Keeping up with your weight isn’t easy.
With phones practically strpped to our hip at all times, there are now apps that allow you to track all of your meals and workouts. Tracking your calorie intake is made super simple with these apps.
And, of course, they’re all free! No need to spend any money on an app.
I personally use MyFitnessPal. It’s my favorite one out of these five. It’s really easy to use, too. Just create an account and sign right in. They already have lists of restaurant and generic food that shows how many calories you’ve taken in. There is also a way to track your workout. After you punch in the right amount, the app then subtracts the amount of calories you just worked off. You can also look at all of your information online after you sign in. Plus, there’s a barcode scanner that grabs calorie information on anything with a barcode.
MyPlate from LIVESTRONG
I like the design of this app a lot. There’s a bar at the top of the screen that shows you how many calories you have left for the day. MyPlate also has little circles that turn blue after you fill in what you’ve eaten, drank or did at the gym. I love the pie chart that shows your daily breakdown of carbs, protein and fat. There’s also a $2.99 version of the app that lets you sync what you’ve input between devices and online.
Fooducate wants to teach you about food. After you use its barcode scanner, you get a list of what’s good and bad about what you’re about to eat. There are also little facts that come along with everything you look up. Something that’s cool is the alternative button that compares similar products and lets you know which the best choice is. The app also gives everything a letter grade. Obviously, you want to get straight A’s. Use this while you shop to make sure you’re buying the best foods to keep you healthy.
Lose It! isn’t just for those of you wanting to shed a few pounds. You can also create goals for sleeping, measurements, blood pressure and more. It has the usual tracking capability and also a barcode scanner to make adding a meal simple. There’s also a way to join or create a group with a goal in mind. For example, 5 users can band together and vow to lose 50 pounds in 1 month. Something else that’s cool is the ability to connect all of your other accounts to Lose It! Just sign in with apps like Nike+ Running App and track your exercise just once.
This is a very fun way to do something that some could call boring. Fitocracy is more of a community-based tracking system. There are groups that you can join to find people who have a similar goal in mind. There are also badges you can earn as you progress. Now, who doesn’t love getting badges? People you don’t even know can give you “props” if you’ve done something they like. For example, running a marathon or just taking a few laps around the block. Props to you!