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Is health and fitness, or even weight loss on your mind again after a busy holiday season? Between travel, shopping, and out-of-town visitors it seems like the holidays get busier every year. I’ve gone a little off track myself when it comes to keeping my health in mind during the hustle and bustle of the holidays. I’m ready to get myself back in a healthy eating frame of mind, and in order to keep myself accountable, there are plenty of weight loss apps to make it easier to stay on top of my health goals.
Access to the right data and monitoring apps can improve chances of keeping weight off, and living a healthier life. Using my Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, paired with U.S. Cellular’s nationwide network, I can have a seamless experience in keeping track of my exercise, weight loss, and healthy eating.
A recent U.S. Cellular Better Moments survey shows a growing assistance on growing assistance on smartphones for fitness and health. The survey reveals 22 percent of smartphone users keep track of exercise with an app. When it comes to healthy eating, 18 percent look up calories in their food, and 6 percent monitor blood sugar or other health conditions.
Five weight loss apps to help you stay on track
1) Fooducate (Free for iOS, Android). First prize winner in the U. S. Surgeon General’s Healthy App Challenge, Fooducate goes beyond counting calories to help users lose weight and live a healthy life. Users can maintain a healthy diet by tracking the quality of calories, not just the quantity, by scanning over 250,000 barcodes to see a specific nutrition grade (A, B, C or D). Fooducate also integrates seamlessly with Apple’s Health app, allowing users to compare calorie consumption and burning.I really like this app because I am always looking for a quick way to see what ingredients are in the food I use/buy, and with fooducate I can easily find this information, keep track of what I’m eating, and so much more!
2) Since the holidays are stressful, we may need help monitoring blood pressure and the iBP Blood Pressure ($0.99 for Android and iOS) is a great one to use. This blood pressure tracking app uses colors to indicate normal or high readings. It also analyzes data, to create graphs that illustrate trends over time. Those on the road during the holidays can sync data across all their mobile devices to stay on top of stats while traveling.
3) For those that have joined the wearables fitness world or are thinking about trying one, Garmin Connect (Free for iOS, Android) is a great choice. It also has a free app that collects personal health and activity data, and then uploads it to the mobile app via Bluetooth. Users will see what workouts or daily routine exercises are helping to reach their fitness goals. With access to health data and fitness stats, users will stay focused from Thanksgiving turkey to New Year’s champagne.
I plan on using a fitness tracker along with a weight loss app to monitor my goals. I was under my pre-baby weight prior to Halloween, but the holiday binge has got me back up a few pounds. I’m ready to shake it loose!
4) A fast, easy-to-use calorie counter and diet tracker that can help take those pounds off confidently even during the holidays is the MyFitnessPal weight loss app (Free for iOS, Android) With the largest food database and fitness data entry, users will know when their calorie output isn’t keeping up with their calorie input so they can make adjustments. The MyFitnessPal network also encourages users to connect with friends as they pursue their goals as well.
5) Another great weight loss app to help you track calories is Lose It! It tracks your caloric intake and monitors your diet, helping you manage your weekly calorie budget and ensure that you are consuming the proper foods. What I really like about this app is that it integrates with sites such as Facebook and Twitter so you can stay connected with friends and family across country to keep your health goals on track during the holiday season as well.
Have you been thinking about weight loss and healthy living as the new year approaches?
Have you tried any weight loss apps?
Any new goals for the upcoming year?
Let us know!