Weight Loss & Tech – 4 Free Apps that Can Help with this Popular Resolution

If you share my passion for good food and new technology, you’re reading the right blog. “Food Tech” is the only source you’ll need when you want to take dining to a whole new level – whether it’s an app to expedite your search for great restaurants or the best tools to help you stick to your New Year’s resolution to eat healthy and lose weight. For my first entry, I’m focusing on the latter so you can stay focused on your goals.

Did you know that studies show that weight loss apps greatly improve your success? Accountability is a great motivator, especially when it’s tied to a great app on your mobile device that’s with you 24/7. I found one amazing app to help keep you on track using a host of awesomely unique features. If you’ve ever explored apps to help keep your eating habits on track, chances are you’ve come across ones that attempt to analyze the calories in a meal after you snap a picture of it.

The Eatery app gives you “something much more helpful than calorie counts,” and if you’re still reading this, you’ve had your ups and downs with dieting like millions of Americans. You know that there is so much more to maintaining a healthy lifestyle than numbers. The Eatery provides a “big-picture breakdown of your strengths, weaknesses and the best places to start making a change.”

So how does it work?

Snap a picture of your food
Give your meal a rating on a scale from “Fit” to “Fat”
Tag the restaurant you ordered from & the portion size
Rate just how much of the meal you ate
Invite friends to help you stick to your goals – they can comment, like and share
View metrics that include info on your weekly progress, the times you eat the healthiest
Get opinions from anonymous members of The Eatery’s community on just how healthy your meals are/have been

The only downside to this stand-out app is that it’s currently available to iPhone users only. Fret not, there are tons of other great, free apps for both iPhone and Android users to help keep you accountable. Here’s a quick list of some of my favorites:

Fooducate – Scan the UPC code of any food item and get nutritional info as well as healthy alternatives. Fooducate recommends minimally processed, real foods, that are naturally rich in nutrients and antioxidants.

MyNetDiary – Includes a calorie counter, tracks calorie and nutrition intake and workouts. Includes a barcode scanner with a database of popular dishes for easy calorie calculations. Beyond the diet and exercise, also track health conditions, including diabetes.

Pepperplate – Manage recipes from your smartphone, Nook, Kindle or their website. Plan and share meals with friends and make shopping lists. It has all the tools you need to cook weeknight dinners or host a dinner party for 12.

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