‘Dear God, if you can’t make me Thin…then please, make all my friends Fat!’
Being overweight isn’t easy these days, not with the media bombarding you with perfect bodies whichever way you turn or your genetically-blessed & oh-so-perfect spouse glaring at every little morsel that passes through your lips…Oh no, being fat isn’t for the faint hearted! and what about the calories that go down with it?
So I’m not even going to talk about the crazy-expensive Diet Clinics, Slimming Centres, Personal Trainers & Gyms whose glossy ads bombard you every time you open a magazine or log onto Facebook. If you had the money…or more importantly the time & energy for that, you would have lost that weight already!
But help is at hand or in your mobile, to be more precise! Yes, you guessed it – there’s an App for that – A Calorie Counter App!
So let’s take a look today at 4 interesting Weight Loss/Calorie Counter Apps for Indians living in India (and yes, before you ask…there’s a difference!)
I will be writing about the 2 Leading Calorie Counter Apps in the obesity-capital of the world, the US of A (MyFitnessPal & Noom) and the only 2 Weight Loss Mobile Apps in India (ObiNo & HealthifyMe).
All these Calorie Counter Apps are Free with premium subscription options offering higher-value services or features.
Let’s start close to home…
#1. ObiNo, Weight Loss Coach
The youngest of the lot, this baby is just a couple of months old & is currently available only for the Android junta.
With over 4000 downloads already, it has 4.1 Rating from over 73 users and is significantly different in its Weight Loss Approach, which is all about personalized Meal Suggestions, Expert Diet Plans & Reminders, kind of like a personalized Dietician on your mobile! It is one of the Best Calorie Counter and Weight Loss Mobile App.
- Unusual but interesting ‘Dietician on Mobile’ approach
- Unique features like – Meal Suggestions basis what’s in your fridge & Water-drinking Reminders
- Built specifically for Indians (good Indian Foods database & familiar measures like Katoris)
- Simple, easy-to-use and one-click diet tools (fool-proof & do not require brain work)
- Low installation size & a bright, colorful and cheerful design
- Easily Count your Calories, Health and Keep a track of your diet.
- No iOS version out yet for at least 2-3 more months
- Currently not offering Food Analysis & Progress tracking function
- Currently not offering personalized/premium coaching from actual experts
Download it here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ho.obino
#2. HealthifyMe, Calorie Counter
This easy to use Indian Calorie Counter App has been around for a couple of years now and boasts in excess of 10,000 downloads on the Google Playstore with a rating of 4.2 from 499 users.
Based on the traditional Western Weight Loss method of Calorie Counting, it has a pretty good Indian foods database and also offers premium subscription services which offer personalized coaching from in-house experts. This app for was built with the sole purpose of making a Calorie Counter App.
- Simple, easy-to-use and widely understood calorie-tracking model
- Wide variety of Indian foods to choose from & recognizable quantity measurements
- Cheerful and vibrant Design & Easy to use Quick Tracking options
- Newly introduced Analysis and Suggestion tools for what to eat
- Paid personal coaching & assistance in food tracking available from in-house Dieticians and Trainers
- Focuses primarily on Calorie Tracking, which as a Method is tedious and boring
- Most of the interesting Feature Set is Paid – the Free version offers the basic Calorie Tracking options & broad suggestions on what to eat
Download it here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.healthifyme.basic
Now let’s have a look at the US Offerings, both of which are very popular in India (probably due to a lack of Indian options in the past)
#3. MyFitnessPal Calorie Counter App
Chances are that if you’ve tried to lose weight on your own recently – you’ve tried or at least heard of the MyFitnessPal Calorie Counter App or at least its website!
Over 40 million people have!It follows (& refines to a fine art, I might add) the popular western Weight Loss method of Calorie Counting/Tracking. With over 10,000,000+ downloads on Google Play & a 4.7 Rating by 617,724 Users, this is the grand-daddy of all them Calorie Counter Apps – but to be fair, its been around for almost 9 years in what is one of the most active Weight Loss markets – USA – with over 27% Obesity levels!
- Calorie Tracking has been refined to a Fine Art by this Calorie Counter App – whatever is possible has been done and in a clean, neat and easy to use manner
- Massive Foods database of over 3,000,000 items ensure that your food Will be present
- Easy-To-Use interface, soothing colours & an intuitive layout Sophisticated Analysis, Progress tracking and food monitoring tools included
- Connects to all leading Wearable Devices and Apps in the market
- Almost all important Features are Free, which is a major benefit
- Painful Sign In process – recent revamping’s ensured you cannot browse or experience the app without a long and painful profiling and sign-up process
- Large part of the Foods database is User Generated so the Calorie Values are not verified – for instance, there are over 70 calorie options for Paneer Matar…confusing!
- Most of the Features, while nice, rarely get used and require real dedication on the part of the User
Download it here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.myfitnesspal.android
#4. Noom Weight Loss Coach
Another US stalwart, Noom too subscribes to the Calorie Counting methodology but is far less intense about it than MyFitnessPal Calorie Counter.
Available only on App (website is for information only) this has over 10,000,000 downloads on Google Play & has been rated 4.3 by 119,977 users. Noom differentiates itself with a slight game-like approach to the familiar calorie counting process by giving you points for every action performed which does drive slight stickiness versus other Calorie Counter apps.
- Super simple & visual Sign In process which goes by in a flash
- Game-like approach to getting Users to complete tasks which makes it more interesting
- Extensive Premium Features like Coaching available
- Vibrant, colorful and childlike interface (though a little too green
- Database of Indian Foods is a little scanty (& the Indian-food-building feature is confusing as hell, though you have to give them points for thinking out of the box)
- Most Features are all Paid, so you get just the basic Calorie Tracking options in the Free Version
- Heavy installation size of 22 MB, takes up valuable space
Download it here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wsl.noom
It’s a tough choice to make and there are different strokes for different folks. This was our list of the Best Calorie Counter App of 2017
For me personally, a strong verified (read not-user-generated) Indian Foods database is a must and so the Indian Weight Loss/Calorie Counter App options of ObiNo & Healthifyme come out on top. The rest, is up to you to decide!
Happy Weight-Loss 🙂