If you own a smartphone, you very well know that they are an inseparable part of our life. Does anyone disagree with me on this?
We use it for a whole lot of purposes- social media, chatting, games, photos, calling, Netflix, helping you wake up in the morning, make a schedule, etc. The uses are too many to think of.
Why not add one more use to the ocean of uses of this device? Using it to lose weight.
Wondering if that is possible?
Yes, it is, that is why I said it.
You know the answer. Weight loss apps!
Do they work?
Yes, if you are willing to work; though there are a lot of apps out in the market and not all of them work. The not so good ones aren’t based on enough research while the good ones have been made with proper research and backed by science. Don’t worry, I am here to guide you through this part.
To know if an app is good or not, you need to know the purpose that these apps serve in general. These apps help you in weight loss by keeping a track of your lifestyle; for example, how much calories do you consume? How much of it do you burn? How active you are?
This is the basic mechanism of such apps, now that doesn’t mean that different apps cant have certain unique features which makes it better off. And these are the ones that you want to use. So I have made a list of the best fitness apps that have some specific characteristics and features which makes them better than the others.
The first one in this list is the Calorie Counter by MyFitnessPal. A truly amazing app which is loved by people who have used it.
This app is not restricted to help you lose weight. The people who want to get a lean body, change their habits, be more healthy or make a change in their diet shouldn’t stay away from it. MyFitnessPal covers all of these. Its a too many benefits in a single download type of thing.
It has a barcode scanner to log foods with already 6+ million foods present in its database. It offers you the convenience of checking the horoscope in terms of nutrition of the food that you eat.
The MyFitnessPal tracking feature keeps a note of everything- what you eat, how much you eat, whats your requirement and guides you through it. All you need to do is set your goal, be it weight loss, weight management or even weight gain.
Connecting with friends and joining the MyFitnessPal community, which is a feature of this app will give rise to a healthy competition which will motivate you to achieve your goals. You can connect it with other apps and devices to reap better benefits.
- Data for foods are also entered by other users, so it is not necessary that is completely correct every time.
Use this app to count your calories and lose weight. Lose it makes use of the proven principles of calorie tracking to help you achieve your goals.
It sets up your calorie chart as per your body and your weight loss goals. So of course, the journey set up by Lose It for a person wanting to lose 10 pounds will be different from a person wanting to lose 20 pounds.
This app lets you scan the nutritional values of the food that you are eating. It possesses a database of over 7 million foods, including the restaurant and branded ones.
Lose It has various weight loss and exercise challenges which you can participate in. you can even create your challenges and motivate your friends and ask them to join you. When you have some person or friend who is doing the same thing, it can increase your interest and motivation towards that thing. You can interact and ask questions which will make you better.
One major advantage of this app is that it lets you connect apps and devices like Fitbit tracker to it which makes it even better off.
What it lacks?
- It does not keep an account of the vitamins and minerals that you consume.
Leap Fitness Group
The app is titled lose belly fat in 30 days- flat stomach. So yes, it challenges you but helps you to lose fat in 30 days! This app is great if you want to lose some inches on your waist. Leap Fitness Group encourages you to begin your routine and keep a track of your progress.
It helps you lose weight in a few weeks by doing just 10 minutes of short but effective fat burning workouts a day. Those fat burning workouts include a range of aerobic exercises and scientifically proven workout plans which you can choose from. The workouts have different difficulty levels which makes it suitable for both beginners and professionals.
It gives you the right amount of push according to your level which you won’t make you quit but keep going with it. These workouts do not even require any equipment or coach. This app itself has video and computerized voice guidance to get your moves correct which makes up for a virtual coach.
- It does not offer a customized diet plan according to your requirements of macros, though it offers health tips to help you develop your own plan.
There are numerous apps of Leap Fitness Group. The one that I have mentioned above and 30-day fitness challenge- workout at home are the best.
Plan your diet, count the calories and calculate the macros, discover and eat healthy and ultimately achieve your goal with this one single app- Lifesum.
If you want to follow the keto diet for weight loss, this app will guide you through that diet. Nothing different for high protein or even vegan. It’s a master of the diets and will help you find the diet that will suit you.
Like many other apps, this one too has a barcode scanner for the food. It offers a weight loss and diet plan which suits you along with the macro and calorie tracker.
You can integrate it with other fitness tools such as Google Fit to rock your fitness journey.
- Some of the food ratings can be wrong.
- This app works best with a premium membership.
Does this weight loss app tell you the secret of gaining fat? Well, you know the secrets- basically eating unhealthy foods and not being active. And if you continue with this, then this is the reason you won’t lose weight, doesn’t matter how many fitness apps you try out.
For example, FatSecret will just help you to keep a track of your exercise, eating habits using its database, but it’s you who need to make the effort.
Otherwise, all of its features such as letting you know the nutrition of different foods, the barcode scanner, the image recognition feature are of no use.
It partners with other tools and apps to make itself even better for you.
On top of this, you get a community of people with similar goals as yours, willing to support you and motivate you, also wanting to hear about your progress and success.
SparkPeople has some features similar to MyFitnessPal. It lets you log on your daily meals, has a large database of over 3 million food items, a barcode scanner for keeping a track of the nutritional values of the packed foods and finally an exercise and workout feature.
Like MyFitnessPal, it’s your personal diet and exercise coach.
