best weight loss apps

If you're overweight, you know you're at risk for health problems like heart disease and diabetes. Unfortunately, knowing the facts is often not enough motivation to get up off the couch. Two important elements of weight loss are keeping active and keeping track of your food intake. Contemporary technology has given us many tools that can help — and they fit in your pocket. Have a look at these iPhone and Android weight loss apps. There's at least one for anyone who wants to lose weight.

Keep reading for Healthline's review of the best weight loss apps of the year. Apps available for both iPhone and Android were reviewed on their iPhone versions.

7 Minute Workout

iPhone rating:
4.5 stars Free
Android rating:
4 stars Free

Interface: This app's easy-to-read interface will have you moving through your daily exercises right away. Large type and minimum distractions keep the focus on the workout.

Usability: It's a piece of (low-cal) cake to use! The 7 Minute Workout progresses through the day's exercises with timers and voice prompts. Once you get started, you're working out hands-free until you're done. Sometimes simplicity is best.

Quality: Excellent

More: Don't think you have time to work out? Think again. Try this app's nationally recognized exercise program to keep in shape in just minutes a day.

Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal

iPhone rating:
4.5 stars Free
Android rating:
4.5 stars Free

Interface: You can tell the moment you launch Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker that it's ready to get to work. Cleanly designed stats pages help you account for what you're eating and how much more you want to lose.

Usability: It couldn't be easier to move through this app's counting and tracking functions.

Quality: Very good

More: One enthusiastic review said, "A must have if looking to change your food and eating habits."

Amwell

iPhone rating:
4.5 stars Free
Android rating:
4 stars Free

Interface: Amwell has a clear interface with bright, readable text and vivid, but not overly fancy, images.

Usability: Any user can benefit from this app’s ease of use. Those who aren’t tech-savvy will easily be able to contact medical professionals such as dieticians with a few touches, while more geeky users will delight in syncing and sharing health info. Video sessions give you face time you’d have to wait weeks for in an office.

Quality: Excellent

More: Use the code SEE4FREE to test out its services at no cost.

Calorie Counter PRO MyNetDiary

iPhone rating:
$3.99
Android rating:
Free

Interface: This bright interface is as snappy as a fresh green bean. Clean white and green pages keep it from being bloated with excess graphics and text.

Usability: Users rank this one of the simplest apps for logging food and showing progress.

Quality: Very good

More: Calorie Counter PRO MyNetDiary has a database of nearly a million foods. You can also find 500 exercises to help you lose weight.

Diet Assistance

iPhone rating:
Free
Android rating:
Free

Interface: This app's clean and lean look lets you know the developers are serious about helping you lose weight. Bright, easy to read pages guide you through diet plans, grocery lists, and weight records.

Usability: High on function, Diet Assistance lets you build a diet plan that works for you. Whether you use it at the grocery store or the gym, you'll be able to access lists and receive reminders.

Quality: Very good

More: General version has BMI calculator and weight loss tips. Upgrade to premium for unlimited reminders and to export your weight records to email.

Endomondo

iPhone rating:
Free
Android rating:
Free

Interface: Here comes Endomondo, with a cheerful, matter-of-fact view of your exercise progress. The app is simple to see and access when you're running, walking, or working out.

Usability: User-friendly navigation guides you through tracking, goal setting, and analysis. One click leads you to the community tab where you can challenge your friends and receive support.

Quality: Excellent

More: This is one of sportswear giant Under Armour's fitness apps.

Fitness Buddy

iPhone rating:
$1.99
Android rating:
$1.99

Interface: An energetic interface invites you to start your workout and keep going. Textbook-style anatomical illustrations specify exactly where your workout builds muscle.

Usability: Quickly pick a routine from a list of workouts and move directly to features like weight tracking and exercise logs. 

Quality: Very good

More: A lot of people quit their workouts because they get tired of doing the same thing repeatedly. This app offers enough different exercise routines to keep even the easily bored from slacking off.

Fitocracy

iPhone rating:
Free
Android rating:
Free

Interface: The app's fun design and culture is noticeable right away with simple badges and icons to guide your workout and weight loss.

Usability: Swiping through workout choices and reading the coaches' notes is a breeze. Nothing gets in the way of getting you started on a fun, customized exercise routine. This is a workout and weight loss app for the gamified generation.

Quality: Excellent

More: Join the other citizens of Fitocracy as they challenge each other to better health. The very first citizen you'll meet is FRED, the Fitocracy Rewards Exercise Droid, who tracks your progress and cheers you on.

Fooducate

iPhone rating:
Free
Android rating:
Free

Interface: There is so much you need to know about food when you're trying to keep healthy and lose weight. Fooducate breaks down all that info into sections defined by brightly colored tabs. 

