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There's an App For That: Diet, Exercise and Food Journaling

Aug 21

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8/21/2012 12:31 PM  RssIcon

Are you searching for a good app that will help you meet your fitness and nutrition goals? There are so many options out there today that it may be hard to know which one will satisfy your needs. We’ve done some research that will help you avoid an app overload and determine which is right for you when it comes to diet, exercise and food journaling. 

This app comes in handy for grocery store shopping. Using this app combined with smart phone technology, a user is able to scan bar codes on food items. The Fooducate app takes the information and suggests healthier alternatives where they are available. For example, if you scan a box of Cranberry Almond Crunch, three more health-conscious options pop up. Fooducate also grades foods, and you should know that no product from the grocery store ever gets an A. The app is created by dieticians rather than food manufacturers, so it is unbiased. In the future, this app will be gluten-free and vegan friendly.

Cost: The basic version of Fooducate is free, but the plus version is available for a one-time payment of $3.99.

My Fitness Pal
My Fitness Pal allows the user to log daily food consumption and exercise activities. It also remembers your favorite foods and gives you the ability to scan the bar codes of food products or add them in manually. There are more than 1.8 million foods to choose from in the app’s database, and My Fitness Pal keeps track of all the nutrients you consume, such as calcium, sodium and fat. The information you enter into the app is used to create food journaling stats and graphs of calorie breakdown . My Fitness Pal can be accessed via a smart phone or computer.
Cost: FREE

MyNetDiary It is similar to My Fitness Pal, but is more limited. The food database has more than 445,000 foods, compared to nearly 2 million on My Fitness Pal. One important benefit of this app, however, is the dietary journal that is especially useful for diabetics because it includes the ability to log blood sugars.

Cost: $3.99

Weight Watchers
The Weight Watchers app can be used with our without the Points Plus Program. Essentially, the Weight Watchers app is a health coach in your pocket. When you download this app, you will receive healthy new recipes each day, which are also available online. This app also makes it a breeze for you to find the times and locations of Weight Watchers meetings in your area. The app tracks your weight and your daily points.

Cost: FREE with a Weight Watchers Subscription

Shroomies Nutritional Menus
Do you love to go out to eat? Maybe you want to get fit but can’t bare the though of giving up restaurant dining. If this describes you, Shroomies Nutritional Menus may be a great addition to your app collection. This app is tailored specifically for eating at restaurants. The app includes more than 92,000 food items and calculates food scores and grades for each. It also provides a food journal, which can be e-mailed and imported into a spread sheet or picture graph. A favorite foods list allows easy access to the foods you enjoy the most. An exercise feature is also included, and the app will even graph your weight along your journey to better health

Cost: $0.99

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