Current version: 3.3.1
RD Rating: 4.5 Stars
Age rating: 4+
Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
Reviewed by: Sarah Krieger, MPH, RD, LD/N
Synopsis of the App
This app may be created by MyFitness Pal, but the nutrition analysis features will make this app your best nutrition friend. The app includes a combination of both on a daily and weekly section.
MyFitness Pal is a community-oriented site designed to help you lose weight and track fitness goals. The mobile apps let you keep these features at your fingertips wherever you are. You can input or edit your goals, enter your caloric intake (food) and output (exercise) on the go and add new food data to the library if it doesn't already exist. There's also a progress screen that lets you track your weight and view a graphical representation of how you're doing as you work toward your goals.
- The app offers tutorial videos on how to use the bar code scanner, a great addition for first-time users.
- Offers the analysis of fat, calories, protein and carbohydrates, PLUS offers iron, calcium, vitamin A, C and potassium.
- Includes a database of more than 350 fitness exercises, with calories burned for a "net" calories remaining.
- At the end of the day, it gives a summary of: "If every day were like today (how I ate), you would weigh: over or under in 5 weeks." Basically, if you keep eating this way (good or bad), keep it up or change it up.
- You may add friends if you wish for support as you work toward goals.
- Provides a weekly average and other detailed reports and charts of your progress over time for motivation.
- Large food database offered with more than 1,100,000 foods with the option for food or recipe entry.
- Additional information found at www.myfitnesspal.com, as well as an online support system and an automatically updated food log.
- Database content is average.
- Not as visually appealing as other similar apps
The extra nutrient analysis is great since most people are lacking in potassium, iron (age-specific), fiber and calcium. With the help of this app and the guidance of a registered dietitian, you can see how much you are lacking or consuming at the end of the day and you can build your eating plan accordingly. The tutorials are helpful for first-timers.
Sarah Krieger, MPH, RD, LD, a registered dietitian with expertise in weight management and nutrition education, is a Spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.