The 15 Best Weight Loss Apps for Apple Watch In 2019

Keep track of your progress using these Apple Watch apps

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Have you begun a weight loss journey? If so, you may have invested in an Apple Watch, the perfect companion for reaching weight loss and fitness goals. Track your calories, weight, habits and more using this collection of Apple Watch weight loss apps.

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Best for Keeping an Eye on Basic Nutrition Facts: Foodvisor - Calorie Counter

Foodvisor app tracking calories on the Apple Watch
What We Like
  • Take photos of your meal to see nutrition facts.

  • See your current calorie intake on your Watch.

  • View how many calories you have left each day.

What We Don't Like
  • You can't add meals from your Watch.

  • May not be completely nutritionally accurate.

  • Missing some well-known food brands in nutrition look-up.

Foodvisor is the ultimate calorie counter and nutrition fact finder for almost any meal you can imagine. Using the in-app features, simply take a photo using your iPhone of your plate to see nutrition facts. The app tells you whether or not your meal is balanced.

You can also log your steps and exercise to see how many calories you've burned compared to your logged meals. Unfortunately, you can't add meals directly from your Watch, but you can see your current calorie stance from your wrist.

Although the app is free to download, you can purchase Foodvisor Premium for access to recipes, diet plans and a live chat with a nutritionist. Plans range from $9.99 a month to $59.88 per year.

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Best GPS Running Tracker: Runkeeper - GPS Running Tracker

Runkeeper app tracking a run on the Apple Watch
What We Like
  • Track your workouts in real-time.

  • Receive audio updates as you progress.

  • Workout plan is tailored to fit you.

What We Don't Like
  • Speed and interval workout tracking can experience short delays due to countdown timers.

  • Drains phone battery significantly when used for longer workouts.

Rated as one of the best GPS running trackers in the App Store, Runkeeper by ASICS allows you to track your workouts, set your own goals, create a personalized plan, and more, all in one app.

What sets Runkeeper apart from the rest of the running apps is the ability to track your stats on your Apple Watch without your iPhone. In-app challenges and exercise rewards keep you motivated on your weight loss fitness journey. Plus, there's plenty of race training plans for those wanting to enjoy their first marathon.

Runkeeper is free to download but offers a premium version which includes side-by-side workout comparisons, weather data and more. Prices range from $9.99 a month to $39.99 per year.

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Best for Fun Workouts: Zombies, Run!

Zombies, Run app tracking a new run on Apple Watch
What We Like
  • Storylines are fun to follow and totally motivating.

  • Listen to your story and your progress in your earphones.

  • There's no actual competition, just good fun.

What We Don't Like
  • The instructions aren't detailed; there's a small learning curve.

  • App may continue to use your location while not in use, which can drain battery life.

  • It isn't as practical as other apps when it comes to tracking weight loss goals.

If you need some motivation to lose those extra few pounds, zombies might do the trick. Zombies, Run is a fun, story-based workout tracking app that immerses you in a zombie apocalypse. Every run you take becomes a mission of escape.

The app contains 200+ missions, something new for every workout. As you run or walk, you'll listen as you're instructed on what to do next. You'll collect supplies to help you survive as you listen to your own music. And yes, the app works just the same on a treadmill as it does around the park.

Zombies, Run is free to download, but requires a pro subscription to unlock all storylines and features, like unlimited play and interval training. Prices range from $5.99 to $34.99.

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Best for Tracking Your Weight Loss Success: MyFitnessPal

MyFitnessPal app tracking calories and nutrients on Apple Watch
What We Like
  • Everything you need, from water intake to exercise, can be tracked in this app.

  • See your weight loss progress by updating your weight along the way.

  • Most complete nutrition look-up information out of all apps.

What We Don't Like
  • Calories are often underestimated.

  • Calories burned through exercise are placed back into daily calorie limit which is inaccurate for most weight loss plans.

  • Although food database is huge, most nutrition information is user-generated.

Weight loss is a process that can sometimes take years to accomplish. You need a solid app that can help you track your progress from day one. MyFitnessPal is a complete weight loss tracking app that showcases your weight over time as well as your daily nutrition intake, exercise and more.

The nutrition database is huge and covers a wide range of brands, restaurants and more. Using your Apple Watch, you can quick add your water intake as well as your calories, making this app stand out from other calorie counting apps on this list.

MyFitnessPal is free to download and use but offers a Premium version to give you access to the Nutrient Dashboard, Calorie Goals by Meal, the ability to quick add your carbs, protein, and fat as well as many other features. Plans range from $9.99 to $49.99.

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Best for Tracking Your Hydration: My Water Balance

My Water Balance tracking liquid intake on Apple Watch
What We Like
  • Track more than just water.

  • Enable notifications to ensure you don't miss your water count.

  • Add water and liquid intake from your Apple Watch.

What We Don't Like
  • To unlock different beverages, you'll need to purchase the premium version.

  • For users only wanting to use the app for water intake, you must tap water for every entry, every time.

  • Water requirement calculator isn't always accurate.

My Water Balance helps you track your water intake, which is critical to any weight loss goal. The app also allows you to track other beverages such as tea and soft drinks. As you track your intake, the app creates charts for you to see your progress.

There's also a water requirement calculator to help you determine how much water you need in a day. Of course, it's best to take into consideration your lifestyle, activity level, and weight loss goals for a specific requirement.

My Water Balance is easy to use on the Apple Watch, giving you the option to add entries straight from your wrist. My Water Balance is free to use but requires a premium subscription to unlock all beverage options. Prices range from $4.99 a month to $29.99 a year.

