In recent years, wellness and healthy lifestyles have become a trend and look more like a mainstream hobby than something that is done to keep yourself fit and healthy. The willingness to develop fitness applications and the revenue generated from those grow as quickly as the number of people promising themselves to follow a healthy routine. According to a survey conducted in 2017 carried out by Statista, 26% of respondents aged 18 to 29 regularly used apps to track their nutrition.
Using and following a diet and nutrition app, instead of going to a nutritionist is not bad at all. There are several people who rely on these apps and the tips that come out of it. In fact, it’s actually a good way to keep a tab on your health and nutrition. Many people can’t afford to go to a nutritionist or have enough time to sit and consult a nutritionist and keep talking about vitamins and nutrients. For those people, these apps are a good way to monitor their diet. According to a new study around 30% of people in the world are overweight or obese.
But diet apps are becoming very generic. All those apps seem very similar. The content will mostly remain the same. But the way it is presented is what matters. Let’s go through a few tips on creating a nutrition app and what features should be added to it. We invite you to read again our article, Top 5 Fitness Apps to Help you out with your New Year’s Fitness Resolution.
7 Important Features of Diet & Nutrition Mobile App Development:
This is the first step that should be there at the beginning of every app- A Sign-in/ Login page. The user will be required to create an account with a specific username so that all the health-related information of that user is recorded in his account. The user will be asked several questions about the kind of diet they have followed in the past, body statistics, the number of days they stay active and workout, any past medical history, any specific diseases, and their goals and aspirations for themselves. All this information will be guarded and used to create a diet plan for the user. This background information is extremely necessary.
2. Food Logging
At this stage, all the information and diet history of the user is processed and a report is provided. This report shows what kind of diet the user has followed, the nutrients and vitamins they have to consume, their water intake, and if it is good according to their body type and age. Food Logging helps the user get to know about what unhealthy habits he has been following that he needs to stop in order to be healthy.
3. Tips to follow
This is the step that attracts a user and the main reason he/she is on the app. The user will be provided with diet tips and tricks. These tips are formed and given to the user on the basis of the evaluation of the history and dietary requirements of the user. Obviously, every diet app will have this page, but what we need to learn is that it has to be more detailed and personalized for the users.
4. Connecting to Wearables
Users these days are so busy that they can’t keep looking at their phone screens all day. They need an app that they can pair up with their wearable devices. Being able to connect an app to a wearable device is an extremely important feature, especially for a health-related app. This is useful so that the user is reminded to follow the diet tips by sending prompts on his wearable device so that he doesn’t have to pull out his phone every few minutes. Do make sure your app has the wearable connectivity feature.
5. Intuitive and Interactive
An app needs to be both intuitive and interactive in the way it functions. It must be easy to detect your app’s functionality. For this, you need to make your app easy-to-use. Make your app offer more, by actually doing less. Make the app as user-friendly as possible and remove all the complex functionalities that might drive a user away from your app. We invite you to read again our article, Top 5 Fitness Trackers to Choose Now.
6. Shopping Cart
Combining your health app with e-commerce is one of the best solutions. Not every diet app has a shopping cart feature. But that is what will make your app really unique. Having a shopping cart feature will allow you to offer diet products for sale and allow the user to buy them by adding those to the shopping cart. These products can be personalized in the way they are presented to the users.
7. Blog & Feedback
Users love reading about diet tips that must be followed. Apart from the personalized diet chart, you should also create a blog that allows a reader to get in touch with all the latest trends and news about food and diet. Also, add a Feedback option where a user can get in touch with you. Users feel valued when they are asked about their feedback.
Developing a diet or fitness as looks very easy. But it is these tiny features that need to be taken care of that will ensure your app’s success rate. The above mentioned are some of the major features. Apart from that, you must also add things like healthy recipes that can be added to the blog, unlocking achievements, reminders, a community where users can interact with each other.
Sometimes it becomes difficult to include all these features at once, but here must consult a mobile app development company that has some experience in developing a diet and nutrition app. Share your experience with us in the comments below!
Keval Padia is the founder & CEO of Nimblechapps, a fast-growing mobile app development company. The current innovation and updates of the field lures him to express his views and thoughts on certain topics.