Windows Phone App Review: MyFitnessPal
MyFitnessPal is a neat app for your Windows Phone to helps you track your workouts and diet as you work towards an established weight goal. It's a rather simple tracking app that taps into a healthy amount of resources. MyFitnessPal boasts the largest food database with over 1.2 million items and based on using the app over the past few days, I believe it.
The interface is easy to pick up on and a bar code scanner just in case your meal isn't listed in the database, MyFitnessPal is an impressive fitness and health app for your Windows Phone.
When you first launch MyFitnessPal, you will be walked through an account (free) setup wizard. You'll enter your height, weight, weight loss goals, exercise routine, and other various tid bits. Once you've set up your account the app sends you the main pages.
The main pages of MyFitnessPal includes:
Home Page: Here's where you can find your daily calorie count. The calorie count is established when you set your weight loss goals and exercise routine. Up top you'll see your daily goal, current calorie count, any loss from exercise, and your net calorie intake.
At the center of the screen you will find your remaining calories for the day and below that is your nutrient intake summary. Your nutritional summary displays your current intake, a daily goal and balance remaining.
You can add a meal via the Home Page or from the Diary Page.
Diary Page: This is a more detailed layout of your food intake and exercise. Up top you have your daily activity summary (just like you find on the Home Page) and then your breakdown of your meals and exercise.
To add a meal, tap the + sign to pull up the entry screens. You choose your meal and search the for the food item. You can search by keyword or by scanning the barcode on the food's packaging. You can save meals that you eat regularly to speed up the process.
You also have button bars up top to access your frequent and recent foods, your added foods, your meals and recipes. There is also a "multi-add" button at the bottom of the screen for you to add your complete meal without a lot of back and forth.
At the end of the day, you go to the bottom of this page to finish logging activities.
Progress Page: Here is where you can chart your progress towards your weight loss goal. You can track you weight as well as your neck, waist, or hip measurements. Just enter your daily measurement and a progress chart is graphed.
More Page: I guess you would call this your app maintenance page. It holds options to edit your profile, edit foods and exercises, tap into MyFitnessPal's settings, view FAQ, logout and view the About screen.
Settings include two options. One to show all meals for favorites lists and another to show complete entry button on the Diary page. If you ever need to change your weight loss goal, all you need to do is edit your profile and MyFitnessPal will adjust things accordingly.
MyFitnessPal also has web interface to allow you to update your daily activities from a desktop computer. MyFitnessPal.com also provides a social network community to offer support while getting and staying in shape.
In using MyFitnessPal over the past few days I found it to be a helpful app to track fitness and diet activities. The user interface is simple to pick up and the app does help push you in pursuing your weight loss goals. I like the web access to your MyFitnessPal in that it lets you continue to track things when your Windows Phone isn't available.
The only downside to things is that your data doesn't appear to stay on your phone. Instead you have to connect to the MyFitnessPal server to retrieve your information. It does save a smidgen of space on your phone but it does slow up the process just a hair.
All in all, I would easily recommend MyFitnessPal to anyone who is tracking thier exercise and diet. MyFitnessPal is a free app that you can grab here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.