Free Diet App Helps Australians Count Calories on Phone

australia appObesity is considered a ticking health time bomb in the developed world with worldwide obesity having more than doubled since 1980. In Australia, around 14 million people (or 63% of the population) are considered overweight or obese, according to figures from the Australian Health Survey.

Being overweight increases your risk of developing heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and osteoarthritis.

In keeping with weight loss awareness campaigns, more than 100,000 Australians have so far downloaded a free calorie counter app, making the Easy Diet Diary the most popular diet app for iPhones in Australia.

Developed by Brisbane company Xyris Software with the help of dieticians, the app helps users track their food intake daily and log their exercise and fitness.

As smartphone users know, many apps are designed with weights and measures that are specific to their country of origin but don’t translate easily elsewhere. It was with that in mind that Xyris Software designed its app specifically for use in Australia, uploading up-to-date data and information on Australian foods. The app also allows savvy users to switch between calories and kilojoules.

The app is useful for those who want to record their weight loss and fitness regime, and is also proving a useful tool for athletes who need to take note of everything they consume on a daily basis for their coaches and dieticians to monitor. The app works seamlessly with FoodWorks, nutritional analysis software that has also been developed and produced by Xyris Software.

The Easy Diet Diary has a barcode scanner that works with more than 30,000 Australian food products. Users can track their intake of energy, nutrients and calories.

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