Smart Phone Food Trackers: Easy, Interactive & Free!
A well-designed, user-friendly and increasingly popular app for your iPhone, that you can use from any computer as well. Lets you track food intake (including storing meals you repeat) and exercise and strong on visual support through graphs that show your progress. Privacy settings let you share your progress and success with your friends or make the journey just your own. Interactive and customizable.
A fast and easy platform online as well as apps for iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry and Android. It houses a very large database of foods that are updated weekly including restaurants and name brands. A number of reports and visuals can be accessed, as well as support through forums, groups, teams and blogs. The free service is ‘limited’ but still has a wide array of features (e.g. exercise planning only available on iPhone/iPad models for free), and extended options are offered for a low monthly fee.
MyPlate by LIVESTRONG.COM
An online-only food and exercise tracker with a comprehensive database and variety of tracking tools. It helps you set safe and healthy weight loss goals for long-term success. With many loyal users, you can interact with groups and forums for added support and motivation. They also have a special version for people with diabetes. Not currently available as an app.
*And don’t forget, low-tech works too. A pen and notebook really can be a great way to help you get to your goals. The best food record to use... is the one you will use.
Wendy Bazilian (www.wendybazilian.com) is a doctor of public health, registered dietitian and freelance writer in San Diego. She is also the Nutrition Advisor at the renowned Golden Door and Co-owner of Bazilian’s Health Clinic with her husband and business partner, Dr. Jason Bazilian. Dr. Wendy is author of The SuperFoodsRx Diet (Rodale).
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