We’ve selected these apps based on their usability, user ratings, frequent updates, and overall impact in making a valuable contribution to people’s weight loss efforts. If you would like to suggest an app for this list, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fad diets and fitness gizmos aside, there are many helpful tools available for people who are trying to lose or manage their weight. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than a third of people in the United States are obese, and many more are overweight. This puts millions at a heightened risk for conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.
Losing weight is typically a matter of improving your diet and increasing physical activity. But that’s easier said than done. The following apps may be able to help.
7 Minute Workout
Interface: Big typeface and illustrated examples make keeping on track a breeze.
Usability: 7 Minute Workout focuses on short bursts of fitness to get you moving. This is interval training, so prepare to work up a sweat in a short amount of time. There are 12 workouts to choose from, and the only equipment you need is a chair and a wall.
Favorite thing: Voice prompts mean you don’t have to keep checking the timer.
Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal
Interface: Easy to navigate.
Usability: Log your meals, track your macronutrients, and see how your daily exercise affects your net calories. MyFitnessPal is one of the most popular diet tracking apps available, and for good reason.
Favorite thing: The food database includes more than 5 million entries, and counting.
Calorie Counter PRO MyNetDiary
Interface: Simple and powerful.
Usability: Weight loss requires several behaviors working in tandem: a healthy diet, proper sleep, and regular exercise, to name a few. MyNetDiary allows you to track all of these in one place.
Favorite thing: Get immediate feedback on your meal entries, which will help you learn how to switch things up in your diet to make it healthier.
Interface: Easy to maneuver.
Usability: If you like the workouts on the DailyBurn website, this app allows you to take them anywhere. You can stream live workouts on demand from your device, making working out even more convenient.
Favorite thing: Second Screen allows you to stream from your device to your television using AppleTV or Chromecast.
Diet Assistant: Weight Loss
Interface: The no-frills design gets the job done.
Usability: Track your meals, your weight, your workouts, and more. You can make shopping lists and even plan your meals in advance. There’s also a social aspect allowing you to chat and invite friends to join.
Favorite thing: We like the customizable shopping list.
Diet Point: Weight Loss
Interface: Simple and effective.
Usability: Diet Point features more than 130 diet plans, allowing you to choose which approach best fits your lifestyle and tastes. Then, make a shopping list, track your meals, input your weight, and monitor your progress.
Favorite thing: Meal time reminders ensure that you’re eating when you should.
Interface: Numerous features strategically crammed into one app.
Usability: At first glance, the app can seem overwhelming, but these features are here to help you toward your fitness goals, and the sheer volume and effectiveness of them make Endomondo a top pick. Track your workouts, routes, weather, feelings, and more. Also, set workout and diet goals and have an audio coach lead you to success.
Favorite thing: Easily syncs with calorie tracker MyFitnessPal.
Interface: Fun and colorful.
Usability: While there are additional features for people who have Fitbits, you don’t need a wearable device to use this app. Alone, the app is still able to track and record your workouts, log your food intake, and keep you motivated toward your goals.
Favorite thing: Mobile Run will track your route, pace, and other metrics while you carry your phone on your walk, run, or bike ride.
Interface: Comprehensive app with a sleek design.
Usability: Whether you’re a bodybuilder or new in the gym, Fitness Buddy is the app for you. It features a database of over 1,700 exercises, instructions for how to do them, and what muscles they target. It also has workout routines and the ability to log your progress and exercise habits.
Favorite thing: Want to focus on a particular muscle group? Fitness Buddy will recommend exercises.
Interface: Clean and intuitive.
Usability: Track every part of your workout with this app, and earn points along the way to help motivate you and monitor your progress. You can also get input and feedback from trainers and a community of fitness folks just like you.
Favorite thing: Earn badges and points for a motivating push.
Interface: Simple but effective.
Usability: Track your daily steps and your workouts with metrics like distance, calories burned, and elevation. You can use this with an Android watch or your phone, and sync it with a variety of other fitness and health apps.
Favorite thing: Charts show your day-to-day progress.
Interface: Like schedules? The list and calendar features make this app a dream come true.
Usability: Whether you do weightlifting, bodybuilding, treadmill, or Tabata workouts, GymGoal 2 has features for you. You can calculate your one rep max, track your workout history, and measure your progress by weight, body fat, or workout intensity.
Favorite thing: There are 280 exercises along with animations to help you learn new moves.
Interface: Simple, user-friendly interface.
