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Use your voice to count calories or points!
For dieters who can approximate food item calories or points, this voice food diary and calorie counter app is fast to use which makes you more likely to record all your food items each day.
To get started you first have to train the food diary with the number of calories or points for each food item you eat as you eat it.
1) launch the app and press the microphone button
2) say a food item you've just eaten including estimated calories:
BANANA 100 CALORIES or BANANA 2 POINTS
alternatively, you can just say the food name and manually enter the calorie amount
3) press the mic button to add more food or tap on the screen to exit
Once the food item calories are entered, in the future you can just say the food name without the word CALORIES. Once you have trained the app you simply can do this:
1) launch the food diary
2) say the food name
3) enter a new value for calorie/pts or accept the guessed amount
4) tap the screen to exit
You can also bulk enter foods by separating them with the word PLUS:
i.e. banana PLUS chocolate pudding PLUS applesauce
(Hint: if you don't know the calories for an item you can look it up on the web by tapping the Search button on the quick calorie entry screen.. choose bing or duckduckgo for example.)
You can tag fruits and veggies as "Stars" by tapping on the calories for the item in the main food diary screen.
Other voice commands include:
HELP to display current list of available commands
TARGET to enter in daily calorie goal
SPEECH ON or SPEECH OFF to turn voice announcement of remaining calories on /off or you can toggle the speaker icon at the top of the screen
QUIT to exit
SHOW to display today's diary (tap screen to exit)
RECORD to record today's weight and show graph
NOTES to view/edit journal
SEARCH or SEARCH to launch browser to look up calories and other diet info on the web
HISTORY to view past days diaries and show most frequent foods (tap screen to quit)
REMIND to set personal reminder message banner
DISPLAY to show graphs (tap screen to quit)
ANALYZE to run an analysis of which foods you tend to eat on days when you over/undershoot your target (needs a couple of weeks, preferably months, of data first )
EMAIL to email data for backup or sharing (NOTE: make sure your email app doesn't truncate the data)
RESET to completely clear user settings, weight log and food diary ***USE CAREFULLY***
You can also select many of the commands from the menu button
Tap on the autoquit option to have the app exit automatically after each food entry
Tap on listen on start to have the app automatically listen when it launches
--- You should consult a health professional before beginning any diet, especially if you have any chronic conditions
--- This only tracks calories and your subjective good/bad foods.. you should use a more detailed nutrition analysis app if you need to control sodium, vitamin a etc...
--- You should also engage in an exercise program that emphasizes strength training and aerobic activity...we lose muscle as we age but muscle burns calories!
--- It may take awhile to find a diet that works for you long term.. A lot of diets work temporarily but eventually rebound and/or lose muscle mass (we are currently switching to a low carb/low GI/healthy fats diet to keep our blood sugar levels more stable).