With the steady rise and attention to wellness, the folks at MyFitnessPal are here to help, for free. Whether on your iPad or iPhone there are a slew of wellness apps. Ranging from calorie counters to exercise helpers these apps can help you lose weight, get fit, and better your own personal wellness. In this review we will take a look at a great calories counter which makes doing so faster and easier than ever. Join us after the break for our MyFitnessPal review.
There are many apps which promise to count calories. Some specialize in restaurant food calories, while others in ingredients. MyFitnessPal covers the entire range allowing you to put restaurant foods, ingredients, supplements, and anything else you can imagine that contains food. Additionally, you can track your exercise and update your weight on whatever time frequency you would like. Based on some input (age, weight, gender, height, etc), the app will track your progress.
There are a few areas of the app that can be customized. You can enter your own recipes, meals, etc in order to easily continue entering those foods/exercises. When you search for a food, it will automatically save the search. This again helps with frequently searched items.
To enter food, you have a few options. First, simply type the name of the food you are eating. Things such as Saladworks Buffalo Chicken Salad will yield a bunch of results, from which you can normally find the one you are looking for. Alternatively, if you have the product, you can scan the barcode. Both methods are fast and easy. Entering calories is as easy as finding the foods you are looking for.
Each item entered brings along with it at minimum three key nutrition facts. Fat, Carbs, and Protein. Many have vitamins and more detailed information. Your summary view will show a nice pie chart breakdown of the three for the day. So if you are trying to eat 60% protein, 20% carbs and 20% fat, its very easy to see how your doing.
Unfortunately, this is an area where the app is currently lacking a bit. While there is at least some option, it is completely proprietary to the MyFitnessApp and does not interface with any popular social media such as Facebook or Twitter. To add a friend you must send them an email. A little 2005 huh?
Only have your iPhone or maybe your computer, no problem. Your account is completely synchronized across all of your devices and available to view, edit, or add to online in a browser.
MyFitnessPal is a top notch app for staying aware of your daily caloric intake and burn. If you need to lose weight, look no further. Want a bag of doritos but arent sure how it will fit into your daily intake, MyFitnessPal can help. While there is some room for it to grow in the area of social capabilities, I believe it is the best free app available today for your wellness tracking needs.
MyFitnessPal (free) for iPhone and iPad is available in the App Store.