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Perfect Diet Tracker is award-winning software for your Mac that can help you monitor your diet and achieve safe and consistent weight loss, maintaining that weight loss once you reach your target.

It's easy to use, and it works.

The Perfect Diet Tracker is not a 'fad' diet, it is a software application that lets you manage your own diet based on firm scientific foundations.

Through the diary and extensive food database you quickly learn which foods are causing you the most problems, and which foods you like and can actually eat more of (this may surprise you!), so not only can you lose weight, you can keep more...

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Frankp Member IconReview+17

I've used it religiously for three years and it works well.

They keep making the data base bigger, but it would be more beneficial to clean up the data base instead of continually adding to it. Searches for specific foods can turn up items totally unrelated to what you're searching for.

Many people use Stouffer's Lean Cuisine meals, but the naming of each product is erratic. If I look for one of their pizzas, I'm never sure if it's under Stouffer's, under Lean Cuisine, or under the specific pizza name.

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Version 3.7.0
Tracy-Johnson Member IconReview+0

Its really a good tracker..keep updating on.

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Version 3.6.4
johnlopez681 Member IconReview+1

I've tried quite a few of these applications. I really works, keep on updating tracker.

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Version 3.6.4
Islandmike Member IconReview+24

I checked out most every current "diet tracking" prorgam I could find and worked with a few to see how easy or hard they handled. The prettiest software in the world doesn't do you any good if you are not motivated to come back and use it. Perfect Diet Tracker is easy, 95% of everything I eat is already in its database -- it is not difficult to add others. What you typically eat will come up at the top of your favorite list -- saves bunches of time looking for your foods -- they are fast and easy to add. Everything seems to be well thought out and simple as it can be made but you can drill down to more if you need to.
I did have occasion to find a small glitch early on that I documented and sent to them. They responded back fast, worked to resolve it, and issued an update. I happened to have bought mine with the Mac App Store -- so they were kind enough to let me use non app version while it went thru the approval time warp at Apple. They followed up -- not so usual these days when everyone is so busy.
So am I still using. Did it affect my life. Yes, and yes. It caused me to start noticing what calories came with eating what -- and just by the routine you develop of daily (for me mornings) entering your food diary, putting in your BP, making some notes of what may have affected a gain or loss -- these build good relationships between you and you food and activities and the software is most helpful to get you in the habit with positive experiences to reinforce.
I got serious when I found this program and started being accountable. From June 2011 until now I have lost over 43 pounds. I can look at the history in the software and see the dips and curves and straight lines and know what period that was "when I was really trying", "when the holiday came and we let ourselves gain a couple of pounds" , that sort of thing. But for the first time I can really relate to what types and how much food will cause what consequences. I have learned with the help of the software to get back control.
Worth every penny. Very good customer support from people who care. Frequent updates. Stable.

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Version 3.6.1
johnnywalker1211 Member IconReview+5

The database needs to be reworked, but other then that no complaints!

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Same johnny..I was to suggest that..thanks :)

LF in Pennsylvania Member IconReview+1
LF in Pennsylvania

I downloaded trial versions of several programs of this genre. After checking them out, I decided to try working with Perfect Diet Tracker and Calories simultaneously as they both seemed to meet my needs. I've used a similar program available through the gym I used to belong to, so I knew what worked for me.

Perfect Diet Tracker left Calories in the dust for ease of use, particularly the food list -- MUCH more comprehensive! A lot of these programs are heavy on the packaged foods. We eat a whole foods diet, most organic. Most of the things we eat were already in the database (in addition to the packaged stuff). It's easy to add things to the database as well.

I posted a question on Saturday to the developer's website and had an answer on Sunday. GREAT support! My question had to do with using a recipe within another recipe -- no problem!

It would be nice if the recipe/group feature allowed you to enter notes so this could be used to store your recipes as well as their nutritional information, but that's not a big deal.

Tracking exercise and results is easy and simple to customize.

An excellent program of this type!

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Version 3.6.0
Prlab Member IconReview+166

I'm a registered personal trainer and I've tried quite a few of these applications. THis is my first choice. Sure, the database isn't perfect, but what is? This programs provides a cost-effective and accurate way to plan a client's diet and accompanying exercise program

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Version 3.5.8

I submitted this once before, but no post. I hope it is not a duplicate.

Diet software with a weak database search is a major flaw. I have written to this manufacturer and suggested they simply buy a copy of CalorieKing and copy whatever they are using. Since CalorieKing hasn't done a Mac update in years (they state their software needs no improvements) and it isn't even listed in MacUpdate, I doubt they could care less.

I keep switching back to tired old CalorieKing because "Perfect" won't try to perfect their database problems. The concept for Windows was stolen... just follow Microsoft's lead.

