We’re a culture ape for apps. Everyone with an iPhone or SmartPhone has apps. And apps to find apps. (My fav – Starbucks app that lets me pay with my phone. Shut up! Technology is cah-razy!)
Food records are the most arduous tool dietitians have yet the most effective in keeping on track in weight management. Clients ask all the time, ‘Is there an app to track my meals?’ And gosh, yes, there are just too many so I’m offering a killer review of free apps by dietitian Sarah Krieger.
- Calorie Counter
Tracks food, exercise, weight and all the nutrients listed on a Nutrition Facts label. Includes daily inspirational articles, healthy recipes and an easy-to-understand help section. RD Rating: 4 stars
- Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitness Pal
Tracks a combination of fitness goals and nutrition analysis features to help you lose weight. RD Rating: 4.5 stars
- Calorie Counter by MyNetDiary
Allows user to personalize a calorie limit for weight loss, gain or maintenance. RD Rating: 3 stars
- Calorie Counter: Diets & Activities
Features a classic food diary that tracks calories, water, fitness and the time each food item is consumed and an option to create your own diet and physical activity plan and an Integrated Body Tracker. RD Rating: 4 stars
- Calorie Tracker by Livestrong.com
Food and fitness diary designed to help you achieve your diet and nutrition goals, whether you want to lose, maintain or gain weight. RD Rating: 4 stars
- Daily Burn
Keep track of calories consumed and track workouts to see how much energy is burned. RD rating: 2 stars
- Lose it!
Keeps track of foods you eat with this detailed food database; primarily for people wanting to lose weight. RD Rating: 3 stars
- Sparkpeople Food and Fitness Tracker
Fitness and food tracker for people looking to lose a half-pound to 2 pounds per week or to maintain weight. RD Rating: 4 stars
- Weight Watchers Mobile
Follows the Weight Watchers plan step by step, using interactive tools, finding local meetings and creating shopping lists. RD Rating: 2 stars
Let me know your favorite – and why.