Diet & Food Tracker - SparkPeople Health & Fitness App Review (iOS, $3.99)


Languages: English

Seller: SparkPeople, Inc.

- Better integration with the supportive SparkPeople community through Friend Feed
- More detailed fitness tracking allowing minutes and calories burned input for strength exercises
- iOS 7 design updates
- Bug fixes

Customer Ratings

Current Version:
7 Ratings
All Versions:
100 Ratings
Health & FitnessPaidTopIOS


Lose weight, get fit and stay healthy with SparkPeople’s Diet & Food Tracker, the iPhone’s most comprehensive calorie and fitness tracker!

This app brings, the world’s most popular diet and fitness site, right to your mobile device. The online tracking and calorie counting tools, exercise demos, and detailed reporting that have helped millions of people meet their goals are now available to you right on your phone. Our tracker app fully integrates with our site, supporting your holistic approach to health, fitness, and healthy living wherever you go.


We have the biggest food database of any tracking app: With over 2,000,000 foods tracked and more being added every day, it’s easy to track exactly what—and how much—you're eating.

A fast and simple fitness tracker: It’s easy to track your workouts and the calories you burn. We believe that keeping track of your exercise shouldn’t be more exhausting than the exercise itself.

Over 600 exercise demonstrations: Avoid common exercise injuries and achieve the results you’re looking for. With our short demos of licensed trainers performing cardio and strength exercises, you’ll learn how to exercise the right way, every time.

Works offline: Our app doesn’t require an Internet connection to help you lose weight and track nutrition. Use our streamlined offline mode to track your stats anytime.

Detailed Reporting: Unlike other fitness apps that only allow reporting from a computer, our tracker lets you run reports from right within the app!

Barcode scanner for fast, efficient food entry: Don’t waste time typing - just scan the barcode and get going.

Water Tracker: An easy way to make sure you get the recommended 8 glasses of water per day.

Quick Glance Home Screen: See a daily log of calories eaten, calories burned and fitness minutes without having to click through menus and submenus.

Daily Weigh-In Page: Keep track of your day-to-day gains and losses. Only 2 clicks and you’re there.

GPS Tracking: There’s no need to buy another app to track your distance or speed; optional GPS tracking is built into the app!

Total Integration: You can access all fitness and nutrition logs from your computer or mobile device, so you always have the information you need, whenever you need it. Plus, you’ll always have an online backup of all your data.

Health & Fitness Articles: Read articles from SparkPeople’s nutritionists and fitness experts whenever you can & learn how to be a healthier you.

Get Motivated with SparkPoints: If you’re already a member, you’re already well aware of the motivational power of SparkPoints. For those of you new to our program, SparkPoints is a game we’ve woven through our program that makes getting fit fun.


The SparkPeople Diet & Food Tracker fully syncs with your online account. (If you don’t have an account, you can set one up in-app.) Since 2001, has helped millions of people just like you to lose weight and stay fit.

We do this by offering support, education and powerful tools. This app also gets you:

Access to's vast library of healthy-living articles, fitness videos, and exercise plans

Access to our cooking site, You’ll find over 600,000 healthy and easy to cook recipes that help you reach your nutrition goals while still eating well.

Access to the web’s largest healthy lifestyle community. Learn from others who have been right where you are, and get help from the most supportive healthy-living community on the web.

No other website or iPhone application can offer all the tools, content and community features that we do. Get "Sparked" today and let us help you reach your goals!

*When offline, the functionality of our app is streamlined to better fit offline usage.

Customer Reviews

  • Works great!

    by Runner1909

    Just put it on my iPhone and it works just fine. Logged in and all my info was there. Love it!

  • No problems

    by NeldaMae

    Read the reviews about people having problems opening the app. I decided to buy it anyway. GLAD I did. Downloaded, opened, & used it right away. All my SP info was there.

  • UPDATE ....

    by Lori upset

    I paid for this app. Crashes when opened. Iphone 5, iOS 7.0.4. Fix or reimburse. UPDATE: logged on computer & reset password & was able to use app (?!?!)

