We can all use a helping hand when it comes to staying healthy and fit. With little effort, your smartphone can help you keep on top of your health. Below you will find a list of my favorite user-friendly nutrition and health apps. You can start tracking your food, counting your calories, tracking your fitness, getting motivational alerts and keeping a blood sugar log- all on your phone and all for free!
1. Diabetes Connect
In this simple app, you can record your blood sugar, meals, insulin, and medications. If there’s a feature in the app you don’t need, you can switch it off to keep the interface as clean as possible. The app syncs across multiple devices and creates clear graphs and reports so you can see the big picture of your data. If simplicity is your goal, this may be the right app for you.
Fooducate is an easy-to-use, free smartphone app that helps you make healthier food choices. To use it, scan a packaged item’s bar code or search for food items and you’ll see its letter grade (A to D) with an explanation of its nutritional benefits, or lack thereof. It also has many other features, such as a food tracker and calorie counter.
Lifesum aims to help you build a healthy lifestyle, with plans for losing weight, gaining muscle mass or maintaining a healthy body. Users choose a fitness plan that’s right for them, and then record exercise, water and food intake manually or with a bar code scanner; the app gives you feedback and recommendations based on fitness goals.
A barcode scanning and shopping assistant app that rates foods and grocery items according to your nutritional needs. ShopWell users create a personalized profile and select from a series of nutritional goals (Heart Disease, Athletic Training, etc), as well as dietary restrictions (Celiac disease, food allergies, vegetarian, etc.). The app then takes these into account and uses them to score scanned grocery items, as well as provide layman-friendly nutritional pointers, and healthy suggestions.
Sparkpeople’s is a total fitness app, calorie counter and exercise guide with a wealth of tools and integration with Sparkpeople’s fitness and healthy living user community.
MyFitnessPal’s Calorie Counter app is an easy to use calorie and nutrients counter with a database that boasts more than 2 million foods. Easily look up and track the foods you’re consuming with the help of a barcode scanner as well as a recipe calculator for inputting custom creations.
7. Lose It!
Lose It! is another excellent nutrition and exercise logging tool targeted at those looking to lose a few pounds. Simply enter a few details about yourself such as weight, height and goal weight, and the app will help you come up with a daily calorie budget. The app keeps tracking your food intake easy, with barcode scanners for grocery items, as well as an extensive database of dishes and restaurant meals.
Have questions or concerns about your weight or daily wellness? Schedule an appointment at Union Health Center to see one of our nutritionists and have them come up with a plan that works best for you! Call 212-206-2755 or visit unionhealthcenter.org