Usability: Ideal Weight calculates your body mass index (BMI) so you can check to see whether you’re close, or far off, from what should be your… ideal weight! Simply input your height and current weight. It’s a great way to measure weight loss progress.
Favorite thing: You can change the settings from imperial to metric measurements.
Instant Heart Rate
Interface: Very clean, with minimal text and clutter.
Usability: You don’t need a fancy wearable device to get an accurate heart rate. Simply put your finger on your phone’s camera, and this app will read your pulse. It’s great for hitting your target heart rate during workouts.
Favorite thing: Track your pulse over time to see how your workouts are benefitting your cardio health.
Interface: Feature-heavy, yet uncluttered.
Usability: Said to be the best app for bodybuilding, JEFIT is especially good for folks who love lifting weights and spending time in the gym. Comprehensive personal workout tracking, preloaded training programs, and weight and measurement inputs make this a standout app.
Favorite thing: Quickly analyze how much time you’re spending on each body part, to help identify imbalances and areas for improvement.
Interface: Sleek with many uncluttered features.
Usability: Lose It! has all the basic features you’d expect from a diet app, and then some. Set diet goals and track your progress in meeting them. There are social functions and the ability to view beautiful progress charts.
Favorite thing: The ability to earn badges is perfect for rewards-motivated dieters.
Interface: Beautiful and intuitive.
Usability: This app works for marathon runners and newbie joggers alike, tracking speed and distance by syncing with your phone’s GPS. You can log your miles and get feedback for every workout, as well as compete with friends using a leaderboard.
Favorite thing: The ability to create music playlists that match your pace.
Nike+ Training Club
Interface: Sleek and sharp.
Usability: Nike+ Training Club offers more than 100 workouts from Nike trainers and professional athletes. There is a serious social element too — with the ability to add and train virtually with friends, no matter where they are.
Favorite thing: The Sport Feed feature includes real-time updates and tips from trainers and athletes.
Noom Coach: Weight Loss
Interface: Easy to navigate.
Usability: An anti-diet app, Noom Coach is designed to help you make lifelong healthy habits, habits that will lead to lasting weight loss. Get reminders to track your food, and feedback on the meals you eat.
Favorite thing: Get encouragement and support from other Noom Coach users.
Pacer Pedometer & Weight Loss Coach
Interface: Simple and clean with navigation buttons along the bottom.
Usability: This app tracks your daily steps and tells you how many calories you’re burning. You can also use it to track your running or cycling routes using GPS, and create virtual walking groups with friends across the country.
Favorite thing: Set daily goals to ensure you’re staying active.
Interface: A sleek design that’s easy to navigate.
Usability: Using GPS, Runkeeper doesn’t just track how far you’ve gone on your route, but where you went, as well as your pace, calorie burn, and even elevation. You can set it up to get audio updates throughout your workout and connect the app to your heart rate monitor.
Favorite thing: Preloaded training programs can help beginners prepare for their first race.
Strava Running and Cycling
Interface: Simple and intuitive navigation.
Usability: Keeping active is a big part of weight management, and if cycling or running are your go-to exercises, Strava has a great app for you. Track all of the expected measurements including distance, speed, elevation, and calories burned, but also create and store your favorite routes for easy access.
Favorite thing: Social features mean you can find and motivate your friends as they work toward their own fitness goals.
UP by Jawbone
Interface: This sleek design is super easy to navigate.
Usability: Jawbone’s UP gets you the most out of your wearables. By using your sleep, diet, and fitness inputs, the app will guide you toward your health goals. As time goes on, the feedback gets more precise and useful. The app also syncs with other popular tracking apps like MyFitnessPal.
Favorite thing: Smart Alarm knows the best time to wake you up by tracking where you are in your sleep cycle.
Weight Loss Coach by Fooducate
Interface: Feature-heavy, but uncluttered.
Usability: Losing weight through proper nutrition and regular exercise can be a learning process, and Fooducate is set up to help. The app is as much a tracking tool as it is educational — helping you understand the basics of nutrition, as well as more complex topics, like how additives can affect your long-term goals.
Favorite thing: Scan a barcode and see how your favorites stack up with an immediate nutrition grade.
Weight Watchers Mobile
Interface: Elegant, with great photos.
Usability: With Weight Watchers, you track the points value of everything you eat, and this app makes it easy. You can also post photos and share your accomplishments with others who use the app.
Favorite thing: Input your own customized recipes for quick recall whenever you need to log them.