For the last couple of years, I have been using the My Fitness Pal website and iOS app to log calories and exercise. The result has been excellent and I lost 10kgs during this time period. Unfortunately, since MFP was purchased by Under Armour in May 2015 the app has been inundated with advertisements and prompts to upgrade to the Premium packages.
While the need to advertise in order to support the service and the development of the app is completely understandable, the placement of the ads within the feed and the constant upgrade notifications, which pop up just as you are entering new data, have made the app virtually unusable for those of us who are not interested in paying $9.99 a month for the ad free version.
Consequently, today I found an alternate service called Lose It! This website and app (available for iOS and Android) function in exactly the same way as MFP, but their advertisements are better placed and do not interfere with usage. Moreover, in addition to tracking food, calories, exercise and other health statistics Lose It! has a user friendly and aesthetic interface and offers badges to encourage users to meet their goals.
Like MFP, the website also has forums, groups and challenges that users can join in for help and encouragement. It is always better to know that you are not alone in your weight loss boat.
Looking forward to playing with my new app and losing more weight of course!