From the helpful, to the funny, to the moderately disturbing, there’s an App for everything. There are hundreds of apps in the “health and fitness” category in Apple’s iTunes store – some of them awesome, some…not so much. The following list contains my top picks for diet apps aimed at helping you reach your fitness and weight loss goals.
Here they are, in no particular order:
MyFitnessPal is probably the most popular diet tracking app, and for good reasons. It really is an all-around fitness tracker – it’s not just for diets because it allows you to track everything in terms of nutrition, exercise, and weight loss goals. At the end of each day, you can close out your diet and it will tell you, based on the day’s caloric totals, how many days it will take you to reach your goal weight. BUT, you gotta be honest. There are a bunch of other cool features, including:
- It can remember favorite foods and meals
- Barcode scanner
- 2,000,000+ food database
- Recipe calculator
- Support and motivation from community of online users
Lose It! is a great diet tracking app. Like MyFitnessPal, it allows you to enter exercises as well, but it is primarily geared toward nutrition. It has a huge food database and scanner feature that makes it incredibly easy to look up foods! Lose It! also has a large online community where you can find support and participate in various weight loss and health challenges. It’s compatible with a ton of different devices, including wireless scales, pedometers, even Zeo, which is pretty cool.
Fitter Fitness is different from MyFitnessPal and Lose It! because it is designed to help you track progress toward fitness goals, not everyday diets. It doesn’t have as many features, but it is a good option for those looking to keep tabs on weight, BMR, BMI, and body fat percentage. This data can be used to generate graphs to help track progress over time, which can be an excellent tool to help you stay motivated.
The Healthy Diet & Grocery Food Scanner by Shopwell is an awesome diet tracker for people with specialized diets. Users create profiles based on their preferences and health needs and then the app scores foods, from 0-100, to indicate their compatibility with the users goals. The website claims that the algorithm for the scoring system was created by registered dieticians in accordance with USDA guidelines and published studies in medical journals. NOW, if the USDA guidelines didn’t suck, this may impress me more. Nevertheless, the Healthy Diet & Grocery Food Scanner a handy app for creating grocery lists and comparing different foods.
MyNetDiary is an iPhone app with diet and exercise features similar to MyFitnessPal and LoseIt!, but it also has a food scoring feature which may be helpful for those new to food label reading. The app allows users to scan barcodes or enter the names of foods to generate a score based on its healthfulness. There are also a ton of charts available to help track diet and goals over time.
Does anyone else have experiences with these or other diet and fitness apps? Share your comments below!