Whether you want to lose a few pounds or live a healthier lifestyle, these five free apps will make food tracking easy and accessible.


If you’re like me, you may have gained a few pounds during the holiday season. Between the holiday parties and Christmas cookies, the temptations were hard to resist. That's why I made it my New Year’s resolution to lose the holiday weight and I know I’m not the only one. 

The best way to kick-start healthier eating habits is to pay attention to what you eat and how much. Keeping a record of what you eat will give you a lot of insight into your daily diet and calorie consumption. 

If you wait until the end of the day to count calories, you’ll probably get something wrong along the way. You might forget about the granola bar you ate for a snack or exactly how much chicken you ate on your salad.

But, let’s be honest, carrying around a food journal is a hassle that no one has time for. Having the will power to make the right food decisions is important, but sometimes the small things can be the biggest barriers to healthy eating. 

That’s where an app can come in handy. These five free apps make food tracking as easy as possible and will help to keep you on track with your New Year’s resolution!

1. MyFitness Pal

This is a great comprehensive app for anyone looking to track their diet, exercise, and weight changes. The app asks for information like your current weight, height, gender, and goal weight to customize your ideal daily calorie intake.

You can scan food items with a barcode, or enter them manually. The app provides dietary information about each food item including the amount of fat, protein, carbohydrates, sodium, sugar and vitamins.

The app also takes into consideration the calories you burn during exercise and average activity levels. MyFitness Pal tracks your progress along the way and you can add friends for a little extra motivation!

Available on iOs & Android

2. Calorie Counter by FatSecret

This app helps you track your food with a food and nutrition database. You can choose to enter you food manually, or just take a picture of what they're eating. 

Users can track their meals with pictures, making this app is great for anyone who prefers visuals over statistics. The app creates a photo album of your meals, which can be shared with the app's community of users.

Calorie Counter syncs with Android's Google Fit, Apple's health app, or your Fitbit to make integrating food and exercise as simple as possible.

Available on iOs & Android

3. MyPlate

MyPlate is Livestrong.com's mobile food and nutrition tracker that helps you watch what you're eating. MyPlate uses your profile information to create a customized calorie goal.

The app gives you detailed nutritional information about your intake of protein, fat, carbs, fiber, sugar, sodium and more. You can create custom meals, scan bar codes and track your progress as you go.

Available on iOs & Android

4. Yazio

Yazio is a free calorie counting app that makes keeping a food diary easy. The app creates a calorie goal based on the user’s health goal to lose weight, build muscle, or stay healthy. 

Users can create meals, favorite foods, and scan bar codes. Entering food into the app will tell you its calorie count, nutrition information and the percent of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. 

The app factors in your daily exercise and provides users with healthy recipe ideas to make healthy eating easier. 

Available on iOs & Android

5. Lose It!

Lose It uses your personal information to create a daily calorie goal that is customized to you and your goals. Enter your food manually, use the bar code scanner, or take a picture of your food to find its nutritional information. 

Lose It features a serving size guide, which can be very handy since serving sizes can be difficult to eyeball without a reference. You can plan your meals ahead of time and challenge yourself and friends to eat more veggies (publicly or privately).

This app can be connected to your Fitbit, Google Fit, or Apple health app. 

Available on iOs & Android

Whether you're looking to shed pounds or maintain a healthier lifestyle, these apps make food tracking easy and accessible. 

About Kate Carr

Kate Carr is a recent grad from the University of Vermont with a degree in Psychology. She's interested in social marketing and is the Editorial Content Associate for Zift. 

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