Best Keto Apps to Count Macros
Have you ever wanted to compare different Keto apps? There are so many apps out there it can be confusing to try and understand them all. I thought it might be helpful to compare and contrast the major Keto apps in one spot so that you could see what is available and what each Keto app offers. I polled both my Keto Facebook Page and my Keto Facebook group to get personalized feedback and have included those comments in this post as well. Although I don’t personally use an app to track macros, after reading about each, it is very interesting just how much information each provides. I could see how it would be very helpful, especially in the beginning. If you aren’t sure how to get started to even figure out your macros, the website I have seen recommended over and over to determine your macros is Ruled Me. You can find their keto calculator here. Otherwise, I have listed some of the Best Keto Apps for tracking macros below along with the cost, features, as well as feedback from our community when applicable.
Cost: Regular is free, but the premium is priced at $9.99 a month or $49.99 for the year
Features: In the free version you can track your diet, exercise, keep goals in view, connect with friends.
Premium features allow you to:
- Food analysis- You can see which foods you logged are the best or worst.
- Macronutrients by the gram- You can set macros by gram or percentage.
- Exercise calorie setting – You can track your exercise without changing your calorie or nutrient goals.
- See a macro breakdown for each meal that is logged into your account.
One of the most popular apps is My Fitness Pal, although it is not necessarily a Keto specific app. You’ll see tons of people using this app for several reasons. You can download My Fitness Pal for free, although there is also a paid version. You can add recipes yourself, import recipes from your favorite websites, scan barcodes, and it is also super user-friendly. The downside to either the free or paid version of My Fitness Pal is that it does not know to subtract fiber and sugar alcohols (if you subtract those) from carbs to get net carbs: therefore, you will need to do that calculation manually. It does show a nutritional breakdown with carbs and fiber so the information you need to calculate net carbs is in front of you, but it does require an extra step on your part to do the math.
When using the paid version of My Fitness Pal, you can narrow down your macros a little more than in your free version. The free version will allow you to change your macros in variations of 5%. It may take a while to get used to, but My Fitness Pal will help you with understanding your carb and macro intake.
- I use My Fitness Pal and love the free version but I did recently upgrade to the premium version and it was worth it to me.
- My Fitness Pal free version. It is super easy, you can customize it to the macros you need, you can scan, and create recipes. I also love that it has so much information, especially from restaurants.
- I use My Fitness Pal. It’s free. It’s user-friendly. You can scan barcodes. You can import recipes easily.
- I paid $50 annual fee for My Fitness Pal and it doesn’t calculate net carbs for you. Not worth it and I’m looking for another, cheaper app.
- I use MyFitnessPal and change my macros. If you turn your phone on its side, it breaks down your macros (you still have to manually subtract net carbs).
Cost: FREE but in app purchases available, the premium version is $3.34/month
Features: Most of the features available are only on the premium version. However, you can easily find recipes, smart analysis, health reports, view macros and nutrition per meal, and much more.
I have heard a lot of people say that they downloaded Carb Manager to help them on the Keto diet. It’s a specific Keto diet app that’s free to download. You can get the premium one for an additional cost per year. This varies from My Fitness Pal because Carb Manager was created for those who may be following a low carb or Keto lifestyle. Just like other data apps, you can track what you eat easily.
- Carb manager is a great straight to the point app and it’s free unless you want other features.
- I paid for the premium version to avoid limits on meals and ads. Carb manager is easy for newbies
- Carb Manager. I paid the smallest fee for unlimited entries so I could build my recipes and play with numbers, etc. The free version was cutting me off on a daily entry limit.
- Carb Manager- free. Like it better than MFP currently because I love the pie graph and macros at the top of the page.
- Carb manager! I love the label scan feature.
- Carb Manager. I paid to be able to have use of the whole app.
- I tried a few different ones and this one seemed the most user-friendly.
- Free version. Super easy.
- Carb manager! I love it! Tracks macros, logs meals, has recipes, keto forums, etc. I’m also able to track and compare my weight to my net carbs, ketone levels, glucose, and so on, using their graphing system. Breaks down calories by grams or percentage. Very helpful.
- Carb manager, it has let me log my blood sugar reading in the context of my meals. Great app!
Cost: Basic is $3.99 Premium is $8.99
Features: The Keto Diet App was created for those following a Ketogenic lifestyle. Many Keto dieters love this app net carbs can be tracked without having to do manual calculations, which is an important part of the Keto diet.
The advanced version allows you to plan meals, create your own meals, set carb limits, and sync data. The free version allows you to see at least 300 low carb recipes, explanation of the keto diet, and access to a blog with lots of info.
Again, many people like using this app because they can track weight, manually set goals, track measurements, and the food they’re eating.
- Keto diet- The first 90 days are free and then very cheap fee. I love it because of the ease of use and it lets me create meals.
