At the moment in time, it is difficult to get to a diet group. Groups are limiting their numbers to comply with social distancing rules. So what is the next best option? You could get together with friends and use an app on your smartphone or tablet. The downloads of diet apps have increased in 2020, with lockdown and people being so isolated. What is the best diet app to go for? We have five top Diet apps to help you kickstart your diet.

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What To Look For In An App

Always make sure that the app is available on your device. Whether you have an IOS phone or an Android.

Check the star ratings of the apps, you don’t want to use an app that only has a low rating out of 5 stars. Read the reviews and check they are genuine.

See if it offers a free trial, it is better to try before you buy. You don’t want to spend too much money on an app if you don’t get on with it.

Make sure the App is easy to set up and follow. If it is complicated, then you won’t end up using it.

You should look for an app that will encourage you to stay on track. Some have inspirational quotes and congratulate you on your weight loss. You need these little boosts on your journey.

See if you can find an app that either has a fitness and exercise element to it. Or an app that will sync with your fitness tracker or other fitness apps.

Use an app that is customised to your needs, you don’t want to use an app that will suggest recipes for a meat eater if you are vegan.

What Apps Are Available For Dieting?

Slimming World

This app does come with a subscription but as I have followed the Slimming World diet before, I can vouch for how well it works. The app is free, but you need to buy a subscription to access the weight loss trackers and recipes.

You can plan and track your meals on this app and also chart your progress as you lose weight. There are loads of recipes, all worked out to follow the Slimming World healthy eating diet. And you can scan bar codes now as you go shopping. This will give you the details of the meals and whether it is free or synned. The app is available on Android and IOS.

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Weight Watchers

This is another of the most popular apps to help you to lose weight. Weight Watchers has been around for a while and you can use the app to help you diet from home as well as work alongside group meetings.

You will be able to download the app for free, but again the subscription will need to be paid to access all of the features. It works the same as the Slimming World app, you can find recipes, use a scanner to check the points and a weight tracker. It is available on IOS and Android.

NHS Weight Loss Plan

The bonus of this app is that it is free and it can work alongside visits to the GP to discuss weight loss. It follows a 12-week diet and an exercise routine to help you get on track.

Each week you will get targets and tips to help you on your weight loss journey. You get a weekly progress diary to help you keep notes of how you are getting on.

It’s good that the app is free but it doesn’t offer as much as some subscription apps that are available. You can find the NHS app on Android and IOS.

Life Sum Diet Plan

This is one of the best diet apps to use. It is free to download and you can use the basic features of the app without paying for the features. But if you want to be able to access all of the diets featured on the apps, you will need pay for Lifesum Premium.

You have a wide range of diets to follow on this app from the tidest variety of Diets Ketogenic, 5:2, 6:1, Clean Eating, Paleo, Med diet, Scandinavian, High Protein diet. There are also meal plans that you can choose from for vegans, Keto Burn, 3 Week Weight Loss.

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You can track your diet and weight loss with this app and it will help you to find the diet that is right for you.

This app also helps you to keep track of exercise and has a barcode scanner. It is available on IOS and Android

My Diet Coach

This is a cute little app to download and it is free to download. There is a subscription to buy if you want to use the features, then you will need to pay. This app helps to keep you motivated, be able to stay on track. It will also help you to make some healthy lifestyle changes.

You get an avatar, which makes the app fun and you can personalise her. As you slim down, so does your avatar. You can earn points to buy clothes for your avatar too. The app works alongside the Apple Health App. It is available on IOS and Android

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These apps are here to help you not only start your diet but also to keep on track for the coming months. And remember, even if you fall off the diet wagon – it’s a new day tomorrow.

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