Top 8 Calorie Counter Apps Android

We’ve all heard those excuses about “Christmas weight”, but it is honestly a difficult time of the year to successfully watch your weight, especially if you’re the kind of user who has multiple Christmas dinners to visit, and elderly relatives who would take offence if you don’t completely stuff yourself with their food! If you haven’t yet invested in a calorie counter app, perhaps now is the time to do so! Many Android users will have a workout app of choice that they turn to in order to track their exercise sessions, but living a healthy lifestyle is a lot more than just exercising and hydrating. The popular fitness app MyFitnessPal is a hugely popular option, and is great for tracking your activity but a huge part of the app is dedicated to tracking the food you consume, also – or, your calorie intake per meal, as contributing towards a maximum amount allowed each day. But what are the best calorie counter app out there at present? We take a look!

8. SparkPeople (Free)

SparkPeople’s calorie counter and diet tracker is a nice place to start, allowing you access to a database of over three million food items to add to your log as you complete each meal. There is also a handy built in barcode scanner similar to Fooducate which we will get to below, meaning that you can just scan packaging and add it to your calorie log rather than having to search for a specific food item from a long list. This will also give you detailed nutritional info on each item which can be very useful if you’re the kind of person that really wants to know what’s going into your body. There is also a basic fitness tracker included so as to offer what is something like the full weight loss package, though this obviously doesn’t come close to what  you get with something like MyFitnessPal. – Download from Google Play

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7. MyNetDiary (Free)

MyNetDiary is another calorie counter app worth mentioning, as it seems to be getting better and better every day. At this point they have over 600,000 foods to pick from when adding your calories on a daily basis, but this is only increasing and the app actually has an intriguing way of adding new foods to this database- you simply take a photo and send it yourself, that way they know whats missing. It’s a shame there aren’t more crowd driven fitness apps out there, though MyNetDiary is a promising starting point. – Download from Google Play

6. Diet Assistant (Free)

The Diet Assistant app is slightly more minimal than some of the other apps to make the list but that’s not to say that it isn’t very much worth your time if you’re looking to lose weight and track your eating habits. There are some handy inclusions here that might interesting readers, including a shopping list function that is integrated into the app as standary, a tips section and even a built in body mass index calculator. – Download from Google Play

5. DietPoint (Free)

Another fairly minimal app though one that is heavy on the features, Diet Point is a diet planning and calorie counter app with over 130 different plans to choose from depending on your specific situation. There are dedicated shopping lists included so that you can plan the food you are going to buy, a nice tips section with plenty of good suggestions, and a BMI calculator to calculate your current state. There is a pro version of this but also a free one so that you an try it out beforehand. – Download from Google Play

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4. FatSecret (Free)

I decided to include FatSecret’s calorie counter, despite it being slightly more basic than some of the other apps on the list, mainly because of its strong base and the potential to develop a pretty good app should the necessary improvements be applied. As it is currently, this app woks as a nice diet diary to keep track of the food you consume and the calories you burn. It has a barcode scanner like Fooducate, and a nice reference guide for foods you might eat when in a restaurant. – Download from Google Play

3. Fooducate (Free)

If there’s one app that stands out for its nutritional qualities, it’s Fooducate. While many of the calorie counter apps that you’ll find on Google Play right now are to do with weight loss and dieting, Fooducate looks simply to educate its users and help them to eat better, which should result in you maintaining a healthier lifestyle and losing weight in the process. The main way that the app does this is through a barcode scanner which scans all food products to give you the true story about what’s being the packaging. Of course, nutritional breakdown charts are like a foreign language for most of us but Fooducate breaks this down to assign each food a category. It’s also a great app to have if you have certain allergies and want to be sure that a given product is okay for you. – Download from Google Play

2. Lose It! (Free)

Lose It! has quickly become one of the most popular calorie counter apps out there for both Android and mobile users in general, and it’s very easy to see why. The app is easy enough to set up and only requires some basic info in order to set you on your way, namely your age, height, current weight and target weight. You can then seach for the food you eat from a huge library of different items and add it to your log. These calories are then calculated on a graph on the home screen of the app, allowing you to browse by day but also by week, meaning that it’s easy enough to track your progress. There is a great social element to the app, too, which appears to be one of the main reasons it has become such a success. You can connect to friends via Facebook, and the app even allows you to take part in group sessions with other users that are currently logged on which is an excellent way to stay motivated. – Download from Google Play

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1. MyFitnessPal (Free)

Mentioned at the outset, MyFitnessPal has become something of a holy grail in the fitness app world, offering the best of both worlds when it comes to nutrition and calorie counting but also workout and exercise elements. It’s the closest to the complete weight loss tool that you’re likely to find on the Play Store. You simply enter your info at the outset and decide whether you want to lose weight, maintain your current weight or even put on weight if you’re looking to bulk up. The app will consider the calories you intake as Lose It! does but also the amount of exercise you do throughout the day. And part of the reason that MyFitnessPal is so well thought of is because the app considers everything you do to be an activity worthy of exercise, from cleaning and walking places to dropping the kids off at school. As long as you’re active, that’s a good thing, and the app will reward you accordingly. – Download from Google Play

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