It's finally January — the month of good intentions, when it seems like everyone's got diets, workouts, and motivational quotes on the brain. While hearing the inevitability cliché "New Year, new me!" phrase is tiring, we'll admit that we're getting a teeny bit caught up in the frenzy ourselves, and feeling more that a little ready to strive to be a healthier person overall in the new year. What have we got to lose, right?
By now, you've probably heard it all: From the outrageously ridiculous "wine and eggs diet" (yeah, right) to the questionable liquid-only "lemonade master cleanse," there are plenty of strategies for losing weight — but it just doesn't have to be that hard. Sure, you could follow a fancy (and potentially unsafe) diet trend to shed pounds, but why would you, when you already have everything you need to slim down successfully right there in your phone?
Best Calorie Counter Apps
We're talking about a food diary or calorie counter app, which is basically a journal where you can keep track of what you eat each day. (Yes, it's really that simple.) When it comes to losing weight, a food diary "is your biggest tool," according to Jeff Olsen of the Mayo Clinic, because it holds you accountable for your choices. We did the homework to find out which calorie counter apps around are the easiest, cheapest, and most efficient to use. Here are our three winners.
My Diet Coach
Unlike most weight-loss plans, the My Diet Coach app makes losing weight fun and easy. With this free app, you can easily set goals and track your progress with a customizable avatar, which can be upgraded with "virtual fashion items" earned through "rewards." As you progress, the virtual avatar slims down, too! Giving you the motivation you need to keep going.
In addition to the "Diet Diary" feature, My Diet Coach also has a "Panic Button," that'll help curb those food cravings whenever you're having a snack attack.
"I love the avatar customization," writes Apple App Store user LadySparrow88. "You’re able to give feedback on whether or not the daily quotes are useful to you or not. The panic button function is also extremely useful in a moment of weakness."
See How You Eat
See How You Eat isn't your ordinary food diary app. Instead of requiring app users to manually type everything in, this free app let's you see what you've eaten for the day with snapshots of your food: Think of it as a photo food journal.
"This app is awesome," writes Apple App Store user Nineetailss. "It’s easy to use. It is a very effective way to stay mindful of what you eat."
Keto Diet Meal Plan
With New Year's resolutions now in full swing, we're pretty sure you've come across the Keto Diet: a low-card, high-fat, and limited protein meal plan. The Keto Diet Meal Plan app creates a customized meal plan for you, including snacks, which means you can finally stop thinking about what to cook for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The only downfall? This app will cost ya, but $2.50 per week for hundreds of low-carb recipes sounds like a deal to us!
"My sister lost more than 30 pounds on the Keto diet, so I wanted to try it," writes Apple App Store user BusyN. "She recommended this app because it helped her stick to the diet without doing all the 'math.' I really enjoy these recipes because there's plenty of variety; I'm never short on my proteins, and I don't overdo it on the carbs and sugars."
There you have it! In the time it takes to send a quick text message, you can easily keep track of what you're eating while deriving plenty of support, recipes, and tools to help you stick to your good intentions. We have to say, we're kind of excited: If losing weight is as easy as typing our meal into our phones, or better yet, taking a photo of what we eat, sign us up!