When you’re struggling to lose those extra pounds and improve your health in the process, you can never get too much help. The app stores are full to the brim with apps for fitness tracking, calorie counting, dieting, meal planning and anything else that might aid someone’s weight loss efforts.
The truth is, both Android and iOS do not lack apps in the weight loss segment and while you certainly won’t be shedding pounds just by launching them on your phone if you use them right, they can make all the difference.
I’m not saying it’s easy to lose weight (I went through the process a few years ago myself) but if you decide to use your smartphone for this purpose, you might just be in for a surprise. Weight loss apps can make things much easier and some of them even more enjoyable, so you will continue to stick to your weight loss goals without falling into depression.
The best mobile apps that can help you lose weight
Today’s roundup features a diverse collection of apps that can assist you during your weight loss journey and each of them is quite brilliant at fulfilling its purpose so go ahead and check them out. If you already using some of them or decide to try a few new ones, come back to let us know which ones are your favorites!
Without trying to imply exercise is not important, I feel like knowing what’s good to eat and what’s not is the first thing one needs to learn and not just to lose weight, but also to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Fooducate is a comprehensive app that can show you the nutritional profiles of the foods you want to eat.
Furthermore, it allows you to scan product barcodes while you’re at the grocery store to find out if the foods you want to buy, contain any unhealthy ingredients. Nevertheless, this is just the tip of the iceberg as Fooducate is also a calorie, exercise and intake tracker, plus it has a great community ready to answer any questions you might have.
MyFitnessPal Calorie Counter (iOS, Android)
While calorie counting is not for everyone and weight loss can be achieved without it, those who need a little structure when it comes to daily food intake can rely on MyFitnessPal Calorie Counter.
The app has an extensive database containing over 6 million foods, a barcode scanner and a recipe calculator that can make meal planning a cinch. What’s more, it can also track your weight loss progress, fitness activities and allows you to set custom diet goals.
If logging your meals in a food diary can help you become more aware regarding your portion sizes and food choices, Noom Coach lets you quickly input meals and it will automatically show how many calories they contain, sparing you the daunting math tasks.
Also, the app gives you suggestions on how you can easily make your lifestyle healthier, one step at a time. Finally, the app lets you join groups of people that are also using it, where you can exchange experiences but also get a bit of motivation and helpful advice.
HealthyOut (iOS, Android)
Perhaps one of the greatest challenges as you’re trying to lose weight, is to keep unhealthy food choices at a minimum, and that’s particularly difficult when you’re eating out or ordering food.
Since giving up on socializing is not a great idea long term, an app like HEalthyOut can help you find the healthiest foods available at a large number of restaurants according to your specifications. All you need to do is enter your address and then you can narrow down results by setting a specific cuisine, ingredients, dietary restrictions and/or a certain dish you want to eat.
Lose It! can make it very easy to start your weight loss journey (or pick up from where you left it) as once you add some essential information about yourself like height, weight, and weight goal, the app will generate a recommended daily calorie intake.
Then, you can use it to track your food intake, find healthy meal recipes, use the built-in barcode scanner to find healthier products at the grocery store, track your progress thanks to integration with third-party fitness apps and much more. The premium $30 yearly subscription is also worth it if you’re truly a health-conscious person as it adds extra tracking features such as for hydration, body fat, and sleep.
Whether you’re consistently hitting the gym a few times per week or you’re just about to jump on the fitness bandwagon, Sworkit provides short, yet effective workouts you can do at home (or anywhere else) and without special equipment.
There are lots of workout types available – it can be anything from a few simple stretches to cardio, strength training or yoga. If you want to take things one step further, the app allows you to create custom workouts and make them as long as you want. On top of that, the workouts come with great videos that teach you how to perform the exercises properly. The $2.99 monthly subscription removes ads and allows you to get advice from trainers as well as access to exclusive workouts and additional customization options.
Pact (iOS, Android)
When all else fails motivation-wise, perhaps earning some cash for all the efforts you make to lose weight and/or maintain a healthy lifestyle can do the trick and keep you going. As difficult as this might seem to believe, there is an app that actually rewards you when you achieve one of your set goals, but you can also lose money if you fail to complete it.
Pact will track your food intake and workouts and you can select the amount of money for each Pact you create. Don’t get too excited – you won’t get rich by eating lots of kale, but Pact does let you earn as much as $5 a week for all your hard work.
Diet Point Weight Loss (iOS, Android)
Healthy eating can definitely help with weight loss but so can following a specific diet plan. If you’re not sure which weight loss program is right for you, Diet Point Weight Loss can help you figure it out.
The app includes extensive information on more than 130 diets as well as meal plans and shopping lists to make things as easy as possible when you decide to follow a specific program.
Endomondo is an interesting app designed to motivate you to become more active. To begin with, it will ask you to take a fitness test to evaluate your fitness level. Based on that information, Endomondo will come up with a custom exercise plan.
Furthermore, the app will use your phone’s GPS to track your workouts and various other fitness activities from running to cycling and skiing. While you’re working out, Endomondo will send you notifications when you’re close to achieving a new personal record or to give you feedback on your distance and pace. It also syncs flawlessly with various popular wearables like Android Wear, Apple Watch, Garmin, and Pebble.