Developer: Barracuda Partners
Price: $3.99
Version Reviewed: 1.13
Device Reviewed On: iPod Touch

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★★½
User Interface Rating: ★★★½☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

With the new year upon us comes the classic resolution of getting in shape and eating healthier. Every year millions of people promise to take better care of their bodies, only to give up after a few weeks due to sore muscles, bland diets or sheer frustration. While Intelli-Diet can’t do much about the first problem, it goes a long way towards solving the latter two issues. The end result is a helpful weight-loss app which isn’t perfect, but it provides a good starting point.

Unlike many diet apps Intelli-Diet starts off by getting to know you, asking lots of questions about height, current weight, goal weight, age, activity level and so on. The app uses all this info to get a general picture of your health before you even start the plan, demonstrating that this isn’t just another cookie-cutter approach to weight loss. But all this is just a precursor to the app’s most impressive feature, the food list.

At any time during setup or afterward Intelli-Diet lets you run through a myriad of foods in various categories and remove any you don’t like. Hate fish? simply slide the bar to off and you’ll never have to worry about the app telling you to eat salmon. Can’t stand veggies? You can turn off everything in the veggie list and feel no ill effects, the app merely adjusts daily dietary suggestions and updates your meal plan. Finally, a thorough, non-judgmental piece of software that tailors to your own preferences.

From here the app creates a weekly meal plan, providing you with specific foods to eat at breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as a couple snacks a day. Even better, portions are reasonable yet filling, so you won’t go to bed every night starving. Best of all, you can easily email a weekly shopping list to yourself (or whoever in your family does the grocery shopping) so you know exactly what foods you need for the coming week.

While the app is pretty amazing, there are still some faults that may annoy users. First off, there are no recipes included, so while you may be told to eat lean meat at dinner, there are no suggestions for how to prepare it. Even worse, the app is all but useless to finicky eaters, as it may tell you to eat yogurt or lettuce three or four times a day simply to meet nutritional requirements. Sure, having a picky palate may be more of a shortcoming of the individual than the app, but it can still be disappointing to see the same few meals pop up over and over again.

The most attractive aspect of Intelli-Diet is that it does all the heavy lifting for you, crunching the numbers and simply telling you what foods you should be eating. Those who stick to the plan are likely to be pleased with the results, and it’s not going to get much easier than this. While the app may not be the most comprehensive possible, it would be hard to make dieting much simpler than this.

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