Yeah, like I need this considering the sweet potato pie consumption at my house. Anyway, the USDA announced yesterday the launch of SuperTracker, a site that provides nutritional information and lets you track your food intake as well as your activity. The site is available at https://www.choosemyplate.gov/SuperTracker/default.aspx.
There are some things you can do without registering, like check out the Food-A-Pedia, with information on 8000 foods and beverages. You can also review a “General Plan” if you don’t want to provide the site with any information. But if you want to get a customized plan you have to make a profile. You provide information about your height and weight, as well as your age and activity level. If you are overweight (or underweight I suppose), SuperTracker will ask you if you want to maintain your weight or move toward a healthier weight.
Once you’ve created your profile, SuperTracker will give you a nutritional plan, which looks pretty grain heavy. Also: one slice of bread is one serving, as is one pancake. But to be fair I guess we’re talking about calories here, and not nutrition. You can also enter in your activities — ooo! And SuperTracker has a place I can put in DDR! +1 point.
In addition to tracking what you’re doing you can also track goals, track your weight and get reports on your activity. You can also get e-mails from a “virtual coach” on the site or in your e-mail (hey, how about the option to get messages via SMS? It’s easy to mind your weight sitting in front of the computer — it’s when you’re at El Chompo and the fried ice cream is calling your name…)
I quite liked the design of the site, and the tools were well-explained and easy to use. But I was surprised there was no mention of apps or mobile tools. I would love to see this as an Android/iPhone app. Did I miss it?
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