best diet and fitness apps for tracking calories, workouts, and weight loss

Workout subscription apps are one way to exercise without going to the gym, but if what you need most is motivation, these diet and fitness apps will help keep you on track.

Expert AdviceClassPass Instructors Answer Our Top 11 Fitness QuestionsLosing weight, meeting specific exercise goals, and just generally staying healthy can be difficult and even tedious—especially if you’re opting to track your food intake and workout regimen. Luckily, there are now dozens of diet and fitness apps out there that can make the process just a little more enjoyable.

We’ve rounded up an array of the best diet and fitness tracking apps that use different incentives to spur you to start moving and eating better. Whether you’re motivated by donating to charity, getting personal coaching, or by your community—there’s an app that will have you hitting the gym (or working out in your own home).

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Fooducate

This app was recommended to me by my nutritionist and I’ve found it to be super helpful. It allows you to enter in a product or scan a barcode on a food package to find out the health details about it. It will mark things that have too much sugar, corn syrup, trans fats, and other negative ingredients and then it will provide you with a healthier alternative. While basic features are free, premium features will cost you $3.99 per month. Still way cheaper than a gym membership.

MyFitnessPal

Not only does this app help you track calories and activity, it turns things into little games so that the process of losing weight is a little less daunting. It also remembers what your favorite activities and meals are so that it’s super easy to put them in the next time. As with Fooducate, there are both free and premium service tiers; the latter is $9.99 per month.

MyPlate

Like all of the other apps, this one allows you to conveniently log your calories and workouts, but what sets it apart is its ability to recommend food. You can go to the app when you’re hungry and it will give you a suggestion based on your recommended daily calories and what you’ve consumed that day. This app offers three different tiers: 1 month for $9.99, 6 months for $29.99, or 1 year for $44.99, but you also get access to the free companion tool on LiveStrong.com, which includes more features like workout videos and meal plans.

Charity Miles

If you’re struggling to find motivation, this might be the app for you. It allows you to choose a charity and then earn money by logging miles through an exercise of your choosing. The money either comes from a corporate sponsorship pool—or you can get your own friends and family to sponsor you. It’s free to use, too.

Lose It!

This app is cool because, in addition to counting calories and activities, you can snap a picture of your meal to figure out if you’re hitting the correct portion sizes and daily food intake. This is based on studies that show that taking photos of your food may help you mentally log everything you’ve eaten a little better than just writing it down. A Premium membership is $39.99 per month.

FatSecret

If your motivating factor is accountability, this (unfortunately named) app checks off that box. It allows you to track your exercise and calorie intake, but it also has some great extras: a community chat feature, and the ability to share your logged health profile with your chosen healthcare professionals. And it’s free!

Noom

This one does cost more ($59 per month or $199 per year), but it has glowing reviews and takes a psychology-based approach to help you figure out what may trigger your unhealthy habits. Based on the details you provide, you’ll receive a custom plan and personalized coaching to help you form healthier habits and stick to your goals.

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