New app gamifies eating well and losing weight

A new app tracks all of your meals, transforms healthful eating into a game, and aims to turn your daily diet into a social activity.

The brainchild of an Amsterdam-based startup, Foodzy is launching free mobile applications for iOS and Android on September 5, although to log in, you'll need a Foodzy Pro account ($15 per year).

What did you eat yesterday? Or the day before? Foodzy can help you with that, tracking what and how much you eat in an effort to shed light on your diet habits, while letting you share the data and compete with friends. Healthful eating is rewarded with badges, and rather than tracking calories, Foodzy tracks "bits" (one bit equals 20 calories) to help you achieve your weight loss goals.

You can check out Foodzy free of charge, but the number of badges you can earn are limited and your eating history will not be kept longer than 30 days.

Foodzy uses food databases from more than 58 countries, making it ideal for the jet-setting dieter. The service is currently available in English, French, German, and Dutch.

Meanwhile, another app-game launching this fall hopes to inspire overweight teens to get moving. Dubbed Zamzee, the game comes equipped with a hip-worn sensor that tracks kids' movements and awards physical activity with points that they can upload to the Zamzee web portal.

Among other devices for enhanced self-awareness, a hot trend right now, is the FitBit, a small clip-on tracker that monitors your fitness and sleep patterns. Also Jawbone's UP features a flexible wristband packed with vibration and motion sensors and wireless radio chips, to pair with a smartphone app. The device tracks and analyzes exercise, diet, and sleep data, providing users with tips on living a healthier life and challenges to help them get on the right track.

Learn more about Foodzy: http://vimeo.com/27332550

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