March is National Nutrition Month, and it’s the perfect time to focus on leading a healthy lifestyle, particularly when it comes to nutrition and exercise. Unfortunately, the average diet in America includes way too many foods that may taste great but are bad for your health and your waistline. According to the American Heart Association, nearly 70% of American adult and more than 30% of American children are either overweight or obese. It’s time we use technology to help us make better choices, and in recognition of National Nutrition Month 2015, we have put together a list of five apps that can help you achieve a healthy lifestyle. Read on to find some popular health tracking apps.
1. Coach Alba
If you’re watching what you eat, you probably find yourself wishing for treats you’re supposed to be avoiding. Coach Alba is a text messaging app that can help you get through those moments of temptation when you find yourself standing in front of the freezer at midnight with a pint of rocky road in your hand. You can customize the service to text you at certain times, or you can text Coach Alba at any time for a little diet encouragement. This app is available to anyone who has an SMS-enabled phone or smartphone.
Did you know that a barcode can tell you more about a food’s nutritional value than a food label? With Fooducate, you can scan a barcode and find out the quality of calories in the food. The app will also give you a list of similar, but healthier products to help you make good choices at the grocery store. You can also use Fooducate to track your calorie intake and exercise. This app is available on iOS and Android, so it runs on almost every smartphone and tablet.
3. Lose It
If you’re trying to lose weight, Lose It helps you log exercise and count calories. It’s especially useful if you eat a lot of packaged foods. This app has been around for a long time and has a large community of users, many of whom are happy to jump in with encouragement when needed. It’s also compatible with many other fitness apps and devices such as the Fitbit line of trackers, Runkeeper, Jawbone UP and MapMyFitness so that you can import your data quickly and easily. This app is available on iOS and Android.
If you’re looking for an all-purpose health tracking app, Argus may be the one for you. This app tracks everything, all the time. Argus continually processes your routine, tracking every step you take, the length of your stride, everything you eat, your sleep patterns and much more. It then produces informative charts so you can do a data dive and figure out what you need to do to reach your nutrition and health goals. This app is available on iOS, Android and Windows Phone.
Not everyone responds to the cheer leading type of encouragement. If you find you’re more motivated by bribes, threats and even ridicule, CarrotFit may be the tracker for you. This app is a “judgmental” weight tracker that’s simple to use. It makes use of motivational sarcasm and bribery to motivate you to get up and exercise, and you’re rewarded with new workout tips for every pound you lose. This app is currently only available on iOS.
Regardless of whether you need to lose weight, exercise more or improve your overall health, there are plenty of health tracking apps available to help you reach your goals. Why not use National Nutrition Month as inspiration to start on your journey to a healthier you?
Do you have a favorite health tracking app? If so, we’d love to hear about why you like it and how well it’s worked for you! If not, tell us which app you will plan on trying or why this isn’t a solution for you and you could win a FitBit fitness tracker! We’ll choose a winner from all eligible comments.
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