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WeightWatchers iPhone app

August 6, 2011

Like many mums, I gained weight when I was pregnant and struggled to lose it afterwards. After about a year of just trying to eat more sensibly while my weight continued to drift upwards, I came across WeightWatchers Online and decided to give it a go in January this year. Well it seems to have worked and I think there are two main reasons why:

  1. complete freedom over what combination of foods to eat, with nothing forbidden, not even chocolate or cake or booze
  2. using the WeightWatchers iPhone app was fun and made it easy for me to keep track of what I was eating on the go

WeightWatchers involves keeping track of what you eat and making sure that you stay within your daily and weekly allowances of ProPoints. The traditional way of doing this is with pen and paper, but I couldn’t be doing with that. Instead I used the iPhone app to track my ProPoints. The iPhone app itself is free but it only works properly if you’re signed up with the web-based WeightWatchers Online service which costs just under £10 per month.

Here are some screen shots showing why I liked the iPhone app so much:

The weight chart was very good at keeping me motivated

You can calculate & keep track of ProPoints for foods eaten & exercise

Saving things as 'favourites' makes it quicker & easier

But there were a couple of weaknesses with the app:

  • you need wifi or very good 3G for the app to be usuable
  • the database of foods includes supermarket own brand food items, but the selection is skewed towards Asda rather than Waitrose

Even with these weaknesses, I still think the app was very helpful for me.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. September 15, 2011 4:17 pm

    I used Weight Watchers online for a while and it’s an excellent tool. Unfortunately the Weight Watchers app for the iPhone doesn’t appear to be available in Ireland yet though. Just thought I’d give you a quick tip for taking iPhone screenshots. If you simultaneously press the power button and the home button on the iPhone, the screen will flash and make a camera shutter sound. The screenshot will then be saved in your iPhone’s Camera Roll folder in the “Photos” app. Nice blog by the way!

    • September 15, 2011 8:14 pm

      Thanks for the comment and the useful tip!

      Hope the WW app is made available in Ireland soon – I know someone else who is based there and would like to have it!


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