The Best Weight Loss iPhone & Android Apps of the Year

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  • Shed Those Extra Pounds

    Shed Those Extra Pounds

    At any given time, millions of Americans are actively on a diet. Whether it’s Paleo or South Beach, Atkins or Mediterranean, the goal is to shed extra pounds and feel better about yourself. One reason for exercise can be to lose weight. Routines ranging from Zumba to strength training can help you sweat off the pounds and tone your muscles.

    A little extra help can go a long way for a weight loss program. If you can’t splurge for a dietitian or personal trainer, these 22 apps can keep you on track with your diet and workouts. They’ll help you get to your goal — and into the bathing suit, dress, or suit you’ve been eyeing — even faster. As an added bonus, many of these apps are totally free.

  • BMI Calculator

    BMI Calculator

    iPhone – Not enough ratings – Free

    Android – 4.1 stars with 33,712 ratings – Free

    When it comes to knowing whether you’re at a healthy weight, the number on the scale doesn’t tell the whole story. Body mass index (BMI), a measure of body fat using a ratio of weight to height, can be a good way to gauge whether you need to lose a few pounds. This app also calculates your body fat percentage and calorie consumption, so you can reach your ideal weight sooner. 

  • Diet Assistant – Weight Loss

    Diet Assistant – Weight Loss

    iPhone – 4.5 stars with 34 ratings – Free

    Android – 4 stars with 9,221 ratings – Free

    One of the hardest parts of losing weight is eating healthy. Let’s face it: Temptations are everywhere and portion sizes are huge. Diet Assistant makes it much easier to watch what you eat. Enter in your target weight and the app will design a meal plan to get you there.

    Even if you’re on a specific diet — say, vegetarian or high-protein — Diet Assistant can find foods that suit your tastes. It will create a daily menu, along with detailed shopping lists, to make supermarket trips stress- and hassle-free! 

  • Ideal Weight

    Ideal Weight

    Android – 4.3 stars with 53,361 ratings – Free

    The beauty of this weight loss app lies in its simplicity. You just run your finger over the yellow measuring tape, and then enter your height and weight, and the app will calculate your BMI in either imperial (pounds) or metric units. You’ll find out whether you’re overweight, underweight, or just right. Additionally, you’ll get an estimate of your ideal weight, so you can start working toward it.

  • Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal

    Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal

    iPhone – 4.5 stars with 39,155 ratings – Free

    Android – 4.7 stars with 590,845 ratings – Free  

    It’s no wonder this app is a top pick of both PC Magazine and Wired. Users rave that it’s “simple,” “the best calorie counter” they’ve tried, and the “first diet tool that has ever worked” for them.

    The key to Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker’s success is that it incorporates the two weight loss essentials: diet and exercise. Its massive database of more than three million foods lets you track the calories, fat, carbs, and cholesterol in just about everything you eat. The app also offers more than 350 cardio and strength training exercises to help you trim down and tone up. 

  • Lose It!

    Lose It!

    iPhone – 3.5 stars with 346,413 ratings – Free

    Android – 4.5 stars with 24,460 ratings – Free

    The formula to losing weight is simple: Burn off more calories than you take in each day. However, anyone who has struggled knows that it’s easier said than done. Lose It simplifies weight loss by designing a custom plan for you, then tracking your calories and exercise to help you get there.

    On the way to weight loss, you can also challenge yourself to achieve other goals, such as sleeping better, trimming body fat, or eating a more nutritious diet. The app is designed so you don’t have to go it alone. Its groups and one-on-one connect features help you get support from friends and fellow dieters in the program.

  • Weight Watchers Mobile

    Weight Watchers Mobile

    iPhone – 3.5 stars with 94,283 ratings – Free

    Android – 3.8 stars with 42,903 ratings – Free

    Weight Watchers has been around for more than 50 years, and it’s consistently ranked as one of the most effective and easy-to-follow weight loss plans. The key to this diet’s success is its flexibility. There are no premade meals to buy, and no strict rules to follow. You simply eat a balanced, healthy diet in moderately sized portions.

    With Weight Watchers mobile, dieters can now take the program with them anywhere. Subscribers can track their diet, exercise, and weight loss, find thousands of meal ideas and recipes, and locate Weight Watchers meetings in their area.

  • Diet Point – Weight Loss

    Diet Point – Weight Loss

    iPhone – 4 stars with 77 ratings – Free

    Android – 4.3 stars with 22,807 ratings – Free

    Diet Point claims it can help you lose 10 pounds in 10 days, which may or may not be true. What it does offer is a comprehensive collection of more than 100 different eating plans, fitting a wide range of tastes and goals. Whether you’re a fan of the Mediterranean way of eating, or you hate feeling hungry, there’s a diet here for you.

    Once you’ve picked a diet plan, the app will show you exactly what to eat, generating detailed shopping lists to help you navigate the supermarket and buy the right foods. It will also estimate how much weight you’ll lose by following the plan. 

