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7 Best Apps For Intermittent Fasting

7 Best Apps For Intermittent Fasting

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Intermittent fasting takes commitment, strict scheduling, and a lot of temptation-resisting. In other words, it’s not the easiest diet out there. To make things even trickier, once you decide to try it out, you still have to decide what kind of fasting you’re going to do: there’s alternate day fasting, the 16:8 diet (where you fast for 16 hours and eat in an 8-hour window), the 5:2 diet (where you eat normally five days a week and eat very few calories two days a week), eat-stop-eat, the Warrior Diet, the list goes on.

Does this all sound kinda complicated? Sure. But thankfully your smartphone or tablet is about to make it way simpler for you—as in, so simple you’ll barely even have to think about whether it’s time to eat or not. There’s no shortage of intermittent fasting apps designed to help you track your fasting hours and keep you on schedule, as well as keep tabs on your weight changes, with graphs and journaling. The only hard part is figuring out which app is your fave.

“When looking for an app for your intermittent fasting plan, first consider what your goals are,” says Erin Palinski-Wade, registered dietitian and author of Belly Fat Diet For Dummies. “Do you want the app to just track your fasting time? Track your progress? Or help you with meal planning?”

Once you’ve figured out what you want an app to do for you, it’s time to take a look at what’s out there. Here are 5 dietitian-approved intermittent fasting apps designed to make following any kind of IF plan easier.

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If you want a simple reminder when it’s time to eat: Zero

“If you are following IF, I like the idea of using an app to remind you of your fasting window so you can be consistent,” says Palinski-Wade.

She adds that Zero can be customized to track your fasting times, which means it works regardless of the type of IF plan you’re on (even if you’ve sort of made up your own schedule). You can choose from several pre-set fasting windows or create your own schedule lasting up to seven days.

The interface is clean and simple, making it easy to navigate, with a dashboard that can help you analyze your fasting habits over time.

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If you want to take notes as you go: Fastient

If you want to track your fasting times and monitor your diet, Fastient is one of the more comprehensive tracking apps out there, allowing you to maintain a record of your food intake and keep tabs on your overall progress. It has a wide, open interface that leaves plenty of room for you to journal, view your data in easy-to-read graphs, and access your info within the app or on your desktop.

“When it comes to following a meal plan for results, tracking is key for progress and accountability,” says Palinski-Wade, who likes that Fastient lets you manage all your goals in one place and adjust as needed for different fasting styles (IF, extended fasting, one meal a day, alternate day fasting, etc).

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If you want meal-planning advice: BodyFast

Remember when we said there were a lot of different fasting plans? Well, BodyFast gives you 10 different options to choose from—and also loads of coaching and meal planning tips, too. If you’re committed to IF but struggling with the daily mechanics of it, this app might give you what you need to troubleshoot your challenges.

Palinski-Wade says she loves all the support BodyFast offers but does warn it could be a little misleading: “The BodyFast coach provides tips based on data such as your age and weight-loss goals, but this is not a replacement for working with a medical professional like a registered dietitian who can truly customize your meal plan for your own unique needs.” Noted!

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If you like having community support: Vora

This is a pretty standard IF tracking app (providing daily fasting/goal timing and weight loss progress). But Palinski-Wade says it includes one unique—and important—component: community support.

“Research has shown that accountability and social support lead to greater success when it comes to making behavior change,” she explains. “By engaging in a community of people with similar goals, this app may help you to stick with your IF plan long term for the best results.”

So if you’re the only one of your friends who’s doing IF and you need peer-to-peer motivation, Vora might be the perfect fit.

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If you want to test out different fasting plans: FastHabit

If you change up your fasting goals all the time (like doing 5:2 one week and alternate day fasting the next), then FastHabit is one of the best ways to keep up with your schedule. Just set up your desired fasting window in the app when you’re ready to begin and go. It syncs up to Apple Watch and Apple Health for on-the-spot accountability and comprehensive health management.

You can also set reminders and notifications for yourself or check out your fasting stats over the last 10 days via the simple dashboard, but tracking more than that will require a premium membership.

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If you’re also on the keto diet: LIFE Fasting Tracker

The LIFE Fasting Tracker works for any IF schedule tracking, since it allows you to set the start and end time and goals for the length of your fasting periods. If you’re focusing on a keto diet, this app can also help you track how long you’ve likely been in ketosis. Plus, you can connect with friends who use the app to fast together and help motivate each other.

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If you like social media accountability: Ate Food Diary

The Ate Food Diary helps you keep a visual food diary, keeping track of how much time lapsed between meals and snacks, and offering an easy way to look back on the food choices you’ve made and how they made you feel. If you’re into social media accountability, Ate makes it easy to share what you’ve been eating on your channels.

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