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Top 10 Free and Essential Apps for Weight Loss

A collection of free applications for Android and iOS essential for aiding your weight loss efforts.

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In this article I look at several free applications for Android and iOS which I think essential for aiding your weight loss efforts. I have tried these and used them myself and found they are all beneficial to achieving your weightloss and fitness goals.

Weight loss and fitness apps can be downloaded to your mobile device or tablet and used to track various lifestyle habits, such as calorie intake and exercise. By tracking over time you can visually see how you are improving and gain insights into trends which may not be beneficial.

Here are 10 of the best weight loss apps that can help you shed unwanted pounds.

MyFitnessPal

Calorie Counter - MyFitnessPal
Calorie Counter - MyFitnessPal

MyFitnessPal integrates calorie counting into its strategy for supporting weight loss. It calculates your daily calorie needs and allows you to log what you eat throughout the day from a nutrition database of over 5 million different foods.

After you enter your food intake, MyFitnessPal provides a breakdown of the calories and nutrients that you consumed throughout the day.

One useful feature of MyFitnessPal is its barcode scanner, which makes it easy to enter the nutrition information of packaged foods.

Lose It!

Lose It! – Calorie Counter
Lose It! – Calorie Counter

Lose It! is another health tracker that includes an easy-to-use food diary and exercise log. You can also connect a pedometer or other fitness device.

Based on your weight, height, age and goals, Lose It! provides a personalized recommendation for calorie intake.

SparkPeople

SparkPeople Calorie Tracker
SparkPeople Calorie Tracker

Sparkpeople is another full-featured calorie counter that tracks nutrition, activities, goals and progress.

The food diary is relatively easy to use. If you tend to eat the same thing often, you can copy and paste that entry into multiple days.

At the bottom of each day's entry, you can see the total calories, carbs, fats and protein. There is also an option to view the data as a pie chart.

Fooducate

Fooducate - Nutrition Tracker
Fooducate - Nutrition Tracker

With Fooducate, the focus isn't just on calorie quantity. It's on food quality. That way, you can start eating for health. Personalize the app to your age, gender, height, weight, and activity level. Then input your target weight, dietary goals, and any health conditions.

You can also get suggestions for healthy alternatives to what you're already eating, too.

You can also use the app to monitor and track additional things such as things like sleep, mood, and hunger levels.

Runkeeper - GPS Track Run Walk

Runkeeper—GPS Running Tracker
Runkeeper—GPS Running Tracker

Runkeeper is a fully-featured fitness tracker app for Android that has over 50 million users. It takes advantage of GPS enabled mobile phones to track fitness activities and give comparable results. Runkeeper can calculate running pace, cycling speed, route distance, elevation, and calorie burn with high accuracy. It allows its users to view a detailed history of activities.

Strava GPS: Running, Cycling and Activity Tracker

Strava Training: Run & Ride
Strava Training: Run & Ride

Strava is one of the best workout apps that permits you to track your run, map a cycling route, and analyze your training with all the stats.

One of the exciting features about Strava is that it contains a leaderboard where you can challenge yourself or compete with other app users.

Strava includes GPS distance tracker and mile counter, and with the premium version, you can go for triathlon and marathon training.

Argus

Argus: Calorie Counter & Steps
Argus: Calorie Counter & Steps

Argus is a neat all-in-one activity tracker that monitors your sleep, heart rate, calories, and more. The app offers challenges to overcome, as well as the option to build your own workout plan. You can even add food you eat by scanning the barcode on the label to track your calories.

100% Army Fit

100% Army Fit
100% Army Fit

100% Army Fit has been developed by the British Army to guide aspirants to achieve the starting level of fitness needed to enroll, but it can be used by anyone who wants to improve their overall physical health.

Each exercise is explained by an experienced instructor, who continues to encourage you throughout the session. Successful completion of exercises rewards you with medals that can be shared on social media that count up to your goal of becoming "100% Army Fit"

Zombies, Run!

Zombies, Run! Running Game & Audio Adventure
Zombies, Run! Running Game & Audio Adventure

Get ready for the run of your life.

Zombies, Run! is a game in which you have to run in order to progress. Each Mission is a short story in which you have various tasks to complete by running faster or longer. You collect supplies and bring them back to your base in order to build it stronger. Each time you go for a run you encounter Zombies. You can hear every guttural breath, every rattling groan - they're everywhere. There's only one thing you can do: Run

Zombies, Run! works anywhere and at any speed. You can jog in a park, run along a beach, or walk along a trail. It even works on treadmills!

Pokemon Go

Pokémon GO - Discover Pokémon worldwide
Pokémon GO - Discover Pokémon worldwide

Pokemon Go isn't a fitness app specifically, rather it's a game. However, it requires physical effort to play.

For those who don't know, Pokemon Go is played in the real world. You go to various places, walk around to hunt down and catch Pokemon and battle at special areas called gyms.

Pokemon Go tracks your walking stats, but not things like heart rate, pace or things like that.

It gets you up off the couch and gives you a reason to be active outside, something especially important for children.

Calorie counters and nutrient trackers are incredibly useful if you are trying to lose, maintain or even gain weight. Weight loss and fitness apps are somwthing you need to experiment with to see which one is right for you and if they can assist you with reaching your goals. With each app offering so many different features, you may need to try a few before finding one that best suits your needs.

Last updated on: Saturday 23rd June 2018

 

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