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Windows Phone Central App Roundup: Nutrition

Fitness Month marches on here at Windows Phone Central and this week we're concentrating on nutritional aspects of staying fit.

While you may enjoy an afternoon slice of pie, eating right is an important aspect of living a healthy life. Even if you aren't into pumping iron or running marathons, a proper diet is key (wow.. my mom was right!).  Sometimes this means eating the right foods or simply watching the calories you take in.

This week's roundup focuses on five Windows Phone apps that look at what we eat and help track our calories.

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Weight Watchers app redesigned and "must-have"

Maintaining one's diet, er...lifestyle change, can be pretty tricky when you're on the go.  However, the newly-designed Weight Watchers official app, PointsPlus Calculator, makes it easier.  Whether you're out to dinner or picking up groceries for the week, all you need to do is enter the nutritional information into the calculator to find out how many points-per-serving an item will be.  The app will also let you log activity to see how many points you have burned by exercising.  The interface is simple and sleek.  PointsPlus is free to download, but is only available for Weight Watchers Online and eTools subscribers.  Due to the nature of the subscriptions, users are required to log into the app on a monthly basis.

Weight Watchers is just one of a plethora of companies to release "official" apps for for WP7 in recent weeks.  Microsoft likes this one so much that they listed it as one of their "must-have" apps in their Best of Marketplace.  Click on the Via link below to see the others that made the list.

Download the PointsPlus Calculator here (opens Zune).

Source: Weight Watchers; Via: Microsoft

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It certainly has been a busy few days for "official" apps. You know, the ones from big names stores, media companies, services, etc that have come to define modern commerce. Yesterday we saw Best Buy and Amazon.com Fresh (a WP7 exclusive) and in addition there were more that we missed:

  • Dictionary.com - "The FREE Dictionary.com app delivers trusted reference content from Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com, including over 2,000,000 words. It also features audio pronunciation and updated daily content." Grab it here in the Marketplace.
  • Eventful - "Do you love music and seeing it performed live? Eventful helps you easily find shows happening around you in a clean, intuitive interface native to Windows Phone. At your fingertips you'll have access to millions of events, schedules for all of the venues near you, and tour dates for over 130,000 performers." Get it here in the Marketplace.
  • GoWalla - "Gowalla is a social travel guide that makes it easy to keep up with friends, share photos, highlight your favorite places and discover the world around you. It's like totally available EVERYWHERE, so you'll be able to record and share your adventures no matter where you go." You can grab it here in the Marketplace.
  • Weight Watchers PointsPlus Calculator - "Shopping for food or eating out? Use this calculator to easily and quickly work out the PointsPlusTM values of any food or activity when you’re on the go. It’s available exclusively to Weight Watchers Online and eTools subscribers for FREE – just enter your Online or eTools username and password to log in and start using the calculator." That's found here in the Marketplace.
  • Betty Crocker Cookbook - "What's for dinner? Ask Betty using the mobile version of the world-famous Betty Crocker cookbook!" The app is developed by Chaotic Moon Studios. Get your cookin 'on here in the Marketplace.
  • Epicurious - "Recipes from the award-winning food site. Epicurious.com are now available on your mobile device. Search more than 30,000 delicious recipes..." Grab those recipes right here in the Marketplace.

Personally, we're excited about Eventful--that app is pretty awesome (though a bit overwhelming in Manhattan!). Combined with Angry Birds, Kik Messenger, AllRecipes.com and the Colber Report's The Word and we sure have a packed house. And it's only Wednesday. (Thanks, @MajorCrash, Shane S., & Larry B., for the heads up!)

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PlusPoints - App Spotlight

HopNet Software has an interesting Windows Phone app on the Marketplace design to help those looking to lose a little around the middle. PlusPoints is designed to track your diet by a point system, the same point system used by Weight Watchers in their PointsPlus Program. To complete the Weight Watchers tie in, if you use the Weight Watchers eTools, you can access Weight Watchers' mobile site (Weight Watchers account required) from within the app.

For those not enrolled in Weight Watchers, you can still take advantage of the PlusPoints app by tracking your dietary points. Points are based on the fat, carbs, fiber and protein content of food. There is a calculator within the app that can be used to determine a food's points. Daily recommended points are calculated from your sex (male or female), age, height, and weight. From there you simply keep track of your daily intake, trying to eat within the daily point allowance.

PlusPoints is a free application (ad supported) and you can download it here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace. If your dieting and need a way to track your calories, PlusPoints might be worth checking out.

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