Nearly everyone has a smart phone nowadays, but if you aren’t using it to help you lose weight, you’re definitely not maximizing your options to support your weight loss plan. But how can your phone help you stay on track? Your smart phone can be your biggest ally when you take advantage of the many phone applications available for download — and there are several ways how phone apps can help with weight loss.
Whether you have and Android or the latest iPhone, phone apps like MyFitnessPal (also available for Windows and Blackberry) and and Loseit! (just Android and iPhone) can help you stay on top of your diet plan by allowing you to track calories with ease. Each operates in much the same way. They both have you input the amount of weight you want to lose, and then provide you will a daily calorie amount to help you achieve your goal. From there, you enter everything you consume during the day, and it will basically track the food you enter and deduct it from your pre-determined daily calorie allowance.
If you exercise that day, that’s even better. Simply input your activity and the number of calories burned, and you can add bonus calories back into your allotment. Both apps also feature time-saving benefits, like the ability to scan bar codes for a more accurate calorie count. This means that if you eat a a muffin, you can scan the barcode on the packaging and it automatically enters the number of calories for that serving. When it comes to restaurants and recognizing the calories of menu items, however, MyFitnessPal seems to do a better job there — just search the restaurant of your choice and choose from their pre-loaded menu or individual item selection for fast entry.
Aside from keeping track of your calories, there are other apps available to help you further your weight loss goals. Apps like 7-Min Workout, Fitness Buddy, Cardio Buddy can all help you with your daily workout and fitness routines. The choices are fairly expansive when it comes to these apps, so all you have to do is look around and see what my fit your lifestyle and fitness needs best.
Lastly, you can take advantage of apps like Fooducate, which helps you to distinguish between “real” healthy food and the “healthy food” that seems healthy, but really isn’t. Just like the apps that count calories, Fooducate has a barcode scanning feature that allows you to scan the food and see Fooducate’s rating for that item. When health is paramount, and not just calories are in play, this app can really be an asset.
Although these are just a few apps that are available, they are all free. In fact, nearly all of the most popular apps that have to do with health and weight loss are all free — so there really is no reason not to take advantage of all that your smartphone has to offer. Download your favorite apps, and you will likely achiever your weight loss goals that much faster.