Losing weight and getting healthy is a huge commitment and if you don’t take the time and energy to track your progress and your goals, the chances of you falling off the “health bandwagon” are great. Rather than fail at your weight loss goals, why not use a tool to track those goals that’s at your disposal 24/7?
Here are the 10 must-have weight loss apps you shouldn’t live without,
One of the hassles of trying to lose weight is knowing what food is actually good for you to eat. With Fooducate, you can learn more about healthy foods and instantly see if foods are good for you by scanning a barcode with your iPhone or android.
You can scan food using the camera on your smartphone and see a grade for the food you are considering buying or eating. Forget trying to decipher the nutritional content based on a small area on the back of the box and look at a grade that will help you make smart decisions. You can also ask questions in the Fooducate community to learn about healthy foods.
MyFitnessPal is another popular app that helps you track your food intake, exercise and call on your friends to help keep you motivates. MyFitnessPal includes access to a million foods and items in a searchable database that lets you easily add your food log to your phone. Log your meals and how much water you drink every day, get motivation from other users, and keep track of your workouts. The app’s pro loaded with a food database of more than two million items, and remembers your choices as you log them.
Pact is a free app that keeps you on track to work out, eat more veggies or log your food by putting money on the line. You choose how much to put on each Pact that you make. If you perform the tasks you promise to do, you will earn money with the app – from $0.30 to $5 a week.
But if you don’t keep the pact, the app will debit your bank account for the money you put on the pact. You can start with a small amount, or up the stakes to keep yourself motivated to eat more veggies, work out or just log your food.
4. LOSE IT!
Lose It! is like your personal health coach who gives you exercise challenges, healthy recipes, and charts your progress as you work towards your goals. Fans of the buddy system will love being able to share their weight loss triumphs and crowd-source food choices.
5. Nike+ Training Club
If you don’t know where to start with a new workout that will help you lose weight, you can use the Nike Training Club app.
This app helps you chose a workout or a four-week program that will help you get lean. There are over 100 workouts and the app can help beginners, intermediate or advanced users. You can even use the app on your tablet or on your TV, so that you can train the way that it works for you. The TV part works with AirPlay, ChromeCast or a HDMI cable.
6. Google Fit
Google Fit is a free weight loss and fitness app from Google that helps you track your activity simply by carrying your Android phone. This also works with devices like Android Wear smartwatches. You can also connect apps to the service to extend the tracking and fitness.
This app can help you track your weight, your daily activity and specifically the daily heart healthy activity. With a goal to move 60 minutes each day and a pedometer goal, there are multiple ways to help push you to move more while you go about your day, even when you can’t get to a gym.
7. My Food Diary
Feeling indecisive? My Food Diary offers seven different ways to reach your weight loss goals, from daily color-coded reports that show what types of nutrients you’re getting, to a digital refrigerator of the foods you eat most often. Log your choices in an expert-compiled database and calculate calories burned for more than 700 activities.
8. Weight Watchers
The Weight Watchers app is a great tool for losing weight, but it is pricier than the other options with monthly fees of $19.95 depending on your subscription. There is a lot that you get from this subscription, and offers to join for free that you should check out.
9. 7-Minute Workout
You are a busy person without a lot of time to work out. You might not be able to go to the gym to work out, which is where the NYT 7-Minute Workout app comes in to play. This is a scientific workout that maximizes your time spent exercising by delivering the Scientific 7-Minute Workout and the Advanced 7-Minute Workout.
This high-intensity workout can help keep your appetite in control, improve metabolic health and cardiovascular health.
When you’re following a specific diet plan, figuring out where to eat out can be a major pain. So HealthyOut does it for you—simply plug in your dietary restrictions and location, then filter by cuisine or type of dish (even the kind you don’t want, like salad), and it’ll churn out nearby options—along with detailed nutrition info for any dish you’re interested in.