There are more than 1 billion overweight adults in the world and at least 300 million of them are clinically obese. Apparently. So at least this means that if you could stand to lose a few pounds you’re certainly not on your own, and with a bit of friendly motivation from modern technology it could be easier than you think.
Enter Nutrino, the first “virtual nutritionist” that takes the slog out of trawling over packets of food to work out calorie counts by constructing personalised recipes based on exercise levels, eating habits, preferred foods and personal goals. Available for Apple devices at the App Store and “coming soon” to Google Play, the app allows you to input data such as how active your lifestyle is and how much weight you want to lose, before coming up with a choice of meal plans that in theory shouldn’t turn your stomach or push you over the edge. Tables and charts break down protein, carbohydrate, fat consumption etc. and there’s a daily success rating based on how closely you’ve stuck to the target consumption.
Somewhat counter-intuitively, it can even save a trip to the supermarket by purchasing the ingredients necessary to rustle up these healthy snacks via the “Grocery list”. UK users can simply add items to this list and then place an order at Tescos or ASDA, with more supermarkets to be added in due course. It can also help when you’re eating out, and is being offered to chains such as Pret, pod, eat, Costa Coffee and Café Nero with the aim of showing you which of the foods available to eat there will fit your plan.
Finally, if you have a Withings compatible wireless scale and associated app you can sync it with Nutrino to keep track of weight gain/loss, with meal plans adjusted automatically to stay in line with your goals.
“We created Nutrino because we were tired of seeing so much of the ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to nutrition. We believe nutrition should be personal to each individual. People are using lots of different apps and gadgets to track their diet or fitness but there is nothing out there that delivers recommendations that are personalised to each of us.”
Jonathan Lipnick, CEO and co-foudner of Nutrino
Nutrino can be downloaded from the Apple App Store today for free, so there’s no reason not to give it a try. An Android version is “in development”, but there’s no confirmed release date as yet. For more information visit www.nutrino.co