A few weeks ago I received an e-mail from a very nice gentleman named Dr. Brian Young, a periodontist who lives in Jacksonville, Florida, who wanted to tell me about a brand new iPhone/iPod Touch application he developed that he thought would be of great interest to my readers. At the time, he had submitted his software idea to Apple for inclusion in the Apple iTunes store for consumers to download what he had developed. The resulting product which is now available for purchase is called Carb Tracker.
Carb Tracker helps you keep up with your net carbs, water, and weight
This handy dandy little application is the first one for the iPhone that allows users to be able to track their net carbohydrates, water consumption and weight loss progress all in the same program. The very extensive database of foods includes well over 65,000 food items–and growing! This really impressed me how you could type in something as basic as sausage and eggs or even an Atkins bar and it’s listed there.
Once you download this $4.99 application to your iPhone or iPod Touch, there is no need for an Internet connection to access the food database which shows you the total number of net carbs you have consumed for the day automatically. The app allows you to program how many net carbohydrates you want to budget daily and tracks it for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Snacks. You can visually see exactly how many carbohydrates you are consuming at any given meal. And this even includes when you eat out at a restaurant, too.
You receive access to the net carbs, calories, fat, fiber, and total carbohydrates on your screen when you look it up. Then the Carb Tracker keeps up with the net carbs which is most important. Additionally, you can mark off each 8-ounce glass of water you consume with the simple touch on the screen. And when you weigh yourself, the Carb Tracker app gives you a chance to see your progress and know that you are inching closer to your goal weight.
All in all, I must say I’m quite impressed with this application for the iPhone and iPod Touch. I’ve been using it for a little over a week now and I’m struck by how simple it is to use. Many of these kind of diet trackers are very difficult to navigate, but not the Carb Tracker. If you can type and use a search box, then your low-carb lifestyle can benefit greatly with this thing. The best part is for less than five bucks, you can keep up with your carbs, water, and weight without any annoying ads or extra fees. Sweet!
Dr. Young says he will continue to enhance this app even more, so feel free to post your suggestions about how to improve upon it. I know I could have used this when I was in my original weight loss mode in 2004. Writing down all this information on little sheets of paper was helter skelter, but this makes it so much easier. Try the Carb Tracker in the iTunes store and see what it can do to help you in your healthy low-carb lifestyle!