We live in a world where food, especially processed and packaged food is readily available. We also live in a world with sedentary lifestyle, high amounts of stress and very little sleep. After a point it feels like all the forces in nature are trying to demotivate us from staying healthy. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is as simple as getting the right amounts of exercise and sleep, as well as eating a balanced diet. But, even these simple, basic rules seem challenging at times.

Sometimes all it takes to change our faulty lifestyle is a little nudge, a cheerleader, a buddy and the right kind of education. We can spend lots of money on fancy workout programs and diet plans — or we can download some of the best health and fitness apps and start our healthy journey at the tap of a button.


Fooducate is designed to educate you about the foods you eat. This app’s barcode scanning feature allows you to check the nutritional value of each food item. It compares two items and offer healthier alternatives from its database. In addition, the app also doubles as an intake, calorie and exercise tracker.

Calorie Counter Pro:

Calorie Counter PRO by MyNetDiary is a comprehensive food scanner, nutrition log and exercise tracker. The app can scan barcodes for a product’s nutritional information. It also has the option to input custom foods and recipes. An exercise tracker allows users to enter more than 500 different activities. This app has a rich database of 496,000 foods entered which is updated weekly. The app also has 265,000 foods contributed by its members, accounting to a total of 761,000 foods for the users.

HealthyOut Healthy Meal Finder:

Helps you stay on your diet even when you’re going out or ordering delivery. The app helps users find healthy restaurant dishes at local restaurants that match your diet and nutrition preferences. It also comes with a wealth of diet and food filters, allowing you to filter by cuisine, ingredients or type of dish. It’s a great option when you don’t have the time to prepare a healthy meal of your own.

Diet Point Weight Loss:

Pick up the weight loss program that’s right for you! The app provides details for more than 130 diets in varied categories, complete with detailed shopping lists and meal plans. The app also helpfully notifies you for mealtimes, to help avoid out of control craving and overeating. From low carb diet to diet for candida and Paleo, Diet Point offers plans tailored for everyone.

Healthy Inside, Thin Outside:

Healthy Inside, Thin Outside or HITO is still in its crowdfunding stage and promises to be the world’s most powerful tool to improve your health. It is more than just a food tracker or nutrition analysis program — it’s an educational guide that responds to your specific nutritional needs. Like having a personal nutritionist always at your side, it gives you feedback on your food choices, and provides scientifically proven food suggestions and education to minimize disease risk and optimize your health. Each food item in the database has been individually tagged for specific criteria such as superfoods, foods high in phytonutrients, acid forming or alkaline forming, gluten free, allergy free, health condition specific foods and more. With a rich library of educational videos, HITO also teaches nutrition basics and keeps you up to date on the best ways to improve and maintain your health. Definitely sounds like a powerful new app to watch for.

Goodnight Smartphone:

Sleep plays the most important role in our physical health. Sleep deprivation can lead to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. And in today’s tech driven society unplugging from our day to welcome a good night’s sleep has become even harder. Thank goodness we have Goodnight Smartphone. Inspired by children’s bedtime classics- Goodnight Moon, Arianna Huffington’s Goodnight Smartphone is a playful and relaxing guide to help you transition from the worries of a stressful day to a good night’s rejuvenating sleep.

Image Courtesy: Goodnight Smartphone on Audible

With so many promising tools right at your fingertips maintaining a healthy lifestyle anymore a dream. Try one of these wonderful apps today and start livin the life of your dreams.

Originally published at journal.thriveglobal.com