There's a new app on the market that promises to make counting calories and logging your meals a helluva lot easier. All you have to do is take a picture.
Popular fitness and meal tracking app Lose It! released a beta version of their new Snap It feature today, and it looks like a game changer. With Snap It, users can find out approximately how many calories are in their meal or snack, and record it in their food log.
Here's how it works: first, you select a meal type (breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack), then upload a photo of whatever they're eating. Once the app processes the photo, you'll be presented with food options based on what's in the picture. You confirm the food and serving size and voila! You'll be presented with a calorie count. You also have the option of being more specific, so that you can better log calories - for instance, if you're eating sushi, you can choose the type of sushi from a drop-down menu.
TechCrunch reports that Snap It will get smarter over time, meaning the more people use it, the better it'll get at recognizing the food in your photos. It's already correct 87.3% to 97.1% of the time though, so I wouldn't worry too much about your fruit salad being mistaken for, say, an ice cream sundae.