*These behaviors, de;ned by the
American Association of Diabetes
Educators and the American
Diabetes Association, address
the skills needed in diabetes self-management.
Set a goal and track your food and
exercise with this app. Join a community
of people also trying to get healthier and
HOW IT WORKS: Take a photo of the meal on your
plate to get the nutrition information you need. That’s
the concept behind the SnapIt feature (currently in beta
testing) on the Lose It app. Once your photo is uploaded
to Lose It, you’ll get the calorie count for the foods and
serving sizes it sees in the photo. Browse the app’s
database of foods (some 7 million are reportedly listed)
with nutrition information, or scan bar codes of
packaged foods. The app offers a daily calorie count
for you to maintain, based on your goals and taking into
account how many calories you’ll burn from, say, a
COST: The app is free for Apple and Android devices.
Upgrade to Lose It Premium (for $39.99 per year) to plan
meals in advance, set macronutrient goals, and more.
Use this app—the name differs for the
two systems, but they function the
same—at the grocery store to help learn whether the
products you’re choosing are nutritious.
HOW IT WORKS: Scan the bar code on the food
package you’re considering buying—cereals, yogurt,
snacks, and more—and the app will rate it based on
its nutritional value. The app also will suggest
comparable products and healthier choices. Plug in
your weight-loss goals and get a daily calorie budget
that the app tracks for you, taking into account how
many calories you’ve eaten. The app’s community
forum offers recipes and other support information.
The app syncs with the Apple Health app, so your
exercise and calorie data are stored in the same spot.
COST: Free for Apple and Android devices. Several
premium packages are available (for a fee, though cost
varies based on the package) that allow you to
personalize an eating plan, account for food allergies,
and even see suggestions for the best food for your pets.
Apple includes a
general health app
on the iPhone 4S
and newer models—no
download necessary. The app collects your nutrition and
exercise information for easy access and culls data from
other apps you use for a clear picture of your progress.
HOW IT WORKS: Using a motion processor within the
phone, the app tracks your steps and distance traveled,
and it can use data from other ;tness and food-logging
apps to record your progress each day. Use it as a
hub for all of your health information: exercise and
nutrition ;gures, medical records, data from other
apps, plus test results (including vital signs such
as blood pressure and heart rate). Only a few blood
glucose meters will sync with Apple Health; for others,
you’ll have to enter the data manually.
COST: This is free and available on Apple devices only.
Having mixed emotions
management is normal.
Ask for help if negative
emotions a;ect your