2012 may be the year you have decided to start eating better and moving a little more.
Fortunately, that doesn’t have to mean spending thousands on a nutritionist or personal trainer, since many of us now rely on technology to help set our eating habits straight.
And, there are literally thousands of tools available for your iPhone, T-Mobile wireless smart phone, or other mobile device, to help with food tracking, calorie counting, and motivation, on your quest for a healthier body.
However, when it comes to choosing between these tools, the decision can be extremely overwhelming.
Best Weight Loss Apps
That’s why I’ve put together this handy list of my five favorite smart phone apps for weight loss:
1. WeightWatchers (free for iPhone)
WeightWatchers is my favorite “lifestyle” eating plan.
I call it that because instead of telling you to cut down your daily calorie count, and swap certain foods for other foods blindly, WeightWatchers actually educates you on why you are eating certain foods, and it helps you understand how to eat a properly, balanced diet.
iPhone users can download the WeightWatchers app for tracking WW points on the go.
The app also features a 31,000 food database, detailed nutritional breakdowns for food, can track daily fitness and activities, and serves up a smorgasbord of healthy recipes.
2. DailyBurn (free for iPhone)
If you’re looking for an app with ingenious food-tracking functionality, then DailyBurn is the app for you.
Not only does it feature a jam-packed 350,000 food database, including foods from popular chain restaurants, and even organic and ethnic foods, DailyBurn also provides a complete nutritional breakdown for each food you’ll log (including calories, protein, fat, and carbohydrates).
You can also log food with the super convenient UPC barcode scanning app using your iPhone camera, which is handy while grocery shopping, if you’re unsure of which product is the healthiest for you.
3. Calorie Tracker By Livestrong ($2.99 for iPhone)
No food tracking app has anything on Livestrong’s Calorie Tracker, and its impressive 450,000 food database. And, why would Lance Armstrong be satisfied with anything less?
I use this app to analyze the foods I eat according to their caloric, fat, protein, sugar, fiber, and carbohydrate content.
I also enter the exercises I do daily according to time and distance (so I can enjoy a little dark chocolate every so often).
The Calorie Tracker app allows users to customize their caloric intake based on things like BMI goals, weight loss goals, etc.
And, it provides a daily look at your nutrition and activity program, providing a pie-chart overview, to help you stay on track with your fitness goals.
4. Diabetes Buddy Diet Tracker ($4.99 for iPhone)
If your doctor has suggested better management of your blood sugar levels, the Diabetes Buddy app could help you.
It tracks weight, the foods you consume, hydration levels, physical activity, glucose readings, and insulin injections, on a daily basis.
It also helps take the guesswork out of things like carbohydrate consumption, which can take a little getting used to when you are initially diagnosed with diabetes.
5. Lose It! (Free for iPhone)
The app provides daily and weekly progress reports, which help you stay focused on your weight loss goals.
For added motivation, this app rewards those who stay on track with rewards (or badges) to celebrate certain milestones (i.e. the first 5 or 10 pounds).
Do you use any weight loss apps? What’s your favorite?