  • Love it but I am having problems with the update.

    by Vemonkey

    I am having problems with the new update; the serving link gets cut off or doesn't show up at all. Before the update I thought it was a great app and it works well for me. Please fix the bugs!

  • Serving size

    by Chashem

    I cant change the serving size on this version. I used to on my other phone before I dont know maybe its because my phone is older.

  • Love!

    by Smjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjj

    I just started using this app today! It was well worth the money. I honestly love how easy and simple it is to understand the app. It has a special plan for anyone. You put in your weight and your target weight and it does all the calculations for you! Meaning: it tells how many calories you should consume in a day and how many you should burn by the end of the week. It counts all the calories you've burned, and tells you how many more calories you need to lose. It tells you how many calories left for the day that you can consume. It also can help you design a plan on how many pounds you want to lose in a week. (They actually tell you the date in which you will get to your target weight based on how much you want to lose per week!) it's wonderful, I love it! You also get points which can help you to continue doing better! :) great app! Don't change a thing! <3

  • Can't Enter Portions

    by JJ880

    Current version on iPod Touch 4 OS 6.1.5 will not let you enter portions. Other problem is search criteria are too narrow; partial entry finds nothing. E.G.; potat will not find potato But generally has been a good app.

  • New version seems to have a bug

    by Crispini91

    There is nowhere to change the quantity of portions when entering food!

  • Great

    by Sobohappy

    No problems

  • Love this app!!

    by CR_Edwards_2015

    Wow, I'm really surprised at all the negative reviews. I've had this app for about 2 years or so, and I've never encountered any problems at all!! No crashing and no login problems here. I love SparkPeople and this app, and I highly recommend it! :)

  • So far it works great

    by cgwalks

    Easy to use. Good database of foods. I love the exercise demos. The one thing I'd request is to have the nutrition reports available. But at least I can login and see them (and export them) on the web version.

  • Loved it until Crash

    by JanetRox53

    Loved the tracking & scanning. Worked perfect for two days & then I lost all the info I had put in. Blank!

  • Decent !

    by Piernt

    I am switching back from MFP because I like the support aspect of sparkpeople. Did I mention I am a lifetime member of WW!? I prefer sparkpeople! This app is much improved from the last time I used it. By the way, I did notice a misspelling on the reports>calories differential report: The BMR footnote misspells "breathe". Otherwise, keep up the good work!

  • So far, so good!

    by Potterfan6

    This app works as well as the online version. All of the favorites I loaded from my computer are on my phone. The barcode scanner is a plus. Very similar to WW app, but less $$$

  • I love it!

    by Sarie156

    Maybe they fixed the issues since the last reviews, but I think the app works great! Just as good as Weight Watchers, but only $3.99, not $42/mo like WW.

  • Great potential

    by Scottland7

    UI is nice looking and functionality seems high. But small problems like not being able to scroll and crashing on the home page is rather annoying. Questioning the price tag when other apps (like myfitnesspal) have the same functionality just without the shiny look. Definitely not worth $4 - at least not until it can do more (like add a pedometer) and they clean up the minor issues.

  • Review

    by Lori4christ

    The "today" page does not scroll up. I can only view nutrition points tracked and abt 1/2 of the fitness.

  • Abigail

    by Abigail Jones

    Nice but I really wish I could get the grocery list on the app for when I'm shopping. Would be way more helpful and worth the $4

  • Works For Me, Great App

    by SWBari95

    I've lost over 100 lbs. using this app. Well worth the money, and I usually don't pay for apps. The only complaint I have is it needs an idiot filter for the user interface where people manually enter neutritional info. The info that is provided by the system is usually correct, if not only slightly off. Also need to add the ability to add/edit pie cart (ex. Add sodium ect.)

