Taking a virtual walk down the weight-loss aisle of the app store can result in an array of options. In fact, it’s a hugely saturated space with an extensive selection of apps claiming to be the best around. Diet apps do work, though; it’s just about finding the best one suited to you and your specific needs. For example, you might be keen to shed a few pounds while training for a charity 5K run. Alternatively, you might want to make a few adjustments to your day-to-day diet with a selection of helpful tips.
Essentially, diet and exercise go hand in hand. Not only can a healthy and balanced diet enable you to gain more from your runs and make notable progress, but you’ll generally feel better and have more energy in your day-to-day life too. What we put into our bodies is, ultimately, what we get out of them. That doesn’t mean we can’t live a little with the odd bit of naughtiness from time to time, though. In reality, even some of the world’s most famous sports stars have questionable diets from time to time as featured in Warren Ashurst’s blog on the most unusual sporting diets, where the likes of Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps are said to enjoy the odd chicken nugget and fried egg sandwich before races. Like us, they’re human, after all. It’s about establishing a balance.
Diet apps are a great way of finding a balance and living a healthier lifestyle in the process. The fact these types of apps can accompany you throughout the day means that you’ll never take your eye off the ball and lack any motivation along the way either. Diet apps go above and beyond in making sure that users are fully engaged and on a weight-loss path. With that in mind, here is a look at some of the top products of the year right now.
A great option for food logging
MyFitnessPal has been around for a while now and is a trusted app in this particular space. Its most impressive feature of all, though, is its food logging tool which enables users to keep a detailed food journal in one place. The app also features a database of over 11 million foods at the time of writing, you can scan the barcode of certain foods while grocery shopping and gain immediate feedback around its nutritional benefits, and you can make use of forums for any questions you have or any additional support you might need along your journey. The app also comes with exercise tracking(it can be synced with your FitBit), water intake features, and a range of other beneficial options.
An app for all your dietary needs
Arguably the best all-round app in this space is Lifesum and its large database of recipes which also support various types of diets, therefore giving users variety in the process. The app focuses specifically on macronutrients and net carb, while aiming to promote all aspects of a healthy and balanced lifestyle too. Lifesum can also be synchronised with any apps or fitness trackers when running. On top of that, Lifesum’s habit trackers, which monitor water intake and fruit and vegetable consumption, are mightily impressive.
Ideal for education around nutrition
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If you’re keen to track your calories and learn about nutrition, then Fooducate is a fantastic option. As well as tracking your calorie intake, the app also encourages healthy eating with a wealth of accessible articles and tips around nutrition and exercise. You can also track meals, exercise, sleep, mood, and hunger level, as well as having the option to monitor the quality of calories that you’re putting into your body. Fooducate is detailed and highly useful.
The best of the rest
With the extensive offering in this space comes an array of other options too, much like Carb Manager, which is ideal for people on a keto diet. Likewise, if you’re keen to find out whether specific foods are Paleo or not then Paleo (io) is worth exploring. Alternatively, if you’re simply aiming to lose a few pounds using a few simple tools, then Lose It! and Noom could be of use.
Dr. Campitelli is a podiatrist in Akron, OH specializing in foot and ankle surgery with an interest and enthusiasm for running as well as helping runners with injuries. For the past several years he has been treating running injuries in patients by fixing their form and transitioning them to minimalist shoes. Having treated runners with all types of injuries through conservative measures with orthotics and shoe gear changes to reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, Dr. Campitelli has brought what works best and is most current to his practice as well as the Akron and Cleveland running communities.