This app uses a food intake and physical activity log to help you manage your weight. The app also includes a body weight tracker, a database of common New Zealand foods, recipes and a variety of exercises. For a more detailed description of the app, see Google Playor iTunes and for a detailed review, see Reviews.
✔ The graphs clearly show the users progress against goals.
✔ The database includes NZ foods, brands, restaurants and recipes.
✘ There is no interpretation of nutrition quality or the amount of physical activity achieved.
✘ The nutrient requirements do not appear to be responsive to current goal weight changes and it is unclear what these are based on.
✘ The app is not very intuitive having lots of repetition and could lead to user fatigue and boredom.
Reviewer:Dietitian App Review Working Group, Auckland DHB, July 2015. Comment: " A good self monitoring tool for motivated people wanting assistance with weight management. Would be most effective for people who have some knowledge of healthy eating (as you need to interpret your own results and possibly make changes to food intake and/or physical activity) OR when working alongside a dietitian/nutritionist." New Zealand relevance: "The database includes NZ foods, brands, restaurants and recipes."
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