Carl’s Jr. Web site says it is 420 calories. So of course the other numbers are also wrong. I see why they don’t let you really look into the app... no one would purchase a subscription if they knew the numbers were wrong. I won’t be keeping my subscription once it runs out.
Incredible and perfect 5/5
This app is with every penny. I purchased the annual subscription and have been using it for only about a week but so far it's been incredibly valuable. I have been entering in every meal, snack, and my water intake. Drinking water has helped me to be healthier and stay hydrated! I've been hitting my goals every single day. I love the design of the app, it's so beautiful. The designer did an amazing job at creating a very nuanced and detailed experience. It's a joy to use this app and it's fun! The illustrations and colors are fantastic. I was a MyFitnessPal user for years and since they were acquired by UA they stopped updating, improving, and evolving the app in any way. This is fitness and food tracking at a new and modern level. It's really a wonderful app. It is absolutely helping me to reshape my lifestyle. The added bonus is the integration of recipes that you can easily add to your meal tracking, not to mention the food is actually pretty good and simple to make. What more could you want? Also it's really nice to be able to choose between different types of diets, with each adjusting the calories you should be having at each meal. A feature that's really awesome is being able to see a summary of your intake for the day, which is broken down and categorized across protein, carbs, and fat, in a beautiful infographic of graphs and pie charts. I love just looking at this app! So in that way it's quite personal, which makes the whole experience far more engaging than any other fitness app I've ever used. It's well worth the price and I will continue to use the app throughout my day to stay on track and be as healthy as possible. Keep up the amazing work Lifesum!
I accidentally bought the one year instead of the 6 week program and I sent to get a refund to switch over and it said I couldn’t I would just like a refund to switch that’s all I hope the creators of this app sees my comment...
Different meal settings 3/5
I love the concept and logistics of this app. However, I would really like to be able to incorporate intermittent fasting to my meal plan choice. I currently am following the strict keto diet. I would like to have the option to select to coordinate weather it’s Two meals a day (TMAD) or one meal a day (OMAD).
Can’t customize a “plan” for vegetarian or Vegan 3/5
Unfortunately even though this app is lovely, I can’t find a way to put in that I’m vegan so it’s giving me a meal plan that won’t work :( Wish I knew this before I paid !
Warning there is no way to delete your account 1/5
and the calorie counts are wildly off
By Random ✔✔✔77777
my friend ate half a granola bar and it gave her a frowny face
Almost there! 4/5
I’ve loved this app for a while, I enjoy how it offers more in the free version than other apps I’ve tried. I love the heath rating system as well because it introduces a veritable some people don’t think about when they’re focused on the numbers of calorie counting. However I do think that the notification option could be improved. I saw an earlier review saying that daily weigh ins are not healthy, and I completely agree, due to minimal change day to day and fluctuating weight (if you have a cheat day, for example). I think that notifications such as reminders to drink more water would be way more beneficial, as I (and I know many others) always forget to drink enough. Also reminders to track food if you’ve forgotten to that day would be great. Besides this issue I really do love this app. I’ve noticed these reviews get replied to quite often which I really appreciate, so I’m hoping this one will get a reply as well!
Unbelievable dont waste your time 1/5
What a waste of a good app. I have had lifesum for over 3 years if not more now. I was shocked to see them limit the features to people who pay. I always used the nutrition settings and within a day and an update later its now a “premium” feature. Unbelievable. Disappointing and deleted. Never again. After 3+ years time to go! HUGE thumbs down 👎🏼👎🏼
UX is great, count inaccurate 3/5
Yes, the interface is gorgeous but the calorie and macro counts are consistently inaccurate and rarely “Lifesum verifies”. If number accuracy is important, go for an uglier app.
4 our of 5 4/5
By Fierce Princess Warrior
I love this app. I believe there are many positive aspects, however it is also rigid, and balance is important. I give it a 4 out of 5 stars due to the skewed food and meal rating system that can be incorrect and skewed. There are a variety of examples to choose from, but I will go with only one for the sake of simplicity. Healthy fats are vital to healthy balanced nourishment for our bodies. I do not believe in restrictive eating and/or fad diets. When I get a 😐 for 1 TBSP of a roasted unsalted sunflower seeds, a healthy fat to meet the nutrient requirements of my body, and the reason is “calorie dense”, I feel frustrated and concern. The fact is that fats and “calorie dense” are not inherently bad or unhealthy. I know this but there are MANY men, women, and teens that do not know that. It can send the wrong message, set people up for rigidity in thinking as it relates to food and calories, and the wrong understanding of fat and calories. There should be some way to balance this out in the system.
