Losing weight is a pain in the rear end. However, it’s also one of the healthiest things that overweight people can do. Doctor’s recommend it, health experts recommend it, and your body prefers being its normal size. Science has progressed a lot over the last two decades. Ironically, the best methods to lose weight haven’t changed hardly at all. Exercising, eating right, and watching your caloric intake are still the best methods for weight loss. Nothing has really changed there. Obviously, your phone can’t do those things for you, but there are apps to help you keep track of all of that stuff. Here are the best weight loss apps for Android!
Endomondo, one of the most popular apps on the list for many years, announced its retirement effective December 31, 2020. We will miss it.
Couch to 5K
Price: Free / $3.20
Couch to 5K is one of the best weight loss apps for beginners. The basic premise of the app is to get from sitting on your couch to being ready to run a 5K marathon. It does this in steps that takes about nine weeks to complete. However, if you require more time, the app is set up for that as well. It also includes zero to 10K, five to 10K, half marathon, and other programs depending on what level of fitness you want to achieve. The resulting exercise will no doubt shed tons of weight over time. It’ll also make you healthier. It’s free to download if you want to give it a shot.
Google Fit has a lot of advantages compared to other weight loss apps. For instance, it comes pre-loaded on most Android devices. That means all you have to do is turn it on. Additionally, it’s completely free to use and it’s cross-platform. You can also have it track fitness from a number of wearables, including Android Wear, Xiaomi Mi bands, and apps like Runkeeper, Strava, MyFitnessPal, and others. It’s still somewhat of a work in progress for Google so we’re sure it’ll see various improvements and redesigns over the coming years. However, it’s a good first step for beginners and a must for Wear OS owners.
Leap Fitness weight loss apps
Price: Free / Varies
Leap Fitness is a developer on Google Play with several decent fitness apps and weight loss apps. Your options include a home exercise app, two apps for lowering belly fat, an app specifically for female fitness, a run tracker app, a plank workout app, a step counter app, and a drink water reminder app. Each of these apps do different things. Most of them track your various exercises while others help with secondary things like tracking steps or your water intake. The good news is that most of these apps have a single cost instead of a subscription. That makes them excellent for those who want to avoid yet another subscription cost. However, they are simpler than most weight loss apps with a subscription.
Map My Fitness apps
Price: Free / $5.99 per month / $29.99 per year
Exercise is an important part of weight loss no matter how you swing it. The Map My Fitness series of apps does a good job for people looking to track their fitness. There are four apps by this developer. The first maps your runs, the second maps your walks, the third maps your bike rides, and the last one records your workouts. You can use any one of them depending on your fitness needs. The four apps should cover what most people do for exercise. The subscriptions are lame, but relatively inexpensive comparatively and we believe you can use all four apps with a single subscription.
Price: Free / $9.99 per month / $49.99 per year
You’ve already seen us mention MyFitnessPal a couple of times on this list. That’s because it’s compatible with virtually everything. MyFitnessPal is a calorie counting app that also logs your physical activity. That way you can keep track of your diet, check out what you’re eating, and then also log all of your workouts in a single place. It can connect to over 50 other apps and devices. It also includes over 350 exercises that you can perform with tutorials on how to do them. It’s a huge experience that will likely be overwhelming at first. Stick with it and you’ll end up with one of the most powerful weight loss apps on Android.
Price: Free / $9.99 per month / $29.99 per 6 months / $44.99 per year
MyPlace is a calorie counting app. With it, you can manage your diet and check out what you’re eating. Its database contains over two million items. There is also a barcode scanner so you can quickly add items to your list. It also tracks your water intake. The basic idea of an app like this is that you can tweak and manage your diet over time to eat healthier items and fewer calories. The result is (usually) weight loss. The app is well designed and you can try it for free before paying for the subscription. Those who do go with the subscription will get advanced stats, a private board in their forums, and priority customer support.
Pokemon GO, Zombies Run, and others
Price: Free / Varies
There are a variety of games that get you off the couch and moving around. Some notable examples include Pokémon GO, The Walking Dead: Our World, Ingress, Ghostbusters World, and the popular Zombies, Run game. Most of them are AR video games where you go out into the real world, check-in at real world locations, and perform various types of activities. Zombies, Run is a running app that tells you a story that you unlock as you continue running. The AR games are generally freemium while Zombies, Run is a subscription service that starts at $2.99 per month. These are excellent games for losing weight if you want some extra motivation to get off of the couch and go running or walking around.
Price: Free / $9.99 per 3 months / $19.99 per year
StrongLifts is an app that claims to help you burn fat and build muscle. It works around a workout routine that is three times a week at 45 minutes per session. It uses various lifts and workouts to help generate more muscle. Along with that, the app includes Wear OS support, workout videos, a built-in timer, a bunch of automatic functions, and you can record your workout progress. It starts you out on a beginner’s program and you can increase the difficulty as you go. We like this one because it works well for beginner’s, but still has some advanced exercise routines for the more advanced members of the weight loss club.
Yoga Daily Fitness
Yoga is growing more and more popular. There are YouTube channels, various online guides, and tons of Yoga apps. Yoga Daily Fitness is a decent app for beginners. It shows you a variety of positions and includes various workout plans that stretch as high as 30 days. There are better yoga apps. However, they also cost vastly more money than this does. The added strength and stretching definitely helps you lose weight. There are some other features in the app that also help with your workout routines.
You Are Your Own Gym
Price: $4.99 / Up to $24.99
You Are Your Own Gym is an app that is based on the popular book by Mark Lauren. The app itself includes over 200 exercises that you can do. Most of which don’t include any special equipment. That makes this a great app for beginners who don’t have the funds to build a home gym or the funds to go to a gym. You can also purchase various add-ons for other exercises and video content. The app itself is $4.99 and the add-ons vary in price. However, it’s a very solid way to get off the couch and start working out. It also includes workout videos for people who have equipment, so it’s a neat little way to start investing in a new home gym. You can add on equipment and then add on new exercises in the app.
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