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Best Food Tracking Apps



One of the key equations to weight loss is to eat less and move more. You need to burn more calories than you’re taking in. Creating that calorie deficit leads to weight loss. The average woman needs around 2000 calories per day to maintain their current weight and around 500 less calories per day just to lose one pound in one week. The average man needs 2500 calories per day to maintain their current weight and 500 less calories per day to lose one pound in one week.

One of the best tips and tricks to help with weight loss is food journaling. You need to keep track of calories you’re taking in and the amount of calories you’re burning off. Keeping track of what you eat gives you a sense of awareness of the choices you’re making and in turn it pushes you to make healthier choices.

That’s where food apps come in.

They can help you not only keep tabs on calorie intake but also give you an overall picture of your daily nutritional intake, level of activity and progress. Here are some of the ones we liked.

MyFitnessPal

MyFitnessPal claims it has the largest food database for a food tracker app (more than 6 million foods) and supports a diverse restaurant menu from popular chains to small restaurants to ethnic food restaurants. The app doesn’t just calculate your calorie limit for the day based on weight, height, daily activity, and goal weight loss per week but also sets your carbohydrates, protein, sugar and fat percentage limits/goals for the day.

One of the best features on the app is the barcode scanner. It lets you scan the barcode for any food item and adds the nutritional information to your total goals (Macros) for the day. It also lets you input your physical activity and duration per activity.

MyFitnessPal has a massive social media aspect and active online community that lets you keep in touch with other like-minded individuals who use the app.

Another plus is the app synchs with smart scales like Withings and fitness trackers like Fitbit, Google Fit, Apple Watch and others. Most of the features are free, however, upgrading to premium gets you access to extra features like analysis on which foods are best and worst for you, the ability to set different goals per day, view a macronutrient breakdown for every meal, custom calorie and macronutrient goals for any day and much more.

Lose It!

Lose It! more or less has the same features as MyFitnessPal. It lets you log in foods you’ve consumed throughout the day and shows you a breakdown of macronutrients, calories and etc. It also synchs with most fitness trackers and smart scales.

Lose It! has a big searchable food database (10 million), a barcode feature that lets you scan barcodes to log nutritional information and an online community. There’s a few stand out features on Lose It! that we loved. One feature is the My Challenges feature. Basically it lets you join challenges created by other members and commit to the same weight loss goals of the challenge. You could maybe join a “2 Pounds By New Year’s Challenge” as a way to kick off the new year or the “Summer Brides Challenge” if you’re trying to lose weight for your wedding. You can search for challenges and join to make weight loss a little more interesting and engaging. As you complete and progress, you’ll earn badges for extra motivation.

Another key feature new to Lose It! is ‘Snap It!’. The system uses image recognition software to identify foods. Just take a picture of your food and the system will try to match it to an item in their database. If an item doesn’t appear in the database, you have the option to manually add it to your food list.

Lose It! is free but you can upgrade to premium to unlock more features like creating challenges, custom goals, emailed reports and the ability to specify caloric targets for each meal.

Rise Up

Rise Up takes a totally different stance compared to other food tracking apps out in the market. According to the company, their primary goal is to “help people who struggle with food, dieting, exercise and body image”. As anyone who has a weight issue will tell you, not everything is about food. Specifically for emotional eaters, food is just one part of the problem. We eat when we’re happy or sad or need to be comforted. Food isn’t just sustenance but a coping mechanism.

When it comes to weight loss, sometimes we feel like the mental and emotional aspects are completely overlooked by app developers.

Rise Up is a great app that lets you not only track what foods you ate during the day but even how you were feeling at the time and who you were with. Rise Up brings self-awareness and may help you identify certain emotional eating triggers or behaviors you need to be mindful of. Rise Up is free to download.

Other food tracking apps you might want to check out are:

FatSecret – this indie food tracking app is similar in features to MyFitnessPal and Lose It! but also includes a My Journal and My Recipes feature. Available for free download.

Lifesum – lets you choose your goals whether you just want to be healthier, lose weight or get stronger. This app will set your daily milestones, to track your meals and even keep tabs on your water intake. Available for free download.

The Simply Slender Master Cleanse Detox Diet allows you to consume fruits and vegetables throughout the day along with 8 glasses of Simply Slender drink. You can use any of these food tracking apps to help you stay on target with your weight loss and fitness goals.

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References

“What is the weight-Loss equation? | Weight Loss” - Sharecare
“MyFitnessPal - Android Apps on Google Play.” - Google
“The Best Apps for Food Journaling.” - Redbook, October 23, 2017
“Five Best Food and Nutrition Tracking Tools.” - Lifehacker.com, August 11, 2013
“Rise Up: Eating Disorder Help - Android Apps on Google Play.” - Google
“Lose It! - Calorie Counter - Android Apps on Google Play.” - Google
“The Best Fitness Apps For 2017” - YouTube, January 3, 2017