The Best Weight Loss Apps of the Year

Written by Rena Goldman

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We’ve selected these apps based on their quality, user reviews, and overall reliability as a source of support for people who want to lose weight or manage it. If you want to nominate an app for this list, email us at nominations@healthline.com.

Just about anyone who has tried losing weight knows the struggle is real. Unhealthy options are everywhere and busy work schedules can make it hard to find time for exercise.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates more than one-third of adults in the United States are obese. Being overweight or obese increases your risk for a variety of health conditions, including diabetes and heart disease. Technologies like phone apps can provide additional resources and help hold ourselves accountable. These apps bring workouts, calorie counters, and other weight loss tools to your fingertips. They can be a big help when it comes to keeping yourself on track and collecting your own health and fitness data.

Ideal Weight

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

The doctor’s office isn’t the only place where you can learn your body mass index (BMI). Now there’s an app for that! Ideal Weight calculates your BMI based on the numbers you enter for height and weight. It will also give you an estimation for what your ideal weight range should be.

Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Counting calories can be a pain, but it’s often necessary to keep yourself on track with weight loss. The Calorie Counter by MyFitnessPal makes things easier. A database of over 5 million foods lets you quickly enter and save meals. The app also connects to several other fitness apps and devices and allows you to import and track recipes found online.

Lose It!

iPhone rating: ★★★★✩

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Need a plan? Lose it! will create a customized weight loss plan based on the information you enter. You can track your food intake and exercise as well as set goals you’d like to meet. The app’s insights section will tell you more about the food you’ve logged, like which foods are helping your progress and which are not.

Weight Watchers

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iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

Don’t have time to attend meetings? The Weight Watchers app brings their weight loss program to the palm of your hand. You can track food, activity, and share your journey with the Weight Watchers community. An OnlinePlus or Meetings subscription allows you to do more, like post pictures sharing your progress and add your favorite meals to Recipe Builder.

Noom Coach

iPhone rating: ★★★★✩

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Noom Coach turns your phone into a weight loss coach. The app has programs created by doctors to help manage conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes. It’s designed to help you master new healthy habits. Noom will give you a plan to follow each day and help you count calories and steps.

Fitness Buddy

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: $2.99

Sometimes it’s hard to structure your own workout. You might get stuck in a rut, which can stall weight loss goals. Fitness Buddy has enough workouts to keep things interesting for a long time. The app has over 2,400 exercises and over 1,000 HD videos in different categories that use a variety of equipment. You can also use it to track your body’s fitness progress.

Nike+ Run Club

iPhone rating: ★★★★✩

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Nike+ Run Club helps to keep you motivated by letting you share your progress and compete with other runners using the app. It tracks your stats during each run and gives you feedback in real time. You’ll also get inspiration from famous athletes like Allyson Felix. The app will create customized coaching plans based on your needs and adapt them as you need more of a challenge.

Runkeeper

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Runkeeper isn’t just for running. The app uses its GPS tracker to track runs, walks, jogs, or bike rides. You can use its personalized routines for busy schedules and set reminders to make sure you stick to it. Updates for the latest version include more visuals and a redesigned activity tracking display for easier viewing.

Endomondo

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Endomondo tracks any outdoor fitness activity with its GPS. It’ll log details like speed, distance, and calorie burn. You can also sync it with other fitness apps and devices and set goals for yourself that the app’s coach will encourage you to meet. The latest updates include more records to beat and more options for editing saved workouts.

JEFIT Workout Tracker Gym Log

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

JEFIT is designed to help you train smarter at the gym. It has a workout planner with professional workouts and a database with over 1,300 exercises. You can also add your own exercises. Keep yourself motivated by tracking your progress. JEFIT also allows you to graph body measurements so you can see progress over time and stay focused on building muscle.

