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We’ve selected these apps based on their quality, user reviews, and overall reliability as a source for people who want to increase their knowledge about the ketogenic diet. If you want to nominate an app for this list, email us at nominations@healthline.com.

The principle behind the ketogenic or keto diet is simple, even if it seems counterintuitive. Cut your carbs and eat more fat to force your body to burn more fat. The diet encourages your body to enter a state called ketosis, in which it fuels itself on stored fat. Ketosis can significantly help you lose weight and may also help decrease your blood sugar and hunger while increasing your energy.

In addition to weight loss benefits, evidence indicates that the keto diet can help prevent or improve conditions such as metabolic diseases, epilepsy, and cancer. Eating the right mix of fat and carbs is essential for ketosis. But it can be tricky to eat the perfect balance of foods, especially when just starting out. You should note that keto dieters have reported side effects like bad breath, short-term fatigue, insomnia, and digestive issues.

If you’re considering the keto diet, speak with a doctor to ensure that it’s safe for you. Then, check out these apps for the recipes, knowledge, meal planning, and support to help you succeed on the keto diet.

Ketogenic Diet Plan

Ketogenic Diet Plan

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Ketogenic Diet Plan boasts that it’s the app “for dummies,” making it simple to understand the diet. The app discusses the principles behind this approach of carb restriction and fat loading. It also touches on why that’s healthy, particularly for people with diabetes. To foster success, the app provides meal recommendations, recipes, and a gallery of inspirational before-and-after photos. Though users note the app is rather ad-heavy, the reviews indicate it’s worth the inconvenience. Beginners should check out the tips for starting the diet without side effects.

Total Keto Diet

Total Keto Diet

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Total Keto Diet was created with the help of Tasteaholics, a site devoted to low-carb keto education and resources. The app provides informative articles and recipes. It lets you mark your favorite meals and create shopping lists. You can even share your own recipes for a chance to be featured in their frequently updated recipe library. And the list of features is growing. Developers say they hope to add a macronutrient tracker in future updates, among other features.

Ketogenic Diet

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

This app is geared for weight loss. It helps you understand how the diet works and how to optimize your success. It also touches on the role of exercise with the diet, as well as side effects and suggestions for eating out. Check out the app’s tools to help you make smart nutritional choices. These include a meal planner, sample menu, snack options, and even supplement recommendations.

Carb Manager

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

This app boasts that it’s “the world's easiest and most comprehensive low-carb tracker and macros counter.” Their diet tracker makes logging meals simple, allowing you to input data via camera, voice, or search. Barcode scanning makes it a snap to pull data from the library of more than 1 million verified foods. And thanks to their large library, you can expect to find most common foods and restaurant dishes, complete with net carb counts so you can stay on track no matter where you’re eating. Plus, the app also brings you valuable resources, such as articles and e-books, forums, recipes, and a meal planner.

KetoDiet

iPhone rating: ★★★★✩

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: $6.99

The KetoDiet promises that all its nutritional data is verified (not user-generated) to help you make the best choices for your meals. In addition to a recipes library, the app helps you make smart food selections with features like barcode scanning and restaurant meal options. What’s extra noteworthy is that you can also set limits for your carb intake goals, track your progress, and sync across devices. Visit the ketodietapp.com to find more support and recipes on the blog, as well as motivational challenges.

8Fit

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free with paid subscription options

According to the company, 8Fit has helped over 10 million people around the world reach their health and fitness goals. The elegantly designed app offers three levels of subscription. The free version gives you basic workouts and tracking. Purchasing the “pro” level gives you adapted workouts and a fully customized meal plan. That means their experts can tailor your meal plans to meet your keto needs. The highest “coached” subscription adds in a real personal trainer, complete with an optional kick-off video call. For people who can’t afford the luxury of a personal chef and trainer, this app comes pretty close to offering you that!

Fat Bombs Recipes for the Keto Diet

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

The indulgences of the keto diet make it a rarity in weight loss. In order to ensure you get the daily macronutrient mix you need to sustain ketosis, you need to add in a dense, healthy fat treat called a “fat bomb.” These delish recipes can help you meet your weight loss goals while helping you forget you’re on a diet at all. It’s like having your cake and eating it, too.

Senza

iPhone rating: ★★★★✩

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

Senza brings you educational tools and guides to help you start your journey into the keto diet. These include a food journal, food ideas and recipes, a meal planner, and simple barcode scanning. It also offers advanced features for the experienced keto dieter, like glucose tracking and insulin load information. Integrate with Apple Health and chart your progress over time to glean insights into how the diet is working for you. And a huge plus: Senza also offers live support from a keto-friendly nutritionist.

Calorie Carb & Fat Counter - Virtuagym Food

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free with optional in-app purchases

If you want to lose, maintain, or gain weight, Virtuagym Food promises the fitness and nutritional expertise to give you an edge. The app offers a nutritionist-validated food database as well as tracking for specific goals. Because recording every meal can be a real time suck, this app’s favorites function is really helpful. With the in-app purchase, you can also get expert nutritional plans tailored to your needs. For example, choose a low-carb plan or customize your plan by selecting the percentage of carbs, fat, and protein you want. Integrate with their popular fitness app, Virtuagym Fitness, to meet your wellness goals with the help of their community support, additional goal setting and tracking, and personalized workout plans.

Low Carb Recipes & Diet Meal Plans for Weight Loss

iPhone rating: ★★★★✩

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free with paid premium option

Learn how to cook up some new low-carb favorites by following along with these recipe videos. The app will help tailor a meal plan to your specific needs based on info like your height, age, weight, gender, and body mass index. The meal plans will also alert you to whether you’re meeting your macronutrient goals or not. The pro plan lets you customize further for specific dietary needs, like a vegan or allergy-friendly menu.

Fit Men Cook

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: iPhone $3.99, Android Free

Kevin Curry promises, “struggle free, healthy, and practical recipes that are easy on the wallet.” Curry went through his own transformation after seeing his picture on a friend’s Facebook post. Now, his popular cooking app can help you reach your health goals. Fit Men Cook provides recipes with key nutritional breakdowns, such as calories, protein, fat, and carbohydrates. Grocery lists, prep-ahead recipes, and meal planning make it easy to cook efficiently for multiple days. Curry’s video instructions, recipe scaling, and multiple units of measurement make recreating his dishes simple. And easy search options, favorites, sharing, and recipe notes allow you to find your new faves and tailor them to just the way you like.

My Macros+ Diet, Weight and Calorie Tracker

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: $2.99

With over 4 million foods in their database, My Macros+ is sure to be an asset for tracking your diet and macronutrient counting. This app incorporates the best features of many trackers. In addition to tracking individual metrics like goals, weight, nutrition, and water, the app lets you save favorite meals and scan by barcode. The My Circle feature also lets you see what your friends are eating. You can purchase the upgrade for more detailed nutritional summaries and reporting functionality. The app is fully functional offline as well, making it easy to record meals on the go.

Keto Diet Tracker

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★✩✩

Price: Free with paid subscription option

By now you know that proper macronutrient intake is key to this diet. Keto Diet Tracker makes it simple to do just that. Input foods easily by using their barcode scanner or search functions. Then set and personalize your goals based on body type, activity level, and your desire to lose, gain, or maintain your weight. You can even create your own meals and recipes, and integrate your data with Apple Health. If you want to count more than 5 foods per day, you can upgrade to a subscription and stay on top of everything you eat with ease.