5 Fitness Apps Perfect for Shedding Pounds

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After sweating up a storm with 7x7's "50 Ways to a Rockin' Bod," now it's time to turn your attention to your diet. Here are five helpful apps that will help you lose weight while keeping your fitness regimen firmly in check. 


Coach.me

Turn your phone into a personal coach who will help you track your progress (minus the PE whistle and shouting). Each day you'll receive a message from your coach reminding you that, for example, at a noon you have to work out for 60 minutes. If you feel lost or simply need to vent, you can chat with your coach for motivation and feedback. 

FitStar

Like having a personal trainer at home, simply choose a plan that works best for you and your goal(s)—for example, "Get Moving" works on cardio goals, "Get Lean" helps with weight loss, "Get Strong" works on strengthening, "Daily Dose" keeps up daily maintenance, and "Freestyle" aids in overall fitness awesomeness. The frequency of sessions vary according to your plan, ranging anywhere from 2 to 6 times per week and from 10 to 40 minutes in duration. 

Rise.us

Take a picture of your meals, breakfast, lunch, dinner and upload them using the Rise.me app. You will then be paired with a professional nutritionist who will give you skilled suggestions based on your goals—for example, how to lose 10 pounds in a few months, or the best way to cleanse.  Your expert dietitian will tell you what to add or what to eliminate in your diet, as well as provide you with choice alternatives based on your specific needs. Consultation averages around $15 weekly, $48 monthly, and $120 quarterly.  

MyFitnessPal

MyFitnessPal's web and mobile app are perfect for managing your food via calorie intake. All you have to do is create a profile with pertinent data—weight, height, and how much you want to shed—then add what you eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (snacks, too!). And for those of you aren't die-hard farm-to-table zealots or farmers market frequenters, MyFitnessPal also lets you scan bar codes found on food packaging. 

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