Lifesum Review. Track & Improve Lifestyle. Don’t Just Count Calories

Lifesum is the app you need for lifestyle and food tracking. Forget calories and food for a minute. Think your weight, what you eat, your workouts and your well being. Lifesum is a fitness app always available in your pocket and soon your wrist.

The Ultimate Lifesum Review For iPhone

The latest Lifesum app update for iPhone (4.4.15) brings support the Apple Watch. It’s a great new addition to the app and the healthy lifestyle we all strive for.

We are what we eat. There is plently of evidence and scientific research to support this claim. Lifesum approach uses science and aims to help you optimize your lifestyle. The idea is to have a proper diet and workouts tailored to your goals. It’s a powerful idea. It goes beyond calories tracker apps.

The Lifesum app is available for free. You start with the standard healthy diet for free. The calories counter is always free. If you want more diets you have to pay. The available paid diets include: The 5:2 diet for fasting 2 days a week The LCHF diet for eating fat and losing weight The high protein diet for building and maintaining muscle

The update to Gold membership costs $35.99 for a 12 months plan or $14.99 for 3 months. There is one more option available, the most expensive one. 1 month Gold membership for $6.99. Updating to Gold Member offers more than just extra diets.

Fitness Apps Integration. Withings, Fitbit, Runkeeper

Lifesum will fetch data from your favorite fitness apps and count them as activity. Lifesum supports Withings, Moves, Runkeeper, Fitbit, Jawbone, Google Fit and Apple Health. What that means is that the Lifesum app will automatically import data such from these apps. Steps, activity, weight, body fat, body mass and more. The idea is simple. Do that you do with your Runkeeper and Fitbit. Lifesum will take care the rest for you. No action required.

Extra Diets Information

You get to know more info about the food you eat. The free version shows protein, carbs and fat information only. With the Gold Member upgrade you get to know more info about the food. More important information that is. Carbs are broken down to fiber and sugars. Fats are separated to saturated and unsaturated. Cholesterol, sodium and potassium data as also added to the mix.

Body Composition And Progress

With data from fitness apps and smart scales, Lifesum paid version knows more about your body composition. Body fat percentage, muscle mass, your BMI and even comparison results. The idea is to keep the users motivated with real life feedback. If you have a Withings Wireless Scale, Withings Smart Body Analyzer or Fitbit Aria Smart Scale you need this feature.

Lifesum Lifestyle Stats And Life Habits

Lifesum knows what you eat, when you exercise and what your workouts are. Gold Membership provides an overview and stats for your lifestyle. The goal is to “make more informed decisions about your food and activity”.

Improved Navigation

The paid version of the app will offer “simple swipe right” to help you add information easier. Add regular meals and exercises to your diary for effortless updates.

How To Add Food And Count Calories To Lifesum

There are two ways to add food to Lifesum. Both need manual action and both work well.

The first one is to search for food. Lifesum data base is big and offers a great variety of foods. From bread and butter with salt to rib eye steaks and foie gras. Whatever you choose you have to tell Lifesum how much you had. The default portion size follow standard serving size but are not always the best. For example a 100g steak it’s a tiny steak. That said, Lifesum goes one step further with smart suggestions. Salmon fillet is listed as 100g portion but Lifesum also offers more options. CHoose between the 76.9g standard serving or input the exact weight of your salmon fillet in grams.


The other option is to scan barcodes on food packages. Lifesum does a great job here. Scanning a barcode is super fast. It even works while the iPhone camera tries to focus. Amazing. Again the app tries to make intelligent suggestions for portion size but sometimes it fails.

There are two ways to add food and keep track of your calories. By tapping on the plus arrow on the top left corner or tap on the plus sign next to each food category. Eg Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks, Dinner.

Lifesum food data base lives on the cloud. That means you need to have access to the internet to add food.

How To Add Exercise And Workouts To Lifesum

The idea here is similar. You add exercises the same way you add food. Tap on the big plus sign on the top left corner or the plus sign next to the exercise section. Search and add your workout. Lifesum supports a variety of workouts and activities. From walking to power yoga, running to bodybump and of course sex. The data base is huge. You get caloric information about frisbee playing and sex foreplay but not for anaerobic exercises. There is no information available for weight lifting, sprints or squats.

Lifesum VS MyFitnessPal

It’s only natural and healthy to compare Lifesum to MyFitnessPal. Both apps promise to help you count calories and track your diet. The goal is to make you more healthy. Lose fat and achieve your weight goals. Be more fit and healthy. Still their approach is different.

Lifesum focuses on lifestyle choices. The app is built around the concept of personal goals. Who do you want to be? A fast runner, a lean mean muscle machine, a healthy person? Lifesum app design is overall much better.

MyFitnessPal follows a similar approach but advertises itself differently. In MyFitnessPal app everything is about food tracking, data, graphs and numbers. The design feels very outdated too.

Between Lifesum and MyFitnessPal i recommend Lifesum for sure. The app is focusing on the right problem, the right way. Still, feel free to try MyFitnessPal too. Both apps are free to download and use.

You can read the full Lifesum review here.

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