Top 5 Fitness Apps to Help You Lose Weight and Get in Shape

When it comes to losing weight, you’re probably looking for all the help you can get, whether it comes in the form of dieting tips, fun exercise programs, or even supplements that suppress your appetite.  With over a third of American adults being categorized as overweight (not to mention 17% of children), it’s clear that plenty of people need help with their nutrition and exercise habits in order to shed weight and take control of their health.  So if you’re hoping for a helping hand, look no further than modern technology.  There are actually tons of apps out there that can help you lose weight and keep it off, at home or on the go.  Here are a few of the best.

  1. Weight Watchers Mobile.  Although the Weight Watchers program has been around for nearly fifty years now, it only recently entered the online era by starting Weight Watchers Online, and subsequently adding a mobile app.  While the main tenet of the program has always been attending meetings to remain accountable (with a weekly weigh-in) and gain community support, the mobile app offers a lot of the benefits of the program even when members don’t have a meeting to fall back on.  With food and exercise tracking functions as well as access to recipes, restaurant nutrition guides, a food calculator, and even a scanner to identify food labels and tell you their point values, you’ll never leave home without Weight Watchers in your pocket.  Available for Apple and Android products, this app is free (although some features only come with a paid membership to Weight Watchers).
  2. Fooducate Nutrition Scanner.  This free Android app is similar to the scanner offered by Weight Watchers, but instead of giving you point values, it calculates caloric and nutritional values for the items scanned so that you can easily track your daily intake without having to manually track and add everything.  It will also highlight the good and bad points of products so that you can select healthy food options.
  3. Noom Weight Loss.  Another freebie from the folks at Android, this app comes with tracking features for both diet and exercise so that you can stay motivated and on track to lose those excess pounds.  You can set up a plan, track your progress, and even get reminders, not to mention tracking your steps via built-in GPS or pedometer.  And of course, you can share with family and friends through social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.  This app is in beta, so they may still have a few kinks to work out, but you can get it now for free and send your feedback.
  4. Jillian Michaels Slim-Down Solution.  Apple gets in on the action with an app from America’s toughest fitness trainer herself.  Those who download the free version will get 30 fat-burning exercises, 30 slimming recipes, access to the message board, and daily tips from the trainer herself.  If you like the service you can sign up for the paid version for $3.99 a week, which offers a personalized weight loss plan, 150 exercises, 125 recipes, the ability to post questions to the message board, and best of all, no ads.
  5. Supplements Guide.  This quick-reference app is available for both Apple and Android phones for $0.99 and it will provide you with information regarding not only weight loss supplements, but also supplements that relate to other areas of healthcare. Link for android app

Cara Davidson writes for where you can find great products and advice to help you lose weight.