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The 12 Best Keto Apps for Keeping Track of Your Macros

By Fitoru | 17 July 2019
The top 12 best keto apps.

If you’re starting a keto diet, you know the first hurdle (even before you have to deal with keto flu) is changing the way you eat with an eagle eye on your net carb intake. Keto dieters can be discouraged when they start out because breaking the habit of eating carbs can be tough—some of us have never known any other diet but a carb-heavy one! To keep track of your carb counts and give you the tools to get organized, here are some of the best keto apps for your Apple iPhone or Android.

What Is Keto?

The keto or ketogenic diet is a high-fat, moderate-protein, low-carb diet. The premise is to switch your body’s go-to fuel source from the sugar in carbs (glucose) to the energy molecules derived from fat (ketone bodies). Once you’ve changed your diet, your body will adapt to these new circumstances and become a fat-burning machine. This leads to safe yet rapid body fat loss, and can even help improve your blood sugar levels.

Without further ado, here are some of the best keto apps around to help you get started.

The top 12 best keto apps.

The Top 12 Keto Apps

To simplify the challenge of overhauling your diet, these apps are built to help you track your macronutrients, meal plan, and more. Review their perks, their prices, and their features to decide which one works best for you.

1. Keto.app

Price: Free (with in-app purchases)

This keto diet app gives you daily targets and suggestions. You can personalize your macronutrient goals and use an in-app barcode scanner to track your meals and ingredients. Log your data according to macro count, and create grocery lists so you know what to buy when shopping. Best of all, it’s free, so you can start using it right away.

2. MyFitnessPal

Price: Free (with in-app purchases)

This popular diet app can be customized to help you achieve a state of ketosis. MyFitnessPal can be set up with your macronutrient goals in mind, and it helps you track your exercise and how many calories you burn. It has a barcode scanner for different food items you purchase, allowing for a more accurate count than just eyeballing your plate and guessing. You can even input the information for food items that aren’t yet listed and build your own unique list.

This app can also coordinate with over 50 other devices and third-party apps, and while you can have this integration for free, there are paid premium features that you can take advantage of as well.

3. Carb Manager

Price: Free (with in-app purchases)

Carb Manager is another free, straightforward app that allows you to count net carbs and log both your fitness and nutrition data. Start out with your weight-loss goals, and then use the app’s calculations to see how you’re measuring up. With eBook recipes, meal planners, and diet forums to get crowd-sourced advice and warnings, this is one of the best keto apps around.

4. Lifesum

Price: Free (with in-app purchases)

This keto diet app has diet plans for everything from ketogenic to high-protein diets, so you can start with their template, utilize their calorie counter and barcode scanner, and take advantage of their low-carb recipes and keto meal plans. If you’re using your own recipes, you can input the nutritional information by hand to keep an accurate count of your calories.

5. Ketogenic Diet

Price: Free

Specifically designed for the keto diet, this keto recipe app provides you with sample menus and recipes, working as an effective meal planner for those starting out with keto. It also has articles on keto-related topics so you can stay informed on keto knowledge from ketone testing strips to keto flu issues like keto breath.

6. Calorie, Carb & Fat Counter

Price: Free (with in-app purchases)

This app, though built for general use, can function as a keto calculator once you answer its personalized questions about your weight-loss and lifestyle goals. Track your macros, save your favorite meals for quick inclusion, and keep an eye on not only your carb count but also your fat intake and overall calorie consumption.

7. 8fit

Price: Free (with in-app purchases)

8fit is a fitness app with a diet component that can be used to help track your keto macros and adjust your diet as you go. With meal plans, recipe alternatives, nutrition guides, detailed shopping lists, and more, you can better see the relationship between how you eat and how you perform at the gym.

8. Ketogenic Diet Plan

Price: Free

With a very simple, step-by-step approach, this app features keto-friendly meal plans and tips for how to control your portion sizes. It’s a wonderful app for those just starting out who would appreciate having the keto philosophy explained in clear detail.

9. Senza

Price: Free (with in-app purchases) 

With a simple, elegant layout, Senza is a calorie tracker with barcode integration and options for searching restaurant menus. It provides you with not only nutritional information, but also diet guides, a food journal feature, and glucose tracking information for those who need to monitor their insulin levels. It even syncs with Apple Health so you can track your progress long term, and offers live advice from nutritionists who are specialized in keto dieting. For these reasons it is perhaps the best free app option on this list.

10. My Macros+

Price: $2.99

That does it for our free options, but you may want to consider a couple of pricier apps. Developed by a fitness pro, My Macros+ comes with a massive food database, barcode scanner, nutrition label scanner (so you can avoid inputting the information by hand), and highly customizable nutritional goals.

11. FitMenCook

Price: $3.99

An app aimed toward cooking for yourself, it doesn’t have to be just for men despite its title. This app has one unique feature: it comes with video recipes that show you exactly how to prepare and plate your delicious, healthy meals. Each recipe also explains the breakdown of calories so you can easily keep track of your macronutrient ratios.

12. KetoDiet

Price: $3.99

This paid app is designed specifically for keto, so you don’t have to adapt to it: this one is built for you. Use it to track food, take advantage of its large keto recipe database, which is frequently updated to keep it fresh and varied. Comprehensive and accurate, it may be worth spending a few bucks to help you focus on healthy weight loss via snack ideas, sample menus, and supplement recommendations based on your profile.

There’s An App for That

In this age of smart phones, you can get quick, easy solutions to everything from taxis to tunes, and that includes your keto diet plans. Keto-specific apps exist with massive recipe lists, and you can integrate your diet tracking with your fitness tracking and even track other important markers like the glucose levels of your food. Ask yourself what you need, and rest assured that there’s an app for that. You only have to seek it out.

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