It gives you the option of customizing meal plans and workouts as per your requirement. It has the demos of exercise performed by the trainers and calories charts; gives you a report of your progress by counting the calories you burn and keeping a track of your workouts. Won’t this keep you motivated to work harder?
The guidance by the SparkPeople’s fitness experts in the form of fitness articles will help you to know more about health and fitness, which will forbid you from doing something that will not result in anything.
After all, its a community so don’t expect to not get support from other members. The colleagues will be there to guide and lift you up when you are stuck in hard times.
- You can experience difficulties in navigating through the app and find what you need.
- Sometimes it is not that accurate in calculating the macros.
This one too creates a diet plan, has a food diary and a calorie counter.
It lets you plan your meals in advance and suggests tweaks so that you can meet your daily requirement of macros.
It does support keto and other types of diets. If a certain type of food is not present in its database to get the nutritional value, snap it and you will be provided with the nutritional values. For packed foodstuffs, it has a barcode scanner.
You can link it to various fitness devices such as Fitbit to keep a track of your workout and calorie burning progress. MyNetDiary is not limited to keeping a track of your weight loss, it is also designed to keep a check of your health by maintaining a track of your blood pressure, cholesterol, heart rate, medical test results with the help of custom trackers.
- You need to pay to sync other devices to it.
- This app still develops some technical errors, though they are continuously rectified by the company.
This app is completely different from others on the list as it focuses on yoga for weight loss and healthy living. So all the yoga fans out there, you are ready to rock.
Yoga not only helps you in controlling your weight and improving your posture, but it also has other benefits in the box for your mind and body. Yoga has immense health benefits making the different approach of this app truly amazing and worth it.
Daily Yoga is the perfect yoga guide for all the levels, that is a beginner to advanced. It is a complete guide of the yoga poses with voiced instructions, also has many yoga classes and workshops that are updated regularly. It has certain types of music which will set the atmosphere to get you involved in yoga.
Daily Yoga conducts online classes of various yoga experts on a regular basis which obviously will improve your bond with yoga.
- Being an app completely devoted to yoga it does have any content related to meal planning, eating habits and diet.
Nike Training Club
Yes, the weight loss app by Nike! The Nike master trainers themselves are here for you. Nike Training Club offers a wide range of workouts from endurance and strength to even yoga. The workouts are designed in such a way that you can do them anytime, anywhere. Workouts for all levels and intensity are available.
The collections target specific goals. ‘A 6-week guide to get lean’ is one of them.
- The new update doesn’t allow you to plan your workouts based on the collections anymore. This seems to doesn’t go well with the people who have been using it. It will be great if the issue gets solved.
My Diet Coach
A weight tracker and calorie counter app which keeps a note of your diet plan along with constantly motivating you with the help of photos, tips, and even rewards.
My Diet Coach will help you achieve your goals by helping you to track your progress, make necessary changes in lifestyle including the food habits and exercising. It won’t let you lose your motivation to shed pounds.
It has a visual weight tracker and daily challenges program feature which will help you improve your nutrition and workout routine ultimately leading to fat loss. The barcode scanner lets you know the nutritional value of foods. You must have guessed that this feature is present in most of the calorie counter apps.
It even has a water tracker to keep a note of your daily water intake. Drinking optimum water is very much necessary for losing weight. It speeds up your metabolism, helps in proper digestion and flushing out the toxins from the body.
HealthifyMe focuses on your weight loss, health, diet plan and also has the calorie counter feature to assist them.
To achieve weight loss and other health goals, you get a customized plan to follow which you can always keep a check of with the help of its calorie and macronutrients counting feature. HealthifyMe creates your customized plan according to your BMI and health data, so you don’t get confused as to where to start from.
Its food and fitness tracker are there to encourage you to stick to your healthy food and workout habits.
You can check the macros of the meal that you are eating by simply logging it in.
It has the water tracking notification to let you remind to drink enough water which is necessary for losing weight.
Even after all these features, if you feel that something is lacking out, you can always connect with their nutritionists and instructors for a one on one coaching.
What it lacks:
- A large part of its nutrition database is pertaining to the Indian dishes.
- It lacks the sub-categorization of nutrients. For example, fats into saturated and unsaturated fats.
7 Minute Workout
A workout app. The name says it all. Its 7-minute workout is scientifically proven to improve your cardiovascular system along with weight loss.
Can this app help you change the structure of your tummy?
Strengthing your abdominal muscles and developing abs is not a big deal if you follow this app and are dedicated to achieving your goal. The 7-minute workout is based on HICT (High-Intensity Circuit Training) which is a very safe and efficient way to improve your fitness.
Reminding you to do the workouts and offering voice guidance for proper workouts has to be one of the features. Although, it does lack a few things.
- Like the other apps, it does not offer a complete weight loss program including covering the exact diet, workouts, schedules, etc. It is just a workout app offering a workout program.
- You need to devise your eating habits on your own. One solution for this combining this app with some other app in this list which can guide you through your diet.
Although the apps have certain cons (there is always a scope for improvement in everything), these weight loss apps can actually work better in helping you to lose weight as compared to using a diary for it. An app will keep an accurate note of everything, give you better calculations and will never let you forget things. A diary won’t remind you to do a certain task right?
That being said, in the end, it is you who need to take the pain to make everything work out and achieve your fitness goals. Otherwise, using even the best fitness apps won’t lead to anything.