My Review of Fitday PC 2.0

I am a Fitday junkie and have been for awhile. There are a few things I do on a regular basis and Fitday is one of them. Every evening, I’ll enter my food and exercise numbers into the program on my computer. So, having gotten so much use out of the original Fitday PC, I was intrigued by the coming of version 2.0. I downloaded it pretty much sight unseen and here are my thoughts.

First, it’s an amazing piece of software. Fitday does so much in a user friendly way. It tracks calories, major nutrients, exercise, mood, body measurements, and other things. It has a huge database, allows for custom foods and created recipes, and runs numerous reports that show progress or lack thereof. It allows you to set a weight goal and tells you how much you need to consume to lose. It also figures out your metabolism. Now that I’m more on maintenance mode, I personally monitor fiber, protein, calories, vitamins/minerals and a comparison between calories burned and calories consumed. I can say that I would not have lost the 30 pounds I did and kept it off for over a year without Fitday PC. Thus, I’m pretty pleased with it.

However, what I’ve described could easily be referencing Fitday 1.0. What has changed from version to version? It appears the color scheme has changed slightly, the food database has been expanded and updated, and you can sync the software with your online premium account (which costs). So, is the software worth the current 29.99 price? For a first time  buyer, I would say absolutely. Fitday PC is user friendly, powerful, and if used, effective. What about those who already have Fitday 1.0? I would say possibly. I don’t sync with the web and don’t care about color schemes. Is the food database worth 30 dollars? So far, it’s hard to tell. It’s much more accurate than Fitday 1.o at least. For example, Fitday 1.0 had an extra large bagel at 270 calories. Now, anyone whose been to Panera, Cosi, or another bagel shop could tell you that number is way off (too low). Fitday 2.0 has a large bagel at 337 calories, which is much more realistic. The new food database also has many more brand name items such as McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Snickers Marathon bars, etc.

My final word on Fitday PC 2.0 is this: if you don’t have 1.0, buy it. It’s great. If you have 1.0, ask yourself if $30.00 is worth the price for the sync feature (itself costs over $5.00 a month) and an updated database because everything else is pretty much the same.

David gives his thoughts on Fitday PC 2.0 (and some screen shots) here

Fitday 2.0 is Here

I love Fitday, a fact that I explain in my post, The Basic Math of Losing Weight. There is a new version of Fitday out, Fitday 2.0, and my brother and I downloaded it today as a kind of gift to ourselves this Christmas. Fitday’s website has no information about this new release of Fitday, although customer service told me they will be rolling it out officially soon.

Based on my initial impression of Fitday 2.0, there are very few differences between versions 1.0 and 2.0. The design is a little more sleek, but otherwise it is very similar to the design of 1.0. The food database has been updated with new foods, including more fast food items, but Fitday 2.0 still tracks the same number of nutrients that 1.0 tracked. It would have been nice if the new version would have included some new nutrients, like Lutein or Omega-3 fats. Also (if the creators of Fitday are listening), it would be nice to be able to customize a food to include any nutrient and value, e.g. the program could have the flexibility to allow me to input “Vitamin Z,” and assign an adequate intake, and and input values to any food for this made-up vitamin in grams, milligrams, micrograms, or International Units. This would make it truly customizable.

The only major new feature of Fitday 2.0 is the ability to sync the software with an online premium Fitday account (which costs $5.95 per month). This means you can update your Fitday at work, away from home, etc, and synchronize it with your software…a nice feature, but not really worth the price for my situation.

Fitday is great software. I use it regularly. It has many helpful features and reports, which have definitely helped me lose weight. I recommend it to anybody who needs to track their food intake and activity. I wish Fitday 2.0 offered more improvements over version 1.0, but nonetheless, I am very happy with Fitday 2.0 as a continuation of an already great product. Below are some screenshots of Fitday 2.0 (some of the first available online actually).

Below is the overview screen, which shows that over the last few days, I have allowed myself to eat a little more during the first few days of the holidays. I’ll be back on track starting tomorrow though.

fitday 2.0 screenshot 1

Below is the Fitday activity log, which shows that I did lift and play some racquetball on Christmas Eve, which helped blunt some of the impact of Christmas-related eating.

fitday 2.0 screenshot 2

Below is my food log, which shows that on December 24th, I didn’t eat too badly, although I notice the word “cookie” shows up a lot (what I ate on Christmas is my business!)

fitday 2.0 screenshot 3

Fitday 2.0?

I can’t find much about it online, but it looks like Fitday 2.0 has been released. There seem to be no screenshots available of it, and I tried to download it online, but I couldn’t (despite the claim that once you buy Fitday, you get free updates…we’ll see about that I guess). Does anybody know anything about it? I emailed the people at Fitday to see what is going on, and I’ll let everybody know the response I get.

I also found another diet software that looks very comprehensive, Nutribase EZ. I downloaded the software for evaluation, and while it seems more complicated than Fitday 1.0, it is rather comprehensive and powerful. The price is higher than Fitday.

UPDATE:

I received a reply from Fitday, which is pasted below. Their customer service is prompt and friendly. First, a few comments. I don’t think Fitday was very clear when they said updates were free, by which they meant bug-fixes and minor updates were free, whereas major upgrades (e.g. going from version 1.0 to 2.0) would cost . Perhaps that they used “update” versus “upgrade” should have clued me in. Second, there is still nothing about 2.0 on their site, but the site does mention it is the current version, so I am guessing it is on the way. If the upgrade is nice enough, I will definitely be paying for it. I use Fitday a lot, and I am more than willing to pay for it. It is an excellent program.

Hi David,

Thanks for your question. Version 1.0.0.6 is the latest version. We’re in the
process of updating the website and rolling out Version 2. Version 2 is not yet
available for download.

Updates are free that include patches to the current version of FitDay (version
1). But this does not include the next major upgrade to FitDay (i.e. Version 2).
Version 2 will not be free.

Let us know if you have any questions.

Thanks,

FitDay Support
support@fitday.com