If you or someone you live with is dealing with Diabetes then you know exactly how important meal planning is. The Diabetes Meal Planner app for your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone gives users the ability to plan out their meals for a whole week. You will be able to see the upcoming days as well as the previous day's dishes and make sure that you make healthy and smart choices all week long. This app is able to calculate your Glycemic Load (GL) and your Glycemic Index (GI) for the full day and each meal.
The Diabetes Meal Planner app puts full control in your hands where your eating is concerned. Thanks to this app you can plan out your meals for a full week and calculate your Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load for the day or each meal. Both of these readings are imperative when trying to control Diabetes. You are able to skip ahead and look at upcoming days/meals as well as the previous day’s history. What's great is that you can then have this information on hand when you see your doctor and go over your readings and your food choices.
The app is fairly inexpensive but there seem to be some rather disappointed users. The app only has one out of five stars from users who find the app cumbersome to use, confusing, and not useful enough. The app hasn't been updated in over a year and seems to be suffering quite a bit.
Why Use the App
The Diabetes Meal Planner app is obviously useful for those people looking to control their Diabetes but can also be used if you are trying to lose weight. It allows you to view details such as the fat analysis, protein, calories, and carbohydrates in each food item, each meal, and each day. The common complaint among users is the fact it takes way too long to enter in the food information. Not only does it take a lot of time but the process can be confusing. Obviously this turns people right off from using it.
Another negative is the fact the user interface is so unimpressive. There is nothing interactive, engaging, or high-tech here. It feels like such a bare-bones offering and an incomplete one at that. As users have stated in the end this one feels like a pretty big disappointment despite its good intentions.
The app allows you to plan your meals out one week in advance
View your previous day’s meals
Get a breakdown of a variety of details per food item/meal/day
The app is able to calculate your GI and GL
The app isn’t at all user-friendly
Inputting your meals is very cumbersome and time-consuming
The app doesn’t offer enough tools to be useful
The Diabetes Meal Planner app for your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone has good intentions and can certainly be useful however it has been so poorly put together that it ends up being more work than it's worth.