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3 apps to help you keep your New Years diet resolution

Amber Sass


The New Year has come and gone. How are those weight loss resolutions coming along? Losing weight or getting into better shape is the number one cited New Years resolution in the US. It’s also the number one resolution people tend to break. Whether you find you don’t have time to get to the gym as regularly as you’d planned or just don’t know where to start, it’s easy to see your initial optimism turn sour quite quickly.

Enter the age of exercise and calorie tracking mobile apps. There are a lot of them out there, and they can make keeping your weight loss resolution quite a bit easier. Here are the three I found most helpful:

Your Ideal Weight: If you’ve ever wanted to know what the healthiest weight for you based on your own personal body statistics is, this is the iPhone app for you. Your Ideal Weight walks you through a series of information-collecting prompts to calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI). As an added bonus, the app also gives occasional health-related facts. Since calculating your BMI and doling out interesting tips is about all this app does though, consider the next two options to supplement it.

Lose It!: A great deal of diet plans fail because it’s easy to forget what you’ve eaten throughout the day. Lose It! will first ask you a series of questions about your current weight and other relevant body statistics to calculate a goal weight. It then lets you input every meal, snack, and drink you eat into its interface so you can keep track of your daily caloric intake. This is a great way to track your process over the span of days, weeks, and even months.

Calorie Counter by ShapeUp Club: If you’re looking for a comprehensive weight loss plan that comes wrapped up in one little app, Calorie Counter is a good choice. You can define a goal weight and add your daily food intake from an expansive inventory of food items. Exercise activities can also be factored in. Additionally, Calorie Counter is linked to the online weight loss site, ShapeUp Club, where a paid membership gets you even more tips and added features.

No one ever said sticking to your weight loss resolution was going to be easy. Apps like these definitely help keep you on track though, no matter how busy your weekly schedule happens to be.

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