iPhone, iPod, iPad, and Android Weight Loss

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

iphone fitness and diet appsIn the mobile world we live in even weight loss support is becoming even more portable thanks to the array of devices such as iPhones, iPods, and iPads.

The invention of the iPhone, iPod, and iPad app has also added to the ease of using portable devices to help people lose weight.

Many diet plans such as WeightWatchers are also getting in on the game by including apps with their membership plans in order to keep their customers motivated.

Popular iPhone, iPod, iPad, and Android Apps

Fitness

Free
MapMyFitness Allows users to track and record all kind of exercise and fitness activities. Integrates with the iphone and other devices.
Distance Meter Keeps track of your distance and pace while walking, jogging, or biking. This iPhone app is free.
Paid
FitnessBuilder Developed by PumpOne, this iPhone app has over 264 work out routines as well as thousands of pictures and videos plus tools to keep you motivated. It comes in a standard version for a one time fee of
$9.99 or upgrade to Plus for a subscription fee of $4.99 which includes updates and ongoing support from a personal trainer.
Distance Meter Pro Keeps track of your distance, pace, calories burned while walking, running, or biking. This iPhone or iPod app is available for $2.99.

Weight Loss

Free
MyFitnessPal Huge food database and calorie tracking diary. Integrates with many other devices as well as the iPhone health kit.
Weight Watchers Free to members, Weight Watchers offers all their powerful online tools as iPhone and
iPod touch apps so you can easily keep track of your points where ever you go.
Yes, No Diet Tracker Helps dieters track healthy eating and meal plans.
Paid
iWeight Deluxe This iPhone app helps you keep track of your weight and calories used. iWeight costs $.99.
80 Bites Helps dieters control their eating and portion size by keeping track of the number of bites a person takes. Designed for an iPhone or an iPad. $.99
My BMI Allows you to calculate and keep track of your BMI. This iPhone/iPod app is available for $.99.
Check Off Diet App Allows you to keep track of healthy foods and control your portions.

Nutrition

Free
Grocery iQ An iPhone app that just about writes your grocery list for you and includes 130,000 stored items. This app is free.
Paid
Locavore Go green is a great application for helping dieters to eat fresh and include locally grown vegetables in their diets. This iphone application is available for $2.99.
Gyndex- The Nutrition Guru For those following a GI based diet, this iPhone app is a must have. Huge database of the GI index of many foods. This iPhone app costs $1.99.
Mint Nutrition An app for getting the most nutritious meals when dinning out. This iPhone app costs $1.99.
Is That Gluten Free? Perfect for those on a gluten free diet as it contains a database of around 4000 food items. This iPhone/iPod app costs $5.99.

Now dieters can easily keep track of their Calories consumed, calories burned, distance walked and even what the healthiest options are when eating at one of the many restaurant chains. 

Not to mention the support system that is in place through social media websites like Twitter and Facebook which can be easily accessed on the go.

If a dieter is on the verge of succumbing to that big piece of chocolate cake, using their iPhone, they can receive instant help and encouragement not to indulge.

    References:

  • Breton, E. R., Fuemmeler, B. F., & Abroms, L. C. (2011). Weight loss—there is an app for that! But does it adhere to evidence-informed practices?. Translational behavioral medicine, 1(4), 523-529. study link
  • Carter, M. C., Burley, V. J., Nykjaer, C., & Cade, J. E. (2013). Adherence to a smartphone application for weight loss compared to website and paper diary: pilot randomized controlled trial. Journal of medical Internet research, 15(4). study link
  • Hebden, L., Cook, A., van der Ploeg, H. P., & Allman-Farinelli, M. (2012). Development of smartphone applications for nutrition and physical activity behavior change. JMIR research protocols, 1(2). study link
 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
Last Reviewed: May 7, 2015. Disclaimer

2 Comments

  1. Miha

    Great collection – I’m Diet2Go user and all I can say is job well done!

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  2. tb

    We just released an iPhone app that allows users to keep a photographic food diary and email their day’s log to anyone (themselves, a personal trainer, nutritionist, diet buddy, etc.) It’s called dietSNAPS. You can check it out at http://www.dietSNAPS.com.

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