The 5 Best Weight Loss and Diet Apps for the IPhone

Lose Weight and Get Fit With These IPhone Diet Apps

Studies have shown that keeping track of your food intake can help you achieve your weight loss goals. The App Store has a number of good diet apps to help you along, making it easy to keep tabs on your calorie intake and to stick to a healthy eating plan. Losing weight is hard work, so any iPhone app that makes it a bit easier is worth a look. 

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Lose It!

What We Like

  • Barcode scanner to track food.

  • Syncs with fitness trackers.

  • Connect with others for moral support.

What We Don't Like

  • Premium versions are a bit costly.

  • Updates have caused some users to lose entries.

Lose It! is one of the most comprehensive diet apps out there and the fact that it's free makes it a tremendous value. The app automatically creates a daily "calorie budget" based on your personal details and weight loss goals. Enter everything you eat and your exercise totals for the day. The app will display how many calories you have remaining. The food database is huge and includes calorie counts for a number of restaurants. It takes some time to add everything you eat each day, but the routine gets faster as you start adding foods to your favorites. Updated in October 2016, Lose It! works with iOS 7.0 and later. 

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Calorie Tracker Tap and Track

What We Like

  • Add foods not in the database.

  • Search the food database offline.

What We Don't Like

  • Some search functions don't work properly.

  • Not updated since 2017.

Calorie Tracker Tap and Track has more reporting features than other calorie-tracking apps, so it's worth the money if you want all your information at your fingertips without having to go online. In addition to a database of 300,000 food items and 700 restaurants, this app offers a number of reports. You can see charts for weight, goal weight, calorie intake, nutrient totals and more. Like the Lose It! app, Calorie Tracker also tracks exercise information, which we all know is an important component of weight loss. It's compatible with iOS 6.0 and later. 

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Weight Watchers Mobile

What We Like

  • Barcode scanner enters food into a diary.

  • Contains tons of recipes.

  • Social network for motivation.

  • Set up fitness goals.

What We Don't Like

  • Many features require a paid subscription.

  • Paid subscription is expensive.

If you follow the Weight Watchers diet, this free mobile app is a great way to track your points on the go. The database includes more than 30,000 foods with their corresponding points values, and the app displays how many points you have remaining for the day. You'll also get daily recipes, success stories and tips. The downside: Most of the app's features are only available to subscribers of Weight Watchers Online, which requires a monthly subscription and a start-up fee. The app is a no-brainer if you already subscribe, but the cost may be prohibitive for some otherwise. Version 4.14.0 requires iOS 8.0 or later. 

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What We Like

  • Special diets and allergen considerations.

  • Connect to your dietitian or fitness trainer.

  • Take pictures to enter food into a diary.

What We Don't Like

  • No updates since 2017.

  • Buggy and crashes frequently.

Tracking your meals on Version 4.5 of this app can be as easy as snapping a picture of your food with your iPhone. You're not limited to capturing images for more complex meals, however -- you can also type in your entries. Track your weight, calorie, protein or carbs based on personal goals. You can also connect with professionals for advice or guidance through the MealLogger Provider Network. The app is free and requires iOS 7.0 or later.  

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What We Like

  • Calorie budget based on goals.

  • Adjustments based on goal date and if you're on target.

  • Log food with the barcode scanner.

  • Reminders to log food, exercise, and weigh-in.

What We Don't Like

  • Some features require a paid subscription.

  • Counts calories only.

  • For macros, but buy premium.

This app also simplifies entering your data. Just scan the barcode of packaged goods, or tap in the first few letters of a dish's name. MyNetDiary's database includes about 420,000 foods to match the info with. It tracks calories, nutrition intake and exercise in a variety of graphs and charts. It's free and Version 5.1 is compatible with iOS 8.1 or later.