DietPower Weight-Loss and Nutrition Software

Reviews of DietPower software Free upgrade to DietPower 4.4 Download a free copy of DietPower software Express interest in a Mac or mobile version of DietPower Watch a 3-Minute intro to DietPower

Weight-Loss Software > Free Online Calorie Counter

Best Free Online Calorie Counter

By Terry Dunkle, DietPower Editor-In-Chief*

It's easy to find a free online calorie counter these days, but difficult to find one that provides all of the features described below:

Tops Any Online Calorie Counter
Download it free. (No strings.)


Large Food Database

Steer clear of any calorie counter that doesn't cover at least 20,000 foods. That's 10,000 lower than the number in a typical supermarket.

Make sure the calorie counter also lets you add your own foods to a personal database, by keying in nutrition facts from the labels. But don't trust a database that mingles the foods you add with those contributed by other people.

Large Exercise Database

A topnotch free online calorie counter will include at least 500 kinds of exercise, which you can log to earn extra calories. It should take your weight into account when calculating the number of calories you've earned, because a heavier person normally burns more calories performing the same exercise that a lighter person performs.

Intelligent Calorie Budget

A typical calorie counter will calculate a calorie budget for reaching your goal weight on your target date. Most base this calculation on an average person's metabolism, but a few actually monitor your own metabolism (which may depart from the average by as much as 30 percent) and continually adjust your budget accordingly. These can actually guarantee reaching your goal on schedule.

Ease of Use

Don't use a calorie counter that takes more than seven to ten minutes a day to log your foods. The best calorie counters can do this in five minutes or less. Test-drive the program for a few days to see how well it performs.

Nutrient Monitoring

Since you're logging your foods anyway, it pays to choose a free online calorie counter that also watches your intake of nutrients other than calories. The best programs monitor dozens of nutrients important in preventing or treating diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, stroke, cancer, and other nutrition-related problems. Some report your intake of each nutrient not only for the current day, but for the past week, month, quarter, and year.


*Terry Dunkle is a 30-year veteran medical journalist and consumer advocate who serves as CEO and chief editor at DietPower, Inc., a leading maker of nutrition and weight-loss software.

To comment on this page, click here.
Book Mark Us

We subscribe to the HONcode
principles of the Health on the
Net Foundation

Click here to see biographies
of DietPower's scientific
advisory board members.

            SPAM POLICY: DietPower doesn't send emails to people who haven't requested them, nor do we share email adresses with third parties. If you
            suspect that someone has subscribed you to our mailing list fraudulently, email us at


Home   |   About Us  |  How It Works  |  Reviews  |  Guarantees  |  Get It FREE  |  Privacy  |  Support  |  Contact Us  |  Site Map  |  MyDietPower

Copyright © 1992-2016 by DietPower, Inc., 7 Kilian Drive, Danbury, CT 06811. Phone 800-852-8446. All rights reserved. The name DietPower and the apple and runner symbols are trademarks of DietPower, Inc. Information on this site is meant to increase your awareness of the importance of nutrition to health. It is not meant to substitute for the advice of a health professional.

Last modified August 12, 2010

"Best way to lose weight ever seen."

Reviews of DietPower Download your free copy of DietPower