We get many e-mails asking about features you'd like to see in the future updates of the apps. In this post, I will provide answers to the most common questions people. Please, feel free to send us an e-mail or leave a comment if you have any more questions. I'll be happy to answer!
1. Who Created KetoDiet?
KetoDiet is an on-going project I started with my partner in 2012 and includes KetoDiet for the iPad, KetoDiet Basic (iPhone & iPad) and the KetoDiet Cookbook. My new Fat Bomb cookbook will be released in spring/summer 2016 and you can preorder it now!
KetoDiet app is a complex app and took several years to develop. Since its launching in 2012, we have continuously been working on more features and improvements. It's a full-time job for me and my partner.
2. What is the Difference Between KetoDiet and KetoDiet Basic?
When we first developed KetoDiet, it was exclusive to the iPad. In order to make a version of KetoDiet available for the iPhone that many of you requested, we created a simplified version, KetoDiet Basic. KetoDiet Basic does not include include the Planning and Progress monitoring features. You can see a comparison table on our website here.
Although we make it clear on our blog, the AppStore screenshots & description, if by any chance, you've bought KetoDiet Basic and expected a universal app or the planning feature included, you can get a refund in iTunes. Please, let us know, we are happy to help you with that.
You can learn more about our Apps, my cookbooks and future plans in a podcast I did with Brian of Ketovangelist!
3. Can In-Apps Be Shared Between KetoDiet and KetoDiet Basic?
No, I'm afraid this is not possible and it's down to technical limitations. Because the apps are different, nothing can be shared between them, including the in-apps. This is, unfortunately, out of our control as Apple won’t allow sharing in-apps between different apps. If it was up to us, we would be more than happy to do that but it's not.
Also, if you get our app on your iPhone and Android device, in-apps cannot be shared even if it's the same app. iOS and Android are two different platforms and that's why sharing in-apps is not possible.
4. I Want the Planning and Monitoring Features on My iPhone
We have been working on converting the KetoDiet iPad app into a UNIVERSAL app that will work on the iPhone. It will take some time to complete, probably a few more months - that's how it is with software development, you can never tell how complicated it will get as you go through it. However, it's our #1 priority and we will try to finish it as soon as we can.
We will soon be running a beta-testing program for the new universal KetoDiet app to collect user feedback. If you'd like to join and be one of the first to use our Universal iOS App or Android App, please, let us know. More details are here.
5. Will There be an Upgrade Path for KetoDiet Basic Users?
Yes, when we finish the universal app, we will provide access to all advanced features (planner monitoring, etc) for KetoDiet Basic users through in-apps. Not everyone wants to use the advanced features in KetoDiet but we want to make it easy for those who change their minds. Below are our plans in more detail:
- Make KetoDiet Basic a universal App with support for all iOS devices (iPads and iPhones) --> this has been done!
- bring KetoDiet Basic to Android --> this has been done!
- Make KetoDiet a universal App with support for all iOS devices (iPads and iPhones) --> our current task
- Bring KetoDiet to Android --> our current task
- Provide access to all advanced features for KetoDiet Basic users through in-apps. Not everyone wants to use the advanced features in KetoDiet but we want to make it easy for those who change their minds. This will be done soon after KetoDiet App becomes universal.
- Keep in mind that the KetoDiet Basic app and the KetoDiet iPad app cannot be “merged” into a universal app even in the future - this is technically not possible. The app that will become universal (i.e. available on iPad & iPhone) will be KetoDiet (iPad app).
6. How About Android and Other Devices?
As you may know, we brought KetoDiet Basic to Android in December 2015. We are now working on bringing the fully-featured KetoDiet App to Android.
We will soon be running a beta-testing program for the new universal KetoDiet app to collect user feedback. If you'd like to join and be one of the first to use our Universal iOS App or Android App, please, let us know. More details are here. Our ultimate goal is to bring KetoDiet to all platforms, not just iOS devices.
7. KetoDiet Pricing Explained
I thought it would be best if I just explain how we run our blog & apps so there is complete transparency. Since 2012, with the ever increasing traffic, costs to run our blog also increased. We don't currently have any advertising on our blog because we want to have complete control of what our readers can see. We only use the Amazon affiliate and promote products we buy ourselves & trust. This currently helps us run the blog as it covers the costs of hosting, but it does not cover maintenance and development.
