March is National Nutrition Month. This year, the
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to “byte” into a healthy lifestyle. Consuming
fewer calories, making informed food choices and getting daily exercise
are key to maintaining a healthy weight, reducing your risk of chronic
disease and promoting your overall health.
Torrance Memorial Registered Dietitian Nutritionists list their top nutrition
and fitness apps and websites to help you develop a healthy lifestyle
plan that is right for you.
My Fitness Pal
Anyone who has ever tried to lose weight has heard of MyFitnessPal, and
this is because it is the best diet tracker available for free. The app
allows you to track your food intake as well as your weight loss progress.
When you join, you enter your goal weight, date of birth, current weight,
gender, height, and rough activity level and MyFitnessPal calculates the
amount of calories you need as well as how much fat, cholesterol, sodium,
carbohydrates and protein you need daily. It also plots helpful graphs
showing your weekly calorie intake and your current progress. The app
is free and easy to use. Whether you’re using it to lose weight,
maintain your weight or just to try and stay healthy, we highly recommend
using MyFitnessPal as a weight loss tool. And, it’s easy to use.
Fooducate is a one-stop shop for diet and fitness. Sugar, trans fats, food
colorings, aspartame, high fructose corn syrup, additives…the list
goes on and on. It’s the stuff weight gain is made of and the stuff
you need to avoid on the long and winding road to fitness and a healthy
lifestyle. Breaking down ingredient lists and nutritional value can be
confusing and overwhelming. However, Fooducate (available for Iphone and
Android OS Version 2.2 or higher), takes the guesswork out of nutrition
labels and shows you which foods are healthy, as well as which foods to
avoid entirely. Fooducate will alert you to these potentially-harmful
chemicals and preservatives after a simple scan of the bar code. Additionally,
the diet and nutrition app offers all foods a grade of A, B, C or D, based
on how processed the food is, and what and how many nutrients it contains.
This app is universal to anyone looking to lose weight and live healthy.
Whether you want to lose 10 pounds or 100, this app is worth a try!
Lose It! offers a simple, easy-to-use tool for tracking what you eat and
do. Their robust food database has thousands of restaurants, grocery stores,
and brand-name foods, all researched and validated by the Lose It! Team.
Log food and activity on your smartphone, computer, or tablet device.
Lose It! helps you set goals for weight loss, exercise, macronutrient
intake, blood pressure, sleep, and more! You set the goals. The app helps
you with the plan to achieve them. Lose It! helps you set a daily calorie
budget, track your food and exercise, and stay motivated to make smarter
choices and achieve your goal.
To lose weight and stay healthy for life you need a food and exercise diary.
MyNetDiary makes it easy. Plan and track carbs, fats, proteins and all
nutrients along with exercise. Monitor your body measurements, blood glucose
and cholesterol, blood pressure, medications and diabetes-specific conditions.
Chart everything health-related with custom trackers. Use special reports
to understand how your personal health is affected by diet, exercise and
medications. Gauge you health with MyNetDiary and you will be empowered
to manage diabetes and other health conditions.
Couch to 5K
C25K is designed for new runners that want to learn how to run a 5K by
following an 8 week plan. Upon opening the app, you are greeted with a
motivational quote and exercise tips, and then you are free to begin your
run. C25K has a day-by-day plan to make sure you reach your goal in about
30-40 minute workouts about 3 days each week.
This app makes building endurance seem less daunting and is a good place
to start if you need specific direction and motivation. You can also listen
to your own playlists while running, which can make a difference in terms
of enjoying your workout and you can skip songs right on the app. Even
if you lock your screen you can still hear the music, which prevents your
phone battery from draining. Overall, if you want to learn how to run
for distance and have no idea where to begin, C25K is definitely worth a try.
MapMyFitness is, simply put, a one-stop shop fitness tracker. This app
breaks down every aspect of your fitness regimen and keeps you on track,
literally, using your smartphone’s GPS. This all-in-one fitness
tracker will collect, log and record your workout, giving you the freedom
to concentrate on getting through that last mile.
Need inspiration to go further with your workout? Use the app to see your
“vitals,” such as calories burned, distance completed, speed,
duration and pace. This fitness tracker not only logs the data, but it
also analyzes it for you, allowing you to pattern your workout based on
your own statistics. Completing your workout is even more rewarding when
you earn achievements and receive a digital high-five. Push yourself even
further by joining a challenge. Achieve a PR on a course and you may end
up on the public leader boards, where everyone can see and celebrate your
health and fitness successes with you.
