If you have a smartphone, you’ve likely found the simplicity that apps can bring to your life. In the palm of your hand, you have the ability to hold your address book, calendar, task list, weather report, atlas, facebook, twitter and pinterest accounts…and the list goes on and on.
There are also many terrific apps for keeping a food, activity, medication and blood glucose record on your phone–also bringing ease and simplicity to an otherwise tedious task. Studies show that in addition to nutrition counseling, keeping a food record in an app can help you lose weight too (read more here). I’ve tried out many of the record-keeping apps that are out there and would like to present one of my favorites: MyNetDiary. (And by the way, if you don’t have a smartphone, don’t worry. It’s available on the web too.)
The key to any record-keeping method is simplicity. If it’s not quick and easy, you’re less likely to keep it going consistently. And consistency is the key to success! MyNetDiary is available on many mediums: iPhone, Android, Blackberry, iPad and the Internet. There are free and paid plans available.
The Calorie Counter app and website are available for free. It’s a good place to start to find out how MyNetDiary can work for you. You have access to the basic food log, in which you can enter and track the foods you eat daily. It tracks calories for each meal, and you can also see a daily report analyzing your intake of all the major nutrients, including carbohydrates, fat, protein, fiber and more. Track your exercise too.
MyNetDiary Pro has more features and is available for $3.99. In the Pro version of the app, you can also elect to show how many carbs you eat at each meal, along with calories. You can scan bar codes, which makes searching for products a breeze. The Pro version includes daily and weekly reports of your food intake plus the ability to track more measurements than just your weight (BMI, body fat, waist measurement, etc).
The new iPhone Diabetes Tracker is for sale in the app store for $9.99. It’s fully-loaded and COOL. It includes MyNetDiary Pro and comprehensive diabetes tracking. Track your blood glucose (and set up custom blood sugar goals), insulin, carb intake, medications and A1C. View daily and weekly reports that include all the information you entered. Really see the big picture of how your food, exercise and medications impact your blood sugar control. Ditch the logbook–it’s all right in the palm of your hand!
Looking for the absolute maximum? With a monthly membership fee, MyNetDiary Maximum includes all of the above plus comprehensive nutrition analysis, FitBit integration, exportable reports, autopilot and exercise planning. See the link below for more information.
All the plans include one of the largest food databases around. You can search and find generic foods, brand names and even restaurant foods. Compare all the plans available here.
Bottom line is: monitoring helps you be more successful in managing diabetes and your health by helping you reach your goals and track your progress. Find out if an app like MyNetDiary will work for you!
Other apps we like include: MyFitnessPal, Restaurant Nutrition and Calorie King.
Just FYI: St. Anthony’s is not affiliated with the MyNetDiary program nor were they compensated for providing this review. We just like this app!