  • Noom Weight

    Noom Weight

    iPhone – 4 stars with 226 ratings – Free

    Android – 4.3 stars with 115,528 ratings – Free

    You might lose some weight on a quick-fix diet, but you’ll have a better chance of keeping it off if you establish healthy habits. This coaching app will teach you smarter approaches to eating and exercise, which you can incorporate into your daily life and stick with over the long term. Noom Weight will also motivate you along the way, so you don’t give up. Part of that motivation comes from connecting with other “Noomers” through a virtual support group.

    The basic app is free, but you’ll get added features with a paid subscription that starts at $9.99 a month.

  • 7-Min Workout

    7-Min Workout

    iPhone – 4.5 stars with 40 ratings – $2.99

    Android – 4.3 stars with 9,750 ratings – Free

    If you’ve got an overloaded schedule, you might not be able to devote an hour a day to exercise. But just about everyone can spare seven minutes. The seven-minute workout is based on research published in the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Journal, which found that doing seven-minute bouts of intense exercise is an efficient way to lose weight and strengthen muscles.

    The app alternates 30 seconds of high-energy exercises like jumping jacks, push-ups, squats, and planks with 10 seconds of rest. This workout gets your heart pumping and works out your muscles, all in a very manageable timeframe. 

  • Fitness Buddy

    Fitness Buddy

    iPhone – 4.5 stars with 7,780 ratings – $1.99

    Android – 4.3 stars with 4,810 ratings – $1.99

    If you’re looking to kickstart your workout routine, you could invest in a personal trainer and pay upwards of $50 per hour. Or, you can spend just a couple of dollars and get access to top training techniques and workout tips, right in the palm of your hand.

    The Fitness Buddy app features more than 1,700 different exercises, along with thousands of photos and videos to help you get your technique down. You’ll learn how to use all the major pieces of equipment, from barbells to stability balls. Whether your goal is to lose weight, tone up, or build your muscles, you’ll find a workout here to help you get there. Once you’ve established a fitness program, track your progress and see just how buff you’re getting!

  • Cardio Buddy

    Cardio Buddy

    iPhone – 4.5 stars with 179 ratings – $1.99

    Ever wonder if you’re working out hard enough? One way to hone in on your ideal workout pace is by tracking your heart rate with the Cardio Buddy app. There’s no monitor. Rather, this app tracks your heart rate using a high-tech camera sensor developed by researchers at UC Berkeley and Stanford University.

    With Cardio Buddy, you can see how your heart rate changes over time. Compare your heart rate with those of other people around the world to see how you measure up. 

  • Nike + Running

    Nike + Running

    iPhone – 4.5 stars with 41,485 ratings – Free

    Android – 4.4 stars with 151,221 ratings – Free

    This app, from a company best known for its sneakers, motivates runners once they’ve laced up. Whether you’re a casual weekend jogger or a hard-training marathoner, Nike + Running will help you build stamina and increase your speed.

    Use the coaching programs to get into shape or train for a race. Track your distance, pace, and time with each run to see how you’re improving. Then, challenge family and friends to a race to find out who’s got the fastest time. 

  • RunKeeper

    RunKeeper

    iPhone – 4.5 stars with 28,149 ratings – Free

    Android – 4.4 stars with 144,258 ratings – Free

    You don’t need to invest in a pricey treadmill or fitness bike to track how fast and far you run or pedal. RunKeeper gives you all the same functions for free, and you can take it anywhere. Using your phone’s GPS, this app will calculate your pace and distance traveled. It can also tell you how many calories you’ve burned.

    Whether you’re getting ready for a marathon or just jogging to lose weight, RunKeeper has training plans to get you started, and coaching to keep you motivated. You can also track your progress over time, and sync RunKeeper with your other fitness apps.

  • Endomondo Sports Tracker

    Endomondo Sports Tracker

    iPhone – 4.5 stars with 3,715 ratings – Free

    Android – 4.5 stars with 158,428 ratings – Free

    Whether you’re into running, biking, or kayaking, Edmondo Sports Tracker will help you go farther and faster than ever before. For each workout session, it will track your duration, distance, speed, and calories. You can sync up with your friends to see how your times stack up against theirs. If you need a little added motivation, turn on the audio coach or ask your friends to send you pep texts, which the app will read aloud to you.

  • JEFIT Workout

    JEFIT Workout

    iPhone – 4.5 stars with 1,826 ratings – Free

    Android – 4.5 stars with 28,043 ratings – Free

    If you’re serious about your workouts, JEFIT is the bodybuilding app for you. Users call it the “best bodybuilding app” ever because it offers hundreds of different fitness routines. It also gives you the ability to track your progress online.

    Start by creating your own workout using JEFIT’s extensive database of cardio, weightlifting, and strength training exercises. During each workout, enter your weights, reps, and pictures of your progress. Sync your smartphone data with your online profile to follow improvements in your weight, body fat, and measurements over time. 

  • Nike Training Club

    Nike Training Club

    iPhone – 3 stars with 23,687 ratings – Free

    Android – 4.3 stars with 17,024 ratings – Free

    Sorry men: This workout is just for the ladies. Nike has created a program specifically to help women get the fitness results they want. Training Club includes targeted workouts designed by renowned female athletes like Maria Sharapova, as well as other celebrities and some of the world’s top personal trainers.

