5 Best Weightloss Apps

Accountability is key in any weight-loss program. With most of us carrying a smartphone everywhere, diet apps make that possible at every moment of the day and night. But with hundreds of diet apps on the market, deciding on the best can be a bit much. In updating our list from last year we discovered a couple of newcomers that feature some nifty elements.

My Fitness Pal Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker

Ranking first on our list again for 2014, this diet app from My Fitness Pal provides calorie counts for more than 3.5 million foods and 300 exercises, a goal and calorie tracking tool, and a barcode scanner. Unlike other diet apps, all the features are free and built-in.

It’s hard to ignore the convenience of Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker. Data is backed up in the cloud so it’s easily accessible through your computer or the app itself. You can customize your goals and receive reports based on your progress and the food you have logged in.

Fitocracy

This new entry on the list earns a spot for its unique approach to weight loss. Fitocracy treats weight loss almost like a game: Start at level 1 and move up by completing certain activities, training, and interacting with other “Fitocrats.” Along the way you also earn badges; so-called “heroes” can “duel” a fellow Fitocrat.

Fitocracy offers a “hero account” for the lordly sum of $4.99 a month that gives you access to weekly reports on your Fitocracy activity, private messaging, dueling rights that let you challenge other users, a function that lets you save others’ custom workouts, and unlimited saves of your own workout routines.

Lose it! and Fooducate

These two diet apps tie for third place. Both feature a barcode scanner, a food and exercise tracking function, and exercises. Lose It! includes a “budgeting” feature for calories and Fooducate’s app grades foods you’ve eaten according to their ingredients and nutritional content.

These two apps offer similar features, many requiring an outlay of money. Lose It!’s paid features ($39.99/year) include meal and workout planning, a pedometer, notepad, specified goals, and integration with other devices and apps such as Nike+ and Jawbone Up. Its free features only allow for tracking weight loss goals and linking with Facebook, Twitter, and Nike Fuelband.Premium features in the Apple version of Fooducate, known as Weight Loss & Healthy Food Diet Tracker, come with an in-app purchase of Fooducate Pro ($4.99/three months or $14.99/year). The upscale Android version, called Fooducate+, merely requires a one-time outlay of $4.99. Both include a detailed analysis of food based on a personalized fitness program, info on GMOs, and a weekly newsletter.

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