Apps to helps you live a more healthy life (Part 2)

In a previous post we discussed two fitness-centered apps that monitor movement even when you're not "working out." To see a reading that you've burned X number of calories simply walking to and from the subway is the impetus a lot of people need to jump-start a real regimen. But any fitness enthusiast knows that working out is only a small part of the equation, with diet representing a much larger determinant of overall fitness. Food is fuel: It gives you the energy to workout, and helps grow new muscle once you're finished. Fortunately, these apps have you covered on the healthy eating front:

1. Substitutions: How many times do you find yourself in the supermarket wondering what can possibly taste as good as potato chips without actually being potato chips? Substitutions is the app for people who want choices. As its title implies, the app generates alternatives for foods. If you're looking to make healthier choices, it can do that (some suggestions include egg whites instead of whole eggs, oatmeal instead of grits and salsa instead of guacamole. But this app doesn't only function to potentially help you make healthier food selections. It's also great for those days when you find yourself whipping up a steak and lacking the seasoning you thought you had. With Substitutions, there's always another option. As one happy user put it, "This is why I have an iPhone."

2. Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal: Believe it or not, everybody in the world isn't trying to lose weight. In fact, there's a whole sector of post-work lifters out there whose fitness fulfillment comes from building mass with food. But whatever your goals are with food, MyFitnessPal's Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker is here to help. With the ability to monitor calories based on the optimal daily amount you need, the app is a personal dietician. If you're training for that power lifting contest and need to consume 4,000 calories a day, the app can help make sure you reach exactly that amount per day. If, on the other hand, you need to lean out for a contest (or, more likely, a day at the beach), the app's got your back too. And thanks to its inventory of calorie content for a whopping 3,000,000+ foods, you'll never have to guesstimate the protein content of that potato again.

Consider downloading these apps to turn your food into fuel. Just don't prepare meals near your phone or you could be in need of an iPhone repair.

Marcelina Hardy

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