FROM snapping selfies to helping you beat traffic – your phone can do a multitude of things – including helping you lose weight.
There are hundreds of apps that you can have in the palm of your hand, any hour of the day, that can help you track your calories and daily workouts – which is key when it comes to blitzing body fat.
A 2019 study even revealed that people who tracked their food daily using a fitness app lost the most weight compared to those who used the app less diligently.
Researchers found the combination of using a food diary and developing tailored goals were key in helping people lose weight.
Gary Bennett, a psychology professor at Duke University, said: “We have very strong evidence that consistent tracking—particularly of diet, but also one’s weight—is an essential element of successful weight loss.
“Consumers should look for apps that make it easy for them to track on a consistent basis.”
Weight loss apps are aplenty in app stores, so to save you the hassle of working out for yourself which ones are worth trying?
We’ve picked out a selection of the ten best weight loss apps on the market for you to download.
It doesn’t matter what diet you’re on or what approach you’re taking to losing weight – it all comes down to calories in vs calories out.
MyFitnessPal calculates your daily calorie intake and allows you to log what you eat throughout the day from a nutrition database of over six million different foods – including many restaurant dishes that are not always easy to track.
It will also help you understand how the portions of food you eat each day stack up in comparison to one another.
One of MyFitnessPal’s useful features is its barcode scanner, which is a hassle-free way to enter the nutrition information of some packaged foods.
It also has a message board where you can connect with other users to share tips and success stories.
2. Lose It!
Lose It! Is a user-friendly weight-loss app focused on calorie counting and weight tracking.
It generates your daily calorie needs and a personalised weight loss plan through an analysis of your weight, age and health goals.
Once your plan is established you can easily log your food intake, which pulls from a huge database of over seven million foods, restaurant items and brands.
What makes Lose It! different from other weight loss apps is that it has a “Snap It” feature, which allows you to track your food intake and portion sizes simply by taking pictures of your meals.
It also has a community aspect, where you can join challenges with other users and share information in a forum.
Many people find making healthy choices while out at the supermarket overwhelming – that’s where Edo comes in handy.
This app can help you better navigate all the different groceries while you’re out food shopping.
It features a scanner that allows you to scan a food’s barcode and receive detailed information on it – including ingredients and nutrition facts.
It analyses ingredients based on scientific studies and nutritional values to ‘rate’ products – with ten being the healthiest and zero being the least healthy.
Edo is all about helping you to understand what’s on food labels so you can know exactly what’s inside your food and choose consciously.
The app can also indicate if a food item is Gluten-free or Lactose-free as well as offering healthier alternatives for you.
For those who find it tricky to decide what to eat for dinner after a long day at work, Yummly serves as a meal guide.
It analyses your dietary preferences, cooking abilities and favourite food to give you a list of recipes that would fit your taste and lifestyle.
You can also create shopping lists from your favourite recipes, so you’ll never forget to buy anything at the supermarket.
5. Beachbody UK
Beachbody UK provides dozens of easy-to-follow meal plans and recipes that you can customise to reach your fitness goals.
As well as nutrition advice, the app also allows you to stream more than 1,100 different workouts anytime, anywhere – including yoga, cardio and dance classes.
Why get in shape on your own? This app allows you to challenge your mates or family to join in and help your weight-loss journey.
FitYou lets you go head-to-head with your friends by allowing you to track each other and score any type of fitness activity.
It’s got loads of fun challenges (which you can put time limits on to really push each other), as well as fitness games to make the whole thing a bit less…fitnessy.
7. Happy Scale
Lots of people can find it frustrating seeing the number on the weighing scales going up and down from day-to-day – even after a long workout or a day of eating well.
Happy Scale helps you understand why that figure can fluctuate, including hormonal fluctuations and poop habits.
It keeps track of your long and short-term goals – monitoring your weight-loss or gain and predicting when you could possibly reach your goal.
8. Polar Flow
One potential way to blitz body fat is by keeping track of your exercise habits with a wearable activity tracker.
Polar has a range of fitness watches that help you keep track of your physical activity by measuring your activity level throughout the day.
Those who have a Polar tracker have access to the Polar Flow app, which is where all of your physical activity information is synced.
You can also log your water intake, sleep habits and weight loss goals.
9. See How You Eat
The See How You Eat app aims to help you to maintain a balanced diet and prevent overeating.
It used food photos to monitor meals and snacks and stops you from munching on any excess food.
A premium version of See How You Eat provides feedback directly from a nutrition coach.
10. One You Couch to 5K
Running is known to be one of the best exercises for blitzing body fat – and this app gets people who have never run before off the sofa and burning calories.
It incorporates a mixture of running and walking, and if followed properly, should allow beginners to run a 5K in just nine weeks.
Users of One You Couch to 5K have a choice of five trainers to support them – including and BBC presenter Jo Whiley, Olympian Michael Johnson and comedic Sarah Millican.
As you complete the workouts, the app will track and award your progress and give you tips for future workouts.
And on top of this, like many of the apps we’ve listed above, it’s free to download.
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