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Usable Health

Real-Life Food Recommendation Software

Published 02/04/2011 and rated Ratingstars3 3 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Eating right can be one of the most challenging aspects of losing weight and keeping it off. Created by Antoine Dove, who was featured on season eight of the Biggest Loser, Usable Health gives users a better, easier way to come up with healthy alternative foods. The user can visit the site and perform a food swap. Food Swaps literally help the user swap out their old, not as healthy dish for something that is better but similar. This process allows users to still enjoy their favorite flavors and ingredients while adhering to a diet. Users can review a list of top swaps to see what is popular or perform their own swap for a specific meal choice. Restaurant menu items are also included so users can still enjoy dining out without all the calories and fat. Usable Health also offers restaurant owners a Usable Health Kiosk which can be installed in their facility. This device is a small box with a touch screen that allows patrons to find healthier meals on the menu.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Antoine Dove along with Alexandra were in their early 20s, each weighing over 300 pounds. They were featured on the Biggest Loser, but found themselves eliminated from the contest. After, the pair stuck it out and supported one another as they worked hard to reach their weight goals. After nearly seven months, Alexandra had lost 91 pounds while Antoine shed 152 pounds. From their experiences, Antoine decided to found Usable Health to give others a better way to meet their health goals.

What are the differences to other apps?

There are many online resources that provide information on how to eat well and exercise. Some of these allow users to monitor their progress and will provide meal plans, however Usable Health is the only one so far that is dedicated entirely to upgrading the health factor of all meals. Users can search for anything and find a healthy alternative through Usable Health.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The Usable Health website welcomes visitors with a soft blue and grey color scheme, highlighted by hints of green. The homepage features an introduction video with Antoine Dove as well as all the main navigational buttons and links necessary to access each feature. The swap feature provides users with a brief look at what the meal is and how it improves their diet. A blue comment at the bottom of the swap box tells the user the carb difference percentage. A Facebook and Twitter button allow users to share the item through their social networking profiles.

How does the registration process work?

A new user can begin account creation by clicking the light grey “Sign up for free” button found along the right hand side of the homepage. The account information form asks for an email address, username and password. After entering the information and clicking the green “Continue” button at the bottom, right hand corner, the user is asked for their health details. The form requests an age, gender, height, weight, dietary goal and physical activity level. The following page asks the user to select a meal pattern, which includes a light breakfast, light lunch or evenly distributed eating plan. The final page gives the user their nutrition profile and estimated energy requirements in calories per day.

What does it cost to use the application?

Usable Health is a great resource for anyone who wants to improve their diet. The price makes it even better. Anyone can create an account for free. There are no subscription fees or other charges for using the application. Of course new users should be aware that Usable Health is still in a beta status. It is possible that a paid membership or subscription requirement could be added later on.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Usable Health provides a number of diet tools that can help users choose better alternative recipes and foods. The site includes both regular foods and those purchased at restaurants, which gives the user a full spectrum of options.

  • Generate a nutrition profile that provides information on what your body needs
  • Browse top swaps to see which swaps are more popular
  • Perform a food swap using your favorite dishes
  • Check out alternative items from popular restaurants
  • Maintain a history to see how you can improve your eating habits

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