Those interested in losing weight with healthy practices such as good nutrition and physical exercise routine gain reinforcement with applications that promise to help in this goal. Available free of charge for Android phones and iPhone (iOS), tools like MyFitnessPal, for example, make it easier to count calories consumed and spent, while Exercises at Home offers daily programs to exercise the main muscle groups without going to the gym. The resources are ideas for those who want to start the year 2019 in shape and health.
THE TechTudo list below the top five diet and exercise apps. The idea is valid, mainly, for those who put health care on the list of resolutions for the new year. It is worth remembering, however, that the services do not exempt the medical monitoring of starting a diet or physical activity.
App to lose weight: see five diet apps
Apps like Exercises at Home set up training to lose weight without spending – Photo: Helito Beggiora / TechTudo
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In a food diary format, MyFitnessPal facilitates the monitoring of calories consumed and spent – Photo: Reproduction / Amanda de Almeida
The MyFitnessPal calorie counter is one of the most popular diet apps, both on the App Store and on Google Play, in which it has a relevant amount of positive reviews. The app works like a food diary and allows the user to record all the food consumed to get an idea of how many calories he has eaten. Depending on the type of food followed, it is possible to determine the percentage of macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins and fat) within the allowed calories to establish healthy habits.
An advantage is the integration with other applications, such as Garmin Connect, BTFIT and Runtastic, among others, to have a calorie balance. MyFitnessPal also offers a database and bar reader, which facilitates the registration of food. The application offers a premium version, in the amount of US $ 9.99 / month (R $ 38.63, in direct conversion) or US $ 49.99 / year (R $ 193.29). Additional features include the absence of ads, exclusive content and food analysis. Interested parties can take a free trial for one month.
2. Exercises at Home – Without Equipment
Highlighted by Google in 2018, Exercises at Home helps those looking for definition without having to go to the gym – Photo: Reproduction / Amanda de Almeida
Considered by Google as one of the best self-improvement apps in 2018, Exercises at Home allows users to exercise without having to go to the gym. The app requires a little discipline to get the results, but in return it offers all the necessary tools for those who are really committed to the goal. There are training plans, exercise libraries, follow-up reports and the possibility of scheduling reminders so you don’t forget to train.
Workouts are categorized by muscle groups and divided into «Beginner», «Intermediate» and «Advanced» levels. Having defined the exercise of the day, the app indicates activities with time and repetitions – which can be customized according to the user’s needs. They all have a little explanation and a link to a video on YouTube that teaches the correct moves. Another advantage is that the application allows integration with Apple Health and Google Fit.
With free and paid versions, the Diet and Weight Loss also works as a kind of social network – Photo: Reproduction / Amanda de Almeida
In order to help the user and lose weight in a healthy way, the Diet and Weight Loss by NutriSoft brings a very comprehensive content regarding nutrition. The app offers a calculator with indicative of daily goals and Body Mass Index (BMI) and allows the recording of daily activities, such as meals, weighing, physical exercises and rest. There is also the possibility of configuring meal, water and sleep alarms to help the most forgotten.
Another highlight is that Diet and Weight Loss also works as a kind of social network, in which people who have the same experience can exchange ideas and support each other. Despite being free for both Apple and Google systems, Diet and Weight Loss has a paid version. The subscription costs R $ 12.50 / month or R $ 59.50 / year and includes additional resources such as nutritional assistance, daily recommendations and fat percentage.
4. BetterMe: Workouts for Weight Loss
BetterMe integrates physical activity with a diet plan, which takes into account preferences such as ketogenic, gluten or lactose free – Photo: Reproduction / Amanda de Almeida
As the name says, BetterMe (or «Better Me», in free translation) aims to help the user become a better version of himself. Aimed at the female audience, it offers training focused on the four most common complaints of women: sagging breasts, limp arms, fat on the belly and thick legs and thighs. Based on the needs of each one, the service offers a program with several exercises, illustrated by means of a short animation and description.
In the area dedicated to food, the big difference is that BetterMe takes into account different food preferences, such as vegetarian, ketogenic, gluten-free and lactose-free. Without focusing on calorie counting, the app offers meal suggestions with recipes according to each person’s dietary pattern. The application is free, but it also has a paid version, which promises a higher level of customization of the program. The subscription costs R $ 32.90 / month.
5. 30 Day Fitness Challenge
Challenge 30 days for Fitness uses the period of 1 month as a stimulus for users to get in shape – Photo: Reproduction / Amanda de Almeida
Available for free for both Android and iPhone, the 30 Day Fitness Challenge app uses the short period of time (1 month) as an extra stimulus for those who want to improve their fitness and lose weight. Created by professional physical trainers, the app works on two fronts: physical training and an eating plan – the latter divided into standard and vegetarian diets. The easiness here is that the shopping list is already ready, with an indication of quantities to be consumed in the next 30 days.
Well rated on the App Store and Google Play, the service has a simple and intuitive interface to use. Among the options for physical challenges, there are full body, abdominal, buttocks, arms and legs training, in the «Beginner», «Intermediate» and «Advanced» categories. In addition to small animations that indicate the movements to be made, there are links to videos on YouTube with further explanations – which, although useful, are all in English, which could be an obstacle for the understanding of some users.
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