More than a few of us will have put on a few pounds after a holiday season busy feasting with friends and family. With the excesses of holiday feasts now over with, it's time to focus on all those healthy New Year's resolutions. A variety of mobile apps can help you stay on the straight and narrow when it comes to healthy eating. Check out these excellent diet and nutrition trackers that help you shop for healthy food, log your nutrition intake and help you pick and choose a healthy diet plan.
Fooducate (Android, iOS) helps you shop and eat healthy by allowing you to quickly pull up nutritional information about food products from barcodes, as well as by helping you make sense of nutritional labels. The app displays a letter grade from A to D, along with a quick summary of nutrition information in plain language, as well as healthy alternative suggestions. If users cook their own meals or eat out, you can also manually enter a meal's nutritional information. In addition, the app also doubles as an intake, calorie and exercise tracker. A pro subscription removes ads and unlocks additional features.
The first step to eating well is shopping well. At least that's the idea behind Shopwell (Android, iOS), a barcode scanning and shopping assistant app that rates foods and grocery items according to your nutritional needs. ShopWell users create a personalized profile and select from a series of nutritional goals (Heart Disease, Athletic Training, etc), as well as dietary restrictions (Celiac disease, food allergies, vegetarian, etc.). The app then takes these into account and uses them to score scanned grocery items, as well as provide layman-friendly nutritional pointers, and healthy suggestions.
Rather than aim for a simple, cut-and-dried accounting of every calorie and macronutrient you ingest, Lifesum (Android, iOS) aims to help you build a healthy lifestyle, with plans for losing weight, gaining muscle mass or maintaining a healthy body. Users choose a fitness plan that's right for them, and then record exercise, water and food intake manually or with a bar code scanner; the app gives you feedback and recommendations based on fitness goals. Users can view their fitness and eating habits over time, as well as health tips and reminders to get enough food or water. Lifesum Premium subscriptions provide users with more specialized diet plans, as well as more detailed nutrition breakdowns for food, as well as in-app integration with a variety of fitness trackers and smart devices.
Sparkpeople's Weight Loss Diet & Calorie Counter app (Android, iOS) is a total fitness app, calorie counter and exercise guide with a wealth of tools and integration with Sparkpeople's fitness and healthy living user community. The app includes a calorie counter with a rich library of more than 4 million food items, complete with a barcode scanner for easy entry as well as exercise demos. A workout log makes it easy to record your exercises, including sets, reps, and weight/rep. A gamified system of SparkPoints rewards tracking and healthy habits, and you can use SparkPoints to send virtual gifts to other users. In addition to the built-in tools, the Sparkpeople app integrates with various fitness trackers and devices.
Noom Coach (Android, iOS) is another app that focuses on building healthy habits in order to build a healthy body. The free tier provides users with food and exercise logging options and an in-app pedometer, but the real gold is in Noom Coach's customised premium plans that provide daily goals and personalized coaching to help you achieve your fitness goals. The app's dashboard puts your daily tasks and activities front and center with challenges and feedback designed to build healthy habits, rather than just unsustainable weight crashes that you'll rebound from in no time.
MyNetDiary's Calorie Counter Pro app (Android, iOS) is a comprehensive food scanner, nutrition log and exercise tracker. The app can scan barcodes for a product's nutritional information, as well as the option to input custom foods and recipes, with tracking for up to 45 different nutrients. An exercise tracker allows users to enter more than 500 different activities, as well as the option for manual entry of calories burned, with time and distance tracking for walking. In addition, the app also includes planning features for dieters who want to set a target weight and plan out their eating and exercising habits, with the app helping plan out intake and activity for weight loss or maintenance.
My Diet Coach (Android, iOS) aims to build healthier eating and fitness habits using a system of goals and challenges to gamify weight loss. Users set their weight loss goals, and the app will send you reminders and motivational messages, as well as guides to avoid such bad habits as exercise laziness. Regular challenges encourage healthy eating goals, such as filling up with water, or making sure you fill your plate with vegetables. Users can track their meals with a diet diary and calorie calculator. In-app purchases unlock extra features.