You’ve probably heard the phrase, “there’s an app for that” and, yes, there’s an app for most fitness and weight loss aspirants and their needs. Since there are so many apps to choose from, here are five apps that may help you shed pounds and live a healthier lifestyle.
I swear by the free Calorie Counter app by CalorieCounter.com- I use both the online site and the app. The trick to healthy dieting is to know all the calories you’re intaking as well as all the calories you burn. Calorie Counter allows you to search for food’s calorie and nutritional data before you decide to snack, drink, or dine. By the end of the day, you can analyze your day’s food and have a grade ready to help you decide how well you did. The app can also let you know if you’re losing or gaining weight based on your age, body weight, food intake, and exercise.
Another option is Lose It! by FitNow Inc. It works much the same way, allowing you to input food and set a ceiling for the amount of calories you need to eat per day. Exercise can also be easily input. While also free, the major differences would seem to be interface and the ability to search major restaurant menus and grocery store items more fluidly than Calorie Counter does. One disadvantage is that food has to be input in cups.
While Lose It! and Calorie Counter are designed to help you lose or maintain weight, neither is designed to really help you develop a workout. That’s where an application like iFitness, offered on iTunes, steps in. Designed to be something of a personal trainer (or the best you’re going to find for $1.99), the basic workouts are nothing to write home about. However, you can customize and create your own workouts, which is where this application is something of a Viking. It would be a bit better if you had actual videos to look at, demonstrating how to do certain exercises.
Another free app, GymGoal offered at CNET has the added bonus of graphics- including the ability for you to add your own images. A body map feature helps you pick the workouts that focus on specific areas you’re looking to tone, a feature I use a great deal. However, this is only good for the gym and there’s no cardio featured.
And since your free GymGoal ABC didn’t set you back a dollar, you could spring $2,99 for iTreadmill, an app designed to help you keep track of every step you take on the track or otherwise. For those of us who are fascinated by walking, we’ve all used, at one time or another, a step counter to track how many calories we burn just by commuting to work or jogging around the block. iTreadmill helps you keep a history, calories burned (to plug into Calorie Counter later, perhaps?) and your pace on record. The iTreadmill can’t tell incline though, which is a major drawback.
CNET, “GymGoal ABC 5.4.0 for iPhone”