After the COVID-19 pandemic brought the world to a halt, the way that we live our daily lives has changed drastically. According to Upwork, 41.8% of Americans are currently working from home, and many have had to balance their careers with home-schooling their children.
Another huge impact that COVID19 had brought around is the closure of gyms. For many of us, gyms are a lifeline for not only our physical health but our mental health too. Thankfully, technology has given us fitness apps to help us stay fit and healthy during the pandemic.
If you’re looking to lose weight, then you don’t necessarily need a gym to get the results you’re looking for. While 2021 has seen the rise of exercise apps (see here for tips on how to build your own: http://stormotion.io/blog/fitness-app-development-guide-best-tips-for-business-owners-startups/), calorie counting apps are also essential for weight loss- and here are some of the best you can use in 2021.
By far one of the most popular fitness apps on the market, MyFitnessPal uses your BMI to calculate your daily calorie needs depending on the results you’re looking for. Simply log what you eat per day and the app will add up your consumed calories to save you the hassle. There’s also an option to use the barcode scanner, which saves time when logging packaged foods.
While there is a generous list of foods already in the app’s database, it has to be noted that many of these have been logged by other app users, therefore may not be accurate. Adjusting serving sizes through the app is also a bit time-consuming.
- Lose It!
Lose It! Analyses your weight, age and health goals to create your very own personal weight loss plan. Like MyFitnessPal, you can log your meals and snacks in the app, with thousands of foods already listed on the database- though once again, these aren’t always entirely accurate. To keep you motivated, the app will send you daily and weekly reports of your calorie intake.
The app’s USP is their ‘snap it’ feature, which encourages you to take pictures of your meals as a way to track your portion sizes. This helps you to observe trends in your diet as well as stay accountable for the food you’re consuming.
Formerly known as Weight Watchers, WW introduced an app which is perfect for those who don’t have the time to attend weekly, in-person meetings. The great thing about this app is that there is a real community feel to it, and while tracking your calories you can also connect with other users through the app’s own social network.
The app’s point system assigns each person a specific amount of food points to aim for each day, and encourages its users to consume more ZeroPoint foods, such as lean proteins, vegetables, and fruits. You can also benefit from an activity tracker, weekly workshops, a reward’s system, and 24/7 live coaching through the app.