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8 Nutrition and Fitness Apps to Put You on the Road to Better Health

Posted by | Posted in Bariatrics, Diabetes, Exercise, Nutrition, Resources | Posted on 01-10-2013

We use our cellphones for a lot more than making phone calls. Many of us have smartphones with apps to help us manage our schedules, check the weather, find show times for the latest movie and wake us up in the morning.

So why not use apps to help you better manage your diet?

We surveyed our registered dietitians at Memorial Medical Center. Here are some of the nutrition and fitness apps they recommended:

MyFitnessPal

This app uses height, weight, age, gender and activity level to determine caloric needs and then will adjust based on your weight loss, gain or maintenance goals. You can track food intake and activity to ensure you’re meeting your personal goals. The app also allows you to establish friendships with other users to promote encouragement and motivation.

Couch-to-5K (C25K)

This app is an eight-week program to help someone with little or no running experience to run a 5K (3.1 miles). The app provides a workout program for three days a week. The program becomes progressively more challenging each week. A bonus is the app interfaces with smartphone music that can be played during each workout. Similar programs are available to train longer distances, such as a 10K.

CalorieKing

This app has a database of more than 70,000 foods and includes 260 fast-food chains and restaurants. Its user-friendly interface allows you to make quick comparisons of calories, carbs and fats between foods. By tapping on a specific food, you can access more detailed information about protein, fiber, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium and alcohol.

Restaurant Nutrition

This app lets you easily view nutritional information about restaurant menus and track what you have eaten. You can track calories, carbs, protein and fat to help quantify your dieting progress.

Fast Food Nutrition

This is a handy app that helps you keep track of all your nutrition and diet information for more than 300 of your favorite restaurants chains and 50,000 menu items. The app’s nutritional data includes calories, Weight Watchers points, fats, trans fats, saturated fats, cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrates, sugars and protein.

On Track Diabetes and Glucose Buddy

These are two good apps for people with diabetes. They allow you to track glucose, food, exercise, medications, weight, blood pressure and pulse. Different reports and graphs can be generated to evaluate glucose control. Glucose Buddy can be set up to give you a reminder, such as when to take medications or test glucose. You can share tracked information with your healthcare provider.

FitBit

This app is a wireless tracker that monitors steps, calories, sleep, floors climbed and miles traveled. You can use it to record food intake, exercise, water consumed and the amount of restful sleep. The FitBit app also can be synced to the MyFitnessPal app.

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