The app itself has taken several years to develop and it's available for $4.99 USD (KetoDiet) and $1.99 USD (KetoDiet Basic) plus $6 worth of in-apps that are not required to use it.
It's a full-time job for me and my partner. The app is only part of my job - I've spent several years creating the content: recipes, articles, reviews, diet plans and challenges. The overall feedback we receive has been brilliant and keeps us motivated but there are some people who may complain that our app is expensive and I'd like to explain how we decide on the pricing.
KetoDiet is an ongoing project we've been working on for several years. In order to add new features and new recipes that are often requested by our users, we need to keep this project sustainable.
Free Recipes, Articles and Diet Plans
There is only so much free content we can frequently provide: hundreds of recipes that we also provide via our integrated blog in the App itself, articles, diet plans and challenges. All this is very rewarding, but also takes an incredible amount of time to create and maintain. Some people take all this for granted but we can only continue doing this if it's sustainable.
The illusion many people have is that creating an app will make them rich. Nothing can be further from the truth. Just ask any app developer and they will no doubt advice you to steer clear from developing an app. The chances of recovering your development costs are minute and a large part of the proceeds is used for further development of the App.
KetoDiet Apps vs eBooks
Compared to an eBook, our App has required years of commitment and continuous maintenance. In fact, I know what it takes to create an eBook - I have created several free eBooks that you can download here. Even a regular printed cookbook would cost you $15 - $20 and that is just for a fraction of content we offer in our apps.
No Subscription Payments Required
Since 2011, we've been adding new features over the last few years at no extra cost with no subscription fees for any newly created content. Keep in mind that similar online services that offer same or even fewer features would charge you $30+ every month.
Free KetoDiet Challenges
We run Keto Challenges that are free to join, with access to our members-only community, useful tools and eBooks. Thanks to our sponsors who contribute to the challenge, you can even win prizes worth thousands of dollars. We know that community support and accountability are the most powerful tools to help you achieve your goals - and that's why we created the KetoDiet Challenge!
Why Have In-Apps?
Contrary to what most people think, in-apps do not exist only to generate money. Actually, in KetoDiet the primary drive for in-apps is to ensure only legitimate users have access to all the available features and a smooth user experience.
People who illegally "install" unauthorised copies of the app on jailbroken devices will have a rather annoying and limited experience. Our priority is to protect our investment and make the app the best we can for our legitimate users.
What does the full price of $10 include?
- An app that is beautifully designed specifically for low-carb diets and strictly focused on providing quality content with precise nutrition data.
- A complete guide to the Ketogenic diet (a book in its own right).
- Planner and monitoring features to track your progress - the most complex part of our app.
- Delicious low-carb recipes that are exclusive to the KetoDiet apps, all including step-by-step photos and useful tips.
- Fully integrated blog with frequent weekly updates including recipes, diet plans and articles from experts. All blog content is FREE without any subscription fees. All blog recipes can be added directly to the Planner in KetoDiet and used in your daily plan.
- Print-friendly & easy to export shopping list to make managing your shopping easy.
- Support - we always try to reply as soon as possible, typically same day, usually within a few hours.
8. AppStore Reviews & Clarifications
I would first like to thank everyone who has left a review on the AppStore. Reviews & feedback is what helps us improve KetoDiet and enables us do our job the best we can.
Although we get excellent feedback from our users there are occasions where people leave misleading feedback. This creates some confusion as people are unsure about the features in the app. Sadly there is no way for us to respond directly to the reviews. So the only opportunity we have is to clarify them here.
Below are two reviews where I highlighted the issues I'd like to comment on. We have no illusions: We know it's impossible to please everyone and users have the right to express their view as they should. What I want to do is to clarify a few points that are incorrect and may cause confusion.
Lastly, there are other developers selling apps whose interest is to downrate other apps. It's not unusual to see reviews that make no sense or complain about non-existing issues. Since the AppStore doesn't give an option to comment on reviews, the only way to deal with them is to get honest reviews from you, people who actually use our app - that's why honest reviews are so important to us - it's the only way to help us doing what we do.
- Missing features
"it has absolutely no food in here except the recipes they've put in here"
This is incorrect. In KetoDiet (iPad) you can create your own meals using basic ingredients or just the nutrition info. You can even create your own ingredients if you want to. To be more specific, in your daily Planner, you can use: KetoDiet Meals, any of your Custom Meals & Quick Snacks, Restaurant Meals and hundreds of free Blog Meals.
