Macro Diet Apps
Tracking macros can be done either by following a pre-prepared meal plan, by using a spreadsheet or more easily done using a macro app to track on the fly.
Here are some of the best macronutrient tracking apps we’ve found.
MyFitnessPal (MFP) is a hugely popular app, owned by apparel company Under Armor. With a food database of 5 million items, it is the most popular system for tracking food intake.
For macro counters: If you sign up to the premium subscription, you can set your own macro targets (greatly beneficial for a macro diet).
MyFitnessPal is free to download. The premium edition has an extensive set of features for a macro diet (such as setting goals by gram or percentage and allowing different macro targets for sedentary and workout days).
Myplate comes from the Livestrong foundation. It is essentially a food tracker (2 million food database), with extra mutual support tools built-in.
For macro counters: The daily view shows a breakdown of macros (both grams and percentages) – allowing you to monitor your food until you reach the desired target.
Myplate is free to download. The gold edition costs a monthly subscription fee and will give you: an ad-free experience, private support groups, advanced stats, and priority support.
MyMacros is one of the few food tracking apps focused specifically on macro counting. See our tutorial on MyMacros here.
For macro counters: Focused on counting macros, where you can set macros for both exercise and non-exercise days.
MyMacros is $2.99 to download. There is also a premium subscription that allows you to access your data from anywhere (desktop, laptop, etc).
Lose It! is a calorie tracker (been around for 10 years). One of their latest features is integration with EmbodyDNA (for $190 DNA can be tested and integrated with the tracker for personalized insights).
You can track macros on the Lose It app.
All user can use Lose It to track their macros but the premium subscription allows people to set specific macro goals.
Lose It! is free to download. The premium subscription allows a broader set of things you can track, along with more integration with fitness trackers.
Lifesum is a broader health app offering suggested diet plans, along with recipes and other features.
For macro counters: The home screen shows your daily macro counts, and it is possible to set a manual macro target.
Lifesum is free to download. As in other apps, the premium subscription is the only way to access more useful features (recipes, macro tracking).
Fitbit not only helps you track your exercise calorie burn, but it also comes with a very robust companion app for your smartphone.
You can now set macro goals on the Fitbit app.
That’s right, you can set your macro goals and even track your food using Fitbit. You no longer need a second app like MyFitnessPal when using your Fitbit wearable.
You can download the app for free but it will be most useful for people who have a compatible Fitbit wearable device to use alongside their macro app.
Do Fitbits help you lose weight?
Fitbits do motivate people to be more active which burns calories. However, people still need to be mindful of how much they are eating in relation to that exercise. This is where the Fitbit Macro App can be used.
Best Macro Apps Ranked by User Reviews
- MyFitnessPal: 4.7 Stars, 743k ratings
- Lose It: 4.7 Stars 330k ratings
- Lifesum: 4.7 Stars 66.7k ratings
- MyPlate: 4.6 Stars, 17.2k ratings
- MyMacros+: 4.7 Stars, 12k ratings
- Fitbit App: 4.2 stars, 81k ratings
Which one do I use?
- MyFitnessPal is popular but can take time to setup.
- MyPlate and Lose It! have much nicer designs (but will requires premium subs to unlock macro features).
- MyMacros allows fine-grained controls (suitable for more of an advanced user).
- Do consider subscribing to premium.
(most are between $40-$45 per year). You have a better chance of using the thing if you pay for a subscription, and in many of the apps only unlock certain features.
- Bigger food databases don’t always mean better.
Lots of the entries are user-submitted can have errors, or make some foods more difficult to find. The example below: A search for Starbucks on myfooddiary (left) and myfitnesspal (right).
Can Apple Watch Track Calories Eaten?
Unfortunately, your Apple Watch can be a useful app/tool for tracking calorie burn and activity, but it does not have the ability to track the food you eat. You will need one of the above macro/calorie-tracking apps for that.
However, Apple Watch does link up to most of the apps mentioned above so they will share data with each other making the tracking process easier since it can integrate your activity data, etc.
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