As we head into 2017, it's always good to be thinking about health and fitness. While MyFitnessPal is no longer available here are some worthy alternatives worth considering.
FatSecret is a free app in the Windows Store designed to track both your diet and fitness activities. You can look up the nutritional information for the food you eat and track all your meals and snacks. An exercise diary is available to track your fitness activities and your weight.
The layout for FatSecret is very user-friendly with navigation tiles on the primary menu to send you to all the app's featured sections. All the data entered into the app can be charted where you can review your, fitness and diet progress, and a diet calendar is available to let you plan your meals in advance.
FatSecret is an easy-to-use alternative to MyFitnessPal. The hard part is going to be passing up on that chocolate pie for desert (as it always is).
Nutrition Hub is a Windows 10 app designed to track your diet and weight loss. The subscription based app lacks the ability to track activities but provides a host of features to monitor your diet, set goals for weight loss and chart it all out for easy review.
Nutrition Hub includes Fitbit integration where you can sync consumed foods to your Fitbit account automatically, support for scanning food product bar codes for quick and easy searching and can track carbohydrate intake for those partial to the Atkins diet plan.
This Windows 10 app has an extensive food database of restaurant foods, generic foods and packaged items. If you cannot find an item on your dinner plate, Nutrition Hub has the ability to add custom foods to the database. Meals can be created for easy reference (great for items you eat, with regularity) and individual items can be tagged as a favorite for easy reference as well.
Nutrition Hub is free to download and try for seven days. Once the trial period expires, Nutrition Hub offer subscription periods ranging from $.99 for a thirty-day subscription to an annual subscription costing $4.99.
Food Diary is a calorie and diet-tracking app for Windows 10 Mobile. The app is designed to help you control your diet and eat healthier by tracking what you eat. While it lacks an exercise tracking feature, it offers plenty of nutritional features that include:
- Full off-line support
- One-tap entry with personalized suggestions: The most common food items can immediately be selected. Starting on the second day, your recent items are suggested — we humans are creatures of habit, you're probably going to eat that again.
- An extensive food database for pulling up nutritional values (limited with the free version)
- Easy and intuitive design
- Daily Reports
- Personal reminders to help you stay focused on reaching your diet goals
The free version of Food Diary is ad supported. You can remove the advertisements by upgrading to the Premium Version for $5.99. The Premium Version also includes access to the complete food database, the ability to email your food diary and configuration options to add more meals per day.
While Food Diary is more nutritionally focused and lacks an activity component, it comes across as an easy way to track what you eat during the day and adjust accordingly to meet your dietary goals.
You also have the Fitbit app and Microsoft Health in the Windows Store that could be a great alternative to MyFitnessPal. Fitbit offers both activity tracking and dietary management. With the ability to manually enter activities, you could use the Fitbit app without a Fitbit device. But to fully appreciate the Fitbit eco-system you really need a Fitbit device.
The Microsoft Health app is a fantastic option for tracking your daily activities and find guided workouts. While you can track your weight with Microsoft Health, it lacks nutritional or dietary tracking (which it could use). While best used when paired with a Microsoft Band, you can use the motion sensor on your Windows 10 Mobile phone to record your movements.
These are just a few of the many possible alternative Windows 10 apps that are solid substitutes for MyFitnessPal. If you have given any of these titles a try or have another recommendation, let us know what you think in the comments below.