Top Five Apps to Help You to Lose Weight
A recent report featured on the BBC revealed that rates of obesity in the UK have trebled in the space of 25 years. The health problems associated with being overweight are now considered by many scientists to be of greater concern than smoking.
It’s likely that you’re already aware of the risks; such as the increased chance of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, likelihood of getting heart disease, and so on. However, for many people who are obese, the extra weight also often leads to lack of self-confidence and feelings of depression.
Can Technology Help You Lose the Extra Pounds?
If you’re keen to lose weight, technology may be able to help you.
According to data released by ComScore in 2012, apps are big business. 82% of our time spent on our mobile phones is via apps. Data compiled by Nielson reveals that it roughly equates to 29-30 hours per month.
As might be expected in this booming market, diet and weight-loss apps are plentiful. However, it’s difficult knowing which ones are good to invest in, and which ones are a waste of time.
Here’s a helpful guide.
The Five Best Weight-Loss Apps
- My Fitness Pal (iPhone, Android and Windows). The Northwestern University School of Medicine conducted a study in overweight subjects, who had an average age of 58. The results led Bonnie Spring, one of the lead researchers on the project, to comment: ‘Most of us have no idea how many calories we consume and how much physical activity we get.’
My Fitness Pal is free to use, and enables you to track exactly how much you’re eating, and the activity you’re engaging in. You can also sync it with activity tracking wearable devices, such as Fitbit and Jawbone UP.
- Endomondo (iPhone, Android, Blackberry). Available as a free or ‘Pro’ (paid) version, Endomondo is a good way of tracking your exercise. You can monitor how many calories you’re burning, how long you’ve been exercising for and how far you’ve travelled, if you’re running, cycling or walking. You can also listen to music whilst exercising.
- iTrackBites (iPhone, Android). A favourite with those who like the Weight Watchers system, this app enables users to keep tabs on their eating with a food diary. All foods listed are assigned points, which helps you to stay on track with your diet throughout the day.
- My Diet Coach (iPhone, Android). If you struggle to stay motivated when eating sensibly, this app may help. It’s designed to be used as a support tool; and regularly sends you motivational photos and slogans. You can also use it to set personalised reminders; for example, advising yourself to go for a run in the evening, or stay away from the biscuit tin in the mid-afternoon!
- Low Fat Recipes (iPhone, iPad). This helpful free app proves that dieting doesn’t necessarily mean deprivation and dull, uninspiring foods. It’s essentially a cookbook, filled with low-fat recipes; which each come with complete nutritional information. You can also search according to what ingredients you already have in the fridge; for example, typing in ‘eggs’ brings up all recipes featuring that particular food.
How to Find Other Great Apps
The best way to find good weight-loss apps is to do a search on your smartphone. Read the helpful user reviews to get an idea of the quality of the app, and also remember to ask friends and family for recommendations.