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The Best Free Apps to Help You Lose Weight

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Your smartphone is a perfect tool for getting and staying in shape. Think about it: It’s always with you, it lets you listen to music during your workout, and it provides you with many powerful (free!) apps at your fingertips. A fitness app can lead you through workouts without paying the high price of a personal trainer, and using a calorie-counter app is as simple as sending a text. Together, they're a quick and easy way to start getting in shape. Check out the 10 highest-rated free apps to help you lose weight fast, according to research from

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Noom Weight Loss

Available for: Android

Noom is a head-to-tail weight-loss toolkit that helps you set goals and track your progress. The app has three main functions: It helps you set a weight-loss goal and see your progress; it tracks your food intake to help keep you accountable; and it logs your exercise, even from daily out-and-about activities, to help you make healthier choices.

Endomondo Sports Tracker

Available for: Android, iPhone, BlackBerry

Designed for runners, bikers, and anyone with a workout that gets them out and about, this sophisticated app uses GPS to track your routes and make the daily jog fun again. The app records your run, giving you a Google Maps view, lap times, and browsable workout history. Get motivated by pep talks from your friends and notifications every time you break a mile. If you take your runs really seriously, you can upgrade to the $3.99 paid version that integrates with Facebook and Twitter and can pull in data from popular heart-rate sensors and pedometers.

Eat This, Not That! the Game

Available for: iPhone

A game to help you lose weight? It's more likely than you think! It's like "The Price is Right" for food. 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. The next time you go to Quiznos, order a grilled-chicken sub instead of tuna salad, and save yourself one thousand calories (seriously!). You'll be glad you played.

Calorie Counter MyNetDiary

Available for: Android, iPhone

Losing weight involves behavior change, exercise, and diet, and this app takes the guesswork out of the latter. By far the most powerful nutrition aid we've found, this app tracks your calorie and nutrition intake, as well as your exercise, to help you gain control of your intake. Charts and graphs provide powerful motivation as they show how far you've come. It's also super-easy to use; just scan the bar code of packaged food or type the first few letters of a dish's name to search the app's 420,000-food database.


Available for: Android

If your exercise goals are cardio or Pilates, this isn't the app for you. If you hit the gym religiously and need the most in-depth exercise tracking and training around, say no more. This app is for the true gym rat. It boasts hundreds of exercises that can be selected from an anatomical map; helps create power-packed Super-Set workouts; logs your progress photos so you can see the toning taking place, and more!



Available for: iPhone

Not a weight-loss app per se, Daytum is designed to collect any type of daily statistics and transform them into beautiful, shareable infographics. It's perfect for logging weights, tracking workouts or calories, or even cataloging how you feel, instantly. It's not the most powerful tool, but letting friends see your progress is a major motivator, and the resulting progress graphs are stunning.

Nike Training Club

Available for: iPhone

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.


Available for: iPhone

This app, made by the fitness wizards at the popular health blog DailyBurn, is great for a beginner who isn't sure how much power they need in their workout app. Out of the metaphorical box, this free app lets you view professionally-written wellness and exercise articles, create weight goals, and track workouts and weight. When you feel you need more, paid add-ons can be installed a la carte to add a bar-code-scanning food tracker, powerful tracking tools, more workouts, and even an in-app link to a fitness consultant.


Fooducate Nutrition Scanner

Available for: Android, iPhone

That protein bar you're nibbling on certainly looks healthy… but could there be something better? Scan a food's UPC and Fooducate goes beyond the nutrition facts to tell you more about your munchies (if the sodium level is dangerous, for instance, or if the vitamins come from nature instead of chemicals). It even grades the food relative to alternatives and helps you pick a healthier selection. A great companion to a nutrition plan, and a fun way for the non-dieter to improve his or her menu.


Availalbe for: iPhone

This full-featured app aids your workouts by teaching you exercises, encouraging balanced workouts, and keeping you optimally-paced. The app helps you select a balanced routine that tightens and tones your entire body and continually tweaks the sets and reps to match your abilities. A rest timer and vibration alerts let you keep your iPhone in your pocket while it helps you cool off, and iTunes control enables you to play your power songs without missing an exercise. You can try the dumbbell-only version free, but the paid version is certainly our favorite.