In this day and age, technology continues to improve our way of life. Thanks to the evolution of mobile computing, we now have apps for every facet of our daily lives, and everything we need can be accessed right from the palm of our hands.
Since its launch in July 2008, Apple’s iTunes App Store has experienced exponential growth, from housing 65,000 apps in 2009, to a whopping 1 million apps in 2013. There are apps for keeping track of appointments, managing recipes, and just about anything else you can think to use your phone for. Of course, while there are some weird apps that get through, Apple’s screening process for apps is extensive, meaning only the best apps get through to consumers.
Still, though, some apps are better than others, especially when you’re trying to lose weight! Here are the 5 best health and fitness apps available on the iTunes App Store!
1. Noom Weight
As with other kinds of apps, the first thing that users notice about Noom Weight is its user interface. Upon launching the app, users are treated to a simple, minimalist design that’s pleasing to the eye. The text stands out from the background effectively, and the menus are easy to navigate.
The first time you launch Noom, it asks you for some information in order to build a profile for you. It asks you about your lifestyle (whether you move around a lot or maintain a sedentary lifestyle), your current weight, your weight loss goals, and your age. This then helps their integrated “coach” develop daily goals for you to follow throughout your weight loss journey.
As you start off with your weight loss program, Noom also suggests reading material that can help you make the process more effective, teaching users about caloric density and how to eat the right food. There’s also a daily step goal assigned, and an integrated pedometer that helps users build up to hitting the doctor-prescribed 10,000 steps per day.
The best part is, unlike most other calorie counting apps, Noom’s food database is fully integrated into the app itself, meaning you can check the calorie counts of food without being connected to the internet. The database could be improved though, as it still has a limited number of food.
Noom Weight is available for free, but a Pro upgrade is available, with subscriptions ranging from $4.99 to $49.99.
2. Lose It!
Another great-looking, simple, and easy-to-use app, Lose It! helps users lose weight by setting clear goals and incorporating a social aspect into the weight loss program.
Like Noom, Lose It! helps users determine a weight loss goal, as well as a daily calorie limit. However, what sets Lose It! apart from other weight loss apps is how it displays a counter for the number of days left until the user reaches his or her goal. With the iPhone 5s, the app can also be used as a pedometer, functioning as a great alternative to “wearable” technology.
One of the most innovative features of Lose It! lies in its connectivity. It allows users to form support groups by adding friends with similar weight loss goals. Propelled by the success of Facebook, many developers have begun integrating social features into their products. Alchemybet, creators of pocket fruity, say that allowing an app to access social features is something of a win-win for both the social networking site and the app itself. “By allowing these third parties access to the social graph,” says one of their blogs. “Facebook has enabled the games to become more compelling in what is a rather neat symbiosis”.
This effect is seen in full force in Lose It!, as its users not only get great support and motivation from sharing their progress with friends and family, but the app also gains exposure and more followers.
What My Fitness Pal lacks in design, it more than makes up for in content. My Fitness Pal has a database of over 3 million foods, accessible with an internet connection. Even the most obscure foods like native cuisine have corresponding caloric values in their database. The app has been featured in various publications as one of the best calorie counting apps available — and it’s completely free!
A great thing about MyFitnessPal is how all of the data you input gets synced to their servers, so if you find yourself having to update information using your computer, all you need to do is log into your account and continue as usual. My Fitness Pal actually has a social network of its own, allowing you to create a profile and post updates and connect with friends.
What was severely lacking in the previous two apps, however, was the ability to keep track of your progress with vital measurements. MyFitnessPal allows you to create a diagram of your weight, neck and hip measurements, so you can literally watch your weight go down as you continue your program.
4. Diet Point: Weight Loss
If you’re looking for something that doesn’t just keep track of the things you eat but actually suggests what food to eat, Diet Point: Weight Loss is the app for you. Over 5 million users have proclaimed the success that comes with following the guidelines set by the app, saying that with the recipes suggested by the app, it’s possible to lose 10 lbs in 10 days. It’s also been featured on Health.com as one of the apps with the highest success rates.
Diet Point provides users with a comprehensive diet plan that lists everything from shopping lists of ingredients to when to eat their next meals. It even estimates your weight loss based on your physical characteristics, and sends daily diet tips to help you get the most out of your diet.
The app is beautifully designed, and its recipes come complete with pictures. This is the perfect app for people who’d rather not waste money on diet meal delivery services and would rather cook up their own meals at home.
5. Fitness Buddy
Save on that personal trainer by downloading Fitness Buddy. For only $1.99, you’ll have access to 1700 exercises, instructions and even video tutorials on how to perform those crucial exercises. The app has been featured on the Jay Leno show, ESPN, and Lifehacker, and it’s been hailed as one of the best exercise apps available on the market.
Exercises are split into 8 categories: core, lower body, chest, shoulders, back, arms, cardio, stretches, so users will know which exercise to do depending on which part of their body they want to build up. There’s also a diverse selection of exercise routines to choose from, so you can get the most out of your exercise program. It also lets you track your body weight and metrics, as well as your body progress.
Thanks to apps like these, keeping track of weight loss or gain goals has never been easier. Your personal trainer is only ever a touch of a button away.