Usability: Easily find foods, scan barcodes, read recipes, and get tips and news. Users report better food choices and weight loss right away from using this app.

Quality: Excellent

More: How much do you know about what you're eating? Fooducate makes getting the answers simple.

GymGoal 2

iPhone rating:
$5.99

Interface: Informative and professional, GymGoal 2 has a wealth of information on your body, your workout, and your progress.

Usability: This app means serious exercise and weight loss. Choose between body map, routines, exercises, and history areas. Follow the schedule the app prescribes, log your stats, and view your progress. Especially good for tightening the muscles and losing the pounds. Check out the "Ridding Fat" article for workout tips for weight loss.

Quality: Very good

More: There's a host of calculators for health metrics like target heart rate and BMI.

Jawbone UP

iPhone rating:
4.5 stars Free
Android rating:
4 stars Free

Interface: Tracking exercise metrics started with the Jawbone UP device and iPhone app. That expertise is reflected in the pleasantly scientific interface, featuring your personal health stats.

Usability: Navigate through your day, from how you slept to what you had for dinner, with one swipe.

Quality: Very good

More: This app works with your Jawbone UP tracker device, the UP, UP24, or UP Move.

JEFIT Workout

iPhone rating:
4.5 stars Free
Android rating:
4.5 stars Free

Interface: JEFIT Workout's app holds all the information you need on working out in readable text and clear graphics and images.

Usability: From the dashboard, you're just one step away from routines, exercises, logs, and stats. Customize your weekly workout schedule by day or by what body part you want to work on.

Quality: Very good

More: One user raves, "... the community, and the collaboration and motivation shared, is awesome."

Instant Heart Rate

iPhone rating:
4.5 stars Free
Android rating:
4.5 stars Free

Interface: Instant Heart Rate gives you an uncomplicated view of important heartbeat information in simple, direct graphics.

Usability: This app puts one of the most important health metrics right in your hands, literally. Simply put your finger on your device's camera lens and it reads your pulse in seconds. Track past heart rate info to identify trends and target health goals.

Quality: Excellent

More: Knowing your heart rate, keeping it in a healthy range, and challenging yourself to improve it are all critical to exercising and losing weight. It'd be hard to beat this simple pocket tool.

Pedometer and Weight Loss Coach

iPhone rating:
4.5 stars Free
Android rating:
4 stars Free

Interface: This scientific-looking app interface shows you how simple it is to step your way to health. White background and mostly green and blue type and graphics are easy to read when you're on the go.

Usability: The pedometer and Weight Loss Coach guide you through simple steps to track your activities and fill out your log. One click moves you from the calendar tracking your goals to community and trends.

Quality: Excellent

More: Walking is one of the easiest and most natural ways to stay fit. This app reminds you that less is more. Just turn it on and start tracking.

RunKeeper

iPhone rating:
4.5 stars Free
Android rating:
4.5 stars Free

Interface: RunKeeper's fresh design keeps your stats and progress easy to read.

Usability: One click moves you from your local map to a run timer, leaving you with no excuses to slack on your run. RunKeeper's Goal Coach simplifies weight loss — a few simple questions determine what you have to do to reach your goal.

Quality: Very good

More: RunKeeper is great for longtime runners and for anyone just out for a jog.

Ideal Weight

Android rating:
4 stars Free

Interface: Bright colors and color-coded tabs make it easy to scroll through sex, age, weight, and height categories to help you quickly get information about your BMI.

Usability: The moment you launch Ideal Weight, you fill out profile information to make sure you get the most accurate information. (You don't need to input your age unless you're under 19 years old.) There are separate rulers for weight and height to scroll through. You can customize the settings to give your readings in centimeters or feet, as well as kilograms or pounds. In just a few seconds, the app gives you an accurate BMI score at the top of the screen. Ideal Weight also lets you play with the rulers to find your "ideal weight" to help you set an accurate weight-loss goal.

Quality: Excellent

More: The ruler in this app makes inputting your height more accurate, so you don't have to round up to the nearest inch. As your weight changes, input the new data to see if your BMI changes at all.

DailyBurn

iPhone rating:
4 stars Free
Android rating:
3 stars Free

Interface: After a super simple profile process to get your stats and goals, crystal clear video brings the gym workout to you.

Usability: Move right to the video you want. Choose between cardio, high-intensity interval training, yoga, strength training, dance, and beginner workouts.

Quality: Very good

More: This free app features a paid monthly subscription that gives you access to professional trainers in full-length videos. Hook up through you streaming TV services like Roku and Apple TV. 

Diet Point Weight Loss

iPhone rating:
4 stars Free
Android rating:
4 stars Free

Interface: Here's a succinctly designed app with no "fat." The app is clean and lean. Extra bonus: The food photos are so luscious you'll forget you're dieting.

