In a previous post, I shared with you 5 of the most popular weight loss iPhone apps. But the truth is that hundreds of diet and weight loss-related apps have been released during the past few years. Remarkably, almost 1 out of 3 apps featured on iTunes are designed to help you improve your health. However, only a few dozens stand out for their great features, convenience of use and ability to help you achieve a fitter, slimmer and healthier you. Today, I would like to bring to your attention 5 more of these great little tools.
Almost any health professional will tell you to just keep moving, if you are looking for a panacea to weight loss. The RunKeeper application focuses on the walking “caloric expenditure” side of your weight loss equation. It tracks both the distance walked and the elevation gained, using the GPS feature built into your iPhone 3G. It then uses your weight to determine the number of calories you have burned on your daily “stroll.” If you’re hiking in unfamiliar territory, you may end up being grateful for the trail it displays to indicate where you have been and the icon that marks your current location.
Those who want to focus even more on the “caloric expenditure” side of the equation might appreciate this iPhone application, which costs $2.99 to download. Couch to 5K is a 9-week workout program that is designed to coach you toward a goal of running a 5K (3.1 miles) without having to stop or slow down to a walk. The program involves interval workouts that are 20 to 30 minutes long, with an additional 5-minute warm-up and a 5-minute cool-down. If you’re already physically active, you might prefer beginning the program in the middle, which is an option. You also have the option of choosing prompts spoken by a female or by a male—or electing to have no prompts whatsoever. The program can be used with your own playlists, and it is also compatible with the Nike plus system.
Dietician allows users to access recipes, and this app includes a personalized meal planning feature as well. Shopping lists are even provided to make it easier. This application offers five different weight loss plans and provides tools that the dieter can use to track his or her progress, along with graphical presentations of that progress. The Dietician app is one of “more expensive” ones, however. At this writing, it is “on sale” for $7.99, and the credible reviews are mostly negative.
Weightbot, which is downloadable for $1.99, is designed to make it easy for you to track your weight- loss progress and to keep you motivated. When you enter your weight each day, your BMI is instantly displayed so that you can watch it decrease as you adopt healthier eating habits. The application allows you to enter a goal weight and to view your progress toward that goal on a graph. The graph can be set to display this data in either one-week or one-month increments. Another graph depicts a simple monthly summary of your weight changes, and a third provides a view of a year’s worth of data. Weightbot will provide you with daily and weekly stats on your weight loss and will also estimate the very day you can expect to reach your goal weight, based on your current weight-change information.
True Weight is another motivational weight loss tool. It can be downloaded for a fee of $0.99 at this writing. This app calculates a weighted average (no pun intended) of your weight entries, using the most recent 28 days of entries. This smoothes out daily weight fluctuations and provides an estimate of your “true weight.” By steering your focus to your “true weight,” the application may keep you from going on a binge on those inevitable days when the number on the scale seems to be stuck—or is even higher than it was on the previous day. The “Progress” screen displays your “true weight,” along with data on the monthly change and the weekly change and a “Daily Energy” value, which is, in essence, an estimate of the number of calories responsible for your daily weight change; the number will be negative if you’ve expended more calories than you consumed, and positive if the reverse is true. The application supports up to 10 years of daily weight entries and provides graphical representations of your progress for time frames from 1 month to 10 years.
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