Now that the weather is getting warmer, I'll start to increase my workouts — I get a little lazy during the winter. As well as working out, I try to eat right too. There was an app on BlackBerry OS called My Fitness Pal that let you track your calorie intake. Enter your meal, portion size, etc and then it counted your calories. You could also enter any of your workouts and then it would calculate your burnt calories. It certainly helps when you can see how many calories you are eating each day. Sadly, the app wasn't brought to BlackBerry 10 and while you can port the Android version, there are some who want a native experience. This is where Body Buddy comes in. It basically does what My Fitness Pal does but gives you a native BlackBerry 10 experience in the process.
When you first load the app it goes through a setup process, you can skip it but you may as well set everything up right there to get started. The setup stage consists of entering your sex, age, weight and height details. You then choose what kind of weight-loss goal you want to achieve. In then works out how many calories you should be eating a day. Once complete, you're on your way.
To add to your journal just tap Add Journal Entry in the Today section. Then just choose what you want to add — breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner or exercise. There is also an option to add your weight in there too. It is suggested you add a weight if you are going to be adding any exercises to your journal. When adding meals you can just enter the type of meal and it will carry out a search. Alternatively, you can scan the barcode of the product. I tend to do this with snacks. After adding a meal it will deduct from your daily calorie count. When you add an exercise it will then add these calories burned to your calorie count.
You can view your Journal or see your History by using the tabs along the bottom. There is also an option to export your journal, this can be found in the overflow menu.
Body Buddy also allows you to download Nike+ information if you have an account. It can also automatically download your weight from a Withings scale, if you use one. You can enter account details for these in the Settings, which can be found by swiping down from the top. Great bonus features for anyone who uses these.
Body Buddy is free to download. You get a 60-day trial of the Pro version, so you can get full use of all the features stated above. After the 60-day trial period is over you will be given the option to upgrade or continue with a free version. The free version won't give you the ability to carry out a food search or exercise search. You would have to enter details in manually. The full pro version costs $2.99. 60 days is a good enough time to let you decide whether you want it or not anyhow. You can go ahead and purchase the full version anytime. You don't have to wait until your 60-day trial is up. Body Buddy is available for all BlackBerry 10 devices.
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