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The Best Weight-Loss Apps

posted by Suzanne Kantra on July 18, 2011 in Health and Home, Phones and Mobile, Mobile Apps, Android Apps, iPhone/iPad Apps, Health & Fitness, Guides & Reviews :: 4 comments

I'm one of those yo-yo dieters. My motivation goes, the pounds creep on and it’s depressing, especially when it's prime swimsuit season. So this time I decided to stop the upward swing before it gained momentum and consult Ariane Hundt, nutritionist and founder of Brooklyn Boot Camp, about what helps people keep on track.

FitnessBuilder

1. Set Measurable Goals

Have a starting point and an end point with measurable results (body weight, inches, body fat) and before and after pictures will give you something to look forward to. But don’t set 50 pounds as your goal, cautions Hundt. Set more modest goals more frequently, and be sure to incentivize yourself with a non-food reward each time you achieve a goal. For tracking your goals try FitnessBuilder ($9.99 on iTunes).

 

Nike Boom

Nike Boom

2. Share Your Progress

If you have people who are going for the same goal as you, then you are much more likely to achieve that goal than if you pursued it alone, observes Hundt. So pick a group that will support you, commenting on your accomplishments and making you feel good about them. Workout apps with a social networking hook include Nike BOOM (free on Android Market and iTunes), LoseIt (free on iTunes) and Digifit (free on iTunes).

 

Nike Training Club

Nike Training Club

3. Don’t Overdo It

So what good is running for three hours, if you then overeat because you overdid it, says Hundt. It’s about finding the right balance between exercise and eating. A manageable exercise schedule will serve you better in the long run. Great programs are available through Nike Training Club (free on iTunes) and Adidas miCoach (free on Android Market and iTunes) apps.

 

MyNetDiary

MyNetDiary

4. Track Carbs, Protein and Fat

Metabolically there is a big difference between eating 100 calories of cookies and eating 100 calories of chicken. The sugar signals your body to store fat, whereas the chicken makes you feel full and tells your body to burn fat. The protein found in chicken also aids your muscles to get lean and strong. Hundt also recommends building in “cheat meals” twice a week to keep your metabolism from slowing down. Check out calorie counting apps like MyNetDiary ($3.99 on iTunes and Android Market) and DailyBurn (free on iTunes and Android Market) to learn how much you’re actually consuming and whether you’re getting right amounts of carbs, protein and fat.

 

Water Alarm

Water Alarm

5. Stay Hydrated

Dehydration can stall fat loss, make you feel sluggish and trigger overeating. In fact, many people think they are hungry when they're really just thirsty. So it’s important to drink plenty of water. Drink More Water! (free on Android Market), Drink Water Beta (free on Android Market) and Water Alarm ($0.99 on iTunes) help you track your water consumption.


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All this is one app

From DishyDish on September 13, 2011 :: 12:28 pm

Just download the SparkPeople app at http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=1279
It does everything in the 1 - 5 list plus much more!!!

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Useless

From Leah on May 06, 2015 :: 11:18 am

Recent studies have shown these apps don’t tend to be very effective regardless of functionality. You must develop habits that promote an overall healthy lifestyle. That’s the ONLY way to achieve permanent weight loss, and it’s fundamental to every truly successful weight loss strategy. In fact, check out the following article that does a wonderful job of explaining the key factors in an effective, long-term weight loss strategy: fatfreeme.net/big5

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SparkPeople

From MeliDe on January 14, 2012 :: 3:58 pm

I agree, SparkPeople is the best, it’s free, does all the above & more.

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Cronometer is great for tracking calories, macros, and nutrients

From Pete A. on February 08, 2015 :: 10:04 pm

I’ve tried all of the calorie counting apps and I always go back to Cronometer. It’s clean, easy to use, lightweight, and highly customizeable. And, they also track 100 different vitamins, minerals, and other micro nutrients. This is particularly useful for fat loss dieting since most people find that it’s easy to just eat the same stuff over and over again. You can be sure you’re not taking on any glaring nutrient deficiencies. The company is good too, they respond quickly to user inquiries. I’m really surprised it’s not way more popular than it currently is.

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