Research shows that people who set realistic weight goals and keep track of what they eat lose more weight – and there are plenty of smartphone apps that can help you achieve your weight loss goal and lead a healthier life.
We pick six of the best diet and nutrition apps for 2017.
Free, iOS, Android and Windows Phone
This popular calorie and exercise tracking app has helped millions of people lose weight and get fit.
Add details such as height, age and target weight and the app calculates how many calories you can eat each day. The phone’s camera can scan food packaging barcodes to log calories of the food you eat. MyFitnessPal has a vast database of more than five million foods, as well as a recipe calculator for adding your own meal recipes.
Weight loss is shown is a useful graph, and it’s easy to track your exercise and share your progress with others.
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2. Calorie Counter
Free, iOS and Android
MyNetDiary's Calorie Counter app makes tracking your calorie intake and exercise simple.
Set a weight-loss goal, then use the app to scan food packaging barcodes to log calories and nutritional information. If an item isn’t in the database, you can create custom foods or recipes.
Logging exercise is straightforward with over 500 different activities included, along with an option for manual entry of calories burned, with time and distance tracking for walking.
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3. Low Fat Recipes
This free cookbook is the perfect companion for those following a low-fat diet. It features more than 2,000 delicious recipes in various categories ranging from gluten free and diabetes-friendly, though to quick meals and gourmet.
Alternatively, you can enter a key ingredient such as ‘chicken’ to search for recipes. You can ‘star’ your favourite dishes so you can quickly find them again.
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4. Drinkaware Track and Calculate
Free, iOS and Android
If you want to reduce your alcohol consumption, this free app from charity Drinkaware can help.
Its large database of alcohol brands helps you accurately track the units and calories in your drinks. You can set goals to moderate your alcohol consumption with personalized feedback for support and motivation.
There’s even an option to add drinks prices so you can see how much you’ve saved by cutting back on alcohol.
Get Drinkaware Track and Calculate on iPhone
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5. 5:2 Diet Complete Meal Planner
£1.99, iOS and Android
Fans of the popular 5:2 diet will appreciate this meal planning app from Woman magazine.
Designed to help with the challenge of what to eat on the diet’s two 500-calories days, it has over 100 breakfast, lunch and dinner 5:2 diet recipes as well as snack lists.
With calorie counts and diet tips, this app should provide all the know-how and motivation you need to lose weight on the 5:2 diet.
Get the 5:2 Diet Complete Meal Planner on iPhone
Get the 5:2 Diet Complete Meal Planner on Android
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