Losing weight is not an easy task for most people. This often requires significant lifestyle changes, including exercising or changing your diet to do so.
These changes may seem daunting, but they can be handled more easily using apps on your phone, wearables, and other smart devices.
Before we begin, let's acknowledge that many factors – including stress, hormone levels, and genetics – can affect your weight and efforts to change it. The technology can not influence all the factors that affect weight, but they can support two pillars that help many people change their weight: food intake and exercise.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to be considered as medical or healthcare advice. Always ask a doctor or other qualified health care provider if you have questions about a medical condition or health goals.
Best Weight Loss Apps
There is a seemingly endless list of iOS and Android apps that help you track the consumption and activity of your food. So you can make changes that affect your weight.
Calorie Tracking Apps
Let's start with the food. Lifting weights and cardio are important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but a balanced diet is just as helpful, if not more.
One way to do this is to catalog your meals. So you can track how many fruits, vegetables, cereals and meat you eat. It can also find ways to change the number of calories you eat.
Among the hundreds of food tracking apps, MyFitnessPal is one of the best. It simplifies the process of tracking your calorie intake, whether you're reducing calories or adding weight to weight loss to lose weight. The app is free and available for iOS and Android.
You first tell the app about your current weight, weight, gender, size, birth date, and daily activity level. Then the app calculates how many calories you should eat every day.
Once you have everything set up, you can log your meals. Food can be entered manually, selected from a user-created catalog of more than five million items, or even scanned using your phone's camera. You can even set reminders to make sure you never miss a meal. The app can also be linked to many popular fitness trackers from Fitbit, Garmin,and others.
MyFitness Pal also shows you a breakdown of your macronutrient intake, such as fat, carbs, and protein. These are important metrics to keep in mind when hoping to build muscle, stick to a low-carbohydrate diet, or focus on balanced meals.
Another popular option is Lose It, which is also available for iOS and Android. It offers features similar to MyFitnessPal, but also includes a cool feature that allows you to.
In combination with a balanced diet or alone, exercise is well established as a weight loss tactic. If you are just starting training or looking for ways to track the progress you are already making, there are a variety of apps to help you out.
Guided Training Apps
You do not have to sign up for a gym to lose weight. There are dozens of apps that offer guided workouts and coaching for free.
The Nike + Training Club app is one of the best because it offers over 100 free guided training videos for beginners to experienced veterinarians. The app also offers four-week exercise programs with different fitness levels to get leaner, firmer or stronger. Nike Training Club is available for free for Android and iOS.
Another option is Fitbit Coach, a free and paid Fitbit training platform offering guided video workouts and personalized fitness plans. The app has recently been redesigned to accommodate hundreds of new training videos and integrate with Fitbit trackers.
You can get the basics for free or upgrade to a Fitbit Coach premium membership, giving you access to unlimited, personalized workouts of $ 40 a year.
If you want a classroom environment from home, try ClassPass Live. This service will transfer your recorded fitness classes to your TV via a Chromecast. During the lesson, you will be provided with an included Heart Rate Monitor that will tell you whether you are pushing your body too hard or not enough. ClassPass Live costs $ 79 for the Chromecast and Heart Rate Monitor, plus $ 19 per month to access unlimited classes.
Run Tracking Apps
If you decide to run, be sure to keep track of your workouts. Keeping a log helps keep you motivated, track your progress, help you understand how many calories you burn, and even give you guidance.
Apps like Strava, RunKeeper, Nike + Run Club, MapMyRun, and Runtastic can be equally useful for runners with years of experience and newbies. All of these apps use your phone's GPS to determine your pace, distance, elapsed time and calorie burned. They can also give you up-to-date information about your pace and speed once you have reached a certain distance.
Here are some of the unique features of these apps:
- RunKeeper lets you set workout reminders.
- Runtastic offers a "story mode" feature to make runs more entertaining.
- The Nike + Run Club hosts many challenges that you (virtually) compete against other members of the app's growing community.
- Strava has built-in social features that allow you to compete with friends and strangers.
Games Where You Can Lose Weight
How can you stay in shape better than play a game? Apps like Zombies, Run! and Fitocracy provide a fun and entertaining way to stay active. Zombies, run! is one of the most interesting fitness apps available today. Not only are you telling a story while walking, you are also living it.
The app gives you "missions" that you need to complete during the run, such as dodging imaginary zombies and removing supplies from the game. Your mission takes place in a post-apocalyptic world, which means that you sometimes hear and are persecuted by zombies. The game does not end once the training is over: the virtual supplies you've picked up during your run can help strengthen your base and your community to survive the hordes of zombies.
Zombies, run! is available for Android and iOS for free with additional in-app purchases.
Another app to watch is Fitocracy, a MMORPG-inspired fitness gaming app and social network. Each time you log a workout, you get points to help you ascend. The idea is similar to a game like World of Warcraft, but instead of controlling an Orc or Elf, you're the character.
The app also explains how many different workouts can be performed, from simple movement exercises such as a board or pull-up to more complicated exercises such as a stiff-legged deadlift. These videos are especially helpful when you are in the gym for the first time. You can use Fitocracy on the web or with the free Android and iOS apps.
Fitness Trackers for Weight Loss
There are literally hundreds of wearables that help you keep track of how much you are moving. Knowing your daily level of activity and knowing how many calories you burn will make it easier to lose weight.
Activity trackers are becoming smarter, more accurate, more user friendly, and (at least in some cases) more cost effective. Almost all of these trackers can track things like steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, and sleep. A majority of them even measures the heart rate and displays notifications from your phone.
Here are some of the best fitness trackers you can buy now:
- The ($ 1000 on Amazon) or on an Android phone. records your steps, distance, calories burned, active minutes, climbed levels, heart rate, and sleep. It can also display incoming calls, text messages and calendar messages from your iPhone
- The is good for people who want to make a call Watch, which can track multiple sports and activities, but also wants to see something that looks stylish too.
- The is the most expensive of the series, but is focused on health properties. It encourages you to move and breathe deeply throughout the day, can follow almost any workout, and has a built in .
You already have smartphones, smartwatches and maybe even smart socks, but did you know that there are smart scales, too?
These scales can calculate your body mass index (BMI), body fat percentage and weight depending on the product. You can then view your measurements over time in the company's mobile app.                                   -2-5b0c88b03da3a4e1b2a65cc0c05250d9.jpg “/>
Fitbits Aria 2-Scale
If you're already invested in an ecosystem like Fitbit, you should consider the Buy scale of this company so that all your devices "talk" to each other. If not, the Eufy Smart Scale and Fitbit Aria 2 are the best choice.
- The Eufy scale lets you set a weight goal and track your progress along the way. It can also measure body fat, muscle and water.
- [FitbitAria2 captures your weight and body fat over time, syncs wirelessly with Fitbit's mobile apps, and integrates with the company's portable device.
This article was originally published in January 2014. He has been updated with new recommendations.