iOS/Android: If you’re looking to improve your nutrition but don’t know where to start, popular food tracking app Lose It! now lets you snap a food photo or upload an existing one to your day’s food log. Called Snap It!, the feature makes tracking food more approachable for newbies.
Snap it! works by using the app’s extensive food database in combination with image recognition to identify and break down the nutritional profile of the food you just ate. The hope is that it streamlines the very tedious process of manually entering foods and kilojoules, but it’s not perfect.
I got the chance to try out the beta, taking pictures of my dim sum and my rice-based meals, but it didn’t quite give me correct results. (It thought my broccoli was ravioli.) That said, a Lose It! representative told me that it can learn and improve the more I use it and add my pictures as a custom food. Obviously, this means it takes work initially, but once more foods are entered into the database everyone uses, it supposedly gets better and better.
Still, the idea of using pictures to simplify how you log your food is neat. You can also snap a photo and upload it later so you’re not fumbling through your fuzzy memory and being optimistic about how much you actually ate. The evidence is in the photo.