There’s an App for that! 4 Apps to Help your Weight-loss Journey
By Amy Paterno, RD
In the age of smart phones and app stores, keeping a food and exercise journal should feel relatively simple. Unfortunately, the abundance of options makes choosing the correct applications a bit complicated. In an attempt to make choosing weight loss tools easier, I have listed a few apps that I find most helpful and a quick summary about their functions.
MyFitnessPal is a very popular, free website and app that allows you to input your food intake with over 1 million foods in their database and also enter your activity. When you set up your personalized profile, you are able to customize your weight loss goals. MyFitnessPal also automatically syncs with many popular activity trackers and allows you to share your info with other users and allows you access to discussion forums.
Fooducate is a free website and app that allows you to scan barcodes of food and immediately see if a food is “good” or “bad” for you. Each food is given a grade, and other healthier options are suggested to you when appropriate. There is also a community forum where you can connect with other users and discuss food questions.
The popular program now has an app and a somewhat new revamped point system. The new system gives points based on nutrient content, satiety and how your body process the food, not just by calories. There is also a support group and the ability to set up personalized diet profiles and goals. You are also able to track workouts and add to your daily points based on activity. There is a $19.95+/month fee based on the plan you choose.
Eat This, Not That! The Game:
This is an app that is basically just for fun, but you may learn something along the way. Two restaurant items are presented side by side and you need to choose which you think is healthier. You just might be surprised!