Intermittent fasting takes commitment, strict scheduling, and a lot of temptation-resisting. In other words, it’s not the easiest diet out there. To make things even trickier, once you decide to try it out, you still have to decide what kind of fasting you’re going to do: there’s alternate day fasting, the 16:8 diet (where you fast for 16 hours and eat in an 8-hour window), the 5:2 diet (where you eat normally five days a week and eat very few calories two days a week), the OMAD diet, eat-stop-eat, the Warrior Diet, the list goes on.
Does this all sound kinda complicated? Sure. But thankfully your smartphone or tablet is about to make it way simpler for you–as in, so simple you’ll barely even have to think about whether it’s time to eat or not. There’s no shortage of intermittent fasting apps designed to help you track your fasting hours and keep you on schedule, as well as keep tabs on your weight changes, with graphs and journaling. The only hard part is figuring out which app is your fave.
“When looking for an app for your intermittent fasting plan, first consider what your goals are,” says Erin Palinski-Wade, registered dietitian and author of Belly Fat Diet For Dummies. “Do you want the app to just track your fasting time? Track your progress? Or help you with meal planning?”
Once you’ve figured out what you want an app to do for you, it’s time to take a look at what’s out there. Here are 5 dietitian-approved intermittent fasting apps designed to make following any kind of IF plan easier.