Total Score: 26
Tap & Track is an excellent app for anyone who is serious about taking a positive step towards a healthy weight. You can log your food, keep track of exercise and weight, and view easy to read charts that show your nutritional info. There are a number of apps of this type. Read on to see why this one stands out as one of the best.
Price Rating = 3 This app is $3.99 for the iPhone and $4.99 for the iPad. In the app world, that’s a lot of money. I believe it is priced well for the value, but there are cheaper alternatives out there.
Ease of Use Rating = 4 It isn’t hard to use, but you do have to put some time in searching for your food types and sifting through the huge number of choices. You quickly catch on to what you need to do, but plan on spending some time in this app logging food.
Readability Rating = 5 Nice large font that is easy to read
Will You Use It Rating = 5 Nutritionists will tell you that logging your food helps you to see how much you are eating and allows you to make informed decisions. If you are committed to weight loss, you will use this app.
Downsides Rating = 0 The only downside is the time it takes to enter the food. As you see success, you will consider it a very small sacrifice. I didn’t see the need to take points off for this.
Consumer Review Rating = 4 There is a new version out at the time of this writing, and it has been received well. There are more than 19,000 ratings and they give it four stars. Some people complained that they lost data during the last release.
Why Do You Need This App Rating = 5 If you want to focus on eating healthy, it means keeping within a food budget. Experts offer tips and explain why it is important. Check out what builtlean.com has to say about this.
How does it work?
After each meal, search for the database for the foods that you ate and select both the type and the meal – breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack. You can also select your food choices before you start eating to help control the calorie count. The software saves a week’s worth of meals, so you can also select previous items. Other choices are “Browse Supermarket Foods” and “Browse Restaurants.” If you know the calorie count, you can use the “quick add calories” button. With this option you won’t have the nutritional information.
You can see your food logs for each day and edit them as necessary. Using the reports feature you can select the report for today, a report for the past 7 days or create your own custom report for 30 or more days.
Using this software allows you to make smart choices about what you eat and control your calorie intake. You think about ordering Applebee’s Three-Cheese Chicken Penne (1,530 calories – full disclosure, it tastes great!), but instead choose Grilled Shrimp and Island Rice (380 calories.) Sir Francis Bacon said, “Knowledge is Power.” This app proves his point.
I did not test the iPad version of this app.
Devices: This app can be used on either the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. It requires iOS 3.0 or later. This app was developed by nanobitsoftware.com.