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The Best Calorie Counting Apps of the Year

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We’ve selected these apps based on their quality, user reviews, and overall reliability as a source of support for people who want to count calories as simply as possible. If you want to nominate an app for this list, email us at nominations@healthline.com.

Whether your goal is to count calories, learn more about your micronutrient intake, (how’s your potassium level today?), or just hit those target macros, there’s an app for that.

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We’re looking at the best food tracking apps out there, and sharing the features that make them so great. See how much they cost, how they rank, and which one deserves a spot on your iPhone or Android device.

MyFitnessPal

My Fitness Pal

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★★

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Price: Free

Fast, easy, and robust, MyFitnessPal is a calorie-counting powerhouse. The app has a food database with more than 5 million foods and it’s simple to track meals. MyFitnessPal can remember your favorites, add multiple foods for a single meal at one time, and scan barcodes when you’re eating on the go. It can also import recipes and connect to more than 50 other apps and devices like Fitbit, Apple Health, Garmin, and more). The app tracks macros and nutrients and your daily water intake. It also offers helpful information like food insights so you can make healthier choices.

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Lose It!

Lose It

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

This fun little app is a snap to use — literally. Track what you eat by searching, scanning, or snapping a pic. In the last option, upload a picture of your meal and the app will use its database of over 7 million foods to identify those in the image for calorie and nutrition information. Lose It! can also create custom meal plans based on your current weight and health goals.

SparkPeople

Spark People

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

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Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

The SparkPeople app has all the tracking and calorie-counting tools you could need. It also offers exercise demos, reports, and an extensive food database of over 4 million items. The fitness section lets you track cardio and strength training workouts, including sets, reps, and weights. There are articles from fitness experts and nutritionists alike. Use the barcode scanner to find calorie and nutrition information and track macros and nutrients. Use the calorie calculator to quickly figure the caloric breakdown of any meal.

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FatSecret

Fat Secret

iPhone rating: ★★★★✩

Android rating: ★★★★★

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Price: Free

A beautiful, clean layout and a simple functionality make FatSecret a great food tracking app. But the fact that it’s completely free with no in-app purchases or upgrades makes it even better. Enjoy all the features of today’s calorie-counting apps, like a food diary, image recognition of foods, meals, and products. There’s also a barcode scanner with an auto-complete function. You’ll also find an exercise diary, weight tracker, detailed reporting, and goals. There are also recipes and meal ideas, a journal to record your progress, and the ability to share your food logs with trainers or coaches.

Fooducate

Fooducate

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

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Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

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With Fooducate, the focus isn’t just on calorie quantity. It’s on food quality. That way, you can start eating for health. Personalize the app to your age, gender, height, weight, and activity level. Then input your target weight, dietary goals, and any health conditions. The app integrates seamlessly with Apple’s Health app. You can add food and recipes and scan more than 25,000 barcodes. Get suggestions for healthy alternatives to what you’re already eating, too. You can even track things like sleep, mood, and hunger levels.

Noom Coach

Noom Coach

iPhone rating: ★★★★✩

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

This app is designed to take you from knowing what you need to actually doing it. Follow simple daily plans with this app. Track your weight, meals, exercise, and even your blood pressure and glucose. You can also count steps with the built-in, battery-friendly pedometer and more. Upgrade to an intensive course ranging from 16 to 22 weeks with a trained coach and supportive community that’ll help you reach your goals. The app also shares challenges and articles to keep you motivated and excited.

Nutrition Menu

Nutrition Menu

iPhone rating: ★★★★✩

Price: $1.99

Dubbed “the mother of all iPhone calorie counters,” Nutrition Menu does the basics very well. It supports PointsPlus and other popular diets and features more than 100,000 food and restaurant menu items. It also breaks down your meals into macros and nutrition information like cholesterol, sodium, and sugars. The exercise features of this app include custom exercises, 149 built-in workouts, an activity score calculator, and a calories-burned calculator. Progress bars help you see how far you’ve come. Pie charts break down calories for you. Plus, this app needs no internet connection to function.

MyNetDiary

My Net Diary

iPhone rating: ★★★★✩

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

An independent study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine calls this the number one mobile diet app. Enthusiasts say MyNetDiary is like having a nutritionist in your pocket. Begin by setting a weight goal, then let the app analyze your food diary, calculate target macros, and guide you with personalized advice and diet tips. Just keep track of your daily food intake and exercise. MyNetDiary does the rest. The home screen is entirely customizable. The weekly diet analysis offers intelligent and thorough feedback.

My Diet Diary

My Diet Diary

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

Track your food, exercise, weight, water, nutrition, and more — and do it all on this beautiful and intuitive app. My Diet Diary features daily health tips, a database of more than 150,000 foods and recipes, and reminders and notifications for meals and exercises. The app also provides simple charts to track your progress and connectivity to your favorite devices. Plus, it has the most active diet and fitness forums, so you can enjoy support and motivation from people with similar goals.

Simple Calorie Count

Simple Calorie Count

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

Sometimes simple is best. With no general food database, there’s no clutter to this little app. Enter your food to build a personal food database, track daily calories, analyze your intake over the previous week or month, and track calories burned through exercise, too. A home screen widget keeps your calorie total front of mind. Food diaries can be exported to HTML files.

CRON-O-Meter

Cron O Meter

iPhone rating: ★★★✩✩

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: $2.99

The companion app to the web application, CRON-O-Meter makes it easy to log your daily foods, exercises, biometrics, and more all on the go. You can track more than 60 micronutrients, view trends, charts, and nutrition reports. The color coding makes it easy to see exactly where you are in your daily calorie allowance. This app is about data. It tracks and analyzes that information exceptionally well.

Nutritionix Track

Nutritionix Track

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Developed and maintained by a team of registered dieticians, this calorie-counting app is designed to be the fastest for tracking your meals. In just 60 seconds a day, you can track the full nutrient profile of your daily foods. Between barcode scanning, menus from more than 640 American chain restaurants, and a state-of-the-art language engine that lets you just tell the app what you ate, Track is intuitive, simple, and fast.


Jessica writes about pregnancy, parenthood, fitness, and more. About 10 years ago, she was a copy writer at an ad agency before switching to freelance writing and editing. She could eat sweet potatoes every day. Find out more about her work at www.jessicatimmons.com

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