Hello all! I hope my title is what brought you over because it’s true, I need your guy’s help. So for those of you who are new around here, WELCOME!, I am in the process of completing my last semester of college and I am a computer science major. A large part of being in my last semester is taking a Capstone class. Basically we each have to come up with our own semester long (15 week) project to complete. I’ve been struggling really hard trying to come up with an idea. Obviously I started with things I like; food, computers, sports, volleyball, fitness. I landed on that last one. I thought about what is something that I wish was out there for people to use. After tossing around some super complicated ideas and some way too simple ones I think I finally have landed on one.
Ok so backstory to the idea!
I have been using MyFitnessPal (MFP) off and on for a few years now. Lately I have been using it to track my macros. I have transitioned into using the IIFYM ideology and MFP is the *almost* perfect way to do so. One thing that I have been struggling with lately is finding the right food ratio to complete the allotted macros for the day. I will plan out my whole day and then I have something like 5f/1c/7p left and I have no idea what would possibly fit that. It’s probably the hardest part of IIFYM, trying to play Tetris with food. My mind would not logically know to go for an egg (those are the exact macros for a Costco egg in case you were wondering). So I often try to add different things, take away different things; fifteen minutes later and a completely redone meal I have made it work magically. If only there was something that would be able to recommend food very similar to those macros for me….. Hmmmmm……..
And poof! My idea was formed!
I have decided for my capstone project to do something along the lines of a food recommender. Basically you will give it the macros you are looking to fulfill and it will spit you out a list of food that will match those, give or take a little. I would like it to be able to look a user’s frequent/past food and make the top recommendations from that. It doesn’t make sense for it to be recommending me ground turkey when I’ve never logged it before. It would be connected with MFP’s API, which is basically their food database, and be personalized for each user. I dont want to get too technical explaining it cause half the time I barley know what I’m talking about in the tech world.
So now where you guys come in? I would like to know what you guys think of the whole idea!
- Is there anything more you wish you could change about MFP?
- Anything you would change about my idea?
- Anything sound confusing, doesn’t make sense?
- Are you less worried about it fitting macros and more worried about it fitting calories? (something very possible I could do as well).
If you hate/love it please tell me, I’m open to all opinions!
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