Carrot Hunger review: The HAL 9000 of calorie counters

Carrot Hunger review: The HAL 9000 of calorie counters

Carrot Hunger review: The HAL 9000 of calorie counters

Prepare to be scolded if you overindugle as Carrot brings his own-brand of sadistic AI to calorie counting

Carrot is rather insulting. “Greetings meatbag,” it says upon starting for the first time, before proceeding to cast doubt that you are about to tell the truth and then calling you out on your height and weight. But, far from being upsetting, this is the appeal. Carrot Hunger is one of the most fun approaches to weight loss and fitness we’ve ever seen.

Carrot gamifies the process of keeping you healthy with fun animations and sounds. It also gives you direct feedback on the items you pop into your mouth. That Big Mac? It’ll take 39 minutes on a bike to burn off, don’t you know.

Entering foodstuffs is simple. You can tap it in and have the database find it or else use the barcode scanner feature. Each time you go back to the main homepage, you can see exactly how many calories you have left for the day.

Of course, at its heart it’s just another calorie-counter and exercise logger but that’s missing the point. The voice, the tiny flourishes, the fact you can stick an iBeacon in the fridge and have the app bawl at you when you get near it make Carrot Hunger unique. And that’s not at the expense of useful features either: all of the data backs up to Apple’s Health app and there is also Dropbox support.

Rated 5 out of 5

It’s like having an abusive personal trainer by your side – and boy, does it work.

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