s I've been recently exploring the concept of fasting for health and wellness, it suddenly dawned on me that there must be an app for it. As we all know, you can find apps for almost any human activity, or non-activity for that matter. Of course, I found several fasting apps, so instead of installing the first one in the list and be done with it, I began testing several of them in the hopes of finding something that's easy to use, doesn't force you to make an account, has lean features, and, of course, is free.
IF Tracker - free seems to be all that, and more. Not to be confused with Looking Glass's IF Tracker, IF stands for Intermittent Fasting. That's the habit of eating on a fixed schedule while making sure you continuously fast for 12 to 16 hours in a day. There's a whole aspect of fasting leading to the states of ketosis and autophagy, which promote better overall health and can even cure specific ailments if stretched beyond 36 hours.
The idea of intermittent fasting usually means eating once a day but do not let that keep you away. You can use IFT-free for any fast, as you can customize the frequency of eating to any length of time. You can choose to enable an alarm or get a notification for when it's time to feast.
IFT-free has two extra screens that help you gauge your progress. The stats section displays a visual graph that features the time versus the duration of your fasts. The Weight screen uses your input to generate a progression chart. The weight field doesn't use a specific unit, so as long as you keep using pounds or kilos, you are fine.
What I like most about IFT-free is its simplicity and clean interface. The color scheme is a soft light blue against a white background, while ads that appear from time to time are not intrusive.
IFT-free also lets you back up your data to Dropbox as well as on a local SD card. I did notice some bugs, however. The notification doesn't seem to pop up when needed, and I also somehow managed to delete my first recorded fast, upon registering the second one. I don't know what happened, but I suspect it was some faulty app logic at the very least.
- Custom fasting target
- Fasting time percentage display
- Fasting Stats
- Weight progression chart
- Notification via alarms or system notifications
- Backup to Dropbox
If you're looking for an unpretentious app to track your fasts or just for weight, you can't go wrong with IF Tracker - free. Even though it's a bit rough around the edges, its simplicity is what makes it great.