Fitness Assistant is an intuitive tool that lets users track their nutrition and physical activity. Although similar Web-based tools are available for free, Fitness Assistant does deliver both an easy-to-use interface and relevant features.
The program's interface is uncluttered and intuitive, displaying the day's calorie balance, calorie composition, and a monthly calendar. Graphical buttons across the top of the interface give users access to the program's features. Everything was well-organized and easy to find. Although the program does not have a Help file, it does have a set of FAQs online. As for features, the program contains everything you would expect from this type of application. The program comes with a large database of foods and their nutritional information, making it easy for users to track their dietary habits. Simply search for what you've eaten, select the proper quantity, and Fitness Assistant will save the information for you, allowing you to keep track of your daily intake of fat, protein, and carbohydrates. The program also makes it easy for users to track physical activity with a database full of exercises and the number of calories they each burn. Users can set weight-loss goals and then track their progress, logging their weight, nutrition, and exercise throughout. We found Fitness Assistant to be a very useful tool for users who are looking to make a healthy change to their lifestyles.
Fitness Assistant has a 15-day trial period. It installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this program to all users.
From X3M Consulting:
Fitness Assistant helps you manage and improve all aspects of diet, health and fitness. Set weight goals and get accurate calorie daily targets. Get motivation by hitting your daily diet goals. Track diet, fitness and exercise. Get accurate calorie advice. Calculate BMI, strength, calories, body fat and more. Record workouts, cardio, measurements. Build graphs and reports of your progress. Fully customizable food log, food database, menu and recipe tracking. Get in the Active Zone, and keep all the lost weight off forever.
I've been heavy all of my life. I used this software to guide my weight loss. I lost 50 lbs using FA. It's easy enough to set-up (took about 15-20 mins to understand the basics of of the app.
First things first: you need to understand weight loss generally. Talk to your doctor to understand what amounts of weight are safe for you to lose, and what amounts of fat, protein and carbs are needed for food intake, or do the research on your own. It's kind of like using a calculator to do math. You need to know what you are doing (i.e., the process of math) before taking a calculator and punching in numbers. I love that I set fitness goals on my own schedule. I read a review on here where the user did not like that you have to set a weight loss goal by picking dates. As far as I know, time is a variable needed to calculate weight loss (I have no idea how else you might figure it out ad make it happen).
I love that you can add your own food to the menus.
1). Menus/food items could be better for searching.
2). This app needs to run in the cloud
3) install on my android phone.
I give it 4.5 stars for
I love it. When I stop using it, I tend to put some weight back on...I always use it to get back on track. It works every time.
Not easy to use, no good Help feature, not sure I trust its calculations
This program will let you set weight goals and log both foods and activities.
Problem #1: The food database has issues. It does allow you to add your own foods. This is a good thing because I had to use it with the 2nd item I tried to log. Unfortunately it took 3 tries to get the item added; the database seems to want measurements in grams.
Problem #2: Options are limited. I wanted to change the default measurements for added foods to something other than metric; there was a "localization options" choice in the "Personal" menu but there was nothing there for what I wanted to do.
Problem #3: Next I looked for a Help menu. There isn't one in the menu bar but I discovered I could hit F1 for that. But the Help section is nothing but an FAQ, and there aren't many questions.
Problem #4: The goal weight setup seems to require a date (I couldn't find a way to set a weight without one). If you don't want to set a date you're out of luck. And if you have a lot of weight to lose using a date could be really discouraging - or cause potential health issues if the date you pick is unrealistic. (See Problem #5.)
Problem #5: The weight and calorie goals setup has no built-in limits. I experimentally told it I wanted to lose 300 pounds in 6 months. The details it responded with said I would need to lose 9.77 pounds a week, which is way, *way* too much. As for daily calories, it said "At your current physical profile you need to start eating -401 calories a day." *NEGATIVE* 401 calories?
Problem #6: It has typos. On that same goal weight/calories screen the text for the goal weight field reads "I want to weight:" In looking at some of the other text I found missing spaces and weird grammar and punctuation. It's possible it was written by someone who speaks English as a second language, but this program isn't free and these mistakes make it look less professional.
I was looking for an alternative to the buggy online programs I've used in the past and to setting up my own system. This isn't it. Creating my own system is looking more appealing now.
Good food data base and the ability to modify and use your recipes. Weight feature is an excellent motivational tool. METS values are also a new and important thing for me. Great support, how often do you get to communicate with the software writer.
Online context help could be a little deeper and have more detail.
The program is dynamic and learns based on your average loss over a week. It properly calculates your BMR based on average weight loss vs calories eaten. Calculates your activity levels based on information you provide and has thus far been right on the money. My wife and I have been very impressed losing an average of 8-lbs a month just from exercise and eating right - basing our nutritional input on this programs recommendations. Prior to using this program we've only been able to lose 3 to 4 lbs a month by excercising and guessing how much we needed to eat.
The program is overall easy to use - it does have a learning curve of about two or three days to really understand how to input data - user defined foods, etc. Definately worth the $50 price tag. I've used others that were equally and or more expensive and not been as impressed. There's a couple of programs out there that are free and seem to be OK - but no comparison to this one. I worked in the fitness industry many years ago and still work in healthcare - this is definately a tool worth having wether you want to lose weight, gain muscle, increase your cardio-vascular fitness or all of the above.
The only improvement would be to have a heart rate and blood pressure tracker built in as a monitor for overall fitness. But the developer sent me an e-mail stating those features would be included in the 2006 release. The tutorial could be better.
I've been using this program for just shy of a month, and I've already lost 14 pounds! I've always had the hardest time losing weight, and could never understand why until I started using this software.
The theory is so simple: To lose weight, just burn more calories than you consume. However, in practice, I personally have always fallen short because I never really knew how many calories I consumed. With this program, it does all the work for me, and all I have to do is log my weight once a week, and my food daily.
Once I achieve my goal weight, which is now only 11 pounds away, I will continue to use the program to monitor my food intake so the weight doesn't come back. In a vastly overweight nation, software like this should be on everyone's computer!
I have been working out for 5 months now. I have reduced my body fat and increased my lean muscle mass but have not been able to reach certain "timed" goals. I did much research and needed a simplistic way to modify and track my protein, fat, and carb percentages in conjunction with calories expended, resting metabolic rate, lean muscle mass, etc. I wanted to keep all my lean muscle mass while losing fat, and then increase my lean muscle mass. This program fit the bill perfectly! I downloaded the trial version 2 weeks ago, and lost 6 pounds of pure fat in 13 days and gained over one pound of muscle. It was EXACTLY what should have happened! I could not accomplish this in the previous 5 months. The software is just what I needed!