Nike+ Training Club

iPhone rating: ★★★★✩

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Find planning a workout intimidating? This app has you covered. It has a variety of different workouts for beginner, intermediate, and advanced exercisers. Many routines are designed by Nike athletes like Serena Williams. Nike+ Training also allows you to set up an individual training plan. The newest update lets you edit training plan preferences without having to start the plan all over again.

Daily Burn

iPhone rating: ★★★★✩

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

Figuring out where to start your workout goals can be hard. Daily Burn provides assessment tools to help. The app guides you through recommended fitness goals and provides over 800 individual workout videos. Each day a new Daily Burn 365 workout is released. These are designed for fitness beginners. The app’s newest update lets you save your favorite workouts.

GymGoal Pro

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Price: $8.99

Once you buy GymGoal, you get all their features right away with no in-app purchases. The app has 280 exercises with animations and step-by-step instructions and 54 workout routines with options to add your own. Its trackers allow you to measure every aspect of your workout. A workout history by muscle can tell you which muscles you’ve been neglecting.

MyNetDiary Calorie Counter

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: iPhone, $3.99 and Android, Free

Losing weight effectively means you have to keep track of your eating and exercising. In this app, just log your foods and let the app’s GPS track your fitness. MyNetDiary does all the calculating and analyzing for you. The app also provides a weekly diet analysis to give you feedback on your goals.

Fitocracy

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

Fitocracy helps you “slay the laziness dragon.” The app’s goal is to make fitness fun. It lets you earn points, unlock achievements, embark on adventures, and beat quests. There are workouts and nutrition plans by expert trainers and you can get motivation from other users to see what works for them.

Fitbit

iPhone rating: ★★★★✩

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

Fitbit allows you to log and track eating, drinking, exercising, and sleeping. The app’s notifications help keep you on track by telling you when you’re close to a goal or have just met one. New updates allow you to share your heart rate during exercises and your GPS maps of workouts. A new weight graph was also introduced to show you how your weight is trending.

Jawbone UP

iPhone rating: ★★★★✩

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

UP was created to help you reach a healthier version of you. The app’s Smart Coach guides you to smarter choices and helps you understand the meaning behind the diet, sleep, and activity data it collects. The more you log, the more Smart Coach learns about your behavior and what to suggest for better results.

Pacer Pedometer & Weight Loss Coach

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

This pedometer works only by using your phone — no wristband or other wearable needed. It tracks your steps using GPS, even from your purse or pocket. You can also connect with friends and family using the app and create some friendly competition. It’s able to sync with other apps like MyFitnessPal and works with Apple Watch.

Instant Heart Rate

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Instant Heart Rate turns your phone into a heart rate monitor by using the phone’s camera. Much like hospital devices, it can show a chart of your heart rate in real time. Gather information about your heart rate during rest and different activity levels. Share it on social media or export the data.

Fooducate

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Fooducate takes the guesswork out of eating. The app is aimed at helping you eat for nutrition and weed out the unhealthy foods from your diet. It scans nutrition labels to find any unhealthy additives like high fructose corn syrup or trans fats and lets you know about them. You can also log and track your food intake along with sleeping patterns, exercise, and mood.

Google Fit

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

Google Fit uses the Android Wear watch to track all your daily activity and records the details so you can meet your fitness goals. The app can also bring in data from other apps that measure fitness, nutrition, and sleep to create an overall wellness picture for you. You can check your progress by phone, tablet, or fit.google.com.

Strava Running and Cycling GPS

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Strava helps plug you into the bigger running and cycling communities. Not only does the app allow you to track all your stats and progress, but you can also share photos and stories with other users in the community. Join friends and training buddies in friendly competitions and find a club that matches your athletic interests.

Kurbo Health Coaching

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

Kurbo is designed to be fun for the whole family. It doesn’t require the meticulous logging of foods like some other apps. But it’s still made to offer families, kids, and teens coaching for better nutrition and exercise. Premium purchases will get you weekly Skype talks about nutrition and goal setting with a professional coach.

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