I mentioned in one of last posts that my motivation is slowing. Just admitting that I wasn’t reaching goals helped some. It guilted me into an extra day at the gym. Still, I turned to Google to find some mobile motivation. While I didn’t find what I really hoping to come across, I did run across some very interesting apps.
The most interesting app I ran across was Foodeducate. This story behind this app is that is supposed to let you scan food and will give you what you really need to know about the food (without trying to translate the nutrition label). The app grades the food based on its nutrition facts and ingredient list and let’s you know the calories per serving. It also let’s you know the percentage of others that liked the food. It also gives you a few key points you should know about the food before eating it. Lastly, it will suggest better alternatives that may have less calories, sugar or unnatural ingredients.
Here’s their slightly annoying video that shows how the app works. I highly suggest you mute your computer before pressing play. (Trust me on this.)
Upon further research of the app (Thanks breakingmuscle.com and Brighthand), I found that it seems the app has a food logging option, but it is currently only offered to iPhone users. Also, the app sends you advertisements (ick!)
Based on the reviews, so far the app has been successful. It has had favored reviews from USA Today, iMore and TIME. I personally judge the success of an app based upon user reviews and downloads. Currently, the app has almost 7500 reviews on Google Play. Overall, Fooducate has reviewed as average rating of 4.3 (out of 5) stars. It has been downloaded over 1 million times. The basic app is free and the pro version is $10. Of the reviews I read, the most common complaint was that the $10 was too much for the pro version.
While I have downloaded the app, I haven’t used it yet. (I forgot when I was in the grocery store today). I’m afraid to use it on food I already have in the house. Some things I just don’t want to know!
Besides, Fooducate, I also came across Calm. This app does just what the name insinuates: brings calm to your life. If the app is anything like the Calm website, it should be very calming. Unfortunately, I can’t use the app. It’s only available for the iPhone (boo!). Hopefully, the makers will get their act together and realize that Android users need zen too. In the meantime, all users can experience 2-, 5-,10,15-, and 20-minute zen sessions online.