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Lose weight and get fit with your smartphone

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Technology might be THE weight loss plan for you, for the fitness apps for iOS and Android devices can turn any phone or tablet into a personal trainer. Here are some of the best tools to help you lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Track your Daily Calorie Intake

MyFitnessPal is a food-tracking app that provides a simpler way of counting calories. Tell the app your gender, height, birthdate, daily activity level, weight and goal weight, and it will tell you how many calories you should eat each day.

Next, keep track of your meals by logging your food manually, chosen from a catalog with over 5 million items or scanned with your smartphone’s camera.

MyFitnessPal is free and available on iOS, Android and Windows Phone.

Track your workouts

If you don’t log your workouts, you won’t know if you are progressing.  If you are a runner, you may find apps such as MapMyRun , Strava , and RunKeeper helpful, as they use the GPS in your phone to track your pace, distance, elapsed time and calories burned, while you are running.

Guided workouts and coaching for non-runners

Believe it or not, there are several apps out there that offer guided workouts and the best part is many of them are free. One such app is the Nike+ Training Club which offers free training programs and workout videos for all types of runners, be they a new kid on the block or a fitness pro.

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