Whether you’re interested in Lifesum or you’ve already purchased the app, you may be wondering about the app’s tracking capabilities and integrations, so I’ve created this complete guide to answer all of your questions about Lifesum’s functionality.
Table Of Contents
If you have a specific question about the Lifesum app then you can use the table of contents to find your answer more easily.
Does Lifesum Track Macros?
Lifesum does track macros (protein, carbs, and fat) but unfortunately, its macronutrient recommendations are inaccurate.
If you have the knowledge to set your own macronutrient targets then Lifesum is a great app to use.
However, if you’re uncomfortable setting your own targets, or you don’t have a nutrition coach to set them for you, you should use MacroFactor instead (click to read my review).
Does Lifesum Track Micronutrients? (Sodium, Fiber, etc.)
Lifesum does track some micronutrients (mostly minerals) so that users can see how much of each nutrient they’re consuming each day to help identify nutrients that are being under-consumed and nutrients that you’re overconsuming.
However, Lifesum doesn’t track any vitamins and doesn’t allow you to set your own micronutrient targets, it simply allows you to see how much of each nutrient you’re consuming.
If you want the ability to set micronutrient targets then Cronometer is a better option (click to read my review) because it allows you to set specific targets and has up to 82 micronutrients that it tracks – a lot of which can be done on the free version.
Does Lifesum Track Vitamins?
Lifesum does not track vitamins, which is surprising considering the app is marketed as a health app and an adequate intake of micronutrients (vitamins & minerals) is key to better overall health.
Without the ability to track vitamins, the user won’t know if they’re under consuming certain nutrients which can put them at a higher risk for nutrient deficiencies.
For this reason, an app like Cronometer would be better if you’re unsure about how much of each nutrient you’re consuming and how much you should be consuming.
Does Lifesum Track Exercise?
Lifesum does track exercise and has a variety of tracking methods to improve user experience. Users can track their exercise automatically by connecting to an exercise tracker or health app, or manually by selecting exercises or adding calories burned.
For those wanting to track their activity by logging specific activities manually, there are many exercises to choose from such as (aerobics, running, walking, sports, workout classes, strength training, and more.
Lifesum does have a default setting that takes any calories burned through activity back to your daily intake, but you can shut off this setting by going to Profile>Settings>Customize Diary and turning on the option to “exclude calories burned from daily calorie goal”.
Those who are using Lifesum for weight loss will want to turn this function off to make weight loss easier; however, those who are trying to maintain weight or gain weight while using Lifesum will want to leave this function on.
Does Lifesum Track Net Carbs?
Lifesum does not track net carbs so it’s not the best app for those doing the keto diet. However, Lifesum does track carbs and fiber so it’s easy to calculate your net carb consumption by subtracting your fiber intake from your total carb intake.
For those wanting an app that tracks net carbs automatically, I would recommend Carb Manager which is an app that is more specific to the keto diet.
Does Lifesum Track Caffeine?
Lifesum does not track your caffeine intake so you won’t be able to see how much caffeine you’ve consumed while using the app.
If tracking your caffeine intake is important to you then I suggest using a separate app with this function alongside Lifesum or switching to a nutrition tracking app like Cronometer which tracks everything (including caffeine) for you.
Does Lifesum Sync With Apple Watch?
Lifesum can sync with the Apple Watch through the Apple Health App. Lifesum can sync with the apple health app to transfer step count, exercise activity, and body weight information.
Lifesum can use this information to estimate your overall calorie burn and either add those calories back to your daily intake to promote weight maintenance or gain, or to simply keep track of how many calories you’re burning daily that are contributing to weight loss.
Does Lifesum Sync With Fitbit?
Lifesum can sync with Fitbit to get information about your activity (steps and exercise) and the number of calories you burned. Although Fitbit can track your food, it doesn’t appear that the calories you track in the Fitbit app would transfer over to Lifesum.
However, there is likely no need for you to track your intake with both the Lifesum and Fitbit apps because their nutrition capabilities are so similar that there would be no benefit in tracking in two separate places.
I recommend either tracking in Lifesum or tracking in Fitbit, not both.
Does Lifesum Work With Garmin?
Lifesum does work with Garmin by collecting data that Garmin tracks and transferring it over to the Lifesum app to have all your health and fitness information in one place.
The Lifesum app can use the exercise information from Garmin to either add calories back to your daily intake based on how many calories you burned or simply as a reference for how much activity you did that day.
Does Lifesum Sync With Samsung Health?
Lifesum does sync with Samsung Health to collect information about how many steps and how much exercise the user achieved.
This is ideal for those who typically have their phone with them or for those who have a fitness watch that syncs with Samsung health (i.e. galaxy watch) to track their activity.
For those pursuing weight loss, syncing your activity to Lifesum is most beneficial for monitoring how many calories from exercise are contributing to your calorie deficit (taking in fewer calories than your body needs to maintain weight).
For those who want to maintain weight or gain weight, the activity tracked through Samsung health will help Lifesum determine how many calories it should add back to your daily intake.
Does Lifesum Sync With Google Fit?
Lifesum does sync with Google Fit, which is ideal for those who have a fitness watch that links with Google Fit to track their activity (i.e. Galaxy Watch) because it will share information with the Lifesum app and keep all of your nutrition and exercise metrics in one place.
This way if progress isn’t happening as fast as you’re wanting, you can reference your calorie intake and your exercise activity in Lifesum to see where changes could be made to get you back on track.
About The Author
Amanda Parker is an author, nutrition coach, and Certified Naturopath. She works with bodybuilders, Olympic weightlifters, and powerlifters to increase performance through nutrition and lifestyle coaching.