Bad user experience 1/5
Totally regret getting my one year membership. The app offers poor user experience. Accidentally clicked on the Eat this everyday button and there isn't any button to undo that?! App doesn't let you just add their recipe to your daily calorie count, need to add them one by one even when you use their recipe. Should have never listen to those sponsored youtubers on this app :(
Stop sending me emails 1/5
Bad. Stop sending me emails I deleted your dumb app & your unsubscribe doesn’t work!
App info. 2/5
This app has really great features but the writing is way too light and very small. It needs a facelift. I like it I just can’t read it.
Love this app 4/5
By Hot Venezuelan
Love this app. A couple suggestions : add restaurants like other apps. It would also be helpful to be able to take before and after pictures to see our progress. Also the print is really small and I do wear eyeglasses, still tiny.
Also the watch app has no complication for some reason 3/5
Lifesum is the worst diet tracking app on the store, other than all the others. Very buggy especially regarding HealthKit sync, but gets the job done.
Team MyFitnessPal 1/5
I got a bit carried away with the aesthetics of Lifesum and purchased the premium version without much thought, I was quickly disappointed. I would scan in my everyday food items and the nutrition facts were off by a lot on about everything, taking the time to edit each item of food was enormously inconvenient! I’ve used MyFitnessPal since 2013 and I’ve never had any issues with it! It’s way easier to use and most importantly it is actually accurate which is the entire point of counting calories and macros. I’m currently waiting on my refund from Lifesum and will be back on MyFitnessPal ASAP!
Needs Work 2/5
1- when trying to meal plan for the next day, I’m adding things to the correct day (tomorrow), but will kick me off of the day I’m trying to add and add it to the current day, which messes everything up.
2- when scanning bar codes the data is almost always wrong. I’ll change and toggle options back and forth from grams to ounces etc. but can never get it to match up 100% with the nutritional info on the packaging. I’ll also try a different entry knowing that some can be human error but Something is always wrong.
3- daily numbers constantly fluctuating without adding or changing anything. For example, today, It said I was over 3 carbs. Then I open it later on to add my water intake and it says I’m over 7 carbs. What is it?
Overall it’s just Really not good for anyone who needs accurate numbers. And I’ve already paid for the year $35+.
Great app but please change the Keto plans! 4/5
I am currently ketogenic and am so pleased they have a section that caters to this diet because that’s very uncommon. However, I have to enroll in the ‘Classic Diet’ pretty much like every other food tracking app because it doesn’t let me tweak my own macros. The carbs are locked when choosing any of the keto plans (easy, medium or strict). Bummer! Lots of people on a keto diet know their exact macros due to their weight, height, body fat percentage etc. It’s different for every person. Please let me choose a keto plan and tweak my macros from there! I do love the keto recipes, overall interface and ability to find pretty much any food. Still using it, happy I purchased pro, but please change that! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
Overall nice app, hard for US users 3/5
Overall I really like this app. The interface is really nice and colorful and easy to use and the option to follow different diets (paid subscription feature) is great. My only criticism is that it’s hard for me in the US to gauge what I’m eating because almost everything is measured using the metric system. I wish there was a capability to toggle between different measurement units. I also noticed that some of the calorie information that comes up when scanning the barcode doesn’t always match up. These are small things, but occasionally annoying.
Love the app, but the bugs ruin it! 3/5
I really love the concept and aesthetics of this app- enough that I switched from MyFitnessPal as a long-time user. Problem is, more than half the time I go to search a food to add it to my meal or create a recipe, the search turns up blank. There’s no error message, just no results. And I’m usually searching simple things like “Apple” or “almond milk.”
Sometimes if I force close and reopen a few times it will work again, only to give same problem after I enter a few food items. Please fix this bug! I love this app and want to continue using it— and paying for it! I much prefer this app over MyFitnessPal’s clunky interface but if I can’t add my meals easily I won’t continue to subscribe.
It would also be nice to see data on vitamin/nutrient percentages like with MyFitnessPal (they tell you what % of each vitamin/nutrient you’ve consumed so far that day.) As a vegetarian it’s helpful to monitor my iron and calcium intake.
Good but expected more. 3/5
By Phil Abeyta
I enjoyed the app initially. The 3 week plan was great. It provides a customizable meal plan to help reach my beginning goals. I was expecting a similar approach to the other plans as well.
