Anyone who has ever needed to loose weight or watched The Biggest Loser will know that one of the keys to achieving your weight loss target is; keep track of those calories! This is where apps like MyFitnessPal comes in handy.
MyFitnessPal App provides you with a fast and easy way to keep track of everything you eat, your exercise levels/calories burned etc. giving you a good overview of how you are doing against daily and weekly targets. You can also keep track of your performance in terms of logging the weightloss and inches lost, keeping you on track to hit your targets.
With reportedly the largest food database of any calorie counter in the market (over a 1 million items) start logging those meals is quite straightforward. If you can’t find your food item on their lists you can also enter it yourself, and you will then be able to find the item in your ‘my foods’ tab later on.
In the latest release they have also added barcode scanning to make it even easier to enter those meals by simply scanning the barcode found on the packaging of your meal. This is a great new feature in terms of ready meals etc. but we need to start getting restaurants etc as well to start featuring barcodes/QR codes to their menus to make it easy to count the calories and nutritional value of a meal out.
The MyFitnessPal app also allows you to invite your friends to start using the app so you can keep motivating each other to keep on track. There are still some improvements that could be made to this feature in terms of integrating it with more social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter to more easily invite and connect with friends and share your progress.
Integration is one of the areas of improvement for the MyFitnessPal app, as personally i would have loved to see the opportunity to seamlessly import my Nike+ exercise/run data into the app.
I have tested a few calorie counter apps and the MyFitnessPal has been the one that i have stuck with for a while now as it has most of the features i was looking for, it is easy to find and enter meals, calories, progress etc. and it allows me to share my data with my trainer as well (perhaps they should add a mechanism to hide those Krispy Kreme entries!). I can personally recommend the MyFitnessPal app if you are looking for a good calorie counter application.
Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
The MyFitnessPal App is available to download from the Apple App Store for Free – click here.