Review Fooducate Weight Loss Coach
A mediocre food journal
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 28 Apr 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Expansive nutritional library, let's you customize your goals
The navigation isn't intuitive, the app's overall design is bland and uninspired
It’s the new year and chances are, you’ve probably at least given some thought to going on a diet. Foodcuate for Android is here to help you try and succeed in that immense task! Losing weight isn’t easy, and gaining healthy weight isn’t any easier. This is an app built from the ground up to help make every aspect of weight management easier.
One of the most powerful tools you can have on a journey like this is the ability to keep a food journal. You need to be able to track your calories in order to effectively manage your weight. This app has a built in library to make keeping a food journal easy. Most of the entries appear to be user added, which is fine, and they all seem to be consistent with the same nutritional info that I’ve seen on other apps.
The app also does a lot of stuff like adding some helpful tips, links to articles that might help educate you, and a barcode scanner to make logging food quick and easy.
My main complaint with the app is how clunky it feels to navigate through certain menus. For instance, when adding an item to your food journal, there is no direct back button to take you back to your previous screen. Instead you’re stuck using your phone’s capacitive button, which can bring you to just about anywhere, it’s not consistent.
You can set your own goals, and the game kind of gives you a rough estimate on how many calories you need to consume in order to reach these goals. No app can give you exact details on how to complete these goals because they don’t know your BMI, so everything should be taken with a grain of salt. I will say that this one seemed a bit generous with how many calories you could eat while still managing to lose weight.
Overall, Fooducate has a lot going for it. There are a ton of features and the food library is pretty extensive. The UI isn’t super optimized, though. Some of the text seems a bit too small, and the navigation needs some work. I personally think there are better food tracking apps out there, but this one is competent.