We are beginning 2013, and we have survived the alleged Mayan prediction of the end of the world in 2012. So, now that we are all still here, we have made our usual New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, to get fit, to “eat healthier,” and so forth.
The key to success in resolutions is to set measurable, trackable goals. For those of us who are more or less surgically attached to our smartphones, tracking our progress with an app just makes sense; we may be more likely to do so than if we rely on old-fashioned pen and notebook for food journaling, monitoring our workout progress and so on. If you are one of those who’d rather use an app than a notebook, there are a variety of apps that can help you.
Yes, research does confirm that apps can help people track progress and have more success; if you want some details, check out the report at NPR.org on a new study released by Bonnie Spring, a professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. The group using a mobile app lost an average of 8.6 pounds (3.9 kg) more than the non-app using group. You can get the details here.
That said, let’s take a look at what is available currently!
My Fitness Pal has a very popular app for several mobile phones; iPhone, Android, Blackberry,Windows Phone 7 as well as iPad. It works in conjunction with the free online tools at MyFitnessPal.com and automatically will synch your data with your online account. You can get full details here.
Lose It! from FitNow is also popular. Read consumer reviews and CNET and get details on how where to download here. It’s available at iTunes and it is free.
If you are looking for help in maintaining your food journal and keeping track of your daily intake, check out this review of five top food diary apps from HellaWella here. Among the apps they review: MyNetDiary Calorie Counter, Weight Watchers Mobile, Shroomies Nutrition Menu, SparkPeople’s Diet & Food Tracker, as well as the aforementioned MyFitnessPal.
Looking for apps to track your workouts? For a few of the top fitness apps check out the video below.
This list is ongoing and will be periodically updated. We welcome your input. Have you found a useful app for your smartphone that’s helping you track your progress? Please let us know what you’ve discovered!
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