Ever-evolving digital technology continues to bring us convenience, connection, accountability, knowledge, and more. While you don’t need to use nutrition apps, some keto dieters swear by digital applications that can make keto a little easier. Whether you want to track and remember the foods you eat, monitor your macronutrients or calories, or something else, nutrition apps can be especially useful.
1. Carb Manager
Carb manager® is a popular, highly rated, comprehensive, and accurate database of over 1 million foods. Carb Manager features macros, micronutrients, and net carb counts. Not only is carb manager free with optional add-ons, it’s also equipped with meal plans, shopping lists, and hundreds of thousands of recipes. Beyond the typical calorie counter, carb manager allows you to track blood glucose, ketones, insulin, glycemic load, intermittent fasting, and more.
Log your daily nutrition and fitness and create a personalized meal plan and shopping list with this user-friendly nutrition app. Carb Manager can be integrated with other devices, such as the Fitbit®.
2. My Fitness Pal
My Fitness Pal helps you track calories, breakdown ingredients, and log activities. With an impressive database of over 11 million foods, My Fitness Pal gives you the opportunity to learn in detail about calorie count, serving size, and nutrition information. Simply scan barcodes, save meals and recipes, search restaurant menus, and use the advanced tools and features. My Fitness Pal is free with an optional premium membership.
It’s an excellent choice if you’re looking to lose weight and keep a food diary that helps you understand your habits and reach your goals. This intelligent nutrition app learns and remembers what you’ve eaten and the physical activities you’ve logged most often in the past and makes it easy for you to quickly add those foods to your log again.
Zero is an app designed to streamline your fasting experience. If you’re fasting on a ketogenic diet, it can be difficult to keep up with your fasting and feeding windows, especially if you’re on the go. Set your timer and stay motivated with reminders and insights. Peruse the ever-growing content library curated by Dr. Peter Attia.
Sync with Google Fit® or Apple Health® and evaluate your health markers like resting heart rate, sleep, and weight. Zero also has the option to journal how you feel during your fasts. Zero can graph your moods, pinpoint trends, and adjust over time. Zero is free, but you can upgrade to Zero Plus for custom plans, premium content, and access to a panel of experts, so you can ask your most puzzling fasting questions.
4. Blood Glucose Tracker
Several blood glucose tracker apps are available that can be helpful for those with blood sugar issues or concerns, or those who are just curious to track blood sugar. If you have diabetes and you’re trying a ketogenic diet, many health experts suggest testing and monitoring your ketones and blood glucose.
Most apps allow you to manually enter your blood glucose levels, so you can assess them over time. Many diabetes devices, such as glucose meters and insulin pumps, come with an integrated app, so you can sync the device to your phone.
The Carb Manager nutrition app, for example, allows you to monitor your blood glucose and insulin values with the subscription service. Other apps, such as mySugr® are more specifically for tracking blood glucose levels. Some apps like Dexcom® are more involved and can be positively life-changing for those with diabetes. For example, with Dexcom, when your glucose levels go too high or too low, this data can be shared and alert up to ten followers in real time.
Senza is geared more towards the keto lifestyle and it’s a great pick for those who are just starting keto. To give you a smoother transition into the ketogenic diet, Senza includes a ‘five days to keto’ step-by-step guide where you can learn about electrolytes and macros as you go. You can also keep a food journal, track your net carbs, scan barcodes, receive food suggestions, and search restaurant menus! Evaluate your net carbs and find nutrition info on hundreds of keto foods.
Do You Use Nutrition Apps on Keto?
What weight loss or nutrition apps do you use on keto? Do you monitor your calories or macros? Do you test your blood sugar or ketones? What are your favorite digital apps and devices?
Steph Green is a writer, researcher, and singer/songwriter with a passion for all things wellness. In 2016, after four years of struggling with her own health problems and painful autoimmune disease, Steph developed a life-changing and extensive knowledge of keto, nutrition, and natural medicine. She continues on her healing journey and enjoys helping others along the way.