5 Awesome Tools for Tracking Your Diet

Diet and nutrition is one of the factors that affect your productivity at work. Poor eating habits could result in lethargy, loss of focus, and even illness, thus lowering your effectiveness. Therefore, one of the best ways of enhancing productivity in the workplace is by adopting healthier food decisions and eating right. Here are some awesome tools you can use to track your diet:

1. MyFitnessPal

MyFitnessPal is an Android and iOS compatible diet tracker that comes with a large inbuilt food database. It supports a wide range of popular and little known restaurant menus. Whether you are eating out or cooking at home, all you need to do is login and enter your food. This app will give you detailed nutrition information such as calorie, cholesterol, vitamin, and sodium intake. MyFitnessPal boasts a huge community of users who share meal plans, recipes and personal stories with each other. It is a free service which supports other tools such as Withings smart scales and Fitbit.

2. Lose It!

This is one of the most comprehensive weight loss applications in the market. Lose It! is very popular with people that want to keep tabs of the portions they are eating. Its Android and iOS apps come with barcode scanners which can quickly scan the ingredients to what you are cooking or servings of ready-made packaged foods. Lose It! allows you to add personal foods and custom recipes to the database. It syncs with other activity tracking tools such as UP by Jawbone and Nike Fuel band.

3. CRON-O-Meter

CRON-O-Meter is another free service which is very simple and easy to use. Just like other tools, it gives you a breakdown of the nutritional components of what you are eating. You can even add personal foods and custom recipes to the database. Besides tracking your nutritional intake, you can also monitor your exercise and activity. This tool allows you to create custom charts which display your progress over time. However, the downside of CRON-O-Meter is its inability to sync with external devices or tools.

4. SparkPeople

With more than 12 million registered members, SparkPeople is one of the most popular online diet and healthy living communities. It is actually a network of sites which offer a wide range of health and nutrition news, tips, and recipes. SparkPeople is also a nutrition and tracking service that allows you to track your meals, search for restaurant items, add recipes you have cooked yourself, and check the nutritional value of what you are eating. This tool comes with mobile apps for Android and iOS which can help you keep track of your diet when on the move.

5. FatSecret

This is another awesome and free diet tracking tool, and comes with an attractive and easy-to-use interface. You can start tracking your meals and activity once you have signed up. However, FatSecret also allows you to try out the food database before signing up. You can add foods from your favorite restaurants, add your own custom foods, and even set daily nutrition and calorie goals for yourself. Besides keeping a food journal, this tool also allows you to maintain a personal journal.

Have you used these or any other diet tracking tools? Feel free to share with us in the comments section below.