WEIGHT LOSS APPS THAT ACTUALLY WORK
When weight loss apps came on the scene they were met with much scepticism and for good reason. Many just weren’t up to scratch and couldn’t deliver the results they promised.
Simply put, a weight loss apps job is to help you (the user) lose weight and this can be achieved in a variety of ways, with each app offering different unique selling points. An example of these offerings include: increased motivation for the user, movement tracking capabilities and the monitoring of eating habits. Some apps even promise all of the above.
Here, we give you the low down on 5 phone apps that (should you use them properly) will help you budge 5 kilos in no time!
WEIGHT LOSS APPS
|MY FITNESS PAL|
The king of dietary tracking apps. This app has come a long way from humble beginnings and it truly is a wonderful application. When you sign up, My Fitness Pal will ask you a few personal details such as height, weight, age and gender so it can determine your BMR. It will then ask you your dietary goal. By doing this the app will determine your daily calorific needs and set you your daily calorie target. The rest is up to you, but My Fitness Pal have made it super simple. The user interface and food logging diary is so easy to use it’s child play, they even offer you a barcode scanner so you can scan your food and input the amount eaten. When you add your foods eaten the app simply works out the calories of the food and deducts them from your total daily allowance.
Losing weight really is about calorie intake. If you eat less than your body physically needs it will begin to burn fat stores as an energy source thus helping you lose weight. My Fitness Pal does this safely and sets you realistic and achievable calorie targets and if nothing else helps you better log ad understand your eating habits.
The NOOM weight loss coach helps users input health and fitness goals and then guides them on the way to success via various methods. It has a great food tracking system which can be used to track everything that has been eaten throughout the day. It has tens of thousands of food items, so you rarely come up against an item of food that cannot be found in the library. NOOM also has an exercise tracking feature which helps you log simple activities such as walking, cycling and running with ease. Granted it’s not the most sophisticated tracking feature, but it gets the job done and automatically accounts for the calories burned during these exercises and adjusts daily calorific needs accordingly.
NOOM has been recognised as one of the best weight loss apps 2 years running and for good reason.
Lose It does much the same as NOOM in that it tracks daily food intake and has the ability to track exercise. Another nice feature of Lose It is the tracking of nutrients so you know whether you are getting the correct amount of vitamins and minerals in your diet. Lose It’s stand out feature is it’s challenge series. Here you can get compete in a series of challenges against your friends and fellow Lose It users with challenges as simple as ‘’who can run the most KM in 1 week’’ or ‘’who can lose the most weight in 1 month’’ etc.
NUTRITION SOUQ RECOMMENDATION
Styck app is a fantastic homegrown UAE app. It’s simplicity and concept is what make it’s so user friendly and great to use. The idea is simple: ‘’Move more and get rewards’’.
Styck encourages you to move. To run, to walk, to cycle and to stay active. Each step you take is you working towards another great Styck reward. Styck rewards you for completing set amounts of steps, with each reward representing a different amount of steps. Once you reach the step limit you unlock the reward. But that’s not all, Styck reward consistent movers. They want you to move everyday, and when you do this you achieve what is known as a ‘’streak’’ an unlock an even more epic reward.
Styck rewards vary greatly and keep be as simple as a free coffee or as epic as a free nights stay in a hotel! Now that’s motivation.
|7 MINUTE WORKOUT|
Never have time to workout? 7 minute workout solves that problem. This app has a library of workouts which can be completed in 7 minutes from the comfort of your own home. All exercises will involve using your bodyweight and no more than a chair, table or wall. 7 minute workout uses HIIT training as its go to weapon. A training style which is renowned for torching calories and fat. If you are the type of person who doesn’t like to spend hours or even 30 minutes in the gym then this app is for you. It’s educative, effective and easy to use.
Author: Alex Pascoe
Author Bio: Alex is the head of operations and head trainer of Nutrition Souq (www.nutritionsouq.com). He is a certified personal trainer, self confessed fitness nut and entrepreneur, and is on a mission to make the UAE fitter, healthier and happier