Tracking nutrition on the go? There’s an app for that.
Thousands of diet and nutrition apps are available for phones and tablets — so many, in fact, that there are apps to find apps! The American Academy of Nutrition reviewed the 10 top-rated free iPhone apps for weight management, here are the top three. To view the complete list, visit www.eatright.org/media
#1 Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitness Pal – The nutrition analysis features will make this app your best nutrition friend. Adjust goals, enter caloric intake (food) and output (exercise), add to the food library and check the progress screen to track how you’re doing. You can build your eating plan according to your personal nutrient needs. Tutorials are helpful for first-timers.
#2 Calorie Counter: Diets & Activities – This classic food diary tracks calories, water, fitness and the time each food item is consumed, in addition to total fats, carbohydrates, protein, cholesterol, saturated fat and fiber. Create your own diet and physical activity plan and use and Integrated Body Tracker for monitoring progress. The visual of the food intake layout is appealing and easy to use. This app is great for tracking food and exercise while trying to lose weight, maintaining a certain weight or controlling diabetes.
#3 Calorie Counter by MyNetDiary – This app tracks food, exercise, weight and all the nutrients listed on a Nutrition Facts label. It also includes daily inspirational articles, healthy recipes and an easy-to-understand Help section. Once you register, this is a great user-friendly app that can help you log what you eat each day.
The use of apps is just another tool available to facilitate successful, permanent diet change and can be use in conjunction with a Registered Dietitian to achieve the best outcomes. Happy apping!
Thanks to blog contributor Maureen Shackelford RD, LD, who works with high-risk patients undergoing cancer treatment in AAMC’s Decesaris Cancer Center. Maureen also speaks at community events and support groups, and educates patients on nutrition and disease management/prevention in the Wellness Department and Outreach Center.