Business Insider ranks MyNetDiary the best free weight-loss app of 2020 and here's why!
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Now that we've been dubbed the best free weight-loss app in 2020 by Business Insider, MyNetDiary will let you in on a secret. It's because it's so easy! The #1 review comment that MyNetDiary receives from its users is that the website and available apps are "Easy to use!" So, how did we get here and why should you care?
It's no mystery, just good technique. The founders of MyNetDiary were inspired by Alan Cooper's book, About Face, which suggests websites should be super-simplified and "considerate" to their users. In essence, the goal is to minimize the number of keystrokes (or taps on a smartphone) users must employ to get the results they want. For MyNetDiary, this means decluttering the shortcuts from the website. It means building a "recents" subsystem and memorizing and tracking your choices to speed up food and exercise entry.
The MyNetDiary app is smart and easy-to-use because it uses a memory of all your previous food entries and serving amounts. Since people often eat the same foods and amounts, MyNetDiary keeps track of your "recent" foods, drastically reducing the time spent searching and logging your favorite meals.
MyNetDiary also uses "search-as-you-type" functionality for entering foods. This technology often only requires entering the first three letters of words from the food you want. It then instantly pulls it from the extensive 200,000+ foods database MyNetDiary maintains. This technology is similar to what Google does with its search engine. A MyNetDiary search tolerates misspellings and plurals and uses popularity rank to provide the best suggestions in real-time.
With MyNetDiary, there is no typing in a long list of words, hitting search, and waiting for a long list of "similar" foods based on your search terms. As you start typing, you get immediate, accurate results. Your recent entries always appear at the top of the list, combined with the most relevant search results from the MyNetDiary food catalog.
You can also see your recent foods and amounts grouped by meals in the Favorites dialog built from previous days. You can quickly mark those typical foods and amounts without typing a single character.
This blog was reviewed and updated by Brenda Braslow, MS, RDN, LDN, CDCES on November 5, 2020.
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