The holiday season is generally a time of wanton overindulgence. The new year, conversely, presents an opportunity for a clean slate, and for gym owners worldwide, January to March is the true
holiday period. Amid a generation of willful narcissism, looking good is just as important as having that latest tech gadget. So why not use your beloved smartphone to help you shift those few additional pounds? Here, we chew the fat over some great mobile apps that will aid your journey to reaching that target.
Different things work for different people, so we've tried to be as varied as possible with our recommendations. Without further ado, here's the roundup:
5 of the best fitness, weight loss and diet apps for iOS and Android
5 of the best fitness, weight loss and diet apps for iOS and Android
This little gem is among the most popular around, with good reason. It conveniently dissects each element of a healthy lifestyle, helping you to keep meticulous track of every aspect in your quest for better health.
Upon opening the app, you punch in a few details, outline your diet and health goals, and away you go. You get a clear, easy-to-digest feed following your required nutrients, how many steps you've taken, and a budget of those oh-so-important calories. LoseIt!
goes the whole hog if you're serious about changing your ways. It hooks up with the likes of Nike+ and Runkeeper if you're feeling active, centralizing all of your positive input and giving a clear picture of how you're doing on a broader scale.
The app, which is available for both Android and iOS, is free of charge at basic level. The costless edition may well be enough for you, and as with those paying for gym memberships but subsequently not attending, you should probably keep your wallet in your pocket until you've broken stride.
Should you wish to enjoy features like detailed meal planning, there's a premium version that'll set you back $39.99. This may seem a tad steep in this climate of cheap mobile software. But hey, you can't put a price on health and wellness, right?
download LoseIt: Android
2. Diet Assistant
The word 'diet' can have negative connotations because of its overuse in faddy, scientifically dubious weight-loss schemes. But the importance of diet -- i.e. what you choose to eat and drink -- is possibly the most important aspect of health and indeed, body weight.
With most foods and drinks being so readily accessible -- there's a large selection of fast food apps blocking the pipes -- it's quite easy to lose track of things. This is where Diet Assistant,
a free utility for the Big Two mobile platforms, looks to offer a helping hand.
As with LoseIt!, you enter your vital statistics followed by your goals, and can then begin to keep a log of what you're eating and how often.
The UI is a little on the basic side, which will probably irk those particular about crisp, modern-looking interfaces. But it's to-the-point nonetheless, and having a proper log of everything you consume is naturally going to help you to lose weight.
Most apps nowadays operate the divisive 'freemium' model, and Diet Assistant is no exception. However, where the former costs 40 bucks for the unadulterated experience, you only have to pony up 99 cents to enjoy all of what Diet Assistant has in its repo. In short, premium will rid you of those nagging ads, let you export your progress via email, and permit you to access a few extra handy controls on your quest to reach damn, have you lost weight?
download: Diet Assistant Android
3. CARROT Fit
The softly-softly approach may be of use many. Still, there's nothing wrong with a kick in the ass when it's called for, and if you think you may need a little tough love, CARROT Fit
will duly oblige.
An app that we first became acquainted with
some two years back, it's not supposed to be taken completely seriously. It's instead meant to be a bit of fun with plenty of abuse to boot -- sort of like army training for the average couch potato.
If you're in the hunt for a traditional, eat-veggies-and-go-for-a-run approach, then CARROT Fit is a world away from what you're looking for. But if you want something that will have you moving about, losing weight and improving broader health through nature's own medicine that is laughter, then give it a whirl.
Free with additional, paid in-app add-ons, CARROT Fit still hasn't gotten around to abusing those on Google's platform. If you are rocking an Android, you'll have to seek another medium for a barrage of digitally-administered belittlement.
For that, of course, you have a sizable portion of the Web!
download: CARROT Fit for iOS
On a more serious note, Fooducate
is a friendly, virtual weight-loss coach that leaves no stone unturned in its effort to help you make the change. Featuring a clean, crisp UI very much in line with the sleek aesthetics of both iOS and Android, the free-to-download Fooducate is the full package.
For starters, it's heavily customizable, meaning you can pinpoint your goals with precision, and learn a great deal on the way. From allergies to MSGs, Fooducate lives up to its name in providing a learning experience beyond the shifting of pounds, helping you to shape a diet and lifestyle that you can stick to.
The app itself is feature-rich, and if you ever need added inspiration, the large Fooducate community provides a platform for sharing advice and motivation.
There's a Pro version available through in-app purchase, which extends to specialized diets like low-carb and Paleo. By opting for the Pro edition, you also lose the ads.
All in all, there's no question that Fooducate is one of the best in the business. The Play Store version has a 4.3 rating, while iOS users have given the latest version the full five-star treatment.
download: Fooducate Android
5. Lose weight without dieting
This app aims to dispel the notion that crash diets are worthwhile. Offering smart tips on healthy nutrition and exercise, the app lets you track food meticulously, right down to your protein, fat and carbs (i.e. "macros") ratios to ensure that you're headed in the right direction.
The interface is very easy on the eye, which is helpful given that you'll be staring it at regularly, and all of the various functions and features are very easy to navigate.
The Lose Weight
app is again free to download, with additional purchases for hardcore devotees. The version displayed to your left is for Android only, but maker Harmonic Software
has a similar iOS version which we've linked to below.
download: Lose Weight Android
So, that completes our countdown of great diet apps for Android and iOS. As with anything major lifestyle change, there will be a fair drop of required discipline. But if your health and weight objectives stretch beyond a #weightgoals
Instagram post, there's certainly no harm in trying.
If you do try any of these apps or perhaps have another great recommendation for health and fitness-related utilities, be sure to leave us a comment below.