With forty hours (or more) of sitting in front of your office computer all week, along with the OTs, night-outs with colleagues plus other activities, you might have brushed off the thought of maintaining a healthy diet aside. Some people even tend to overeat when stressed or when lacking a much-needed sleep. Some are totally convinced that eating right takes a lot of effort.
For the first part of our Must-Have Fitness Apps blog series, we listed down 10 apps to help you exercise and workout. In this second part, we now give you 10 apps to help you track your calories, eat right, and lose weight. These apps will definitely make eating right fast and easy.
If you're struggling to track the foods you eat to lose weight, then Lose It! may be the app that you're looking for. Free on both Android and iOS devices, Lose It! helps you achieve your weight loss goals by suggesting a daily calorie budget personalized for you based on your profile details and goal weight.
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Lose It! tracks your calorie intake by letting you log in the foods you've eaten through the day. The app has a large database of foods and a barcode scanner to help you log in your food easily. On top of this, you don't only count your calorie intake, you also get to count the calories you've burned through your daily activities. Lose It! connects to other trackers, apps and devices like Fitbit trackers and Fitbit scales, Misfit trackers, Withings scales, Healthkit, Runkeeper, Nike+ and more to give you a complete health report.
Lose It! is free, but you have the option of availing the $39.99 premium subscription that gives you more tracking, meal planning, and other upgrades.
Unfortunately, Weight Watchers isn't free; it has a monthly subscription fee of $19.95. But don't let the subscription fee discourage you from trying this app out. Weight Watchers offers thousands of delicious recipes, tools to help monitor and meet your weight-loss goals, and a supportive community to help you each step of the way. They have in-person meetings held in various locations throughout the US, but they also have an online-only program you can sign up for.
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With Weight Watchers, you can discover recipes and browse restaurants and post pictures or videos sharing your experiences and victories. You can also get your daily dose of inspiration and positivity from the exclusive social community.
Weight Watchers also has a way of motivating you to reach your goals: track your weight with the app and earn badges for your progress.
Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by SparkPeople
SparkPeople, “Your personal diet and lifestyle coach,” offers a wide variety of features that has helped millions of users achieve their goals and change their habits. Some of these features include a large food database of over 3,500,000 items, fast diet and fitness tracking, a flexible diet program according to your diet preference, exercise demonstrations, and a food intake and diet calculator.
You also have access to articles on metabolism, diets, and motivational tips from SparkPeople's team of nutritionists and fitness experts.
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The app is free to download on Google Play and Apple Store, though it contains in-app purchases. It syncs with other apps and devices such as FitBit, Jawbone UP, Google Fit, Misfit, Runkeeper, and Garmin devices.
Noom Coach: Health & Weight
While weight loss programs commonly tell you to eat less and move more, Noom Coach differentiates itself from the rest. Noom Coach helps you form healthy habits faster through its psychology-based approach.
Noom Coach provides a scientifically-backed solution to help you overcome unhealthy habits like emotional eating, mid-day cravings, or a sweet tooth until you've totally controlled them. The app also offers flexible coaching designed to help you set and achieve your short-term and long-term goals according to your needs and preference.
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Another factor that sets Noom Coach apart from the rest is that it has programs created by doctors to help you manage conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes. There are also new bite-sized and interactive courses created by the developer's team of doctors, psychologists, nutritionists and personal trainers to help you improve your health.
Noom Coach is free to download with in-app purchases.
MyNetDiary Calorie Counter
MyNetDiary Calorie Counter makes tracking your progress a lot easier. The app creates a Calorie Budget and recommends nutrient targets based on your goal weight. As you log foods and exercises along the way, the app advises you on how to stay on target.
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MyNetDiary also claims to have the best food database which is verified and updated daily. It offers detailed nutrition labels of the food you search for or log in, helping you to make better food choices. The app's barcode scanner and instant search make tracking your calorie intake fast and easy. And here's a bonus: MyNetDiary's online community is also supported by a registered dietitian, so you can be sure you get expert advice.
MyNetDiary's automatic exercise calorie counter syncs with Fitbit, Withings, Jawbone, and Garmin trackers and weighing scales. It also syncs with other devices via Google Fit.