Cost: 100% free
Features: Nutritional information, weight chart and journal, exercise diary, and a collection of healthy recipes. You don’t have to pay anything for this app and you can still track what you’re eating. This app helps you lead a healthy lifestyle by helping you track your exercise and food.
- Fat Secret…free & does the same as all the others. I just like the way it works better than the others I’ve tried.
Features: Want to succeed in the Keto diet? This app may be for you! You will get access to free recipes, offline reading, recipe suggestions, shopping lists, intuitive ingredient shopping, and even a Keto Diet Beginner’s Guide. You truly get all the Keto basics for FREE.
Features: This app may be simple and free, but it does have plenty of features. You can see macros, monitor electrolytes, get meal ideas, barcode scanning, find low carb items near you, restaurant menus, thousands of keto specific recipes, and record what you eat. It has a clean interface that is easy to control and you can share with friends.
- I use senza also, I love it. Especially for if we have to go out to eat. It’ll tell us what is keto friendly on the menu and let us track it easily. If it doesn’t have a recipe I can always add it and they normally update and save it sometime between the time I add and the next day. It gives great recipes also!
- Senza. The barcode scanner makes it easy to add food. It’s a free app too.
- I started with carb manager, but I wondered about my macros. I tried a few others but switched to senza. Love that it has free recipes with macro counts, gives advice & product tips, shows me my weight & macros in graph form and even gives me points for staying consistent. it will also let me track my exercise, just haven’t used that yet. Carb manager seemed to want to charge for the extras.
Features: With this app, you can track your food simply. You can also sync your devices, so you can track all your meals. Scan and search using their database to create meals and add your own foods. Not only does the Stupid Simple Keto app allow you to track your macros but it also warns you when you are getting close to your daily carb, fat, and protein limits. Set goals, take private selfies to follow your progress, and track your water intake are all added features that help you stay focused and on track.
- I like Stupid Simple Keto. Had the free part but wanted more options like scanning stuff in and paid for the premium option but DON’T DO IT! It barely recognizes anything and you have to input it manually! Annoying! Money not well spent. Ah well. I still like the app.
- Stupid simple Keto, I can scan in or add foods I eat, they have recipe ideas, this app works for me because it shows what my macros should be as well as what they actually are. It’s a one time low fee app.
- I paid the 10 dollars. So worth it. (You can use free, but the free version doesn’t allow you to scan in foods.)
- I’ve tried a few and Stupid Simple Keto is my favorite.
- Stupid Simple Keto-I’m not very technology savvy and I find it uncomplicated enough for my needs
Cost: Free version or in app purchase that is $2.99 to download. There is also a gold version that’s $5.99 a month or you can pay annually or twice a year.
Features: When it comes to paid apps, Cronometer is one that can help you with the tracking of your diet and fitness. They have a wholefood database of 200,00 + foods that helps you track your micronutrients and it calculates net carbs, so no manual calculations are necessary. This app is great for support of people on specialized diets, like the ketogenic diet.
- I paid for the gold version to avoid limits on meals and ads. Cronometer is great to see the nutritional aspect of your keto meals and helps avoid low nutritional meals/snacks (ie fat bombs) and makes you realize the vitamins/minerals you need!!
- I use Cronometer, it does net carbs and it allows me to track exercise.
Features: CarbMaster is a simple app to track carbs and other nutrition. It offers features such as daily goals, food search, add custom food, and log weight and set goals.
- Carb Master…although it disagrees with other macro counters slightly. It’s working well, though.
- Carb Master is super easy and it tracks net for you!
- Carb Master…so EASY and quick to use to use!
Features: Baritastic says that it is for Bariatric patients, but it has a lot of good features that would help anyone on the Keto diet. You can track your nutrition and water. You can get daily reminders for things like taking your vitamins and eating your meals. You can even upload photos and have a journal of sorts to track things during your progress.
- I use baritastic. Free. Very user-friendly.
- It’s completely free and so user-friendly. Not only does it track my foods, it tracks my pounds lost and inches lost. I can scan in foods or I can manually enter them. I can also enter ingredients of a recipe and it will figure out the macros for me. I love it!!
While these are some of the major apps available for the Keto diet, they don’t all offer the same features. Be mindful of what you will get when you pay for an app versus when an app is free. Of course, tracking macros is not required. Many people, like myself, just count net carbs and are successful while others really like having the accountability of an app to help them stay focused. Each person is different as is each path to a healthy lifestyle change. As always my philosophy is for each person to do what fits best into their life.
Other Great Keto Resources:
- Best Keto Resources for Beginners
- Why I Don’t Track Macros on Keto
- The Very Best Basic Keto Grocery List
- Sings You are in Ketosis
- Amazon Keto Shopping List
- Top 16 Keto Items to Buy at Walmart
- Costco Keto Shopping List
- Sam’s Club Keto Shopping List
- Keto ALDI Grocery List
- Target Keto Shopping List