What Are The Best Weight Loss Apps and How Do They Work



We all know that losing weight is not only challenging to do but challenging to keep track of. Therefore, it may be worth trying to hold yourself accountable to your weight loss desires by using weight loss apps. This article will share and describe ten apps that can help set more efficient weight loss goals, keep you accountable, and help you track your progress. The best part is that once you learn about them all, you can decide which weight loss app is best for you


  • MyFitnessPal — best for sizing your portions and control
  • With its extensive database, recipe importer, and barcode scanner, MyFitnessPal offers nutritional information that is easily accessible. Even more, it is a free weight loss app. This app is used the most for its detail-oriented calorie tracking: it contains a massive database of six million food items (Bacharach, 2021)! Additionally, by tracking your food portions, MyFitnessPal does a great job of teaching you how important they are for successful weight loss (Bacharach, 2021). In addition to tracking your calories and portion control, this app also helps you make healthier choices by showing important nutritional information within seconds (Bacharach, 2021). 

  • WW (Weight Watchers) — best for community-based accountability 
  • Weight Watchers is popular as it will not restrict you from eating your favourite foods. Instead, it provides a fun weight loss system based on points (Jewell, 2020). The best part about this point-based weight loss system is that it connects you to a supportive community of people who have similar weight loss goals (Jewell, 2020). Indeed, being incorporated into such a motivated community will help you meet your weight loss goals and get those points (Jewell, 2020)! You can join by taking a personal assessment that matches you to a customized food plan based on your favourite foods (Jewell, 2020). 

  • Fitbit — best for those just starting a fitness program 
  • Fitbit makes it especially easy to track your calories burned, heart rate, and steps, so it is perfect for those trying to keep up with a specific fitness program (Bacharach, 2021). Additionally, Fitbit can access specific workouts (i.e., sessions focusing on cardio or strength training), nutrition information, and even meditation (Bacharach, 2021)! In addition, this app is excellent for fitness programs because you can pair it with any smartwatch or phone. The information logged into Fitbit is also a great motivator: your progress can be shared with other friends, allowing you to all take on challenges and celebrate your weight loss milestones as a community (Bacharach, 2021).

  • Noom — best for creating and maintaining healthy habits
  • Noom uses a psychology-based approach to help change negative mindsets and bad habits that stop you from successfully shedding weight (Smith, 2021). This app allows you to dominate your obstacles by building customized suggestions that will help you create healthier habits for long term weight loss (Smith, 2021). In addition, this app tracks your personalized weight, food, exercise, blood pressure, and blood sugar (Smith, 2021). It even accommodates medical conditions like diabetes or heart disease in its suggestions for healthier habits (Smith, 2021). 


  • MyNetDiary — best for specific diets (i.e., keto, low-carb, high-protein etc.)
  • Specific diets like keto, calorie deficit, low-carb, and high-protein are popular routes to successful weight loss. MyNetDiary is perfect for tracking these diets. It calculates how many calories are appropriate for you to lose weight and even tracks your nutrition afterwards to help you stay on track (Bacharach, 2021). Next, this app also provides you with all the “sciency” information you need to know to lose weight, such as macros, specific nutrients, and calories, which usually confuse people and demotivate them from losing weight (Bacharach, 2021).

  • SparkPeople — best for those just beginning their weight loss journey
  • If you don’t know where to begin your weight loss journey, this app provides you with a beginner’s framework: you input your food preferences and weight loss goals and get a custom meal plan (Bacharach, 2021). In addition to the custom meal plan, SparkPeople gives you recipes information about dieting that can be useful (Bacharach, 2021). For workouts, the app provides you with exercise demos from certified trainers that will spark new workout ideas and help you track your sets and reps (Bacharach, 2021). 

  • Lose It! — best for setting and tracking caloric goals
  • This app gives you the right tools to set the caloric measures suitable for you: a custom daily calorie budget, a barcode scanner, and a food database (Smith, 2021). The most valuable part of this app is that it even includes the calorie counts of popular restaurant meals (Smith, 2021). Users say that the $30 yearly subscription is worth it, as it allows you to learn a lot about where your nutrients come from without getting overwhelmed with useless information (Smith, 2021).

  • Healthie — best for contacting weight loss professionals (i.e., dietitians, personal trainers, etc.)
  • If you’re trying to contact any weight loss professional, healthie is the app for you. The app can connect you to anyone, from a personal trainer to a dietitian. The app also makes your interactions more efficient as it allows you to keep track of your weight loss progress with photos (Smith, 2021). Weight loss professionals say that tracking their clients’ progress with photos allows them to give better advice, increasing weight loss (Smith, 2021). 

  • iTrackBites — best for a customized weight loss plan 
  • This app is suitable for you if you’re looking for a free personalized weight loss plan that measures your progress. iTrackBites works by asking you to answer a few questions that will be the foundation for the weight loss plan it chooses for you (Jewell, 2020). This customized plan not only fits your preferences and schedule but comes with endless recipes, snack and drink suggestions, and a barcode scanner to track your progress (Jewell, 2020). The other unique thing about this app is that it syncs with popular fitness trackers such as Apple Watch or Fitbit, allowing you to track your progress more heavily (Jewell, 2020).

  • Fooducate — best for tracking nutrients
  •  Fooducate lives up to its name: its nutrition tracker educates you on how healthy each food you consume is. Namely, using its barcode scanner, you can scan whatever you are eating at the moment, and it will provide the nutrition information and a grade-based rating based on how ‘healthy’ it is (Bacharach, 2021). Next, the app provides you with additional information you might want to know, such as ingredients you may want to avoid (i.e., added sugars, artificial flavours, MSG etc.).

     

    References


    Bacharach, G. K. (2021, April 30). These Weight-Loss Apps Are Actually Extremely Legit For Building Healthy Habits. Retrieved from https://www.womenshealthmag.com/weight-loss/a19976103/best-weight-loss-apps/


    Jewell, T. (2020, August 24). Best Weight Loss Apps of 2020. Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/health/diet-and-weight-loss/top-iphone-android-apps#i-track-bites


    Smith, I. B. (2021, April 30). Check Out These Helpful Weight Loss Apps to Crush Your Goals This Year. Retrieved from https://www.prevention.com/weight-loss/a20468312/best-weight-loss-apps/


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    1. http://www.streethawk.com/blog/2016/03/mobile-growth-myfitnesspal/
    2. https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/reviewedcom/2020/01/09/noom-review/4422490002/
    3. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fooducate.nutritionapp&hl=en_US&gl=US
    4. https://www.loseit.com/

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