Making a New Year’s resolution is easy. Sticking to it past the third week in January is hard, but fortunately there are a number of smartphone and tablet apps to help us stay focused. These apps vary in functionality, but they are all free, so make some time to find which weight loss apps work with your lifestyle. Luckily, the best weight loss apps are available for both the iOS and Android platforms. 

Lose It!

Lose It! is a simple app that allows users to both count calories and measure exercise with an eye towards improving daily habits. The app boasts an impressive food database, allowing users to input a wide variety of custom food items. Though inputting every meal and logging all your exercise can be time-consuming, Lose It! is a great option for those looking for a simple way to keep an eye on their daily, weekly and monthly progress at a glance, without fancy features or suggestions. Tanya Menoni at About.com gives it a 5/5 star rating, saying, “The app is intuitive, and the daily calorie budget helps you quickly make decisions on the food you eat.”

MyFitnessPal

MyFitnessPal has a lot in common with Lose It!, featuring similar robust input mechanisms for tracking both food and exercise. However, this app also provides users with a little motivation in the form of monthly goals. The app does ask you for a little more information about yourself (lifestyle, weekly habits, etc.), but if you’re not ready to launch head-first into an intense fitness routine, this app will provide you with smaller, more realistic goals. Pair that with a friendly interface and a program that is forgiving if you miss a day or two, and MyFitnessPal is a great app for those who might have self-started their New Year’s resolution but could use a little push with monthly goals. 

Fitocracy

This app differentiates itself from other fitness apps by allowing users to “gamify” their weight loss goals with leveled progression and unlockable badges and awards. Completing certain activities, training, and even interacting with other users on the service’s social network will unlock new challenges and goals. Though the app itself is free, you can pay $4.99 for enhanced features, including weekly and monthly reports and access to special “premium” badges and challenges. 

Sticking to a weight loss regimen can be difficult, but finding the best weight loss apps to suit your individual needs is a helpful way to stay on top of fitness goals.

Which weight loss apps have you found most helpful?

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