7 ways you can use your iPad to help you lose weight

In Weighthacker’s roundup of 11 Gadgets That Can Help Any Geek Lose Weight I deliberately left off the iPad, not because it’s a bad weight loss gadget, but because it’s an awesome one.  You can do so much with an iPad in terms of health and nutrition that it deserves its own entry.

Here are 7 ways I’ve been using my iPad to help me lose weight and get fit. I think you’ll find at least a few things here that can help you too. It you’ve found other ways your iPad can help lose weight, please let me know in the comments.

Note to Android and other tablet owners: A lot of these things can be done on your devices too. If you’re using a different tablet to help you lose weight, please leave examples of how in the comments  to help out other geeks.

 

1. Track What You Eat

Keeping tabs on what you’re eating throughout the day helps you eat better and eat less, but it can also be a pain. So check out food tracking apps like MyFitnessPal, which is the reigning king of the genre. Most of them have pre-populated databases of different foods and their nutritional breakdown, so you don’t have to mess around with entering any of that data yourself. And a lot of the apps are based on existing Web-based tracking services, allowing you to effortlessly sync data between the two. Some even come with a barcode scanner for food labels.

2. Learn How To Workout

If you haven’t worked out before and don’t have the money to hire a personal trainer, it can be daunting to try and get started on your own.  Apps like Daily Workouts and Fitness Buddy can help you get going with dozens of suggested routines accompanied by videos that show you exactly how to do them. If you want to start out with something a little easier, there are some great yoga apps available too, like Daily Yoga.

 

3. Watch A Free health Lecture

iTunes U is one of the most awesome apps that Apple developed for iOS devices. It gives you access to thousands of free online lectures from leading universities around the world. I suggest weighthackers check out The Rudd Report from Yale University. It’s got some great classes from the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity like “Sugar and processed food.” And “Mindless eating: Why we eat more than we think” from the always entertaining Brian Wanisink at Cornell University is a must watch if you want to lose weight.

 

4. make the gym entertaining

If you spend time at the gym on a treadmill or an elliptical machine, you know it can be a mind-numbing experience if you don’t have something to occupy yourself with. The iPad is the perfect media consumption device in those situations, with access to an almost unlimited supply of games, movies and TV shows (not to mention things like YouTube if your gym has a WiFi connection). I’m currently obsessing over Kingdom Rush during my treadmill sessions, which is a tower defense game that has loads of action so it holds my attention, but it can still be easily played while walking at a pretty good clip.

 

5. Get Healthy Recipes

Weighthackers know that cooking your own food generally means you’ll eat more nutritious meals and have better control over your potion sizes. But finding a healthy recipe can be a pain. Apps like the cunningly named Healthy Recipes solve that for you by collecting a bunch of healthy recipes (see what I mean about the name?) in one place. In this case “a bunch” means 300,000, so chances are you’ll find something that you like. It also breaks down each recipe by carbs, calories and 10 other key nutrients, so you’ll know exactly what you’re eating.

 

6. Connect with your diet program

If you follow a specific dieting program like Weight Watchers or Atkins, most now have companion apps that help you keep on track with the particular requirements of their weight loss approach. Since a lot of them are Web-based now, the apps usually let you sync your data back and forth with your existing online profiles, which can be especially convenient for a points-based diet like Weight Watchers.

 

7. monitor your weight

Finally, nothing helps you stay on track with your weight than actually tracking your weight. Apps like the aptly named Weight Recorder will help you do that, creating a nice chart of your progress so you can (hopefully!) see how much weight you’re losing. It also has a built-in alarm so it will remind you to input your weight if you want it to, and you can export the data to other programs.

Posted May 17, 2012 @ 11:15 am | Tags: ,,,,,

2 thoughts on “7 ways you can use your iPad to help you lose weight

  1. Pingback: Weighthacker » 11 gadgets that can help any geek lose weight

  2. I’ve been using myfitnesspal for about a month and it’s great. You just have to watch out for false entries in the food database. It’s aided me in losing just over a stone.

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