For some, the beginning of 2016 set the starting line to begin a new and improved life of balanced nutrition. Unfortunately, sometimes creating the healthy habits and sticking to them can be a struggle, especially if you have a busy lifestyle that throws temptations in your face every chance it gets.
Luckily, the world of technology is growing each and every day, constantly making life easier on us with the touch of a button. For smartphone users looking to improve their eating habits to make up for the first few months of the year, have no fear - there are plenty of apps that can guide your way to sticking to a well-balanced diet that can ultimately benefit your overall health and well-being.
Here are some of the best nutrition and diet apps for smartphone users.
Calorie Counter - MyFitnessPal
Some believe counting calories is the most effective strategy for losing weight. If you agree, the Calorie Counter app by MyFitnessPal is the app for you. Available for free on both iPhone and Android devices, Calorie Counter does exactly what the name entails - it counts your calories throughout the day! With a database of over 5 million foods to choose from, Calorie Counter lets you input your meals and enter your time spent exercising throughout the day to track your progress. Known as the fastest and easiest nutrition app, you'll be shedding those pounds you acquired over the holiday season in no time.
Fooducate Weight Loss Coach
Need a little motivation in your life to get a kick-start on your improved nutrition? The Fooducate app will do a lot more than count your calories. Available for free on iPhone and Android devices, Fooducate helps you lose weight by educating you to choose the right foods and perform the perfect exercises for your ideal body weight. It basically works like a personal nutritionist that's always at your disposal. According to Google Play, this app has been recommended by doctors, fitness trainers and dieticians across the country - so it's a trusted choice. What's holding you back? Your Fooducate weight loss coach is waiting for you.
Maintaining a healthy diet by eating the right foods is an important part of nutrition, but it's not the only one - drinking a substantial amount of water throughout the day is crucial, too. While remembering to drink enough water is sometimes a tasks that's overlooked, it should be a No.1 priority. To make it easier on yourself, download the Waterlogged app, available for free on both iPhone and Android devices. This app will make certain you're fully hydrated every day by logging the amount of water you've drank and reminding you to keep drinking until you've reached your goal. Logging your water intake may be as simple as the touch of a button, but it's a task that's extensive enough to prevent dehydration and cleanse your body, making a huge impact on your overall health.
Eating well starts with cooking well, which all begins with shopping well. Do you often feel blindsided at the store when you buy a product that looks healthy, then ends up being loaded with sodium, calories and unwanted sugars and fats? Say goodbye to those days with the ShopWell app, available for free on both iPhone and Android devices. This app allows you to scan food labels to find out just how healthy of an option the product actually is. It allows you to see if it's the right choice for weight loss, if it's gluten-free, and if it could result in a food allergy reaction. ShopWell can also offer nutritional suggestions and shows if certain products are sold in a store near you. Show your family you know how to shop with your trusty sidekick, ShopWell.
Did your friends ask you to go out to the hot new bistro in town, but you're afraid you'll break your diet if you go? No need to decline the invitation, just download the HealthyOut app to help you order a healthy meal while you're out! Available for free on both iPhone and Android devices, this app allows you to experience the delicious foods while dining at a restaurant instead of opting for the usual salad. HealthyOut will guide you to view low -calorie options that match your nutrition preferences. Don't be the friend that says no to a night out just because of the diet stipulations, you can indulge in the finer - or diner - things in life, too!
Looking for a new alternative to your usual go-to diet strategy that hasn't been working for you anyway? Say no more - the Diet Point app has plenty of options for you to choose from. Available for free on both iPhone and Android devices, Diet Point lets users pick and choose from more than 130 diets in different categories, all with available meal prep guidance and mealtimes to help you curb those cravings throughout the day.
Don't get defeated by your cravings and temptations - these apps can help you stick to your new and improved healthy lifestyle with ease. Whether you're looking to add more nutrition to you diet, drink more water, find healthy alternatives when out at restaurants or just looking to log your calorie intake, take the smart approach by utilizing your smartphone to help you stick to it.