The top 5 free Diet and fitness apps for iPhone and Android

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Track your calories and shed excess pounds with help from your smartphone...

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Nobody enjoys dieting, it's hard to stay motivated, annoying on nights out and generally a bit boring. But using a smartphone app can help you stick to your regime by offering guidance, tips, support from other users and a clear map of your progress.

Here are five of the best diet and fitness apps for Android and iPhone to help you stay in the zone...

MyFitnessPal (iPhone, Android)


Calorie-counting is an important way on monitoring your diet, but it can be tedious and tricky when you're out and about. Luckily calorie-tracking app, MyFitnessPal, has the calorie content of over 2 million foods, as well as fitness features, hundreds of exercises and the ability to create your own custom workout routine. Plus, you can search the calorie database by using your phone's camera to scan barcodes. Simple.

My Tracks (Android)


This Google app doesn't count calories or monitor your food, but it does make exercising more fun by recording your running or cycling routes, plotting the course on Google Maps, reporting statistics like maximum altitude and making it easy to share your fitness progress with friends.

Lose it! (iPhone)


Enter your current and target weight and this fun food-tracking app will help monitor your daily calorie intake and tell you how far off you are from reaching your goal. You can 'scan' in packaged foods to discover their health benefits and generate healthy meal ideas by telling the app what you've got in the fridge! There are lots of social options for getting support from friends and other users but its core functions can be used offline as well.

JEFIT (iPhone, Android)


Weight training is often neglected when exercising, particularly by women who may see it as a male-dominated activity, but building muscle is actually one of the best things you can do to lose weight. Increased muscle mass means more calories burnt. This app says it's designed by "serious bodybuilders" but don't let that put you off. It's packed full of great weight-training exercises and makes it easy for beginners to get started right away with loads of routines, or you can create your own.

Thin-Cam(iPhone, Android)


Calorie monitors and food diaries have their place, but the fatal flaw is that they require honesty and it's too easy to kid yourself about portion sizes and that sneaky lunch time biscuit. This 69p app allows you to take snaps of your meals, which are then uploaded to your profile. You can then get an appraisal of your eating habits from professionals, who will provide recommendations for changes to your diet.

Author Bio: Matt Powell has uncovered all these fab apps on behalf of Broadband Genie, where you can find the best iPhone deals and the latest smartphone news.

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