Diet Archive

MyFitnessPal App Goes Universal

If you follow me on Twitter then you know that I’m a big advocate for MyFitnessPal.  The app and service allows you to easily track your diet along with your weight and other measurements to help you live a healthy(ier) lifestyle.  Now if you really have been following me a while then you know that I use to weight 290lb (131kg) about 5 years ago and today (as of 4:30 this morning) I weigh 180lb (81.6kg).  It’s taken a lot of work and part of that effort has been through diet tracking.  That’s where the MyFitnessPal app comes into the equation.

Yesterday the company updated their iOS app to be a universal app across all devices, eliminating the HD version for

MyFitnessPal QUick Tips

MyFitnessPal Quick Tips

iPad.  While data had already been synchronised across devices in previous releases, the new universal app should make it easier for everyone to download the free MyFitnessPal app once and it is on all their device.

In addition the MyFitnessPal app now has a new related foods suggestion in your diary.  Now when you add food to your diary, the app will give you related items that you have paired with that food previously.  It makes adding items you eat regularly easier and quicker.  Throughout the app you will also find Quick Tips that pop up or are integrated into your timeline.  These tips are designed to give you ideas on how to use the app better or more efficiently.

The MyFitnessPal app is free as is the service and this new update requires your device be running iOS 6.0 or later on your devices.

MyFitnessPal (Universal App) – Free – Download Now

MyFitnessPal HD for iPad Gets A Beautiful Update

I have been quite public about my weight loss over the past 4 years.  After reaching a morbidly obese 275 lbs in 2010, I’m now a work in progress at 185 lbs.  Yes, I’m half the man I use to be. :-)

Part of that loss of 90 lbs has been through diet and exercise changes that I have religiously used MyFitnessPal to track almost since the beginning.  I’ve tried others out there but keep coming back to this app and service for its massive food database and simple, easy-to-use interface.  That interface for MyFitnessPal HD, the version for iPad, has just been updated with an all new look and feel that is similar to the iPhone version that has been out for a few weeks.  It adopts many of the menu and stylings that you have come to expect in iOS 7 enabled apps but they have done a fantastic job of taking full advantage of the larger iPad canvas with this update.  Whether you are looking at your daily food diary or your nutritional charts for the week, it all looks beautiful in MyFitnessPal HD.

MyFitnessPal HD – Free – Download Now

MyFitnessPal Update Brings All New iOS 7 Look & Feel

MyFitnessPal has updated their iPhone app to bring an all new look & feel to the popular diet and exercise tracking app.  The app, which is free, sports an new-for-iOS 7 look and feel with a flatter design, side contextual menus and lower menu options bar – all of which have quickly become the standard design for an iOS 7 ready app.  The MyFitnessPal update also brings a raft of updates and improvements.

The biggest improvement to the app is the faster access to features such as bar code scanning and multiple item adding

MyFitnessPal for iPhone

MyFitnessPal for iPhone

on a meal.  These are far simpler and easier in this new version.  The update also brings several new languages to the app – notably Danish, Dutch, Italian, Russian and Swedish – and the ability to drag-and-drop items from one meal to another.  Overall the updates make it easier and faster to update your daily diet items and exercise than the previous version.

MyFitnessPal is a free app and a free service.  As has been documented several times here in AlliOSNews, MyFitnessPal has been instrumental in helping me personally lose over 90 lbs. over the course of the last 3 years and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

One note on the update:  It is the iPhone version only.  MyFitnessPal HD for iPad as of the time of this post has not been updated.

MyFitnessPal for iPhone – Free – Download Now

MyFitnessPal HD Update Brings Updates to Mirror the iPhone Version

MyFitnessPal HD for iPad has received an update today that brings the larger format version of the popular calorie tracking and weight management app on par with its smaller iPhone/iPod Touch version.  MyFitnessPal is the app that both I and Tricia (as well as our respective spouses) use for weight management, diet tracking, exercise tracking and everything related to our health.  It is the app that has helped me lose nearly 80 pounds over the past three years and keep it off.

The update has an extensive list of improvements and updates, most of which have been in the iPhone version but were not ported over to the HD version until now.  Now you get all the latest features from the app as well as getting to use

MyFitnessPal HD for iPad

MyFitnessPal HD for iPad

their fantastic native iPad UI.

  • Sign up and log in with Facebook
  • Add and invite friends from your Facebook contacts
  • Add and invite friends from your iPad Contact List
  • Connect to your favorite apps and devices like FitBit, Withings, Endomondo, Runtastic and more through our App Gallery
  • Type-ahead food filtering
  • Repeat Last Meal
  • Default to Multi-Add for diary entries
  • Enable passcode lock protection if desired

MyFitnessPal is one of the best apps when it comes to linking to other services or exercise devices.  In my case, my daily steps and exercise from my FitBit are automatically synchronised with MyFitnessPal to both track it as well as give me calories back as I burn them.  There is a long list of apps that will synchronise with the service, all of which can be found here.