  • Best Weight-Loss Tool Ever

    by H_mommy

    SparkPeople has the best food and fitness tracking system I have seen. It is so convenient to be able to track everything on the go, and not have to search my memory to remember every little thing I ate or ingredient I cooked with when I finally get to my computer. The barcode scanner is the best. My least favorite part of tracking my food was always having to enter the nutrition stats. This does it for me! That alone makes it worth the price of the app. If you find SparkPeople to be useful in maintaining your weight-loss progress, I totally recommend getting this app for your iPhone. It has taken all of the hassle out of my tracking and I can focus on my goals now!

  • App won't work

    by Lovedthisbefore

    App keeps crashing won't open.

  • Utter Fail! Don't buy!!

    by Tris2swim

    This app completely fails. It does NOT open. I just paid $3.99 for NOTHING. Fix or refund...anyone who buys this is being robbed.

  • It won't open!!

    by christi1284

    Help!! I paid for the ap and it won't open. I click on the ap, it looks like it's going to open then just times out and closes. Using iPhone 4s

  • Wast

    by Bkoons

    Don't wast your money this app does not work purchased and can't do anything. Will not let me log in keeps shutting down.

  • Unable to log in through FB account

    by Djfreddiettm

    My Sparkpeople account is set up through Facebook, which means I don't have a unique SP log-in. The app doesn't give you the option to log on to FB, so that means I just wasted $4. If they can fix it, I'd be better able to rate the app, but it is absolutely worthless to me now since I can't log in.

  • Unable to log in through FB account

    by Djfreddiettm

    My Sparkpeople account is set up through Facebook, which means I don't have a unique SP log-in. The app doesn't give you the option to log on to FB, so that means I just wasted $4. If they can fix it, I'd be better able to rate the app, but it is absolutely worthless to me now since I can't log in.

  • Worthless

    by Geocachenut

    Crashes every time I try to open it...

  • Can't Even Open the App

    by Jessneuer

    I just purchased the app for $3.99 and I can't even open it on my iPhone 5. Can I get my money back?

  • Paid for it and it won't even open

    by Sandy Nitch

    Good idea, but worthless for iPhone 4S. Sad that they don't specify it only works with iPhone 5

  • Freezes Constantly

    by Julie Sosa

    Almost every other time I try to use this app, it freezes and then shuts down. If it doesn't freeze, then it will take forever to process what I am trying to add.

  • Please fix!

    by Debraleedee

    Love SP but this app doesn't work! Won't scan barcodes or upload any food/fitness options. Waste of money...please fix!!

  • Love spark people, but this app is terrible

    by dugg it

    I paid $4 for an app that does nothing but crash.

  • Broken app!

    by Angry in CO

    Your app is broken. Please fix it.

  • Great when it works

    by Pbmn123

    Until recently would have given it five stars. Now multiple times a day it crashes and tells me to log in when already logged in, or that my credentials don't match. This same app on my iPad works fine. PLEASE fix.

  • Listen

    by Long time spark user

    Used spark people online for a long time and will never use again. Though effective I'm not supporting a company that would charge for a app that would make all their fans lose money. Do not download the bugs have not been fixed 3 December 2013


    by Jnbec4ever

    This app doesn't work, I should have believed the reviewers. It will not save anything you enter! Good luck but I already wasted 8 bucks trying to download this one and the ipad version neither one works.

  • Don't purchase

    by cshelljones

    I took a chance and bought this app because the old one worked so well. Don't waste your $4. I can't scroll down on the "today" screen. I was able to scroll the first time I opened the app, but not since. Also, there is no way to get app support. So far everything else seems okay, but if I'm going to pay, I expect the app to work.

  • Bug Alert

    by Dyvcast

    Crashes on login.

  • Crashes after Login

    by lokiwi

    It crashes right after I log in and is functionally useless for me. As I paid for this, I was hoping you could fix it up.

  • Keeps crashing.

    by Kellyh923

    I can't even use it to see how I want to rate it. I just paid $3.99 for this app and I can't get it to stop crashing after I log in. Help!

  • Does not work

    by 1badapp!!

    I have not been able to do anything with this app. Every function tells me that it is "unable to do at this time". I am beyond frustrated with this app. Save your not download!

