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The Lazy Way to Keep Food Journal with myFoodPhone

December 4th, 2007 · 1 Comment ·
 
 

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When comes to dieting, technology may be helpful in some occasions. Take a dieting service called myFoodPhone for example, you will be surprised with how easy the staying slim objective can be achieved. It is another proof of rapidly growing trend of using the mobile networks to provide support for everyday tasks.

How MyFoodPhone works:

  1. Users use camera phone to take down the picture of their food and send it to My Food Phone.
  2. The company then assign a dietitian to the subscriber.
  3. He will analyze the photo and then provide advice on improving the diet via message or video. So, you can expect words like “too much fat; not enough milk; eat more fruit.”

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What is Good about myFoodPhone

  • People may lie about what they have eaten, but the camera will not. Knowing that somebody will scrutinize the food may deter some people from eating junk food.
  • It is good for people who want to keep a food journal, but lazy to write down. Snapping pictures with the phone is easier.
  • Was told that the monthly fee has been reduced to get people to sign up. The community is free whereas personal video feedback is $9.99 per month.

My only few concerns:

  • Taking photo at your food when you are eating out may look weird to others, especially when you are socializing with your clients or business associates. “Will you please excuse me? I would like to take a photo of my food so that my dietitian can help analyze whether I have eaten too much fat today.”
  • Clarity may be an issue. It can be hard to tell the exact portion size from cell phone pictures. You know, zooming in and out may distort the real size.

In short, if you believe that record keeping will help for for weight loss and maintenance, then camera-phone food-journaling feedback service is something new you should try. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words, or in this case, probably thousand calories if you eat junks. By the way, for now, the service is available in the US, Canada and the UK.

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  • webchic // Dec 4, 2007 at 5:51 PM

    It would be an idea for whoever love eating out, to me I cook everyday and I know exactly what I would prepare for my meals. After that I don’t think I’d like to take a picture of my home cook meal but sit down and enjoy it. Just another way of making money from a mobile networks, clever and suit a diet cheater only,hehe.

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