MyFitnessPal vs. DailyBurn
I have been tracking my diet via DailyBurn for a little more than a year now. I was impressed with it when I first started. But just recently I discovered (or re-discovered) MyFitnessPal. I must say I am sad that I wasted the past year on DailyBurn.
Not everything about DailyBurn is a negative. I do like the pie chart, the range of nutritional goals (rather than a fixed number), and the graphical interface. However, as I become more familiar with MyFitnessPal, the differences are glaringly obvious.
DailyBurn's food database is full of junk. Type in a generic food and you'll get hundreds of entries, sometimes with dramatically different nutritional values. Some of them enough to make them completely useless. But when one listing has the food with 1 gram of carbohydrate and another listing has it with 7 grams, that's a discrepency that can't be allowed to stand. Fruits and vegetables I expect variation, but it's sad when I have the product label in my hand an 1 entry out of 10 matches it correctly.
The community forums on DailyBurn are sparsely populated. A post could go unanswered for hours, or days. And there seem to be only a few regulars who scan the forums to reply, often with incorrect information, spam links, or re-posts of previous comments. Granted, I like posting there and helping people out. But if I have a question, I know the 3 people I am going to get an answer from, and usually one of them is incorrect.
The interaction system between users on Dailyburn is just ridiculous. Private messages between members can only be viewed by personal email. When logged into the interface, you can not even retrieve private messages nor is there a notification of one. Members can post on each other's profiles, but can't "reply" to a post. You must visit the poster's page and comment separately. Completely confusing if you are trying to maintain a topic thread.
However, I am happy with DailyBurn's calorie and nutritional recommendations. MyFitnessPal initially started me 500 calories lower than DailyBurn, with a carbohydrate recommendation of over 300 grams. Thankfully MyFitnessPal gives you a much more flexible interface to tailor your values to your personal preferences. Dailyburn can be altered, but not much.
But perhaps one of the worst aspects of DailyBurn is their inability or lack of desire to create an application for Android. They have and have had an iPhone app for ages. And continue to create new ones. Still no Android. Just promises.
Last but not least. DaillyBurn wants you to pay for more features. Features found on MyFitnessPal for free.
I'll be transitioning over completely to MyFitnessPal. Although I may still search the forums on DailyBurn, because you know, over there I can be the only one to respond to a topic. :)