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Diet and Nutrition: Tablet Computers continued...

Fitness apps can help you sneak in a workout at home or while traveling. You can train for a triathlon, choose from hundreds of yoga poses, get a weight training workout, or bring a belly dancing routine with you the next time you're on the road.

Do you need a little motivation to get going on all of these? Why not download your favorite fitness magazine with some expert nutrition, exercise and motivation tips to get started? If your interests center on diet and weight loss, eating out or working out, chances are good that there's a tablet application out there to help you do it.

Healthy Eating on the Go: Web Sites, Blogs, Podcasts and More

Getting digital help with your diet is not just all about the apps. The Internet offers a variety of ways you can help yourself eat right on-the-go or at home. Including:

Web sites. Many restaurant and fast food chains provide extensive nutrition guides on their web sites. These guides break down the calorie, fat, sugar, carb, and cholesterol counts in your favorite dishes, combo meals, or to-go items.

Government web sites such as the USDA feature calorie calculators and food safety information such as food recalls, safe food handling, and other useful information.

Blogs. Pick a city from Cincinnati to San Francisco, and you can find a food blog covering topics ranging from eating out gluten-free or finding a great vegetarian spot, to tips on making farm field trips or keeping locally grown produce fresh.

Podcasts. These audio or video files that can be downloaded to your smart phone, tablet, or music player can be anywhere from a few minutes to hours long. You can find podcasts that cover health topics as varied as strategies for healthy eating on-the-go, tips to adopt healthy habits, how to manage stress and overcome exercise barriers, and hints on eating right when you have diabetes.

4 Tips for Finding the Healthy Eating App You Want

It's great that there's so much diet and nutrition help online, but it won't do you any good if you don't know where to find it. To help you locate useful smart phone and tablet apps, expert blogs, and software, try these simple tips:

  • Check with the manufacturer of your device. Some companies have their own standalone software for helping you locate eating out, diet, nutrition, and weight loss apps, while others let you search for applications via their web site.
  • Use your favorite search engine. In your search terms, be sure to include the type of device you're using. For example: you could search using the phrases "nutrition application, Android" or "calorie counter application, iPhone."
  • Check out customer and professional review web sites. Lots of weight loss, diet, and fitness applications are free, but some can cost, so reviewing web sites can help you narrow down which apps may be worth the price.
  • Talk to friends. Even if friends don't use the same hardware you do, they can make recommendations. Some apps work on multiple platforms, so if your best buddy has a cool calorie counter application on their Windows 8 phone, that same company might also make a calorie counter for your iPhone.