Better than MFP but... 4/5
I only did a quick look around the app and really loved the design and usability of it! I love the taking a picture of your food function and having the app act as a food coach in a way. Compared to my fitness pal I already knew I would use this app more and I would actually enjoy it too... but, I wish in your diet plans there was a whole food plant base or a vegan option. I know the app seems to cater to the keto diet but would be nice to have an option and would have definitely gotten me more on board.
I added this App to compare it to my current one! It’s so generic, I wanted delete it after 20 minutes...guess what? You can’t. So now it has my name, Birthday, email, password and God only knows where it went! There should never be an app you can’t delete if you no longer want it! Wth?!? This internet grave stealing info is getting old af!!
Could be better 3/5
By Capn. Emily
I understand that not all kinds of foods and specifically where this foods were bought at will show up on the search. But I don’t know why every time I add an item and put in the calorie number that the app retaliates it as a way way higher number than it is. Today I only ate about 748 calories but it’s showing me that I consumed 16708 calories.
Please fix this bug.
Otherwise, I’m fine with this app.
Loved the app at first! 2/5
It was a great app, I even started to like it more than MyFitnessPal but then they stared charging for a lot of their features. For instance you can’t adjust the macros settings unless you want to be charged monthly, which kind of defeats the point if you ask me.
Best food tracking app out there 👌🏼 5/5
I’ve tested so many different ways to track my macros and nothing could make it as easy as this app. Lifesum checked off everything on the list. Recipe ideas, beautiful and seamless UX, great customer service when I emailed them to resolve an inquiry regarding activity tracking, and what’s best is that it’s lightweight and FUN. I even subscribed to premium because I loved the added functionality and insights but found that it’s super useful even before upgrading to premium. Would certainly recommend giving it a go!
Getting further and further from useful 2/5
By Per☀️ Place
I’ve had this app for a long long time now, I use it from time to time to re-evaluate where I’m at with how I currently eat. It’s nice to look at and functional, however with each update more and more functions disappear and can only be used if you “go premium,” the latest being adjusting macronutrients. I have recommended this app to so many people but I’ll have to stop if you can’t even adjust your macros to your lifestyle. Looks like they’re getting rid of workout tracking too which is sad. Please bring those 2 things back to all users. I’m not going to commit to a “diet” and track everything I eat for months, let alone a full year which is the cheapest per month.
I actually really love this app and have been using for a solid month and have seen an improvement in my life. However, I have my preferences set to be lactose intolerant and have a dairy allergy yet this morning it informed me I should try drinking milk to get vitamin d. Huh?
I’m also a nursing mother and would love to have that as a plan option because my water and calorie intake is rather different and the app makes me feel bad about that calories I do intake.
I will continue to use this app, but it could have a couple improvements.
Amosc: olivia_larrison 4/5
Good app but it crashes all the time
Water Tracker 3/5
Please add the ability to adjust water bottle size. For example some presets, 16oz, 24oz, 40oz.
I can’t manually adjust my goal or the size of my water bottle. I drink from a 40oz water bottle and have a goal of 120oz a day but have no way of reflecting that in the app and tapping each time I drink one of my bottle sizes.
Love this APP Lifesum 5/5
This is by far the best tracking system I’ve found to help support weight loss or to just track food. I personally use for weight loss. Love how I can upload pictures of the food I eat per meal. Love the smile icon/emojis! Great recipes! Love the charting information too!
Suggestion: I would love to see an area added that allows “notes” to be typed/added under Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, & Snack, so I can add extra words about my food intake per day...just a suggestion! Also an area that allows photos for Ketosticks or a chart to check daily color charting of Ketosis test strips. for .
Love it 4/5
By Cinnamon Mamma
I just bought this app and am on day 2 of using it.
Easiest tracker that I’ve found as of yet.
I’m on “Strict Keto” and wish the app knew how to subtract the fiber from my total carbs for a final “net carb” count, key for this particular diet.
Then I wouldn’t have to do the math - and I could get that rewarding smiley face on my report for that category.😃👍🏻
It’s easy enough to do the math quickly in my head, of course. But that feature would complete my satisfaction with Lifesum Gold.
I also agree with the other comments here - that more measurements in cups, tablespoons, teaspoons, etc would be EXTREMELY appreciated.
I love this app! 5/5
It makes tracking food fun. I’ve used probably 3-4 food tracking apps and this is hands down my favorite. I like the simplicity, but if you dig around the app has so many features. I’ve had issues syncing with my FitBit but Lifesum has been very responsive. I love this app!