There’s an App for That

Smartphone apps to help you lose weight.

Is your phone smart enough to help you lose those extra pounds? With the advent of applications available at the touch of a button, weight loss advice, accountability, and tools are at your fingertips day or night, 24/7. The good news is most of them are free or cost only a few dollars. Studies have shown the effectiveness of apps for lasting weight loss. So grab your smartphone, download an app today, and get moving.

Here’s a list of a few popular weight loss apps out there.

Lose It!

A free app, Lose It! helps you reach your diet, exercise, sleep, nutrition, and weight loss goals in several ways. You set goals and the app makes a plan for you to reach them. Record the foods you eat and you’ll see a breakdown of the nutrients and calories you consume. Track the exercises you do and the app shows how many calories you burned.

In addition, this app allows you to use your phone to scan the barcodes on food packages for nutrition information, find healthy recipes, and track your progress. Also, since accountability is key to lasting weight loss, it allows you to share your success stories on social media.

MyFitnessPal

Another popular weight loss app, MyFitnessPal allows you to track the calories you eat with an extensive database of more than 3 million foods and their calorie equivalents. Since food journaling is a proven way to lose weight, an app like this can be extremely helpful. It’s simple, easy to use, and free. Bar code scanning makes the process even easier. Share your weight loss success on social media sites.

Endomondo

The basic version is free and the upgraded Pro version only costs a few dollars. Whether you run, cycle, kayak, or walk, Endomondo allows you to track your distance, pace, and route with the GPS, the duration of your workout, and the number of calories you burned.

Linking to other users is a way to challenge and motivate each other. Turn on the audio coach to prod you along and keep you informed of your progress. Find graphs and training tips to enhance your workouts.

Fitocracy

Have a competitive side? This app is for you—especially if you love video games that allow you to level up. Download the free Fitocracy app and compete against other players in your fitness endeavors. Share workout ideas, advice, and motivational stories.

All players start on level one but the longer and harder you workout, the sooner you advance to the next level. Track every activity, whether running on the treadmill, doing push-ups, or having a dance party. Each activity is worth points. The more points you earn, the higher your level. Turn fitness into fun!

What’s Your Fav?

These are just a few of the thousands of fitness and weight loss apps available in the palm of your hand. Since tracking your progress, food journaling, and accountability with others are proven ways to help you reach your health goals, why not start utilizing one or two of these apps today?