I love my smart phone. It’s such an amazing little device and there really is an app for just about anything. And there are plenty of smart apps that can help you reach your weight loss goal. Here are five of my favorites. Check them out and see if they can’t help you eat better, move more and melt off those extra pounds.
My Fitness Pal
My Fitness Pal is a website, online community and mobile app that allows you to track your food, calories, workouts and weight. I love how easily the app integrates with the website. It makes it easy to use your computer to do anything that involves a lot of typing (for example when you first start to enter and track the food you typically eat).
Then you can use the app to continue tracking on the go and check your stats. The online community has a wealth of information and support built in. There is a huge database of foods for you to work with and it’s free for both iPhone and android devices.
The FitBit app itself is free, but only works with a Fitbit device. A fitbit is a pedometer or step counter on steroids, giving you all sorts of great data. Find out how many steps you walk, how many flights of stairs you climb and even how well you sleep at night. It’s a nice motivational tool to get you moving more.
Much like My Fitness Pal it also lets you track your food and other exercise. You can also track your weight and compete with other fitbit users to see how much you can walk in a day.
My personal favorite is the little badges you get (via email) for various different accomplishments like reaching your daily goals and all-time steps walked. It’s very motivating and keeps me going.
Pedometer And Weight Loss Coach
This app uses your phone’s built in pedometer to do what a Fitbit device does. This works great if you have you phone on you most of the day.
The app interface is very simple and easy to use. Set some goals, start tracking how much you move and keep going. Walking is one of the easiest exercises to do and it’s quite effective in getting you slimmed down and healthy.
Knowing your BMI is good way to know where you’re at with your weight and where you should be. But calculating Body Mass Index by hand can be a little daunting. The ideal weight app makes it easy to get an accurate calculation. You can also play around and see how many pounds you need to lose to get your BMI number to move down. It’s a nice tool to have to set milestones along your weight loss journey.
This is another app that allows you to track your food and how much you walk in a given day. What I love about this particular app is that it focuses on making new healthy habits instead of “going on a diet”.
This is by no means an all-inclusive list. There are plenty of other good apps out there. I chose the ones above because they are available for both iPhone and android devices.