New Years resolutions are really hard to keep, especially when the resolution is to lose weight and get fit. There are many apps on the App Store for both iPhone and iPad that can help keep you on track and take it one meal and one work out at a time!
MyFitnessPal Calorie Counter (FREE)
I’ve been using this app for months and it is great, so it definitely has my endorsement. First and foremost, it is FREE, which is appealing in itself. It’s a very straight forward, simple app. You enter in your weight and a goal of how much weight you’d like to lose in a certain time frame. Once you enter that info it will basically formulate a daily plan to help you reach those goals. It will setup a daily caloric goal, and if you dig deeper there are goals surrounding specific nutritional intake, like fat, carbs, sugar, and more. You can also input your workouts and it will combine the data you entered for the day, for both what you ate and your workouts, and add it to a journal to allow you to track your progress. It also gives you a bit of a hint of what you could weigh in about a month if you keep following your plan. You can either manually enter the food you eat, scan the bar code on the packaging, or do a search for what it is that you are looking for. Very rarely does it not find what I’m looking for, especially at restaurants. Check it out, it’s free and rated very highly on the App Store!
Zumba Dance for iOS ($4.99)
Want to get into shape, but you don’t want to do the regular workout routines? Maybe you love to dance? Well, Zumba has become insanely popular over the last couple of years. There have been Zumba classes around in rec centers for a long time, it has really taken off with the console games for Xbox, PlayStation and Wii. Now you can Zumba on the go with your iPhone or iPad! The app uses the front camera on your iPhone or iPad to track your movement to make sure you are getting everything you should out of the workout. The app can also tie in with your Facebook friends and you can set goals together and Zumba in a group! The app will also sync your progress between your iPhone and iPad so you can keep track of where you’re at no matter your device! The app is $4.99, and there are some add ons for it to add more work out routines and songs. You can get the full game pack, which includes everything for an extra $24.99 and you can get everything the app has to offer.
Healthy Desserts ($2.99)
For many people, desserts are their weakness when they are on a diet. Here is an app where you can have your cake and eat it too! Healthy Desserts will help you plan out some healthy desserts that can be made up of “natural sweeteners, healthy fats, whole grains and fruits.” All the recipes are marked if they are vegan, raw, gluten free, naturally sweetened or whole grain. If you love sweets, this app will help you enjoy them in a healthy way.