Calorie counter MyFitnessPal for Windows Phone gets a scrumptious update today

As some of our readers may know, a few of us around here are fitness junkies. Namely myself, Sam and Seth are all active Fitbit users, runners, Crossfitters or gym rats. Because of that, we really dig running apps like today’s Track Runner or Fitbit Tracker. MyFitnessPal fits into that because the free service ties into virtually everything.

What is MyFitnessPal? It’s a sophisticated calorie counter. But it’s also super smart and easy. Plus it can connect to Fitbit, so that when you run and burn calories, MyFitnessPal auto adjusts based on your activity level. Throw in the Aria scale with Wi-Fi, and it’s like living in the future.

MyFitnessPal has been on Windows Phone for a while and version 2.0 went live a few months ago when it got its Windows Phone 8 bump. Today, version 2.1 is available and it brings with it even more cool features. Heck, it’s such a big update that the company even blogged about it. So what’s new?

MyFitnessPal for Windows Phone 8 version 2.1

  • Voice Commands: One of our tastiest features yet: add to your diary using nothing more than your voice!! Simply press and hold the Windows button and easily add food, exercise, measurements and more to your MyFitnessPal profile.
  • Push Notifications: Stay up to speed and in the loop. Get alerts when your friends are giving you support, send comments to one another’s profiles and news feeds, etc. and get alerted with a simple push notification.
  • Type-ahead searching: Search and log faster and easier than ever with type-ahead search. Eating leftovers today? Just start typing the first few letters and watch your list filter to show you exactly what you’re looking for in real-time as you type.
  • International Language Support – The app is now available in French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese (Brazilian)
  • Complete Support for Units of Measure – Members can now take advantage of local units of measure including weight, height, distances logged, and units of energy.

That’s some fantastic additions to what was already a well done app. The company notes that this update “…includes all the newest features members love on iOS and Android”, but things like Live Tiles and Voice Commands are unique to Windows Phone. It’s always great to see a company exploit the distinctive features of the Windows Phone platform.

We tried out the Voice Command feature e.g. “Open MyFitnessPal and record my breakfast” which prompted the phone to ask us “What did you eat?”. It’s a nifty function.

We couldn’t really get the type-ahead searching to work, but maybe we were looking in the wrong location. Other features like push notifications are always fun, though is more relevant on how much you use the social-features in the service.

Look, if you’ve been wanting to eat healthier, lose some weight or just get in shape, MyFitnessPal has been integral to our diet regime (see the lead photo for proof). It’s kind of crazy how much food is logged in their system for calorie and nutrition info. And if it’s not, you can barcode-scan the item or manually enter it into the database. It’s borderline fun, no joke.

Head to (opens in new tab) to look at the service, create an account and get started. Then grab the fantastic MyFitnessPal Windows Phone 8 app to complete the system. It might just change your life.

Source: MyFitnessPal Blog (opens in new tab); Thanks, cyber_k9, for the tip!

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • Nice to see
    Been using it for a long while
    It's just number one app of this scene for me
  • I found the type ahead is based off of previous entries only. Not sure the timline it goes back though.
  • Interesting, will take a look!
  • At last!!
  • Just switched from android to windows phone and liking it a lot. I wish there was a way to Sync the Fitbit with Windows Phone 8. I'll also give this app a try as well. 
  • Should be coming early next year...fingers crossed. And, welcome!
  • Is that a "should be" from Fitbit? Last I read they didn't have any APIs to do it 3rd party. Just waiting on my cashout of some DVLUP rewards and I'll be picking up a fitbit force myself!
  • I've heard through the grapevine that Nokia is working with Fitbit. Later, in Abu Dhabi this was shown off. Not sure if they're connected, but you never know...
  • Wow I completely forgot about the step counter they showed. Lets hope soon!
  • Does the barcode scanner work in this update?? Be nice if it did :P
  • Just tried on the 1520. No issues.
  • It's always worked. In all versions. And yes, I just used it in this version a few minutes ago.
  • What do you mean? It's been working for me since the app came out for WP7.
  • Some times it crashes the app...sometimes it doesn't...hopefully this is the fix
  • We were having a lot of crashes with the scan feature, but after improving my wifi connection at home (with a new router) those issues largely went away. I had contacted the developer and they indicated that they knew about the scanner bug and would be fixing it in an upcoming release. I would suspect it is properly fixed now.   The app itself is truly golden. My wife and I started using the app earlier this year and we both recently hit our goal weight. I dropped 40 lbs! Great stuff.
  • Barcode was fine until i got gdr2 then it started playing up for me.
    Will try it tomorrow
  • Yuss!!!
  • Cant get voice yo do anything other than open the app. How do you get it to work?
  • I'm having the same problem.
  • Could be US only?
  • Giggity.
  • Thanks Daniel. Going to give it a try.
  • Was hoping this would also be for wp7.
  • I too hope the barcode scanner works on this version. One thing I REALLY miss from IOS and Android version is the pie chart that shows fat, carb, and protein percentages! Hopefully they will add that soon!
  • Finally!
  • The voice command only seems work if you include it as part of the "open myfitnesspal" command.  Once myfitnesspal is open, any voice commands get automatically sent to Bing.  Makes this feature kind of useless.
  • Anybody know of a Win8 app that ties into MyFitnessPal, 3rd party or otherwise? I know that the Livestrong calorie tracker has apps for both WP8 and Win8, but they don't connect with the fitbit unfortunately...