The Top 5 Free Diet Apps For The iPhoneMonsta'd on September 24th, 2010
As you can imagine, there are quite a few Diet and Weight Loss apps geared toward us iPhone users. This is a popular niche for developers, and I'm sure they are cashing in on a lot of us. Weight loss and dieting is something that most of us are probably at least fairly interested in.
We'll take a look at the top paid diet apps for the iPhone sometime soon, but today we're going to check out the top 5 free diet apps in the App Store.
Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker - Free - iTunes Link
When searching for "diet" in the App Store, this app is the third result, and the first FREE result. It seems to be extremely popular - as it's been rated 4 1/2 stars out of 5 after 5,100+ reviews. This app has been featured in/on USA Today, CNET, NBC, Family Circle, and more. Pretty impressive for a free app. So what do you get? Well for starters, you get a beautiful UI, which you know we're big fans of if you've read our other posts. Wrapped in this beautiful UI is a ton of features:
- A database of more than 450,000 foods, where you can see calorie counts and related stats
- Ability to add and save "favorite" foods or meal combinations
- Syncs with MyFitnessPal.com and backs up your diet data, so you never lose it. (App also works offline)
- Database of over 350 exercises, with ability to add and save custom workouts, just like with the food database
- Track various aspects of each exercise, such as cardio and strength training, reps, etc.
- Goals and reports based on your food and exercise choices
I think it's easy to say that this is an awesome app. Based on the feedback they've gotten, it's hard to believe that they haven't bumped Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker up to at least a dollar or two.
Diet & Food Tracker - Free - iTunes Link
So this is the second most popular free iPhone diet app. And it doesn't seem to be as well received as its big bro up above. After ~1500 reviews, this guy has scoed 3/5 stars - not bad.
This app looks pretty legit. Keeping in mind that its FREE, the UI is good-looking, not as slick as the first app that we checked out, but it's nice. This app fully syncs with SparkPeople.com, "the world's most popular diet and fitness site". Interestingly, this app's food database packs in over 1,000,000 different foods. I can't even think of 1 million different foods. It also includes an exercise and calorie tracker, daily meal plans, and a weigh-in page that'll help track your progress over time. If you're not a big fan of the app above, Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker, give this one a look. It seems to offer similar features. And ultimately, your decision may come down to which website you like best - MyFitnessPal or SparkPeople.
Best Diet Foods - Free - iTunes Link
This app is more of an information app, and packs none of the features in the 2 apps we talked about above. With a quick shake of your iPhone, Best Diet Foods will pop up a healthy food, with some background information on it - things you may not know. For example, "Blueberries contain abundant anthocynanis and protocatechui acid which prevent high blood pressure and ease visual fatigue." Fascinating. Normally, we'd say who cares? But being that this app is free, give it a shot.
South Beach Diet - Free - iTunes Link
This app is all about the popular South Beach Diet. You'll get:
- Hundreds of daily tips
- Daily lifestyle advice
- List of foods to enjoy
- Healthy cooking tips
- Fitness routines
- Motivation from other dieters
Obviously, this particular diet won't work for everybody. But if you want to give it a go, this app seems like it could be a helpful tool.
Lose It! - Free - iTunes Link
This last app is very similar to the first two apps we checked out - Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker + Diet & Food Tracker. It packs very similar features, and syncs with the mothership at LoseIt.com. This app was just recently released (2 days before this posting) and so far has been getting some encouraging feedback- 3 1/2 stars out of 5, after 140+ reviews. So how does it stack up to the other 2 apps we mentioned? Well, UI-wise, it's clean-looking, but could be dressed up a little better. It packs a nice food database, but seems to lack the deep tracking that the other top free diet apps do. No harm in checking it out, since it's free! We may find Lose It! closer to the tops of our diet search results in the App Store in the near future.