FitGenie (Version 3.3.5)

Synopsis of the App: FitGenie is a self-adjusting smart calorie counter that uses machine learning to help automate meal planning.

Price and Platform: Free for basic version. Apple only.

RDN Score: 3/5

Pros

  • User-friendly design.
  • Get semi-personalized meal plans purported to help you build muscle, lose weight or stay healthy.
  • Includes “smart adjustments” to help improve meal plans each week based on set goals.
  • Starts with a nine-question assessment to create a program specific to your gender, body type, diet preferences, goals, height and weight, and activity level.
  • Track weight at regular intervals, as well as track total calories eaten, burned and left each day.
  • Use the “magic meals” tool to create a meal plan or enter your own food. Customize meal sections to define your meals and to add or remove snacks.
  • Recipes look and sound appealing, but most cannot be accessed in the free version of the app.
  • Sync with HealthKit to seamlessly input food and activity to the journal.

Cons

  • Available on Apply only at the time of this review.
  • The assessment doesn’t include a full range of body sizes and types and may leave some users feeling excluded.
  • Diet filters are somewhat limited by only offering low-fat, low-carb, vegan/vegetarian and “I eat everything” — leaving out pescatarian and other special diets.
  • Requires an email address or Facebook login, which may give users privacy concerns.
  • Must upgrade to premium (from $44.99) to view recipes and access recipe swaps and meal recommendations.

Bottom Line: FitGenie is best for those looking to log intake and discover new recipes and meal planning ideas. The app is good for logging food manually, but users may want to upgrade to premium to the app more worthwhile.

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Marisa Moore, MBA, RDN, LD, is based in Atlanta and specializes in culinary nutrition, communications and consulting. She blogs at marisamoore.com. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.