I recently tried out several nutrition and fitness apps to see how they compare. Each had slightly different things to offer and two really stood out! See quick reviews on each below:
Best for quick food database search for calories & macronutrients. Do not need to sign up or have user name & password. Cannot add list of favorite foods or save foods. Great for use in diabetes for carb counting when you do not want to log foods.Only available on Apple devices. Rated 3.5 in the Apple app store. Some complaints that the food database is not up to date were noted in reviews. Can upgrade for a small fee to remove advertisements.
My Fitness Pal*
Searchable food database, no problems finding any foods! Food & exercise diary, weight tracking, barcode to scan UPC on food packaging, and recipes analyzed within app. Need to sign up for an account. Available on Apple or Android devices. Ability to upgrade for more features including macronutrient distribution, add free, food analysis graphs, and more for $49.99/yr. Can sync with Fitbit tracker app, but was it unsuccessful when I personally tried. Can sync with Apple Health app too. Rated 4 out of 5 in the Apple app store.
Searchable food database, food & exercise diary, barcode to scan UPC on food packaging, Need separate app to analyze recipes (SparkRecipes). Need to sign up for an account. Available on Apple and Android devices. Has a point system to earn “trophies”. Daily “coaching” tips and access to chats and blogs from other members for social support. Ability to upgrade for more features for $29.99/yr. Rated 4 out of 5 in the Apple app store.
Searchable food database, food & exercise diary, barcode to scan UPC on food packaging, recipes analyzed within app. Very easy to enter recipe ingredients and navigate app. Visually appealing layout too. Need to sign up for an account. Syncs with Fitbit and Apple Health apps easily. Available on Apple and Android devices. Ability to upgrade for more features & content for $9.99-$39.99/yr. Rated 4.5 out of 5 in the Apple app store.
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Which nutrition and fitness apps do you recommend to clients or use yourself?