Usability: Diet Point Weight Loss couldn't be easier to use. Pick a diet plan and go directly to shopping lists and weight loss estimates. 

Quality: Very good

More: More than 130 delicious diet plans will have you using Diet Point Weight Loss as a guide to meal planning long after you've reached your goal weight.

FitBit

iPhone rating:
4 stars Free
Android rating:
4 stars Free

Interface: Clean, bright design guides you through challenges and exercises almost like an elementary game interface. 

Usability: FitBit has made the hard work of working out and losing weight logical and easy. Easy to read maps are especially helpful, as is simple navigation from your dashboard to the metrics you need to know like heart rate and sleep quality.

Quality: Very good

More: This app works with or without your FitBit device.

Google Fit

Android rating:
4 stars Free

Interface: A clean interface makes it easy to navigate between activities and settings from the menu in the upper right-hand corner.

Usability: Upon launching the app, you're asked your sex. The homepage is mostly blank until you click a large circle that redirects you to settings. Here, there are numerous options to choose from to help you track the exercise goals you actually want to keep track of. You can also log your weight as often as needed to see your progress.

Quality: Good

More: Google Fit also has an optional step counter. You have control over whether you want to track your fitness progress through step, distance, or calories burned. You must carry your phone with you during the activity for such estimates to work properly.

Noom Coach: Weight Loss

iPhone rating:
4 stars Free
Android rating:
4.5 stars Free

Interface: A clear and orderly interface reminds you that healthy eating can be simple. A green-yellow-red system alerts you to the best foods to eat so you don't get too hungry.

Usability: Foolproof navigation guides you through your day, from starting the day with a plan to chatting with fellow users.

Quality: Very good

More: The app's focus is not on dieting, but rather learning to eat more healthfully for lifelong improvement. 

Lose It!

iPhone rating:
4 stars Free
Android rating:
4.5 stars Free

Interface: This app has a friendly but firm attitude, featuring clean, bright colors and helpful weight loss charts and graphs.

Usability: Calculate your calorie budget and balance your nutrient intake. There's a barcode scanner for tracking foods.

Quality: Excellent

More: Planning feature lets you know the ideal weight loss time frame for you and assigns you a calorie budget. Weight loss not fun enough? Challenge yourself with Lose It!'s many community challenges from remembering to take your vitamins every day to logging exercise with friends. 

Nike+ Running

iPhone rating:
4 stars Free
Android rating:
4.5 stars Free

Interface: You'll feel like a racing pro looking at your Nike+ Running app. And yes, you'll be able to read it while you run. A crisp readout keeps you on track with satisfyingly large numbers to record your progress. Beautiful, high quality images put you right into the race.

Quality: Excellent  

Usability: Stats, logs, and coaching are easy to find. You can map out your runs and compare progress with other Nike+ Running users.

More: It all started with the shoes and the swoosh. This app reinforces Nike's leadership in all things running.

Weight Watchers Mobile

iPhone rating:
3.5 stars Free
Android rating:
4 stars Free

Interface: Weight Watchers Mobile presents the kind of motivating, helpful look you'd expect from this global leader in weight loss. Its clearly readable type and graphic sizes make it useful in grocery store aisles and at the gym or the dinner table.

Usability: So easy even grown-ups can use it! This app offers convenient navigation between your logging pages, profile info, and Weight Watchers Coach pages. Especially helpful is the 24/7 access to certified coaches for support and diet info.

Quality: Very good

More: Sync Weight Watchers Mobile to your FitBit or Jawbone UP device to track activities. iOS 8 users can sync with Apple Health.

Nike+ Training Club

iPhone rating:
3 stars Free
Android rating:
4 stars Free

Interface: This app is as sleek and style-conscious as Nike's classic apparel. Stats and info are clearly readable and overlaid on crisp motivational images of Nike pro athletes. 

Usability: Log your personal records and weight stats, then race to over 100 quality workouts in a few touches. So logical and intuitive you now have no excuse to miss a workout. 

Quality: Excellent

More: Supports 17 languages for global users.

You Can Do It

If you've ever launched an effort to lose weight, or even just to exercise more, and then landed back on the couch, you may feel worse than ever. Don't give up. Research shows that people who keep track of their exercise, exercise more. And those who keep track of weight goals lose more weight. Use the tools technology makes available to get to the healthy life you dream of.

Methodology

We selected these weight loss apps based on their potential to help people lose weight in a number of ways. Additional factors considered in selecting these apps included user ratings, affordability, accessibility, format, functionality, and relevance to weight loss and the needs of people who would like to lose weight. Together, this collection represents a valuable cross section of helpful iPhone and Android apps that are designed to help users lose weight.

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. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) haven't approved them unless otherwise indicated.