Personal Food Trainer is a relatively new Windows Phone fitness app that will help you track your daily intake of calories and macronutrients. The app will also track your water intake and weight (gain or loss).
Personal Food Trainer has a clean appearance and plenty of charts to track your progress. You can add new food items to the list that helps the app take on a more personal role.
While available for 512MB devices, Personal Food Trainer does have some room for improvement. Still, as is, it isn't too shabby of a fitness app for your Windows Phone should you need to track your calories.
Major Panoramic Attitude
The bulk of Personal Food Trainer's pages are main pages spread out in panoramic view. Along the bottom of the main pages you will find calorie counts for kcal, carbohydrates, proteins and fat. The app has five main pages that really only strays for a few situations. The main pages include:
- Recap: This is your overall view of your dietary progress. It includes your diet progress towards your daily calorie allowance, your weight progress towards your weigh-in goal and your water intake.
- Graphs: The graphs span two pages and includes visual charts for water intake, weight, calories and a nutritional chart for carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
- Add Meal: You guessed it. This is where you add your calorie intake.
- Water/Weight: As you consume water during the day, you can enter your H2O intake manually or tap on a container icon for easier entry. You can also update your weight from this page.
- Settings: Here you can set your daily intake, calculate your intake, enable water tracking, enable weight tracking (along with a weight goal), and enable fiber tracking.
While most of Personal Food Trainer's features can be found on the main pages, you will have to stray slightly from them at times. Those occasions are when you calculate your daily calorie intake, add a meal and add a food item. Other than that, Personal Food Trainer sticks to the main pages, which gives it a clean appearance and somewhat user friendly.
I say "somewhat" user friendly in that it lacks a food database. While not having a food database to look up nutritional values can be a downside for some, having to enter your food items manually does allow the app to fit your personal needs better. You don't have to sift through hundreds of items to find your food items. This may not be an issue to some but I can see others wanting the database.
Another issue that may be a turn-off is that the app is metric only. Weight is measured in kilograms and height in centimeters.
Lastly, Personal Food Trainer lacks the ability to track or input any exercise activities. You can track what you eat but it doesn't take into account what you burn while being active.
Personal Food Trainer has a lot going for it with a clean interface and the ability to track a lot of information on what you eat and drink. It's not a complete fitness tracker but then again, it wasn't designed to be one.
I can live without the food database to pull from but you can create and save food items manually. I can also live without a means to log any fitness activities. If you're active and eat right, your progress will be reflected in weight loss.
My only nit is the lack of an Imperial or English measurement system. While 88kg does look better than 195lbs, I still have to rely on Bing to convert things so I can use the app.
While I think Personal Food Trainer has some room for improvement, overall it's a fitness app worth looking into should you need a little help counting the calories.
- Personal Food Trainer - Windows Phone 8 - Trial / $.99 - Store Link
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