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While you might think of Fitbit as a device you need to buy and wear, you can use the app with just your iPhone or Android device. Your phone has enough sensors to track most of what the Fitbit app needs to help you get in shape and lose weight. If you like the app and want more tracking when you aren’t carrying your phone, you can always buy a Fitbit device later.
But that wasn’t even the best part. The best part, according to Brittany, was the 35 pounds that “just melted right off” her 5'3", 165-pound frame. It took less than three months to shed the weight, and she never even had to step foot in the gym. Instead, she ate whenever she was hungry—it’s just that she was never hungry. At meals, she could usually stomach three or four bites before feeling full. Otherwise, she mainly subsisted on grapes and Diet Dr. Pepper.
This process of burning fat provides more benefits than simply helping us to shed extra weight — it also helps control the release of hormones like insulin, which plays a role in development of diabetes and other health problems. When we eat carbohydrates, insulin is released as a reaction to elevated blood glucose (an increase in sugar circulating in our blood) and insulin levels rise. Insulin is a “storage hormone” that signals cells to store as much available energy as possible, initially as glycogen (aka stored carbohydrates in our muscles) and then as body fat.
These apps help you stick with your plan to eat healthier and lose weight and help keep weight off. Whether you are working out in a gym, walking at lunch or hitting the weights these apps will help you monitor your activity and track your calories easily. Most of these apps to lose weight are free to use. Some offer premium options for a price, but you can get started without spending any money to achieve your goal.
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.
Theresa Soltesz graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Addiction Science and Addiction Counseling from Minnesota State University in 2010. Upon completion of her degree and clinical internship, Theresa began her career as an Addiction Counselor in 2010. Theresa is currently certified as a Certified Addiction Professional (CAP) by The Florida Certification Board, a Certified International Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICADC) by The International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) since 2013. Theresa is also a Certified Professional Life Coach and is currently awaiting an additional certification as a Certified Behavioral Health Case Manager (CBHCM) by The Florida Certification Board.
Dr. Arefa Cassoobhoy: 4 new weight loss drugs were approved recently, and more are sure to come. So, the question is, should you try one? The truth is weight loss drugs CAN help. You may want to try one if you’re obese, or if you’re overweight with a condition like type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure. So, how much weight can they help you lose? About 10% of your excess weight. Now that may not seem like a lot, but it’s a realistic goal to start with. And, once you tackle that first 10% you can set a new goal. Just remember, these drugs won’t lose the weight for you. But they will give an added boost to your diet and exercise plan. If you think this is something you want to try, talk to your doctor. For WebMD I’m Dr. Arefa Cassoobhoy.