If you are like me and have had to deal with the struggle of your weight, you know there are a million and one different options out there for you to help you on your journey. I feel like I have tried them all, but there are quite a few out there I have not. I researched and surveyed followers on twitter and facebook and found out the most popular weight loss apps.
My Fitness Pal
FREE – Hands down, this app (myfitnesspal.com) is used more than any other app based on the results of the poll I conducted. I began using it myself this summer and I’m in love with it. Not only does it track your caloric intake, it tracks your exercises, and water consumption. MFP gives you the option to scan barcodes on food to plug into your diary, an option I haven’t seen on any other sites. The food database is massive and if there is something that you don’t see that you are eating, it’s very simple to build your meal either using the site or right off your phone. You can friend people and allow them to comment on your progress. MFP also allows you to post things to facebook and twitter, such as your exercises, whether or not you lose weight when you weigh in, or your daily food intake. You can allow others to see your food diary, lock it with a password, or keep it all to yourself. I love that you can friend people and cheer each other on. As, I said, I currently use MFP and if you are on there – friend me so we can motivate one another. Since I’ve gained a large portion of my 96 lbs back (sadface), I’ve decided I want to lose that regained weight AND reach for my ultimate goal. I have quite a journey ahead of me.
FREE – The next app that people said they used frequently was Sparkpeople (sparkpeople.com). I used this app and website when I lost my weight initially. I have been called a Sparkpeople Motivator which was really cool because my page was sent out to everyone that receives the newsletter. While this account is still open, I don’t use it anymore. What’s great on this site is that the site is very interactive and gives you awards. You can play a spinning game to collect points and earn trophies. In my mind, it has the same trophy mentality as the Wii Active. The more you use the site and log in, the more trophies and recognition you receive. You can friend someone and that allows you to see their page, but they have to turn around and friend you, which is a strange quirk. The database is pretty large for food, but if you want to make a recipe, you have to go to another site SparkRecipes.com and post your food there first, making it a bit less convenient. It does not post anything to twitter, but will post updates to facebook.
PAY – Much like Sparkpeople, Weight Watchers has an app and website (weightwatchers.com) that allows you to track what you are eating, add in your exercise, and find foods to eat. The biggest difference is that you have to pay for this app. I did this for 3 months and found myself going back to the sparkpeople app (at the time) because everything WW did, SP did…for free. WW has a points system and doesn’t require you to count calories, making the tracking a bit easier. The food database is very large, but no more so than sparkpeople or my fitness pal. Some people join WW and never join another site. For me, it didn’t cut it because I knew there were sites out there that did the same without charging me.
There are so many more out there, but these were the top three apps that seem to help you track the food. Let me know which one you use in the comments below. If you are on MYP, I hope to see you there!