5 Best #Nutrition #Health #Fitness #Apps

5 Best #Nutrition #Apps Rated (abbreviated from 10 Best)

In this era of heightened interest in health, exercise and fitness there are many tools to help ensure that the road to success is a smooth and stress free.

5 Best Nutrition Apps

1. Fooducate

The Fooducate app is a great nutrition information source and provides the latest health and food facts. It also uses your camera to scan product barcodes so that you know exactly what your food choices contain, from calories to ingredients. Take advantage of the exercise and fitness tracker, too. All this, for free!

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PROS
  • Calorie and Exercise tracker
  • Community support element
  • Barcode scanning option
CONS
  • Some valued options only available in a premium version

2. FatSecret

This app is a multidisciplinary approach to great health. Upon entering a user profile, a plethora of information opens up, uniquely designed to meet individual needs. Calorie counter, exercise support and great recipes (new healthy menus posted daily) make for an overall excellent app. Free to get started.

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PROS
  • Information and education for every body type, fitness need and diet goal
  • Daily recipe posts
  • Calorie and exercise tracker
CONS
  • Detailed – may be a bit intimidating with so many features.  

3. Nom Nom Paleo

If you’re looking for a paleo-specific nutrition app, Nom Nom Paleo is perfect. Recipes, goals, cookbooks and even a podcast combine to make a very cool, very fun nutritional experience. Founded by Berkeley educated foodies, Nom Nom Paleo reflects the love for food and the love for fitness embraced by its creators.
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PROS
  • Incredible recipes with calorie information and step-by-step, easy to understand instructions
  • Podcast keeps users interactive, educated and up to date
  • A holistic approach to health, combining diet and fitness
CONS
  • Less emphasis on weight loss for those desiring a more focused approach in this area
  • No free option

4. Lose It!

The Lose It app lets users input personal weight loss goals and choose a timeline. It then selects a daily calorie intake guideline and further provides within its database a bevy of chain restaurants, grocery stores and food product. In other words, the app not only provides the caloric information users require to meet fitness and health goals, but also takes individuals to the right food choices for success.
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PROS
  • Awesome technology – sync to the Lose It website or even your doctor’s office with your updated blood pressure results!
  • Forum provides shared motivation, meal planning and insights
  • Daily calorie tracker provides an excellent way for users to stay on top of their overall weight loss goals
CONS
  • The focus on exercise is fair. The Lose It app may not provide as much in depth information on the relationship between exercise and nutrition.
  • For premium application there is an annual fee.

5. MyPlate by LiveStrong

This app chronicles weight loss goals, fitness and tells you not only what’s in basic meals, but provides information on your favorite coffee at Peet’s and best crackers at Trader Joe’s. The point is, there seems to be no task too big or small for this wonder app.

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PROS
  • Individualized exercise development component (build your own circuit course) and mapping features.
  • Excellent journals for calorie and exercise tracking
  • Nice community forum
CONS
  • Meal planning and recipes are a bit topical and we’d like to see a little more in-depth nutritional information for each item
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Figure 1: The Livestrong MyPlate App on the Apple Watch
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