Weight loss app counts calories with your food pics

Counting calories is about to get a lot easier.

The nutrition tracking app Lose It has introduced a new feature that allows users to count calories in their food by uploading photos.

SEE ALSO: Google launches Allo, its AI-centric messaging app

Called "Snap it," the feature is out now on both the iOS and Android version of the app.

The weight loss app has had food-tracking for years but required users to manually enter what they were eating into its database to track calories and nutrition. Now, users can speed up this process by taking photos of their food within the app.

The company has developed image recognition software that is able to guess what's in the photo and match it to items in the app's database. If it's not able to find a corresponding entry, you can manually enter one yourself.

We took the feature for a spin and it was able to successfully offer the correct suggestion for an apple and some Sour Patch Kids candy.

Importantly, it doesn't automate the logging experience entirely but it does make it a lot easier. After identifying the item, you still need to select the appropriate entry and customize it with the serving size and other information. For the most part, it's only able to recognize general categories of food — like sushi or candy, for example — so you'll still need to select the specific item in order to get an accurate entry.

Still, it should eliminate a fair bit of searching — Lose It's app has thousands of foods in its database — and the company says the feature is still in a beta phase, so it should improve over time.

Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.