The MyFitnessPal HD app is free but does require a MyFitnessPal account which is also free.  Once you have the app installed on your iPad or iPad Mini, you can have it search Facebook for friends to follow and share diet successes.

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MyFitnessPal update improves searching and security

The popular diet and exercise tracking application MyFitnessPal has received a significant update for iPhone users.  The new version, which is available now in the iTunes App Store, dramatically improves the search functionality from foods in your favorites lists.  This includes your recent items, frequent items, foods you have created (My Foods), meals you have created (My Meals) and Recipes.  These improvements make it quicker and easier to find items that you have on a regular basis.

Another big improvement I personally like is now you can passcode lock the app.  This gives you security and privacy over

MyFitnessPal Diary Entry

MyFitnessPal Diary Entry

the contents of MyFitnessPal on your iPhone.

There are some other enhancements in this new update which include:

  • Turn Multi-add on by default
  • Change your default favorites tab
  • Quickly add items from your most recent meal under “My Meals”

There are also some bug fixes and improvements in the performance of the app.

A key note to remember is that these updates are only on the iPhone version of MyFitnessPal, not the iPad version.  No word yet from MyFitnessPal on when the iPad version will get these similar updates.

MyFitnessPal is a free application available in the App Store.  A MyFitnessPal account is required to use the app which is also free.

MyFitnessPal for iPhone – Free – Download Now

With Healthy Habits, Success takes Repetition. mHealth apps can help

A desire to create Healthy Habits is top among New Year’s Resolutions. Resolutions about weight loss, exercise, eating right, reducing stress and stopping smoking are some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions according to It is clear that people want to create healthier habits that improve their quality of life. A growing mHealth movement is focused on helping people live healthier lives with the aid of mobile tools. Healthy Habits is one such app.

Keys to create lasting change:
* Make a specific resolution/goal – write it down
* Come up with a plan. What behaviors do you need to change to be successful
* Track your progress (We recommend using Healthy Habits)
* Stick with it one more day! Every day you stick with it, improves your long term success
* When needed, reset and start again. You don’t need to be perfect, just persistent.

Healthy Habits is a highly rated iphone app that helps people create better health and happiness habits. First released in April 2011 by 2Morrow Mobile, over 78,000 people have downloaded Healthy Habits (or Healthy Habits Premium) in theHealthy Habits Screenshot first 8 months. The app was updated multiple times in the last 9 months including version 3.1 out this week. 2Morrow Mobile attributes frequent updates based on user feedback as a key to the app’s success. 2Morrow Mobile President, Brandon Masterson says that “Building a quality app is like keeping a resolution. You have to keep working on it.”

“We are very responsive to user feedback,” says Masterson, 2Morrow Mobile. “Our users tell us what they like and don’t like and we make adjustments. We constantly improve the app, not only fixing bugs but also adding requested features like backups, quotes, and inspirations. Our goal is to provide users with a fun and effective tool that helps them change their lives.”

Healthy Habits is a health and fitness app for the iPhone focused on helping people change long-term behaviors or habits. The Healthy Habits and Healthy Habits Premium apps have been repetitively featured under iTunes Health and Fitness apps. These apps allow people to identify habits they wish to change, define their motivations, customize goals, track progress and celebrate success. Along the way, they can share their progress with others via email of Facebook, earn badges and reach new milestones. The goal is to reward users for making the changes they wanted to make.Pricing and Availability:

Healthy Habits 3.1.0 is $3.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Health & Fitness category. There is a free version available.

Get Healthy Habits Premium (a health, happiness & wellness app) by 2Morrow Mobile in the App Store

Body mApp: The App Fitness Fanatics Were Waiting For Finally Released

Sydney, Australia – TrickyTek today is pleased to announce the release and worldwide availability of Body mApp, a premium application that helps to get into shape providing the easiest and the most effective way to keep track of body measurements and BMI over time. Extremely easy to use, the app allows to quickly enter measurements for all body parts, weight or BMI using TrickyTek’s cutting edge Dot Technology and see the progress in graph form with push of the button ease.

Body mApp is a simple yet effective tool that helps to make an important step towards fitness goals. It’s a well-known fact that weight loss is more than just pounds. Taking body measurements on a regular basis shows both weight loss and muscle gain. Apart from being a body measurements tracker, the app auto-calculates BMI, and also includes a BMI Guide that helps users to keep an eye on their Body Mass Index. Besides, Body mApp provides useful tips for achieving better fitness and health.

One more notable feature of the app is that it allows both Male and Female Body mApping on one device. To make sure that all measurements are taken properly, there is a measurement screen that explains users how to measure each body part. Developers also made sure everyone is able to use unit measurements they are accustomed to. Body can be measured in centimetres or inches, while weight can be entered in pounds, kilograms or stones.