Frankp Member IconReview+17

Using this software helped me lose 30 pounds. The database needs some data cleansing effort (search results are erratic), but otherwise a great tool to help you lose weight.

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Version 3.5.6
Dthdunn Member IconComment+145

I have once again gone back to this product, but it still retains its most significant flaw. The food database is ridiculous. It gives you many foods that have nothing to do with your entry and it does not find foods even though your clearly state what you are looking for.

The manufacturer says "most people" prefer to create their own database, but that simply dodges the issue. Why is the existing database so flawed? Why after so many years have they not been able to fix this?

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Version 3.5.3

Dthdunn is correct about their search function. Some of the results that come back are just bizarre.

This is a fine program (I just bought it) with a good interface. (It doesn't look like a windoze port.) However, don't expect much help learning how to use it. Their website will often lead you in circles, and online documentation is maddening.

I sent an inquiry about why they didn't have a PDF user guide, and they replied they're "working on it." I sent another suggestion that they create a user forum — noting that users would do most of the work, answering each other's questions. They replied they'd considered it, but didn't implement it because of the manpower needed to moderate the forum.

Until they do this, I'll have to simply pester them with more support questions. At some point, you'd think they'd realize this takes more of their manpower!


TEST CASE: Today I ate some roast beef. Download this software and look at the absurd lengthy list of food options it gives you. Most of them do not include beef. When you type roast beef and the software focuses on the word roast, that is bad software. period. This is not my only complaint, but it is my biggest.


I tried Dthdunn's suggested search.
If I search for roast beef the FIRST result is Roast beef spread. This may vary depending on the sorting option selected.
If I search for roastbeef I get 2 results that are specifically Roastbeef, and not items that include roast and beef.
If none of these results are what I'm looking for, it's easy to add my own item.
The food I had today was easily found in the database, including Blue Machine from Naked Juice.


Thanks for making my point Espiridon. The FIRST result for a search for Roast Beef should be ROAST BEEF and not Roast Beef spread, whatever the hell that is. And, you completely ignore the point that so much of the search returns are nonsense. If entering foods is so easy, why have a database in the first place? You logic is as sound as their search software.


There's no need for personal attacks, and I did not make your point. I still disagree with most of what you wrote. I do hope you realize that the words "Roast" and "Beef" are included in "Roast Beef Spread."

"When you type roast beef and the software focuses on the word roast, that is bad software. period"

That is a poor search implementation, that may or may not be important to all users, and not necessarily reflective of the software as a whole.

"If entering foods is so easy, why have a database in the first place?"

A database with "over 80,000 items" is useful in most situations. Entering additional food is useful when some items are not included in the aforementioned database. For example, new products are constantly being introduced to the market, or you can prepare your own dishes and recipes.

Adding the food I eat into the database takes just a few seconds, including the time it takes to visit websites with the actual nutritional information (e.g., livestrong, myfitnesspal, etc.)

"you completely ignore the point that so much of the search returns are nonsense."

I ignore it as much as I do any similar type of search, whether it is online using Google, Ask, Yahoo, or with applications like Spotlight, Entourage, FileMaker, SPSS, Excel DevonThink Pro, or Panorama.
I can get to the useful results quickly without spending much time fine-tuning my search (i.e., conditioning the search with operators such as AND, OR, EITHER, Type, Wildcards, etc.) or wasting time with the useless results.

Could the search be improved? Sure. Is it that bad now? Not in my experience.

I don't think the software is perfect, but it is very good and support is very receptive to suggestions. Out of the last 50 items I ate, I probably had to add 1 or 2 into the database, the rest were already present. This includes both raw as well as packaged foods. YMMV.


Why is discussing something a personal attack? The whole purpose of product forums are to exchange information about a product. You disagreed with my conclusions, but I don't see that as a personal attack, I see it as you not tracking with my points. Whenever I read consistently positive comments, I always suspect the developer has a person self-promoting. I have tried and tested pretty much every diet/exercise program for the Mac and this one is one of the better ones, but they either cannot or will not fix their long-standing search issue. I have currently switched back to CalorieKing, a basically discontinued product with a great search engine and constant database updates. MacUpdate says CalorieKing does not exist (I cannot add it above), but their website is up and the database updates continue. The problem with CalorieKing is that they will not update their software (just to show I don't work for them).

alcourt Member IconReview+6

Got as far as the license agreement. Read it. Clicked decline. Among the gems in there is a statement that one cannot reference the company/author directly or indirectly to any third party without prior permission. This would mean that one can't write a negative review, or mention it on a personal blog. If that's not what the authors meant, then they shouldn't have put in such a clause.

Such a condition in a license is a complete deal breaker.

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Version 3.6.4
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Version 3.5.8
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Downloads 22,092
Version Downloads 1,472
License Shareware
Date 09 May 2013
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $28.95
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