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Get excited about nutrition, and learn as you go with these information-packed resources on a wide variety of nutrition-centric topics! Our bistroMD experts review the importance of the macronutrients protein, fat, and carbohydrates, as well as how to make them work most efficiently for you.

Carbohydrate Counters for Weight Loss

Carbohydrate or carb counting is an encouraged meal planning technique to manage blood sugar or glucose levels. But carb counting helps individuals identify and track carbohydrates consumed not only for blood sugar management, but can help those desiring weight loss. And thanks to technology, mobile carbohydrate counter apps can transform weight loss thoughts into real-world realities.

Carbohydrate Counters for Weight Loss

Carb Counting 101

Whether desiring blood sugar control or weight loss, it is important to establish and recognize which foods actually contain carbs. While most breads and cereals are already recognized members of the carb club, sources are rather diverse and include the following:

• Grains (oats, rice, wheat, barley, etc.) and grain-based foods, including bread, cereal, and pasta
• Starchy vegetables such as potatoes, peas, and corn
• Non-starchy vegetables, including lettuce, broccoli, and cucumbers
• Fruits and fruit juices
• Milk and dairy products, including cheese and yogurt
• Legumes, including beans, soy, and lentil
• Sweets such as soda, cake, cookies, chips, and candy

Though carb counting helps allow all foods fit into the diet, primarily by identifying the amount of carbs consumed, reducing sugary products is highly encouraged. Along with staying attentive to the carb source, most nutrition experts recommended consuming no more than 45 to 60 grams of carbs per meal while snacks should also be limited to 15 to 20 grams of carbs. Three meals and one to two snacks are suggested to span across the day.

Individuals can identify the portion of carbs in products in the Nutrition Facts label, but particularly paying close attention to the serving size. And in addition to utilizing the label, the following foods contain approximately 15 grams of carbs per serving. Although recognizing carb intake is imperative, one must not forget about the significance and contribution of protein and fat. Individuals are encouraged to consume both lean and plant-based proteins while swapping out saturated and trans fats with healthful oils, nuts, and seeds.

Carbohydrate Counter Apps

Atkins' Mobile Weight Loss Tracker and Carb Counter
The Atkins' mobile app offers a comprehensive food search, including nutritional info for grocery items and restaurant meals. The upgraded meal tracker also allows you to track net carbs while tracking weight patterns.

Daily Carb - Nutrition Counter and Glucose Tracker
The app is promoted for any dieter or individual wanting to control diabetes and weight. It allows you to set a carb budget and track daily intake of carbs, fiber, fat, etc. of foods.

Low Carb Diet Tracker PRO by Carb Manager
Available on the web and all devices, Carb Manager is suggested to be both easy-to-use and comprehensive. The carb counter app also features a social platform, allowing you the opportunity to share weight loss progress with friends, subsequently keeping you accountable to your diet plan.

Calorie Counter and Food Diary by MyNetDiary Inc.
The app touts itself as the world's smartest diet app, taking care of everything, including planning, counting calories and nutrients. Calorie Counter PRO features the biggest database with a built-in barcode scanner. The app also features up to 45 nutrients, including carbs, protein, varying fat types, sodium, and cholesterol.

Calorie, Carb & Fat Counter
Through the app, get a free personalized nutrition plan that best fits your goals. Whether it be weight maintenance, loss, or even gain, keep track of calories, carbs, and fats.

Carbs Control
Carbs Control allows individuals to track both total and net carbs online or through their mobile app. The carb counter app creates an automatic food journal and details over 80,000 foods, 500 specific food brands, and 300 fast food and casual dining restaurants.

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Written By Christy Zagarella, MS, RDN. Published on November 07, 2012. Updated on October 25, 2017.


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