Get off the couch with Lifesum, a modern health app that's more than the sum of its parts


Developer: Lifesum Download: Android, iOS
Category: Education Price: Free

Do you want a companion app that only thinks what's best for you? Lifesum is like a contagiously positive personal trainer that lives inside your smartphone and coaches you on picking up better food, fashioning an exercise routine, and looking after your health. Unlike other apps, Lifesum has a gentle approach – rather than filling your schedule with more tedious tasks to worry about not accomplishing, it aims to put you on the right track with small and sustainable steps, eventually turning health consciousness into part of your lifestyle. That's a more sure way of not giving up on the healthy ambitions that made you download Lifesum in the first place.

You can expect Lifesum to give you reminders for drinking water regularly, feedback on the meals you eat according to your diet, and comfort for the days you might struggle living up to your goals. Additionally, the app includes a selection of healthy eating plans and provides a summary of your nutrition habits, exercise performance, and body summary. This way, you can get the low-down on how you are progressing by tracking changes in weight and other physical stats.

Appropriately for a modern health app with serious developers behind it, Lifesum does its thing not just on your smartphone, but on your paired smartwatch as well! There are companion apps both for Android Wear devices and the Apple Watch. The mini apps are designed to make committing to diet and exercise even easier. The small screen lets you check your daily activity at a glance, access a scaled-down log of meals, water, and exercise, and get notifications with tips, reminders and exercise suggestions. Additionally, Gold subscribers can sync Lifesum to their fitness trackers and wearables.

Indeed, while Lifesum is free to use, those who like it and want the full experience can subscribe to become Gold members. There are three subscription plans available, each unlocking several additional features. In addition to fitness tracker sync, Lifesum will give you detailed meal information (complete with a nutritional breakdown), and let you pick up on one of its integrated diets like '5:2', 'LCHF' and 'High Protein'.

While we haven't spent a day with Lifesum just yet, we're pleased with how the app handles on both Android and iOS devices. It looks good, navigation is smooth, and there's a pleasing cohesive feel to it as a whole. The app can be had for free from Google Play and the Apple App Store.

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10 Comments

1. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Great! I'm gonna try this app.

2. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Just get to work if you want to have body you want, don't wait for app to do everything for you

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah right.. diet is totally useless if people didnt exercise, doing some sweaty sports, or even running once a week.. *glare at those girls*

5. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Yeah tell me more, I always have a good laugh seeing "those girls" in their pink sport clothes, expensive running shoes and after struggling with 2 kilometres they give up and return to old habit And btw exercising without diet is also pointless if you're looking to change how your body looks, if mobility is all you care about then diet isn't so important but you will still look pathetic *glare at crossfitters* :P

6. zinger69

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Working out can only get you so far. If you workout 4-5 times a week, but eat nothing but fast food what's the point? To get the results you want you have to eat right as well. I'll definitely give this app a look.

9. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Lol typical broscience You can eat what you want as long as it fits your calories and macros.

4. TheGranter

Posts: 63; Member since: Jan 28, 2016

It's sad to see that a majority of people have no idea what they are eating. Even people that think they eat healthy are being completly ignorant about how much sugar some things contain. Almost think apps like this should be inforced for all kids to use so they learn what s**tty food is.

7. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

Diets font work it's all about a change of lifestyle.

8. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

Eat healthy have healthy habits and move a bit more aka get off the sofa.

10. LindaWilliams

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 17, 2016

Lifesum is one of those apps that can really help users, it's definitely worth trying if you want to understand and track your food habits. I also recommend checking out ActivityTracker by Bits&Coffee. activitytrackerapp dot com It's a free iPhone app that monitors your daily activity without draining your battery, since it uses the motion processor instead of GPS.

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