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App Redesign: myfitnesspal

Myfitnesspal is a calorie counting app that has helped many people on their quest for weight loss.  The core foundation of the app is centered around a simple idea: the less you eat, the more weight you will lose.

Current Design

  1. There is a heavy focus on hitting a caloric deficit rather than encouraging nutrition.
  2. Food becomes purely numbers, which is an inaccurate representation of exactly what we are putting into our bodies.
  3. The app promotes the idea that weight loss is the ultimate goal, rather than maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
  4. Once the user starts tracking, they become dependent on the app to guide them on what to eat rather than trusting their internal bodily cues.

Quotes from users

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Design statement

Shift the focus of myfitnesspal to quality of foods rather than quantity, encouraging life-long healthy eating habits instead of temporary dieting.


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