Is one of your New Year's resolutions to lose weight? Losing weight is one of the most popular resolutions, and it's no wonder since most of us just spent the last couple of months bringing on holiday treats. But who has time to lose weight? You have to plan out your meals, look up the calorie information for all your food, and plan out intense workouts.
Though you will have to put in hard work to lose weight, it doesn't have to be as time-consuming as all that. There are many apps that can help you manage the job with ease, allowing you to keep track of what you eat, plan meals, and more. Here are our top 5 apps to help you lose weight.
This free app helps you to log your food and exercise so you can monitor exactly how many calories you're taking in and how many you're burning off so you can meet your weight-loss goals. The app helps you stay on track by allowing you to connect with a community of users, sending you reminders when you forget to log meals and by rewarding you with badges for your successes. You can even generate reports on your progress.
Intelli-diet works like a personal nutritionist for you. Tell it the foods you like to eat and the foods you already have in your kitchen, and the app will create a custom meal plan just for you to help you meet your weight-loss goals. The app will even generate a shopping list for you. If you don't like any of the choices in your meal plan, you can make swaps. Charts and tables help you to track your progress. $4.99.
If you are just now starting an exercise program after months or even years of inactivity, this app can help you to develop a fitness plan that helps you run a 5k in eight weeks. Get a customize training plan with your own virtual coach that will guide you through each workout. The app comes with free GPS support to chart your routes, or you can use it on the treadmill. Log your workouts and create graphs to monitor your progress. $2.99.
To learn how to eat healthier, you have to do more than just track calories. Not every calorie is created equal, and this app helps you to understand what is hiding in the foods you buy so that you can make the best choices. Each food has a nutrition grade (from A to D), and you can either scan a bar code or look up the product to get information. You can also generate shopping lists. Track what you eat, as well as your exercise, to meet your weight-loss goals. Free.
Shake a Snack
Don't let mindless snacking undermine your healthy eating plan. The next time you're feeling like a nibble, use this app to find a healthy snack idea or recipe. Choose whether you're craving something savory or sweet and shake the app to get a snack idea that uses three primary ingredients. There are over 350 recipes available, so you won't run out of ideas or get bored. You can filter the recipes for vegetarian and vegan preferences, and you can save your favorites. $0.99.
There are many more apps that can help you to lose weight by monitoring your eating or your exercise. You can use these to get a jump start on your healthy goals for this year, or you can explore the app store for others that match your goals better.
What apps have you used to help you lose weight? Share your picks in the comments!
Carmen Brettel is a writer and manager for http://www.studentgrants.org. In her spare time, Carmen enjoys gardening and volunteering at animal shelters.