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5 best smartphone apps for tracking calories

4. HealthyOut

Healthy out
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Dining out is difficult when you’re counting calories. After all, how could you possibly know everything that went into that meal without being an absolute pest to the kitchen and server? Luckily, there’s an app for that. HealthyOut may be the perfect solution, allowing you to choose healthy meals from local restaurants that pop up in your area. The dishes screened by HealthyOut have half the calories and fat compared to the average restaurant meal. You can filter by low-carb, low-fat, low-calorie, high-protein and heart-healthy meals with specialty restrictions for those who are vegetarian, vegan or going gluten-free. There’s also a handy “Not a Salad” feature if you’re looking for a healthy meal choice that isn’t all green. HealthyOut is available on iPhone and Android.

Users say: “I honestly love how easy it is to find restaurants and fast food with healthier options. You don’t feel left out and still save unnecessary calories!”

Price: Free

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5. Noom Coach

Noom coach
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Noom Coach might be the pocket nutritionist you never knew you needed, with the tagline “never diet again!” advertised alongside the free app. Noom Coach works as an ordinary calorie counter, plus a little more, by providing helpful guidance and feedback based in nutritional science to support healthy eating habits. Each day, Noom Coach will greet you as a personal motivator with a few helpful food tips to focus on, as you use the app to log your meals, track your exercise and plot your weight loss results on the Weight Graph. There’s also an added social community for outside support. Noom Coach is available on iPhone and Android.

Users say: “This app is great! It made me conscious about the food I eat, in a good way of course. But of course, there are in app purchases that I wish I could use for free.”

Price: Free

Updated by Bethany Ramos on 2/26/2016

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