There’s no doubt creating and following through with a diet can be difficult, but it’s also essential for a healthy lifestyle. When starting out, you often have to find new recipes, sometimes try foods you’ve never eaten before, and unfortunately cut some of your favorites out of your diet altogether. Luckily, modern technology has simplified this process (and actually made it a bit fun), so you won’t have to feel like dieting is a chore any longer!
If you have a smartphone or tablet, creating and sticking to a diet is much easier since you literally have access to millions of apps that will help you along the way. Apps will send you useful notifications that will remind you to stay on track, record your progress and alert you of new recipes you can use.
Here are five that will make creating a diet simple and fun.
- Nutrino – Android, iOS, & Amazon
Nutrino is an app that makes dieting much easier overall. You input some basic information about yourself, such as your weight, height and dietary restrictions, as well as choose from a few different goals. The app then creates tailored recommendations.
You will be able to track your food and water intake, exercise, sleep, measurements, and log how you’re feeling each day. The best thing about Nutrino is it provides you simple recipes for each meal of the day (snacks included), so you won’t have to spend time searching for healthy recipes yourself. You can also link the app to a wearable device such as a Fitbit.
- MyFitnessPal – Android & iOS
Counting calories, keeping logs of your exercise and allowing you to view a summary of your daily intake of nutrients is what MyFitnessPal does best, though those aren’t this app’s only features. MyFitnessPal also shares relevant blog posts you might find useful, allows you to set goals, partake in challenges, sums up your progress and more.
MyFitnessPal is unique compared to other health apps because it lets you interact with other users. There are forums you can browse through for inspiration, chat, post challenges or share recipes. The food diary within MyFitnessPal is one of the best as well since it not only allows you to search for foods but also add your own recipes to view their calorie content and scan barcodes.
- My Diet Coach – Android & iOS
My Diet Coach is an app that helps you stay motivated while dieting. You can customize your own avatar, store before and after photos for inspiration, set goals, track your progress and food intake and more. Daily challenges and reminders will keep you on track, and every point you earn from completing challenges can be used to update your avatar’s clothing and accessories.
My Diet Coach will also display quotations about weight loss intended to motivate you when using the app. If you run into any setbacks, you can read through some tips as well, which could be just what you need to overcome some common challenges you might face while dieting!
- Diet Point – Android & iOS
There are a variety of ways to diet, depending on your food preferences or restrictions or your lifestyle, and it’s not always easy to find recipes if you have little time to spare or need to avoid certain foods. Luckily, Diet Point addresses that by offering over 130 different meal plans that are certain to make dieting less of a chore.
It’ll provide you simple recipes that adhere to the rules of whichever meal plan you choose. For example, you can use the Beginner’s Paleo plan if you want to avoid foods such as grains, dairy and legumes. Diet Point makes trying new diets simple too since it will remind you when and what to eat and create a shopping list for you to take along to the grocery store.
- ShopWell – Android & iOS
ShopWell is an app that helps you make healthier choices while grocery shopping. It’s especially useful if you have allergies, a medical condition, or want to avoid specific foods since you can scan the barcode of foods, and it’ll provide you a summary of the nutritional content, ingredients and tell you if it’s a good option for you. It’ll also provide you with a list of foods that may be better alternatives. You can link stores you visit often if you would like some additional recommendations.
Another great feature of ShopWell is that you can scan your receipts from grocery store trips, and they’ll be analyzed for you. If you have a question about anything, you can seek advice from registered dieticians right in the app!
Easing Dieting Woes
Though dieting can give anyone the blues at times, apps can easily provide you with some entertaining and simple ways to stay motivated and stick to your diet plan. And with millions of apps within your reach that can be accessed from just about anywhere, what better time to diet than right now? Once you put the above apps to use, you’ll quickly be on your way to better health in no time!
Do you know of any other dieting or health-related apps that can help others who want to improve their lifestyle? Share them with us in the comments.