It’s a whole new year, and a whole new chance to wipe slates clean, set new goals, and make plans to get even closer to your best self. Among the most common resolutions: You guessed it–shedding pounds. Arm yourself with these stash-in-pocket secret weapons to lose excess weight and feel great.


Since its 2008 iTunes launch, LoseIt has been downloaded five million-plus times, making it as wildly popular as it is highly rated. On it, set goals, then track diet and exercise  (pssst, fitness earns you calories). It suggests optimal calorie intakes and makes refreshingly clear the indisputable link between exercise and healthy eating required in a powerful two-pronged approach to weight-loss (hallelujah—put down that “exercise-optional” diet book right now!) According to The New York Times, when researchers at St. Joseph Healthcare Diabetes Institute of Behavioral Medicine, in Maine, tested LoseIt with 17 patients, nearly all lost weight and lowered blood sugar. One participant lowered insulin intake by 20 percent within three months. Success!

App in a nutshell: Meet your new nutritionist. *Free

It’s for you if…Reminders about diet/exercise keep you on the health track.

Tech: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Optimized for iPhone 5.

Apple Rating: 4+


Crowd-pleaser MyFitnessPal was recently rated best do-it-yourself diet by Consumer Reports, based on a survey capturing 9,000 readers’ opinions on 13 diets. MFP topped charts for its convenient food diary and calorie-counting, pound-burning tools. It also houses a database of user-shared recipes. Research shows food-tracking via journals to be a highly effective calorie-cutting strategy. With the app, also scan supermarket foods’ bar codes to assess nutritional value. MFP’s score of 83 for cost, satisfaction, ease, and pounds lost outpaced Weight Watchers, Medifast, Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem.

App in a nutshell: Pocket diet buddy. *Free

It’s for you if…You like instantly seeing how food/exercise affect weight.

Tech: iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Optimized for iPhone 5.

Apple Rating: 4+

Eat This, Not That, The Gameeatthisnotthatgame

It’s all fun and games—till someone (could it be you?) loses weight. Upping nutrition smarts has never been easier, or more entertaining, than with this little game. With it, you’ll pick up simple food tricks to better inform meal choices. When presented with two seemingly similar plates, select the healthier option. Even if you’re incorrect, playing still prepares you to make smarter split-second food decisions.

App in a nutshell: Become a contestant on The Nutrition Is Right. *Free

It’s for you ifYou learn by being entertained.

Tech: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.

Apple Rating: 4+

What weight-loss apps have You tried?