Best diet apps for Apple iPhone

(Reuters/Beck Diefenbach)The new Apple iPhone 6S and 6S Plus are displayed during an Apple media event in San Francisco, California, September 9, 2015.

Nowadays, fitness is paramount to health. With the advent of technology, maintaining a certain diet has become easier, thanks to these diet apps that help count calories and shed unwanted pounds.

Downloadable for Android and IOS, My Diet Coach, has a free version with four main features, including perseverance tips, motivational photos, diet diary and reminders. In its pro version, the app features weight chart, points system and a unique food craving panic button. Moreover, in its Coach app version, it features motivational arguments and guidelines. It also allows the users to choose and customize an avatar which best resembles him or her.

Compared to My Diet Coach, My FitnessPal is described by iTunes Preview with a database of more than five million foods. This app can perhaps be considered as one of the largest free calorie counting apps in the market today.

Upon download, a user is required to enter some information including date of birth, weight, height, goal weight and target loss in weight every week.

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On the other hand, The Complete 5:2 Diet is an app that suggests that a user can eat anything he or she likes for five days a week, with a calorie limit of 2,000 calories for women and 2,500 for men. On the other hand, women can only consume up to 500 while men can consume up to 600 calories for the remaining two days. Compared to other dieting apps, the Complete 5:2 offers a four-week recipe and exercise plan that monitors one's calorie intake and weight loss.

Meanwhile, Diet Assistant - Weight Loss also offers a wide range of meals to suit any diet program. Similar to MyFitnessPal, a user is required to enter information including target weight. Each diet plan comes with a nutritional facts, shopping list, a built-in body mass index (BMI) calculator, and weight graph to help track weight loss progress.

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