While we are (thankfully) moving past the era of toxic diet culture and feeling like you need to limit what you eat, there are certain times you might want help tracking your food intake.
Maybe you’re looking for accountability to get back on track after a year of emotional eating or to feel more energized throughout the day. Perhaps you’re looking to support your workout goals or have even received doctor’s orders to start eating healthier.
apps can help you go about food tracking in a healthful and sustainable way.
“There are many free and paid apps to help you learn how to eat more healthfully,” Samantha Cassetty, RD, national nutrition and wellness expert with a private practice based in New York City, told Insider. “The most important thing is to find one that supports a variety of healthful foods in balanced amounts that are right for your needs.”
Below are seven of the best weight loss apps that are designed specifically for a variety of lifestyles. At the end of this guide, I’ve also included answers to a few FAQs, including insight into how weight loss apps can help, as well additional advice from Samantha Cassetty on why making healthy changes takes more than just the help of an app.
Here are the best weight loss apps:
Best overall: Noom, from $17
Noom distinguishes itself from other diet and weight loss apps by looking at your entire lifestyle rather than just food intake.
Best on a budget: Weight Watchers, from $21.95/month on iOS and Android
Weight Watchers has helped people lose weight for decades and does a great job of making the transition to the digital age.
Best free app: MyNetDiary, free with premium available on iOS and Android
If you’re comfortable managing your own food choices, MyNetDiary is an excellent option for free.
Best for fitness: MyFitnessPal, free or upgrade for $79.99/yr on iOS and Android
MyFitnessPal encourages users to think about the things they eat, while also helping them become more active at the same time.
Best food tracking app: Lose It!, free or premium for $40/yr on iOS and Android
Lose It! lets you quickly and easily input the foods you’ve eaten to calculate your caloric intake for the day — and the app is intuitive enough for anyone to use.
Best for busy lifestyles: Rise, $48/month on iOS
Rise is the food tracker that doesn’t require an extensive amount of time to use — even minimal input can provide users with immense benefit.
Best for at-home cooks: Fooducate, free or $4/mo for premium features on iOS and Android
Fooducate is the informational tool you need if you’re looking to improve your nutrition yet don’t know where to start.