Since our phones are always with us everyday and all day, why not put them to good use and download some health and wellness apps that can help you achieve your weight-loss goals? Many apps are free, or low cost for a lifetime membership, and there are some really innovative new apps that can provide that extra motivation you need to stick to your weight-loss plan.
You may want to take some time and explore a variety of different apps, until you find one or two that work for you. If it’s too complicated or difficult to navigate through the app, you probably won’t use it, so keep looking until you find the ones that will work best for you.
We asked some of our team at RobKellerMD® about the health and wellness smartphone apps that they use, and here are a few you may want to explore.
Counting calories is a tedious activity, but it is essential to make sure you are staying within your optimal energy in vs. energy burned equation, on a daily basis. The easy to use Lose It! App does all the hard work for you and logs the food you eat for a clear picture on the number of calories (and food sources) you are consuming on a daily basis.
Because getting healthy is more fun with family and friends, the Lose It! App allows you to participate in challenges. You can scan barcodes of food items to add them to your daily nutrition log, and a new option in beta, allows you to take a picture of food items to enter them as well. It’s fast and easy to use and can help you accurately monitor your calories.
A little bit of incentive can help you keep moving! That is the premise behind this great mobile app, which literally pays you to get into shape. Trying to get in your 10,000 steps per day? SweatCoin will track those steps, and convert them into coins, that you can use for different types of rewards. You can earn free apps, virtual personal trainer or weight training sessions, and even gift cards for retailers including Amazon.
What we like about this app, is that it only counts steps that are walked outside. So, if you were thinking about clocking some time on the treadmill, this app encourages you to get out on the sidewalk or head to your local park to clock some miles. Download SweatCoin and try it out! The app is also available for Android smartphones here.
Achieving your weight-loss goals means engaging in some new learning, about the kind of meals you prepare and snacks you eat. There are a lot of smartphone apps out there for nutrition, that provide a directory and require you to search; but who has the time for that? Fooducate takes it one step further and makes it easy.
Simply scan the UPC code on the package in the grocery store. It will give you a report or grade on that snack or meal item, based on a nutritional score. Think of it as the ultimate tool for healthy grocery shopping; it will save you a lot of time comparing food labels manually. Fooducate also has an active online community and other resources, to help you discover healthy recipes and other tips for eating well.
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