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Your smartphone is a perfect tool for eating right and getting in shape. It’s always around, and there are dozens of apps available for you to create great workouts and eating plans. But which weight loss and fitness apps do experts like the most?
If you have an iPhone…
Eat This, Not That! the Game
A game to help you lose weight? The game shows you two similar products, and you guess which one is more nutritious and less fatty. It’s surprisingly addictive, but also teaches you the surprising food tricks that can make for better meals. You’ll be glad you played.
This app welcomes you with a request to input your current weight. Once you’ve entered it, along with your desired weight, your height, age, gender and the amount of weight you’d like to lose each week (i.e., how quickly you’d like to slim down), Lose It! gives you a helpful calorie budget to help.
Calorie Counter by FatSecret
This app’s handy barcode scanner zaps the label of an item you’ve eaten and records the calories to help you stay within your daily calorie limit. But there are lots of iPhone apps that count calories. The real benefit of FatSecret’s app is its massive nutritional database, including many popular food brands and chain restaurants.
Need a McDonald’s fix but don’t want to stray too far from your diet? The Restaurant Nutrition app makes eating out healthier. It features the menus of more than 115 national restaurants and lets you see the nutritional contents of a meal before you order it. The app shows calories, carbs, protein and fat content.
Nike Training Club
If you want an instructor-led fitness routine but aren’t comfortable with the cost and awkwardness of a personal trainer, this app can fit the bill. This free app gives you dozens of workouts from Nike’s professionals, pro athletes, celebrity trainers, and more, and considers your requirements and abilities to pick them. Plus, these workouts are specifically designed for women.