    Nike Training Club features 15-, 30-, and 45-minute workouts, with step-by-step instructions to make sure you’re doing every exercise the right way. You can easily view your training history and chart your progress.

  • DailyBurn

    DailyBurn

    iPhone – 4 stars with 915 ratings – Free

    Android – 3.8 stars with 479 ratings – Free

    DailyBurn brings the gym into your home, local park, or anywhere else you want to work out. Its extensive library of fitness programming, which includes everything from dance aerobics to weight training and yoga, will help ensure you never get bored of your routine. Expert fitness trainers lead every workout to help you get into top shape.

    You can access many of DailyBurn’s videos for free. For a monthly subscription fee of $9.99, you can get unlimited access to the entire library of workouts. The app also lets you to connect wirelessly with most Bluetooth-enabled heart rate monitors, allowing you to monitor your heart rate while you exercise. 

  • GymGoal 2

    GymGoal 2

    iPhone – 4.5 stars with 57 ratings – $4.99

    According to GymGoal’s creators, more than one million people are already using this highly versatile and functional workout app. Anyone, from newbie exercisers to pro athletes, can find a place in their routine for this fitness guide and tracker.

    GymGoal 2 features 52 different workout routines, including nearly 300 exercises broken down with animations and step-by-step instructions. The app’s tracking feature shows your complete workout history by muscle group. It also lets you see exactly how your measurements tighten up over time. You don’t need a Wi-Fi or data connection when you’re working out. The app stores everything right on your phone.

  • Calorie Counter PRO MyNet Diary

    Calorie Counter PRO MyNet Diary

    iPhone – 4.5 stars with 12,867 ratings – $3.99

    Android – 4.5 stars with 6,015 ratings – $3.99

    Healthy eating usually involves a lot of guesswork. What has fewer calories and less fat: the salad with dressing or the chicken sandwich? Calorie Counter PRO can help you turn dieting into more of an exact science.

    Not sure what to order at a restaurant? Consult this app’s massive food database, which includes over 600,000 different foods. Stumped at the supermarket? Scan the barcode of the food in question, and you’ll get a nutritional assessment of its healthfulness.

    Calorie Counter PRO goes far beyond a basic food search tool. Set a goal weight, and the app will help you get there by planning out your weekly diet and exercise schedule. It can even help you track other aspects of your health, such as your sleep and life-work balance. This app does just about everything but lace up your sneakers and put the fork in your mouth!

  • Fitocracy

    Fitocracy

    iPhone – 4.5 stars with 12,987 ratings – Free

    Android – 3.5 stars with 3,105 ratings – Free

    Hate working out? Turn it into a game! Fitocracy has successfully combined all the fun of an online video game with a motivating workout program. Like any great video game, this one has a few enemies you have to defeat — namely, body fat and weak muscles.

    You level-up in the game by earning points through increasingly challenging workouts, by beating quests, and by unlocking new achievements. In addition to challenging yourself, take on your friends by inviting them to duel you one-on-one. 

  • FitBit

    FitBit

    iPhone – 4 stars with 16,930 ratings – Free

    Android – 4 stars with 20,698 ratings – Free

    The developers of FitBit realized that staying healthy is about more than eating right and exercising. It aims for a more holistic approach to good health, helping you track not only your activities and food, but also your weight and sleep habits.

    Set goals and then, using one of the FitBit trackers (which you have to buy), chart your progress over time. Invite friends to play along with you to help you stay motivated.

  • Jawbone UP

    Jawbone UP

    iPhone – 3 stars with 2,385 ratings – Free

    Android – 3.7 stars with 6,749 ratings – Free

    The Jawbone UP app is free, but it must be used together with the UP or UP24 wristband, which can cost up to $150. Use the app and band together to track your diet, exercise, and sleep, and get tips to improve in all three categories and reach your health goals.

    If you need a gentle prod to exercise, go to bed, or take your medicine, set reminders on your smartphone. The app also offers an alarm, which will wake you up with a few vibrations of the band in the morning or after a power nap.

  • A Well-Rounded Fitness Program

    A Well-Rounded Fitness Program

    These apps are a great way to kickstart, ramp up, and keep track of your diet and fitness program. To make real and lasting changes for the better, incorporate them into an overall healthy lifestyle.

    Eat a well-rounded diet that’s high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free and low-fat dairy, and seafood. Limit salt, saturated and trans fats, added sugar, and refined grains. Try to get enough exercise to burn off more calories than you take in, aiming for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise on most days of the week, alternating with two days of strength training.

  • Methodology

    Methodology

    We selected these weight loss apps based on their potential to aid overweight people and their loved ones in a number of ways. Additional factors considered in selecting these apps include: user ratings, affordability, accessibility, format, functionality, and relevance to weight loss and its community's needs. Together, this collection represents the gamut of helpful iPhone and Android apps that are successfully designed to make weight loss more manageable.

Please note: Healthline Networks does not endorse or warrant for fitness of purpose any of these applications. These apps have not been evaluated for medical accuracy by Healthline Networks and unless otherwise indicated, haven’t been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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