At this point, you’ve probably heard a lot of people raving about the high-fat, low-carb ketogenic diet. The goal of the eating plan is to get your body into a state called ketosis, where it’s burning fat, instead of carbohydrates, for fuel.
The keto diet is restrictive, requiring 60 to 80 percent of your daily calories intake to come from fat, around 20 percent to come from protein, and around 10 percent to come from carbohydrates. That delicate balancing act can make the keto diet tough to maintain.
If you’re in that boat, here’s a tip: Using a keto-focused app to track your food intake, create shopping lists, and plan meals could help keep you motivated. Here are seven great keto apps to try.
1 Carb Manager: Keto Diet App
Carb Manager has a database of more than a million foods, meaning it’s easy to find the specific items you’re searching for. Plus, the app offers more than 350,000 low-carb recipes and allows you to track body measurements, weight and exercise.
Free to track, but premium services cost $39.99 annually. Available on itunes and Google Play.
The KetoDiet app offers all the basics: recipes; food and body weight tracking; and educational resources for beginners. You’ll find a keto starter guide, articles and calculator to determine how much fat, protein, and carbs your body needs to stay in ketosis.
$8.99. Available on itunes and Google Play.
Senza makes jumping into keto easy for beginners with a five-day starter guide and macro calculator to determine carbs, protein, and fat needed to stay in ketosis. Plus, get personalized food recommendations and access to a keto-knowledgeable nutritionist.
4 Low Carb
If you’re new to meal prepping, check out the Low Carb app, which features cooking videos to help you tackle low-carb cooking. You can also create shopping lists, plan meals and track calories.
Free for basic version with in-app upgrades. Available on itunes and Google Play.
The Keto app allows you to personalize goals based on weight loss, maintenance or gain, so you can eat the best ratio of carbs, fats and proteins needed for each. The app’s food library highlights the carb count for foods that may put you out of ketosis, so you can stop yourself from mistakenly eating something too carby.
Free for basic version that allows you to track five foods a day. Available on itunes and Google Play.
8fit is so much more than a meal tracking app as it includes exercise plans, too. It is not keto-specific, but you can indicate whether you have dietary preferences or restrictions.
According to one app store reviewer, “I have tons of food allergies, plus the need to eat vegetarian two days a week. 8fit is the ONLY app I’ve seen that allows me to customize to this level, and I love it!”
An annual plan that includes meal tracking and workouts costs $60 per year.
7 My Fitness Pal
Although this food tracking app isn’t specifically for low-carb diets, you can use the premium version to specific how many carbs you want to eat per day. And since this is one of the more popular apps, the database has nutrition information for more than 2,000,000 foods.
Available at www.myfitnesspal.com.
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