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October 23, 2014

Food and Water Tracking Apps For Better Health

It’s no secret that one of the most important elements of maintaining a healthy lifestyle is proper nutrition. Whether you’re trying to lose weight or stay fit, eating the right foods and staying properly hydrated are both critical to your success.

When it comes to maintaining a balanced diet, a little awareness goes a long way. We all know there are significant health benefits to drinking water, especially when you’re watching your weight. But how much water should you drink, and how can you make sure you drink enough water each day? The same concept applies to the food you eat. How can you keep track of the foods you’re eating and measure your health and wellness goals?

If you want to stay in shape, it helps to have access to accurate nutritional information. Thankfully, there is technology that can help us make better nutritional choices and reach our goals. Gone are the days of breaking out a notebook and logging everything you eat with pen and paper, scouring packages for nutrition facts and adding up your calories by hand.

Today, food and water tracking apps condense vast nutritional information into handy graphs and useful data that can help you reach your goals like never before.

Wearable devices: It’s all in the wrist
You’ve probably heard of pedometers – those little devices you wear that let you know how many steps you take in a given day. Well, fitness-tracking bracelets like the Jawbone and FitBit are similar to a pedometer, but so much more.

Basically, they’re cool-looking wristbands embedded with sophisticated sensors that track your every movement and, in some cases, even your sleep patterns. They also come with smartphone applications that can help you log your food and water intake, keeping you up-to-date on the progress you’re making each day towards a healthier you. Just clip it on and go about your day.

Smartphone apps: Food and water journals for the 21st century
In addition to being a phone, map and camera, your mobile device is actually one of the best (and most convenient) nutrition tracking devices out there. All it takes is an app, and a little diligence to stay on top of your daily nutritional intake.

While there are design and functionality differences between apps, the premise is essentially the same. They’re basically giant databases of food and beverage nutritional information.

You can enter the food you eat by looking up an item in the search bar or scanning the barcode with the camera on your smartphone. The app then keeps track of what you eat, compiling all of the nutrition information into easy-to-understand summaries and graphs. You can even set weight loss goals and the app will keep you informed about how many calories you can consume on a daily basis.

As they say, “knowing is half the battle.” The apps below keep you in-the-know when it comes to what you choose to eat and drink.

Got the food thing down? Maybe you just need help keeping track of how much water you’re drinking. These two apps provide you with a simple way to keep track of how much water you’re drinking.

Ensuring you get enough water every day can be tough, but it’s important to stay properly hydrated. Make sure to check out these seven fun ways to make sure you’re getting your quota in every day.

What other technology do you use to stay fit? Are there any other health and fitness trackers you’d recommend to help keep track of your food and water consumption?