Healthy Living: Calorie Counting Apps

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With Halloween right around the corner (and the urge to consume massive amounts of candy), sticking to eating right can be quite the challenge. Of course Thanksgiving and holiday parties aren't going to make it any easier in the diet department...So, if weight loss or weight maintenance is the goal, it's best to find a solution that works now before being surrounded by candy and other delicious things. To help you prepare for the deluge of yum, here are some apps to help you keep track of what you're eating.
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iPad SparkPeople Diet & Fitness Tracker: It's easy to see why this app, suggested by reader SRtroy, is a favourite, as it leverages the well regarded SparkPeople resources wisely and helps you keep track of meals and fitness. Free
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CalorieKing Calorie Counter: What makes this app special is it not only has the calorie information for meals you can make at home, it also includes calorie info from some fast food chains (not that weight conscious folks should really be eating there). Free
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Livestrong Calorie Tracker: With stats boasting that over 4 million people have lost weight through using this calorie tracker, it's worth checking out. The look of this app makes it stand out compared to many others and makes tracking calories almost a pleasure. Also available on Android. Free, $2.99


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Noom Weight Loss Coach: By far our clear favourite when it comes to this category of apps for Android — we wish this app was available for iOS! Going beyond simply listing what you've eaten or what exercises you've done, this smart looking app has a nice well-rounded approach that is more akin to a coach, hence its name. With this app there is still the food awareness, fitness, and motivation pieces, but there is also an overall weight loss plan that is customized for you that all of these pieces tie into. Although the app is free, for the full coach experience one must pay $10 a month. Free

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Lose It!: Built in barcode scanner makes counting packaged foods a snap, although if you are serious about weight loss it does make sense to avoid these types of foods. Of course you can also track your exercise in addition to your meals and share this information with your friends. Free
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MyFitnessPal Calorie Counter: We covered this app when we did our get in shape for spring roundup, and we would be remiss to leave it out. With a large community to draw from, the emphasis with this app is on connecting with friends in order to stay motivated, which is so helpful when trying to keep those calories down. Free

What are your favourite food tracking apps?

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