Tracking Success: 8 Effective Diet and Nutrition Apps

Smartphone diet and nutrition app

Smartphones are wonderful things- how else could you play chess, check out what your friend in Alaska is up to, and find a new spot for lunch, all from the grocery store parking lot?

Besides all of these productive (or not) conveniences, smartphones are great tools for helping us reach our fitness and nutrition goals.

Many phones come equipped to help track your health in various ways. iPhone’s health app counts steps, tracks your sleep, and let’s you input calories to name a few. And there are so many third party diet/ healthy eating apps out there, you could spend a lifetime trying each one.

I’m going to cut that time short for you with this list of the 8 most effective diet and nutrition apps that I think you’ll love.

Click the app name to find out more about each one.

Lose It 

This app is based on the principles of calorie tracking and peer support, for sustained weight loss. It’s one of the older ones, but still a good one. The Premium model has a yearly cost. As it concerns your weight, Lose It, but don’t go and FIND IT ever again.


One of the earliest apps, it helps keep track of foods that you eat. It has a huge nutrition and calorie database, with over 5 million foods listed. The app is free, but a premium package does cost. Everyone could use a pal to help them through their weight-loss efforts, and this app passes the “pal test”.

Noom Coach

Offers articles on weight loss, nutrition tips, and healthful eating. The basic version is free, but there’s a cost for recipes and a trainer. Listen, coaches only work if you are truly coachable. So, zoom to Noom and get “coached-up”.

Weight Loss Coach by Fooducate

By Fooducate. It uses a phone scanner to grade food brands, like A, B-, etc., and gives you information of food contents as you scan the containers. The basic version is free, but it costs to tailor the program for specific needs. Make the “diet grade” by being educated on foods you eat, and you’ll pass with flying colors.


This one is geared to help when you eat out, especially when it concerns where you might want to go. You can scan for different restaurants and types of menus by ingredients or diet preferences. The app is free. Remember. When you GO OUT to eat, don’t get SUCKED IN by what you eat.

Diet Point

You can use this app to select different types of diets, then, it supplies meal-by-meal plans. Some of the app is free, but some in-app diets require payment. Plan the diet, then, follow the diet plan, especially when provided by experts.

Calorie Counter PRO by MyNetDiary

This allows you to diet for weight loss while monitoring sleep and exercise, all in one app-place. It does have a cost to use. Create a diet database with multiple components, and you’ll feel like a diet PRO.

Diet Assistant

A free app that tracks meals, workouts, and more. It allows you to have a shopping list and plan meals in advance, while allowing you to chat with and invite others into the program. Track your foods, track your friends, track your success.


George Mangum is the Fitness Director at Heritage Victor Valley Medical Group and spends his time helping teens, educators and seniors make fitness a lifestyle. He believes that fitness is the answer, and doesn’t care what the question is.