"I am not able to chart my progress or adapt any reports"
Progress monitoring in KetoDiet is automatic. You just add your daily meals, adjust your measurements, weight, etc and your progress will be updated automatically. Currently there are 6 different charts that track your progress.
"I HAVE to use her meals and recipes without adaptions for personal allergies".
We do offer optional ingredients in the recipes and you can always create your own Custom meal.
If you're unsure about what the app offers, I suggest you watch video tutorial here.
- Complaints about in-apps
"... There are more recipes inside to purchase", "And the more interesting are an additional price, with most being free on the Internet."
We have explained the pricing in the previous sections. If you're unhappy with the in-apps or anything else, we'll help you get a full refund. However, we do all we can to make it absolutely clear that we have in-apps: we have the details on the primary AppStore screenshot, in the AppStore description and on our website. Also, AppStore clearly tags apps with "Offers In-App Purchases".
9. Can Multiple Users use KetoDiet on a Single Device?
Not yet but it will soon. The iPad is fundamentally a single-user device (at least for now). Although technically feasible, our main concern is building multi-user support will add unnecessary complexity that won't benefit the vast majority of our users. The good news is that this feature will be implemented as part of the universal app! More details are here.
10. Can I Track my Activity / Exercise with the KetoDiet App?
Not at the moment. This feature is in our to-do list for a future update together with a long list of new features you've been asking for (tracking ketones, blood glucose levels, etc.)
11. Does the KetoDiet App have a Bar-Scanning Feature for Adding Ingredients?
No, it doesn't. Once we're satisfied that the data provided is reliable, we will include barcode scanning. The problem with it is that much of the data are incorrect or inaccurate. Also, be mindful that counting carbs is different in the US compared to some other countries (UK, Australia, etc.). In the UK, “total carbs” refers to what is known as "net carbs” in the US. That itself will cause major inaccuracies.
Keep in mind, that as little as 10 grams of carbs can easily kick you out of ketosis. For that reason, accuracy is our main focus! KetoDiet App primarily uses raw ingredients with nutritional data obtained from the highly accurate USDA database together with our own keto-friendly database. This is not accidental as we encourage people to use real food and not rely on processed & ready-made meals. We will keep improving our database with each update and keep adding new ingredients on a regular basis.
For the reason outlined above, you may not find all brand products and ready-made meals in KetoDiet App. However, you can always create your own custom meals or even custom ingredients. Other apps (like MFP) follow a different approach where the nutritional data is generated by users. Although the obvious advantage of this approach is that the database is large, it often contains inaccurate & unverified data.
12. Do You Provide Professional Advice?
No, I'm sorry, I / we don't offer this service.
I'll be happy to give you tips or share your questions on our Facebook page, in the KetoDiet Support Group or by leaving a comment on our blog. However, I can't promise I'll reply to e-mails asking for health/weight loss advice. This is down to two reasons:
- I'm not qualified to give you professional personalised advice. If you are looking for personalised advice, please, contact a dietitian or speak to your doctor.
- I have a very busy schedule and very little free time. I take any advice or opinion I share seriously and offering a brief reply is neither helpful nor appropriate.
If you do need to speak to a professional, you can contact a qualified low-carb / keto expert.
Do you have any questions about our Apps? Missing any features or have suggestions?
If you have more questions about KetoDiet, please let us know! If you'd like to see a feature that is currently not supported, chances are it is in our to-do list. We really appreciate any feedback and will get back to you as soon as we can.
Most of the features we've been working on have been driven by your feedback. Please keep in mind, KetoDiet is a complex application and adding new features takes time and a lot of effort.
Here is just an overview of some of the features we are planning to add in the near future:
• Convert KetoDiet for the iPad into a universal app so it can be used on both the iPad and the iPhone
• Ability to add/import diet plans from our blog similarly to what you can currently so with meals I post on our Blog.
• Expanding the filtering options for recipes to cover specific dietary requirements (dairy-free, egg-free, etc.)
• Exporting progress data, tracking ketone levels, sharing custom meals with others
• Tracking activity / exercise
• and many more - let us know your suggestions by leaving a comment!