As its name hints, Fooducate is a diet coach and a nutritionist in one, educating you on the food you eat. It goes beyond the calories and grades meals based on their nutrients and ingredients. The app also helps you learn more about the food you eat; it shares valuable information about the details you see in product's nutrition panels, like added sugars, MSG, artificial sweeteners, and more.
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Fooducate is a free app, but there are in-app purchases you can avail to enjoy premium features such as:
- Pro subscription giving you access to low-carb diet, Paleo Diet, GMO alerts, ad-free experience, priority support, and more
- Meal plans for diets and allergies (includes gluten, milk, lactose, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, fish and shellfish)
- 10-Day plan to help you get started with weight loss.
- List of healthy food for your pets
With all its features, Fooducate aims to help you eat right for nutrition and not just for simply losing weight and dropping the calories.
FatSecret Calorie Counter
If you're looking for a calorie counter and diet tracker that's 100% free, then you should definitely check out FatSecret Calorie Counter. It's a convenient app letting you keep track of your food with the help of its accurate food and nutrition database.
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FatSecret has a chat feature, helping you to stay on track with your weight goals through the help of its supportive global community of people with the same goals. If you're looking for an extra boost, you'd find this active community helpful in keeping your motivation.
FatSecret also helps you keep an intuitive food diary and a diet calendar so you can easily keep track of what you're eating and the calories you've consumed. To log in your food, the app has a barcode scanner, a wide database of food, and an image recognition: just take a picture of your food to track your nutrition.
FatSecret Calorie Counter syncs with Google Fit.
YAZIO Calorie Counter
With a high rating both in the App Store and Google Play, YAZIO Calorie Counter is one of the best diet and weight loss apps out there. Whether you want to lose pounds, maintain your current weight, or even gain mass, YAZIO has a solution for you. The app will make a plan for you based on the weight you want to achieve and how long it will take to achieve it.
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YAZIO Calorie Counter is free to download on Play Store and the App Store, but it also has a Pro version which you can avail to get more features, such as a detailed macronutrient breakdown of the foods you consume, diet and body statistics, nutritional plans for low carb, high protein and the like, over 100 healthy and delicious recipes, and more. It also has a suggested calorie, fat, carbs and protein intake that adjusts as you input more meals throughout the day.
YAZIO tracks your sports, exercises and activities as well. It syncs with other fitness apps like Apple Health and Google Fit so you can also keep track of the calories you burned.
MyPlate Calorie Tracker
Here's another free diet and fitness app you might want to check out. MyPlate Calorie Tracker is a user-friendly app with a comprehensive food database of 2 million items. The app helps you accurately track your calorie intake, and it also gives you a personalized daily calorie goal based on the profile information you input.
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If you're using an exercise equipment or heart-rate monitors, MyPlate Calorie Tracker also lets you create custom exercises or enter the calories you burned. The app's Progress section gives you a quick summary of all your data: calories, weights, carbs, protein, fat, and more.
In MyPlate Calorie Tracker, you also get support and motivation from its active community. MyPlate Calorie Tracker lets you connect and socialize with people from all over the world who share similar health and fitness goals.
MyPlate Calorie Tracker is free, but you have the option of availing a Gold Membership. Features include:
- Advanced statistics, including daily averages, trends and more
- Exclusive access to the private Gold Members board in the community
- A Clean Eating Guide, including 21 recipes and tips for eating clean
- A special Gold member badge in the community
- Priority support from the app's customer support team
Virtuagym Food (Calorie, Carb & Fat Counter)
Following its statement “Helping you to live healthy and feel great,” Virtuagym gives you a free personalized nutrition plan based on your lifestyle and goals, whether you want to lose weight, maintain it, or gain it, and build muscle.
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Virtuagym cooperates with expert nutritionists, fitness clubs or gyms and personal trainers to provide comprehensive solutions for workouts and nutrition plans. Their food database is also validated by expert nutritionists, so you're assured you're accurately tracking your calorie intake.
The app offers different diet plans for multiple goals:
- High Protein Diet
- Low Carb Diet
- Muscle Building Diet
- After Weight Loss Diet
- Custom: select your own percentages of carbohydrates, proteins and fats
And that's a wrap for our two-part blog series. We hope you'll find these apps useful and convenient for your fitness journey. And always remember, for whatever fitness goal you have: “You don't have to be great to start, you have to start to be great” (Thanks to Zig Ziglar for the extra motivation!)
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