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Take a look at these latest smartphone apps that can help you track calories, activity minutes, and lose weight. Best of all, these apps are all free downloads and available on most popular smart phone platforms.
My Fitness Pal From start-up, My Fitness Pal takes your weight, height, goal weight and lifestyle into account before giving its recommendations. Right away it breaks up your big goal into a smaller goal 1 month away from now, which is a fantastic motivator. You can also access calorie counts and nutritional information from local restaurants, taking the guesswork out of eating out. You can also access your calorie count online from any computer, and get some extra encouragement by sharing your progress with friends. Free: Apple, Android
Lose it! This free app lets you look up food to track calories AND track your exercise in the same app. Just input your current weight and your goal weight, and Lose it! will give you a fairly accurate estimate of how many calories to eat per day, and how long it should take to reach that goal...You can also scan the barcodes of almost any item and automatically pull
calorie and nutritional info from a huge online database, which really helps when you’re grabbing a pre-packed lunch on the go and still want to stay within your daily budgets. A
must-have app! Free: Apple, Android.
Diabetic Connect – This top-rated app connects you to the largest diabetes community on the Web. Users can exchange information, offer encouragement, and field questions. You can start your own discussion or follow existing threads from other users. Free for iPhone and Android.
Quit It Lite – Simplicity wins in this extremely modest but effective free app. Quit It Lite encourages smokers to become non-smokers and helps former smokers stay that way. The app tallies all the cigarettes a user has resisted and equates that information to dollars saved. You can also share your successes on social media or via email. Available for iPhone only.
Moves – Moves is free fitness app for Android. With a clean and distraction-free interface, users can track daily steps taken, minutes biked, or miles run. Activity can be reflected on a map so runners and bicyclists can establish favorite routes and challenge personal results.
Relax Melodies – Are you part of the 30 percent of adults who report getting less than six hours of sleep per night?
If so, you may be feeding chronic levels of anxiety through sleep deprivation. Relaxing Melodies helps you fall asleep faster with the help of dozens of different tunes that you can customize and blend. Free for iPhone and Android.
Virtual Walk – Make your indoor or outdoor walk more interesting with Virtual Walk. Users can plot their distance through virtual scenic or historically significant places. At predetermined checkpoints, view photos and information about your virtual surroundings. Free version available for iPhone and Android.
Fooducate Fooducate helps you spot tricky non-health foods quickly by cutting your research time in half. Simply scan the barcode and Fooducate will give you a rating for the food scanned based on calorie counts per serving, processing techniques and amount of excess sugar. If you want to save time and choose health, go grocery shopping with Fooducate. Free: Apple, Android
Locavore To get the maximum amount of nutrients from food I always recommend eating fresh foods over packaged or processed. Timing is important as well; one study even showed that spinach harvested in-season had three times the Vitamin C as when it was harvested out of season! The basic rule is the farther it is from the vine, the less nutrients it has. Locavore tells you what’s in season and how many days you have left to enjoy it at its full flavor. It can also use your phone’s GPS to find the closest places to buy locally grown, in-season produce. Free: Apple, Android
Nike Training Club Nike lives up to their “Just Do It” mantra- this app is a free personal trainer in your pocket. It has 30-45 minute timed workouts for cardio, toning and strength, videos for each move and a voiceover talking you though the workout, AND it pulls music from your own playlists to keep you motivated. Just choose a workout based on the time you have and the results you want, and press play. The step-by-step videos and integration with your own music library make this a fantastic workout app. Free: Apple
Endomondo Who couldn’t use a little extra motivation? If you’re a runner, biker or walker, this app will track your route via Google Maps, tracking your workout history to compare later. You can also create an account and get motivated by your friends every time you break a mile. You can even upgrade the app to work with special Polar heart rate monitors (my favorite!) Free: Apple, Android, Blackberry
Eat This, Not That! The Game While I can’t condone picking one less-bad fast food over another (chili dogs over cheeseburgers? Really?), the knowledge you get from this little game may help you in your next “hot zone” situation, where there are no good choices. If you’re going to play a game on your commute or while you’re on hold on a conference call you can pick up a few quick facts. Free: Apple, Android