Consumer Watch: Weight-loss apps to get you on track


by Andy Treinen

Posted on January 7, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 7 at 6:21 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – After holiday indulgences it’s time for many of us to get back on the fitness track.

When we do, it’s wise to put a Smartphone to work within that workout.

The “Lose It” app for Android, IPhone and Kindle helps users create a weight-loss goal and customizes a daily calorie budget of food and exercise to meet the goal.

The app includes calorie content for thousands of name brand and restaurant foods.

The “Fooducate” app for IPhone and Android also allows users keep tabs on what they’re eating and how to make healthier choices.

Scanning barcodes on store shelves unlocks information about calories and hidden ingriedients that could throw a healthy diet off track.

If your best motivation is in your wallet, “Gym-Pact” for IPhone and Android might help.

Set a weekly target for check-ins at the gym, and set cash stakes if you miss it.

If you meet your goal, you’ll add up small rewards for each day. If you don’t, you’ll have to pay up.

Lastly, for a slightly different motivation to work out, how about getting chased by zombies?

The “Zombies Run” app for IPhone, Android, and Windows phones features a series of adventures that keep you walking, jogging or running for your virtual life while burning off real calories in the process.

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