  • Crashes and confusing

    by Christa B

    The app and the web site are not very user-friendly. It's very "busy". Too much going on. Earning Spark Points is not terribly entertaining when it comes to me trying to get my weight back on track. Not to mention, while trying to look up recipes, the app crashed on me multiple times. How disappointing when I actually paid for the app. MyFitnessPal has been a far better match for me.

  • Would be great if it worked

    by Angelw74

    Love sparks people use it on my computer all the time thought the app would make it easier to add foods with out having to be at my computer. Unfortunately I can only enter breakfast every time I try to select a different meal it tells me unable to retrieve meals at this time. I have had the app for several months and there have been a few updates during that time but non have addressed this issue.

  • No SparkTeens?

    by Caroline Bell

    I love the website. I just wish I could use it from my phone. However, the SparkPeople website only allows members over the age of 18, and there is no SparkTeens app. I just wasted $4.

  • Incorrect Info

    by Michael_P_OR

    I paid $3.99 for the app because it advertised the ability to scan food barcodes instead of entering things in. I scanned several items in my kitchen and not one was correct. I use to use Spark online and thought it was a decent enough site, but this app is sub-par at best. Very disappointed I wasted money on such a horrible product.

  • Great Potential

    by Moneybags1213

    Seems like it could be a great app, if they get the bugs out. I can't look at the articles, as it constantly force closes when I try. For a paid app, I expect it to work.

  • Used to be better

    by hdt312

    I was happy with the last version of this app. I didn't mind paying because you can search almost any food with the barcode scanner - so convenient. But in the latest update they dropped the GPS fitness tracker I used. Now I have to download a separate app to track my runs and then enter them in to sparkpeople. I don't think an app you pay for should just drop features - they should be adding!!

  • Better App Options

    by Treasie

    Too restrictive can't adjust calories or meal plans. I have it's a better option from your computer than this app save your money. Lose It to me is much better

  • Can't use if you log in using Facebook account

    by JCH4DCU

    I created my account using Facebook information but there is no option on this app to log in that way. So this was a waste of money.

  • Okay so far but...

    by ngan1237

    It's an okay app. The search for food is quite overwhelming. It could definitely do with some improvement on its interface there. Also.. The calorie counter doesn't take into account calories burned in the day. It only has a specific goal, and that goal doesn't change regardless of how much exercise has been done.

  • Great app!!!!!

    by WJO1212

    I love this app. Much easier to add food than computer. I am so busy during the week that I can not get on computer so this is my go to app. One thing I would love to see added would be the quick track for veggies & fruit like the water.

  • Very disappointed

    by Petuniabeth

    I shouldn't have wasted my money on this! I thought it would be like the web page, able to do all actions.. For example, I wanted to change my start weight and goals but the only option is to change my weight goal and date. I like to track my miles walked, but it only tracks time walked. There are several other things too but I'm not wasting my time on this any more. The app is not detailed enough to cost 3.99!

  • Don't buy!!!

    by snlipio

    Just paid $4 for this app 5 minutes ago and it's unable to do anything! No food, nothing. Everything says unable to retrieve. Please don't waste your money like I did! Fix this or start refunding people. This is a scam!!

  • Not for Breastfeeding moms

    by Anyhr

    AFTER paying and downloading the app it asks if you are pregnant or Breastfeeding. I am Breastfeeding so check yes and it won't allow me to go any further "not recommended for pregnant women" and refers me to another site. I went she's and signed up knowing I need to eat the extra calorie and will just have to do that tracking on my own. Sad they can't just add an option in. Since trying to use the app I've encountered many errors. Most commonly something along the lines of unable to add data, check server connections. Yet ever other app and website on my phone works.

  • Love It!

    by Vicster Lee

    I did Sparkpeople once before, but trying to track my food on the computer was a pain. This app makes sparking so easy and convenient! I love the barcode scanner - so helpful and works great. One thing I would like to see changed: Give me a way to stop the pop-up hint about barcodes that I get every time I go to my favorite food list.

  • Won't let me log in

    by Michelle!! Pearson!!

    It won't let me log in or enter food! Soooo annoying. Waste of money.

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