Everybody wants to be healthy, and everybody wants to look good. To do that, you must ensure that the number of calories coming in is less than the amount of calories you burn in a day. Sounds simple? If you think so, then you’re in for the same surprise I was. I learned that it is not as easy as it sounds. Losing weight is hard, and counting calories can be frustrating. So, I wondered if there was any way I could make it less so. Of course, the answer was apps. Let me just say it seems like apps are the solution to every problem today.

There are lots of apps out there that are meant to help you count calories and stay on track with your diet. Here are a few of the best ones that I could find. Also, here is a list with a few more good ones if you are interested.

Best 10 Calorie Counting Apps by AppGrooves

Here’s my review of my personal top 3 apps.

Lose Weight Fast with My Diet Coach

I found My Diet Coach to be beneficial when it comes to pulling through one of the most challenging things in existence: a diet! I found typing what I ate that day simple. Another cool thing is it tells you the nutritional values and how many calories you consumed. It’s like helpful feedback, so you know better what’s the best next step. You can also track how much water you drank all day, making it easy to build up a habit of staying hydrated without drinking too much.

One thing I didn’t like about this app was that the food options are limited when entering what you ate. It obviously doesn’t have everything in the world, but I think it could definitely have more than it does. A bit larger food database would surely be helpful.

Join Millions of Users with LoseIt!

The cool thing about LoseIt! Is that you need only snap a picture of your meal to log how many calories are in it. After a couple of weeks of heavy usage, I automatically snapped a photo anytime I’d have a meal. Then you are free to go on with your day! However, the main advantage of LoseIt for me was the community. It’s the mental game where something becomes so much easier when you know there are people with the same problem you have. I don’t know; I think it helps with the motivation many of us need.

The snap-a-picture feature isn’t incredibly reliable, although it can be. Sometimes, it won’t recognize the photo. This brought me into an awkward situation where I’d spend a few minutes trying to catch the “right angle” or whatever I thought would help. Sometimes, I’d just give up and type calories manually because my meal was getting cold.

Scan a Barcode with a Calorie Counter

Unlike LoseIt!, Calorie Counter can track calories with a simple barcode, allowing you to scan quickly from home without worrying about recognition issues. You can easily keep track of your calorie intake this way! Although taking photos is more fun as it feels like magic, scanning a barcode is just more practical. You know the info is hidden in those black-and-white lines, and you’ll get it every time.

But, the problem I soon faced was that if you happen to eat at a restaurant, there are no barcodes to scan. And I didn't dare to ask the waiter to bring me barcodes of all the ingredients. Therefore, you must input your calories manually to get an accurate calorie count. Also, what caught me off guard the most was that the app is only partially free. You get five foods daily for free, then it will ask you for a subscription. Just giving you a heads-up about that.

These were my favorite calorie-counting apps, and I hope you like them too! In a perfect world, we would all be fit and healthy. We’re not, but at least we have handy tools to help us out. So, use them if you find any apps useful and see if you are making progress.