Based on the user's current weight, height, body frame, gender and age, the app suggests an ideal weight and recommends the amount of time needed to reach that target. You have the option to change the suggested targets based on your own plans. By inputting your weight at regular intervals, the app helps you track your weight loss. It also has a function to calculate your daily calorie intake, BMI (Body Mass Index), percentage body fat, total weight loss, remaining amount of weight to be lost, average daily and weekly weight loss and overall progress.
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The app is easy to use.
It indicates if BMI is under, normal or overweight and adjusts appropriately for age.
The app does not warn you if unrealistic weight loss targets are set manually such as very low BMI and very rapid weight loss goals.
There is no information on how the recommended calorie requirement is calculated.
Date of this review: July 2015
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Reviewer:Dietitian App Review Working Group, Auckland DHB, July 2015. Clinical score: ★★★☆☆ Review: "A very simple app that logs and tracks weight loss/gain. Assess energy requirements needed to achieve target weight in a pre-defined period of time. Both target weight and time frame to achieve it can be set manually. There are no alerts even when setting weight goals that result in a very low BMI eg 14kg/m2 prompting some concern. Clinical safety: some risk, as there are alerts when setting low target weight." New Zealand relevance: ★★★★☆ Comments:"Allows user to individualize measurement settings. There is provision for measurements of weight and height to be set to metric units such as cm and kg, which are used in New Zealand."
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Reviewer:Sara Jebreil, July 2016 Technical score: ★★★☆☆ Review:
Security: This app is not very secure as it does not require login but pin protection is available for set up within the app
Performance: Perfect/timely response; no technical bugs found/contains a ‘loading time left’ indicator.
Impact of the app on battery life and device performance: Impact is minimal using an average of 7.6 MB of data over 3 hours.
Interactivity: Offers a variety of interactive features/feedback/user input options
Customisation: Allows complete tailoring to the individual’s characteristics/preferences, and retains all settings
Data sharing: Yes, various options are available such as Google drive, Dropbox and email
Multiple device syncing: Yes
Locations services (such as GPS): Not used
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