Who says dieting is fun? Na-ah!
This is what diet culture has taught us—to override the body’s signals in the service of external rules. — Mandy Beth Rubin, LPC
In fact, it is, arguably, the most challenging lifestyle change one undertakes on his road to weight loss with exercising coming in as a very close second place. But these recent years have brought about innovations that ideally help a person looking to lose weight to achieve his goals. And one of these advances is smartphone applications.
2 in every 3 American adults are either overweight or obese. We all know that going beyond the healthy weight standards puts one at risk of a myriad of health conditions such as diabetes and heart problems. So, we strive to keep ourselves up in shape, dieting being one of the most common shape-up steps we do.
But how can we ensure we’ll stick to our dieting regimens? Easy. Through our smartphones! As one study put it, people who use apps to help them reach their weight loss goals succeed far better than their counterparts who strictly follow their diet plans alone.
So without further ado, here are the six best smartphone apps to use as weight goals’ helpers. And the best thing about them? They’re free!
Studies show that people who diet gain more weight over time, potentially leading to more health problems as yo-yo weight gain and loss is hard on the body. — Anne Cuthbert, MA, LPC
FatSecret tracks its user’s food intake as well as his physical activities. Furthermore, it serves as a monitor device to keep the user updated about his weight loss progress. What do most users like about this app? It allows them to connect with other people who have the same goal as them – to ultimately lose weight.
My Diet Coach
If you like to incorporate fun into your weight loss regimen then, this app is your must-have. Aside from monitoring your food intake and physical activities, you can also set up challenges with this app and earn rewards if you overcome them like clothes for your app avatar.
MyFitnessPal works as a food reader. It gives its user the access to over 5 million food items, so you can count the calories your every meal has. The app works out the idea that one can lose weight by merely counting and controlling his calorie intake. Additionally, the user can add pre-packaged foods into his food diary by letting the app scan barcodes.
What’s more, its fitness tracker and user community access are perfect add-ins for someone who also wants support from others who have the same goal.
Like all the other weight loss helper apps, Lose It tracks its user’s food intake and exercise habits as well as his weight loss goals. It also enables him to contact other users for weight loss inspirations and support when the going gets rough.
What makes it unique, though, is its Snap It feature. It allows users to take a picture of their meals and keeps track of the calories.
Pact is both a conventional weight loss app yet not-so-conventional at the same time. Like the others, it tracks the user’s food intake and physical activities. However, it’s also the only one in this list that gives off a reward many would find worth losing weight for – cash incentives. But be aware. When you fail to meet the challenge’s goal, you might see yourself paying instead (and be out of your budget in the end!).
As its name implies, this app educates its users on healthy eating by enabling them to make the best choice when it comes to their meals. Want to know the most nutritious cereal out there? Consult Fooducate. Aside from this unique feature, the app works as any conventional weight loss apps do – tracking food intake and monitoring exercise and other physical activities.
Changing your lifestyle to achieve your weight loss goals is not an easy feat. Thatis why you need every help you can get along the way.
Don’t hate me, but don’t start with the app. It is always a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional before you plunge into any diet or exercise plan in spite of the myriad of diet books, programs, experts and apps out there promising answers. — Pamela B. Rutledge Ph.D., M.B.A.