CNET Editors' review
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.
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.
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All versions:4.2 stars
out of 12 votes
Current version:2.0 stars
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"Complicated, not user friendly, problems"
Version: Fitness Assistant 3.4
It seems to have a lot of features
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.