Myfitnesspal App for tracking diet and exercise

Last night, which was a quiet lonely night as all my girls had gone to sleep by 10pm, I sat down on the sofa and on a whim, searched the Apple AppStore with the keyword “diet”. One of the first hits was the Myfitnesspal app. It’s available for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry. You can find out more here: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/mobile

The app, which requires you to register with an email account, also allows you to view your profile online at www.myfitnesspal.com.

What I like about this app is that it’s got an exhaustive food list. At first I thought it would be a hassle to enter food items one by one, but the app works so smoothly, calling up data from its online database (an internet connection is needed to use the app) with little delay, that I found the process quite fuss free.

The app allows you to log your food intake on a daily basis. And with each food item you add, it tallies up your calorie intake for the day. While setting up your profile, you also included your weight and target weight. The app then apparently calculates how much should your daily calorie range be in order to reach your target. It will even tell you if you’re eating too little calories. At the end of each day, the app tells you how much you would weigh in a week’s time if you kept eating like this.

Diary

In addition, you can also record your exercises, which of course then subtracts from your calorie count for the day.

Another surprise is that there are lots of Singapore food items in the database, presumably added by Singaporeans. I’ve added fish soup, bee hoon, fish balls, etc.

I’m just surprised no one has added Kopi-O Siew Dai.

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