Saturday, December 1, 2012

Counting Calories - Mobile Style

There's a lot of emphasis in today's society on our caloric intake. It seems that every weight loss, weight gain, or nutrition-based diet uses calorie counting as its main function. The downside is - counting calories can be a drag. Especially when you can't just turn to the nutrition label to find out how many calories you're consuming. And you never want to be that person that asks the waiter to find out how many calories are in your meal.

However, thanks to ever-evolving technology, there are much easier ways to count calories using your phone. iPhone, for example, offers tons of apps designed to count calories. It can be a little stressful to try and figure out which one to use, so I'm going to focus on my favorite one:  Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal.

The app allows you to search and add foods quickly and separates your meals, allowing you to save favorite meals to easily duplicate them later. The best part is, the database has millions of different products and restaurant items that you quickly add. That means that instead of just looking up the average calorie count for crackers, you can add the exact brand and flavor of crackers you ate. And if the database doesn't have what you're looking for - you can add it!

The tracker conveniently tells you how many calories you have left for that day depending on your stats (age, height, weight, how much you want to lose/gain, etc.) It's a personalized plan that provides goals and statistics to keep you on track. You can even track exercise and it will deduct calories from your daily intake based on the amount and type of exercise.

Here's a couple screen shots:

(Images taken from iTunes)

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