December 27, 2012

5 Free Mobile Apps To Help Lose Weight

A study from Northwestern University found that individuals who utilized mobile apps to track what they were eating and what physical activity they were doing lost an average of 15 pounds and kept the weight off for a minimum of a year.

In particular, the study was the first to demonstrate how the use of technology could help an existing weight loss program and contribute to further weight loss.

“The app is important because it helps people regulate their behavior, which is really hard to do,” explained the study’s lead investigator Bonnie Spring, a professor of preventive medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, in a prepared statement. “Most of us have no idea how many calories we consume and how much physical activity we get. The app gives you feedback on this and helps you make smart decisions in the moment.”

With that in mind, here are a few free mobile apps that may be of use for those who are looking to lose the extra pounds gained during the holidays.

Fooducate Nutrition Scanner

Android users

Making healthier choices and allowing individuals to diet without dieting is the heart of this app. Users scan a barcode and are given product highlights of what’s good and bad of the item. They are then given a list of better alternatives to choose. The app was developed by dietitians and parents, with a database of more than 200,000 unique products currently.

Noom Weight Loss Coach

Android users

With this app, weight loss is more a game than a chore. There are a number of daily tasks to pave the way for effective lifestyle changes and long-term weight loss. The app includes informative articles, interesting challenges, and a Noom score to show how individuals are doing with their weight loss goals. There is also a “coach” aspect that pushes individuals to complete the goals if they get sidelined.

Lose It!

Android users

This app includes calorie tracking and peer support in a user-friendly way. In terms of calorie tracking, there’s a popular barcode scanner that will identify the nutrition information for a variety of packaged foods. As well, it’s easy to track different nutrients consumed, including carbohydrates, fat, and protein. Once certain milestones have been reached, the app awards badges to recognize weight loss success. There is also a featured that connects friends for more motivation and support


iPhone users

With a database of over two million different foods, this app is a greater for counting calories and keeping track of what foods have been consumed. Individuals can set a goal, and also input information regarding food and exercise to find out the net amount of weight that has been lost for a particular day. It’s a great option for a digital food diary.

Prêt-à-Yoga Lite

iPhone users

This app is great for beginners who want to learn more about yoga.  It is a set of interactive flash cards, where individuals can tap the phone’s screen to go to different cards that feature inspirational quotes, breathing techniques, and images of yoga poses. As well, the yoga sequences can be paused or viewed at a different angle. For those who want to relax, the app features calming music.

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