Yesterday, lunch ruined my day.
Some days I wake up and feel on top of the world. You know, I have all my meals planned, I know how my macros are looking and I’m rocking right there at 20 grams of carbs.
Other days, like yesterday, we’ve been so busy with work and just ran out of time to look into what to eat at a restaurant. If I had simply taken two minutes to use my phone…
Have you been thinking about starting doing keto?
In a nutshell, eating keto means that you should eat 75% Fat, 20% Protein, and 5% Carbs. The most important number is 20. 20 as in eating up to 20 grams of carbohydrates in a day.
… and looked at what options were available.
I’ve been making my iPhone my personal assistant when it comes to leading a healthy lifestyle. Pretty much, that smartphone is working as part of my coaching team.
I need to let it help me in this kind of situations. My memory is shot and without that data, I have no way of knowing what is working and what is not working for me.
What app is better to use to keep track of carbs?
Since everyone’s keto journey is different, (don’t think about it as a short term fix but a long term way of life) the app(s) you use may differ. I’m a #numbersnerd through and through and an app snob.
I track what I eat, how much I eat, and I count calories too here’s why. My history tells me I’m an overeater and a binge eater. I don’t have a respectful “off switch”. This is the app that has best work for my needs:
Hands down one of the best food journaling apps out there. If you prefer to count total carbs instead of net carbs, this app is for you. Their food database boasts more than 2 million entries, which means if you look for it, you’ll find it.
What we love: The free MFP version is that you can track your macros and the supportive community. No need of getting the premium version (unless you are a hardcore #numbersnerd).
A close second is Fat Secret (but really wish it had a more positive name).
Need a better weight tracker?
Although, when it comes to weight loss, tracking what the scales spits out is one of the keys, keeping track of your weight can help you stay on top of trends.
Their most fabulous feature is the moving average calculation of your weight. There’s no reason to be mad a one bad day if the trend and average are down. (That’s my favorite trend!)
What we love: Once you pick you goal weight, Happy Scale will break it down into milestones (segments). With all the data, HS will give you 7, 14 and 30 days predictions as well as when you’ll hit goal (If the goal is longer than 30 days).
But I want a keto specific tracking app?
At free, this keto diet app is great. If you are a visual person, you’ll love the way this app works. It has easy-to-use food icons for logging your daily carbs and calories.
What we love: Their private selfie gallery. If you are not ready or willing to share with the world your progress but obviously you do want to keep track, this feature is pretty darn good.
What about a running app?
Personally, I’ve been using this app since like, umm, 2013. It’s motivating how trough the years I’ve increased mileage, speed, and have even challenged myself by doing two half marathons.
What we love: Been able to see what my friends are doing and now the sense of community, (we are on a nine Sunday Runday 5K streak) is motivation to keep working towards a healthy lifestyle.
Ultimately, my best recommendation is: don’t over think this. Pick the app that “speaks” to you and please, don’t get caught up in all of the numbers. Use the data to be informed and to make changes to your diet when needed. The important thing is to use the advice to your advantage but always do you.