Let technology be your guide in your quest to eat well, lose weight and stay in shape.
(via Healthline and BGR) Apparently America is huge right now — and by huge we’re not talking popularity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 78.6 million people in the U.S. are obese — that’s more than one-third of adults in the country. According to the World Health Organization, “more than 600 million adults around the world were categorized as obese in 2014” and a whopping 2 billion qualified as overweight.
In an effort to shed the pounds, get fit or simply feel better about themselves, millions of Americans actively diet and engage in exercise programs. From South Beach to Paleo to Mediterranean, Zumba to strength training to running, there is no shortage of options for eating better and losing weight.
But sticking to a health routine is tough. And if you can’t afford a dietitian and personal trainer to keep you motivated, it’s easy to get discouraged and abandon all effort.
If you’re feeling frustrated with your fitness goals or you’re looking for an easy way to incorporate your diet and exercise routines, turn to technology for guidance, information and motivation. You can easily download apps — and most are free — to help you stay healthy straight to your mobile device.
Shape up your fitness with help from these seven healthy apps we think are real winners
It’s time to forget those lose-weight-quick diets by establishing long-term healthy eating habits and get fit for life. With Noom Coach you’ll learn a smart approach to both dieting and exercise to incorporate into your everyday life. And connecting with other “Noomers” virtually provides a support group to keep you on track.
Lose weight through an individualized weight-loss plan and track your calories and activity. Lose It can also help you trim fat, eat healthier and sleep better along the way.
Stay motivated with a virtual group or one-on-one support from participants in the program.
Access the “gym” anywhere using your mobile device and the DailyBurn. You’ll never get bored of your fitness routines with workout options ranging from weight training to dance aerobics to yoga — all led by qualified fitness experts.
DailyBurn also connects you wirelessly to most Bluetooth-enabled heart rate monitors.
Wearing a FitBit tracker you get a holistic approach to good health. This intuitive app not only tracks your food intake and activities, but also your sleep habits and your weight.
Set your health goals and use the FitBit to track your progress over time. And invite friends to participate along with you to help you stick with the program. FitBit trackers start at $60 to $250.
This free app is used in tandem with the UP or UP24 wristband, which can cost up to $150. Together the app and the band track your sleep, diet and exercise while providing helpful information in each area to help you along the way — like reminders to exercise or go to bed on time.
Diet Assistant can help you avoid temptation. Enter your target weight and the app will create an individualized mean plan to get you there.
Diet Assistant can accommodate special diet preferences as it designs your daily menu and it even generates a grocery list to make your shopping easy and stress-free.
Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal
Wired and PC Magazine both rate MyFitnessPal among the top fitness apps available. It combines diet and exercise with a database of more than 3 million foods and 350 cardio and strength-training apps.
You can easily track the cholesterol, fat, calories and carbs in nearly everything you eat and the app offers a bar code scanner so you can look up nutritional data easily. And there is no shortage of workouts to help you lose weight and stay fit.
MyFitnessPal also integrates with Fitbit — integrating your daily exercise and calorie intake for a concise overview of your daily calorie plan.