Free MyPlate Mobile App Now Has a Barcode Scanner
By JESS BARRON
The LIVESTRONG.COM team has been working overtime to create new features and tools to help make it easier for you to be successful on your health and fitness journey. Back in July, we launched MyWater, a free water tracker app for iPhone, and now we’ve updated the FREE MyPlate mobile app for iPhone and iPad to include a barcode scanner, a healthy eating support forum, progress charts, automatic syncing with the desktop version of MyPlate and more!
You may recall Ashley Donahoo who used MyPlate to lose 137 pounds and landed on the cover of People magazine’s “Half Their Size” issue in January. Ashley shared her nine weight loss secrets that helped her lose over 100 pounds — including entering her family recipes into MyPlate to see how many calories were in them and downloading the MyPlate mobile app for iPhone, iPad, or Android.
Here’s info on how to get it and details on all the cool new features.
4 Important New Features in the Free MyPlate Mobile App for iPhone and iPad:
1. Barcode Scanner- Quickly and easily scan a barcode on a granola bar, apple, oatmeal box or packet, cup of yogurt, bottle of iced tea, and much more. The calories and nutrition info will automatically appear in your food journal with no typing needed. It’s amazing and fast. I scanned the barcode on my container of almond milk and then the Ezekiel 4:9 cereal and they auto-magically appeared inside the app.
2. Automatic Syncing With the Desktop Version of MyPlate – If you’re like me, you probably use MyPlate on the desktop to track your calories when you’re at work and MyPlate’s mobile app to track lunch when you’re on-the-go out at a restaurant. With this new update, the free MyPlate mobile app for iPhone and iPad will sync seamlessly with the desktop so that you will always see the most updated information – no matter where you’re logging in!
3. Real-Time Healthy Eating Support Forum – Need some motivation or advice from someone else who is tracking calories too? There are thousands of people on MyPlate’s real-time community every day, offering each other support, answering questions, giving food advice and making each other laugh. To view and post messages in this forum, click on the tab that says “Community,” highlighted in red below in the screenshot.
4. New Progress Charts - It’s helpful to get a chart showing your weight tracked over time, and it’s also very helpful to see what percentage of the food you consumed today was made up of fat, carbs or protein. This way you can see if you’re hitting your macronutrient targets. To view these charts, click the progress tab near the bottom of the screen.
How to Get the Free New MyPlate Mobile App Update
Go onto your iPhone or iPad and open up the App Store and search for MyPlate (all one word). You should see the Free MyPlate Calorie Counter by LIVESTRONG.COM. (The screenshot below shows what it should look like.) Then, press the FREE button to download it.
If you already have the MyPlate Mobile app for iPhone or iPad, simply go into your App Store on the device and click on your Updates tab, and then select to download the free update for your MyPlate app.
If you have an Android phone, here is info on how to get the MyPlate app.
Readers – Have you tried LIVESTRONG’s MyPlate calorie tracker or the MyPlate mobile apps? Have you found the new features helpful? Have you used the new barcode scanning feature? What new features would you like to see? Let us know by leaving a comment below.
Jess Barron is Editor-in-Chief at LIVESTRONG.COM. Read some of her other health and fitness articles here. A longtime foodie and fan of Farmer’s Market food, Jess particularly loves heirloom tomatoes, fresh figs with burrata cheese, and anything with pumpkin or peanut butter in it! Her love for food fuels her desire to exercise daily. Some of her favorite workout routines include running, yoga, P90X, INSANITY, STRONGER and mixed martial arts. Jess’s writing can also be found at Poprocks.com. She has appeared on MSNBC’s “The Most,” ABC News Now, and XM satellite radio and her writing has appeared on Wired.com and Yahoo!