Building an App for Nutrition and Dieting

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Walk more, work out, eat veggies. Anyone concerned about their weight or overall health has heard it at least once in a lifetime.

Breaking down the types of nutrition apps

Millions of people who use nutrition apps have one thing in common: a goal. Is it to lose weight, to improve skin condition, to work out more efficiently or draw an individual diet plan if certain constraints like allergies or lent are present, a goal is there. Knowing the goal, we can elicit the major types of nutrition applications.

Features for each nutrition app type

Instead of giving a list of all the possible features of diet tracking software, we decided to provide feature lists by app types. They can for sure be mixed freely, and you will find suggestions for the best mixes later on.

Weight loss diary

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  • Sex, age;
  • Current weight;
  • Desired weight;
  • Eating preferences;
  • Food allergies.

Calorie counter

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App for live consultations with a dietician

Sign up as a dietician/client.

Food scanner

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Meal planner

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eMeals app promo screenshots

Recipe app

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All-in-one nutrition tracking app

The above-listed apps for dieting and their features can be mixed in any way you prefer depending on the idea you have. Of course, developing a comprehensive healthy eating app will take longer and cost more than an app focused on one side of dieting and nutrition, however, there’s no need to start big. If you start with an MVP development and launch the basic version first, you will be able to pile up new features step by step, release by release, and not spend much at a time. From our point of view, the best and most effective combinations to start with are:

What to avoid in diet and nutrition app development

An important thing to keep in mind when creating a weight loss or diet tracking app is that the app is nothing but a tool for a person moved by a goal. App effectiveness or ineffectiveness is only determined by how motivated the user is. However, there are things that can turn away practically anyone regardless of their commitment.

Step-by-step guide to building a dieting app

To create a diet analysis app, you can either hire a freelancer, employ developers right at your company, or outsource development to a team of specialists. All options have the right to exist, and you can discover more about each at the How to Find an App Developer for Your Project page. Here, we will only talk about what we can personally relate to-working with a mobile app development company.

Select a company and get in touch

From our experience, there are many ways clients decide which software company to work with. Some see relevant case studies in a company portfolio and ultimately make a decision, others put down a similar letter and send it over to several companies to judge on their professionalism and communication skills. Recommended ways to choose a contractor are listed in the above-mentioned article. If you’ve never worked with an outsourcing company before, here’s what usually happens after you leave a message in the contact form.

  • Having received your request, the Sales Manager gets back to you to know more about your project.
  • With the details you provide, Business Analysts and Software Engineers draw a request for proposal listing the work scope, team composition, as well as estimated duration and cost to make an application.
  • A call is set up to coordinate between you and the company.
  • Next, both sides sign an agreement, and work on the project begins.

Discovery phase

Discovery is the initial research of your business objectives, in which Business Analyst is deeply involved. After the discovery, you as a client will have a more clear vision of the app and its features, in case you only had an idea, and a full product roadmap. A UX/UI designer prepares initial wireframes for all app screens based on your preferences and corporate style.

UX/UI design

At this stage, you will get to know exactly what your app will look like. The UX/UI designer’s task is to make it equally easy-to-use and visually appealing as well as conforming to the modern design methodologies.

Programming the app & Quality Assurance

Designers’ mockups are handed to developers who turn them into a working application. Programming and QA go hand in hand as every piece of functionality has to be checked right after it’s written in order not to multiply mistakes in the code. Building a food nutrition app goes in increments, usually the 2-week long sprints, and after each, there’s a demo when you are shown what has been done.

Deployment and support

After all the functionality is developed and the app is bug tested backward and forwards, it’s finally time to release. The app development company can still modify the app upon your request and staff it with more features, as well as make fixes if something goes wrong — that’s what post-launch support stands for.

How to monetize a healthy nutrition app?

Having spent a fortune, you want the app to pay off. See how you can earn money with your diet app.

How long does it take to create a nutrition tracker app and how much does it cost?

Let’s suppose you’re up to building a native mobile calorie counter. Given Anadea’s $50 hourly rate and the team of an iOS developer, an Android developer and a QA, the development of such an app integrated with an API like Spoonacular will take us up to 8 weeks and cost you approximately $36.000. This number strongly depends on the complexity of design, feature set and team composition. For a more precise estimation, request a free quote.