If you're trying to improve your eating habits, weight or overall health, you may be considering a smartphone app to track your daily calories. We have found some of the best calorie-counter apps on the market and compiled them below to help you decide which one is worth a download.

1. MyFitnessPal Calorie Counter and Fitness Tracker

Many people will tell you this is the best free calorie counter app around — and it’s because there's a lot to like about MyFitnessPal. It conveniently tracks not only your weight and exercise, but your calories as well. With access to a community of friends, you can share information and encouragement with others striving for the same goals. You can also scan bar codes (a great feature while you're shopping) and store your information in the Cloud so it's available to you via computer or mobile device.

MyFitnessPal also features an extensive food database that includes many restaurant menu items. It's an intuitive app that learns your eating preferences quickly, saving you time when you have to type in the same foods over and over again. To provide a constant update on the calories you have left to consume in a day, it also estimates the calories you burn off while exercising.

Coolest feature: A database of over 3 million foods and access to 300 exercises in a comprehensive free calorie counter.
Downside: The huge database can be difficult to wade through.

Free for iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry.

2.  Calorie Counter PRO by MyNetDiary

Calorie Counter PRO is very similar to MyFitnessPal — it has an efficient bar code scanner, tracks your exercise habits and provides access to an online community. But Calorie Counter PRO also has a few additional features that just might make it your pick for best calorie counter app. It monitors a wide variety of personal data, including sleep, hydration, blood pressure and body measurement and provides access to a registered dietician to answer your questions.

There's also a stored food diary and a ton of recipes in Calorie Counter PRO. You can search for nutritional information on the web and the food database is always available for access, whether you’re on or offline. In addition to all of these features, its user interface is much nicer and easier to use than its popular competitors.

Coolest feature: Take a snapshot of the nutrition facts on a package of food and it will be added to your database.
Downside: Smaller database (590,000 foods) and price.

$4 for Android and iOS

3. Pertinacity

If you're a minimalist looking for the best calorie counter app with no bells and whistles, try Pertinacity. This app uses an adaptive algorithm to gradually lower the amount of calories you consume, changing your eating habits while you lose weight. With no profiles to create, no exercise records to keep and an easy way to "eyeball" food quantities, this is an astonishingly easy app to use.

Coolest feature: Simple interface and ease of use make it more likely you'll stick with the program.
Downside: Not currently available for Android.

$.99 for iPhone

4. Fitocracy Macros

By far the best calorie counter app for the serious athlete, Fitocracy Macros is the only calorie app on the market that monitors macronutrients. Enter the amount of carbs, fats and proteins in a meal, name the meal for future reference, and find out how much your body needs for the rest of the day.

Fitocracy Macros tracks your eating history and provides you with weekly averages for macronutrient and total calorie consumption. This is a relatively new app, so it's got some interesting upgrades in the works. Looking ahead, designers plan to add a macronutrient-oriented food database and the ability to track water, fiber and alcohol intake.

Coolest features: Accounts for rest days and training days and has full integration with Fitocracy app.
Downside: Without a food database, there's a lot of manual input.

Free for iOS and Android

5.  Calorie Counter by FatSecret

Here's another nice free calorie counter courtesy of FatSecret. Calorie Counter helps you set weight loss goals and monitor your success with calculations for daily caloric intake and calorie-burning exercise. It also provides healthy recipes to keep you on the right track.

Coolest feature:  Easy adjustment for varying portion sizes and daily goals.
Downside: You've got to provide all of your own motivation — there's no cheerleading here.

Free for iOS and Android

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