Shed a few pounds by adding a few iPhone Apps

Nov 2, 2009
Health

The reasons for weight gain are numerous: college lifestyle, demanding work schedule, pregnancy, etc. The list of reasons to lose weight, however, is just as long and even more compelling: low cholesterol levels, longer life span, better sex life, etc. Doctors typically recommend a combination of dieting and exercising to those who are trying to […]

The reasons for weight gain are numerous: college lifestyle, demanding work schedule, pregnancy, etc. The list of reasons to lose weight, however, is just as long and even more compelling: low cholesterol levels, longer life span, better sex life, etc.

Doctors typically recommend a combination of dieting and exercising to those who are trying to shed pounds. As such, we have assembled  an iPhone app fitness and nutrition guide in order to direct you to what we believe to be the best weight loss app options.

iPhone apps for diet/food intake

A successful diet requires reducing and monitoring your caloric intake. The two best calorie-related apps available are Restaurant Nutrition (free) and Tap&Track ($2.99).

Both apps allow you to search food items by restaurant. So if you are standing in line at Wendy’s wondering what to order, you can look up all relevant nutritional information while you wait. In addition, Tap&Track allows you to look up food items by name. The database includes any item you would find in a grocery store. With these apps you can keep a daily, weekly and monthly total of the calories you have consumed.

iPhone apps for exercise/fitness

To get your exercise efforts rolling, download iFitness ($1.99). The comprehensive app does everything from suggested individual exercises body part by body part to tracking workout routines. Want a J-Lo butt? Try the glutes definition plan. Want to stay in shape while traveling for work? Try the business travel workout.

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If you bore easily and need something fresh everyday, download Workout Of The Day ($1.99). It suggests one set of exercises for each day that can be completed in about 15 minutes. The app includes demonstration videos and a timer. Not much of a gym goer? You can burn calories while taking in the great outdoors. Use TrailBehind (99 cents) and TrailGuru (free) to find great hiking trails and to track your route and distance. 

iPhone apps to track your progress

You are going to want to track all of your hard work. Try downloading Weightbot ($1.99) or Weight Tracker (99 cents). Both allow you to create profiles, set start and goal weights, and follow your progress day to day. If you are a visual person, try the Virtual Weight Loss Model (99 cents). You get to build a cartoon-like representation of yourself that will expand or shrink depending on the fluctuations of your weight.

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Megan O'Neil

Megan O'Neil is a journalist and freelance writer in Los Angeles. When she isn't lounging at the beach or socializing in the Hollywood Hills, she writes for the Park Labrea New/Beverly Press newspaper and the Los Angeles Times Community News Group.

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