This Pocket Yoga was made for anyone interested in doing yoga, whether
they have never seen a yoga mat previously, or they have been practicing
Certified yoga instructors created all of the yoga routines, and a lot
of work went into making the expert level. However, most users are at
the beginner/intermediate level, so there is a wide range of opportunity
for improvement with this app. Users have the option to choose a 30 minute,
45 minute or 60 minute class, depending on the time they have available.
There are cardio based or strength based class, depending on your preference
or your goals, and there are different environments to mimic your personal
Health is a new app that looks to collect all your personal biometric data
in one place. Launch the Health app, and you’ll be able to view
your heart rate, calories burned, blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
In the Health app, you will be able to see all this personal information
about you in one place. The idea is that you can create a personal overview
of your health, and this can be shared with doctors and other medical
There isn’t a definitive list of all the things that Health can measure,
and it’s possible that Apple and developers can add any metric over
time. But here are some of the things already included in the Health app:
Calories Burned, Sleep, Blood sugar, Cholesterol, Medications, Nutrition,
Heart Rate, Weight, Medical ID, Lab Results, Diagnostics, Fitness, and Vitals.
Fitness Buddy provides you with a library full of over 1700 exercises that
are categorized by the muscle group you are looking to train. For instance,
if you want to strengthen your deltoids, but don’t know which exercises
are beneficial, you can click on the deltoids on the body map of muscles
that looks to be straight out of an Anatomy textbook. There is also an
exercise library available where you can choose your exercise alphabetically,
or you can simply choose from the main list consisting of core, lower
body, chest, shoulders, back, arms, cardio, stretches, or custom exercises.
No matter which way you choose, Fitness Buddy provides dozens of exercises
in which you can view step by step directions as well as pictures of each step.
If you’re looking to complete a full workout, Fitness Buddy lets
you choose workout lists based on your level (beginner, intermediate),
bodyweight only (if you don’t have weights available), resistance
band training, goal specific training, or kettle bell training.
30 Day Fitness Challenge
The 30 Day Fitness Challenges app can jump start your fitness goals and
get you on track in just 30 days. The app provides 19 targeted workout
challenges, which motivates users to achieve specific fitness goals by
combining workout programs that target specific areas of the body. You
won’t get bored with this app, because it has a variety of features
that will keep you entertained in your quest to get fit. The 30 Day Fitness
Challenges app is easy to use interface, and it was designed to motivate
users and enhance their experience. For only $2.99 on iTunes and Google
Play, you will receive over 40 exercise videos with correct form. You’ll
also be able to track your progress and share it on Facebook, Twitter,
The timer on the app allows users to race against the clock during exercises
such as planks and wall sits, and you can set up daily reminders, so there
is no excuse for at least 30 days!
Dinner Spinner (All Recipes)
Dinner Spinner is a free app for Apple iPhones, iPods, Kindles, Androids,
Blackberrys, and Windows Phones that takes the hassle out of finding healthy
and delicious recipes for any health conscious user or calorie counting
customer. It even injects a bit of fun into the process. Dinner Spinner
provides over 40,000 recipes all with the intent of being not only spectacularly
delicious, but also nutritious and healthy. Thankfully, Dinner Spinner
allows users to narrow down the choices by ingredients, nutritional value,
or even by preferred preparation time!
This is the best weight loss app out there. Bon' App helps you reach
your weight loss goals by telling you what’s in your food, in a
language you understand: How much sugar, salt, bad fat, and calories!
Bon' App is voice-powered and has a comprehensive food database. You
can say "Subway," "Raisin Bran," or "banana"
to your phone and witness the magic! Bon' App offers more unique features
than other weight loss apps: personalize your daily goals for calories,
sugar, salt, and bad fat, based on your age and gender once you sign-up
for free; customize your goals for weight loss; enjoy quick food journaling;
easier food entries with voice recognition; instant visualization of calories
and bad fat in your food so you can spot healthier options; no sign-up
is necessary for basic access to food information; plus, share your recipes
and foods with your friends and family on Facebook, Twitter, or Email.