Counting calories can be a challenging equation. Even Will Hunting probably struggles tracking what goes in and out of his body. Now, thanks to the MyFitnessPal app, anyone with a smartphone can supposedly track their calories— no calculators required.
The Pocket Nutritionist — What It Is
Created by the folks at MyFitnessPal.com, the app allows users to record the food they eat throughout the day. Whether it’s fresh fruit from the farmer’s market, a specific brand of spaghetti, or Chinese take-out from a chain restaurant, MyFinessPal most likely knows about it. And if it doesn’t, users can input the nutritional information themselves. The app adds up calories and also keeps track of fat, carbs, protein, and other vital nutrients.
But MyFitnessPal doesn’t stop with food. Users can also record exercises, done during the day, and the app will record the number of calories burned. Wondering if your run worked off that breakfast burrito? MyFinessPal will let you know.
Prior to using the app, users complete a survey that asks about weight, height, exercise habits, and weight loss goal. With this information, MyFinessPal calculates the correct amount of calories and nutrients needed for that individual to meet their goal. Ultimately, MyFitnessPal provides nutritional information people need at a price they can afford (oh, did we not mention it’s free?).
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Although the app does not offer meal and workout suggestions like its competitors, it’s perfect for people who only want to count calories. Given its cost, ease, and accuracy, we give MyFitnessPal 3 out of 5 apples.
Download/Buy MyFitnessPal for the iPhone from iTunes for FREE here.