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Best for Tracking Your Macros: Lifesum Diet & Macro Tracker

Lifesum app tracking calories and macros on Apple Watch
What We Like
  • Choose from diets such as Keto, fasting, vegan, and more.

  • Track both your calories and your macros.

  • See healthy recipes inside the app.

What We Don't Like
  • There's no quick add option on the Apple Watch for calories or macros.

  • The meal prep feature is limited in adaptations.

  • The food database is lacking compared to other calorie counting apps.

When you need to track your macros in detail, Lifesum is a great addition to your Apple Watch. From your iPhone, you can enter your daily food and water intake to see your current nutritional stats. Then, view your progress throughout the day on your iPhone.

Lifesum gives you the option to see healthy recipes from inside the app, depending on your diet plan. You can choose from diets such as keto, fasting, Mediterranean, and more. There's also a basic meal prep option with suggestions for those looking for the "down for you" approach to a diet plan.

Lifesum is free to download and use but requires a premium subscription for recipes, specialized diets, and other features. Prices range from $21.99 for three months to $44.99 for a year.

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Best for Working Out Fast: Seven - 7 Minute Workout

Seven app tracking a workout using the Apple Watch
What We Like
  • Workout in just minutes — perfect for busy lifestyles.

  • View your complete workout progress on your Apple Watch.

  • Control your workout from your Apple Watch.

What We Don't Like
  • Additional workouts require a premium subscription.

  • You must start a new workout if you wish to perform a circuit.

  • There's no audio cue for moving to the next move in the workout, only illustrations.

The seven-minute workout has been hailed as a great way to get in a high-intensity workout in a short amount of time, boosting weight loss efforts. Seven is an Apple Watch app that gives you access to a library of seven-minute workouts to fit your weight loss goals.

As you workout, your Apple Watch will showcase illustrations to show you what to do. You can also pause or end your workout from your Watch. You can choose your goals such as get fit or lose weight to tailor your workouts to your goals. Seven will also remind you when it's time to workout each day.

Seven comes with several basic workouts to get you started. To access all workouts available and over 200 exercises, you'll need to purchase the 7 Club premium membership. Prices range from $9.99 a month to $79.99 a year.

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Best for Discovering Healthy Recipes: Yummly Recipes + Shopping List

Yummly app showcasing recipes on Apple Watch
What We Like
  • Hundreds of healthy recipes complete with ingredient list.

  • Add ingredients to your app's shopping list.

  • Use the Apple Watch search feature to find recipes.

What We Don't Like
  • You have to manually delete items from your shopping list on your iPhone.

  • You can't view recipe instructions on your Apple Watch.

  • The voice search option on the Apple Watch takes some time to load suggestions.

One of the most difficult parts of weight loss is trying to find healthy recipes that taste good. Yummly takes the guesswork out of it all by suggesting recipes based on your favorite cuisine, allergies, and dislikes. Plus, you're able to save all of your favorites inside the app and view them on your Apple Watch.

You can create a shopping list for each recipe that populates on your Apple Watch for easy shopping. Although you must manually delete items from the list, it's easy to checkmark them on your Watch. The Apple Watch voice search option also helps you find recipes hands-free.

Yummly is completely free to download and use. All features are available for use as there's no premium version.

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Best for Meal Prepping: MealPrepPro Meal Prep Planner

MealPrepPro app tracking daily meal intake on Apple Watch
What We Like
  • Check meals off your daily list using your Apple Watch.

  • Track your water intake as well as your macros and calories.

  • See your current calorie count on your Apple Watch throughout the day.

What We Don't Like
  • The app creates the meal plan for you. To make changes, you'll need to use your iPhone.

  • Although basic recipes are available, most require some cooking skill.

  • You only achieve a 7-day trial. After that, you must purchase a subscription.

Meal prepping makes sticking to a new plan simple. MealPrepPro is a complete meal prepping app that creates a plan for you. If you don't like what they choose, you can go into your iPhone and switch meals around. You can also track your water intake as well as your macros and calories inside the app.

Your Apple Watch updates with your progress throughout the day. You can also check your daily meals off of your list right from your Watch. There are many recipes available, but most require some cooking skill to accomplish.

MealPrepPro is free to download for a 7-day trial. After that, you'll need to purchase a premium subscription. Prices range from $5.99 a month to $47.99 a year.

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Best Preinstalled Activity Tracker: Activity

Activity app tracking daily activity on Apple Watch
What We Like
  • Activity is native to the Apple Watch, no extra steps required.

  • See your daily activity progress on your Apple Watch.

  • Get activity reminders on your wrist throughout the day.

What We Don't Like
  • Activity only delivers your basic activity stats, not the best for weight loss plans.

  • Activity is only tracked if your Apple Watch is on your wrist.

  • Glitches can occur that cause issues with step tracking.

The Apple Watch comes with the Activity app that offers a user-friendly interface and a basic overview of your daily activity. You can receive notifications when it's time for you to move, perfect for those who work in offices or in sedentary positions.

Has your Apple Watch stopped tracking your steps? See this guide for troubleshooting.

The Activity app shows how many calories you've burnt in a day, as well as how many minutes of exercise you've completed. Goals are set depending on your lifestyle and habits.

Apple's Activity app is free to download and use both on the iPhone and the Apple Watch.

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Best for Tracking Your Calories: Lose It! Calorie Counter

Lose It app tracking calories and nutrients on Apple Watch
What We Like
  • Scan food labels to easily input nutrition information.

  • Keep track of your calorie and macro count in one place.

  • See your current calorie count on your Apple Watch.

What We Don't Like
  • Nutritional information isn't always accurate. Look for foods with the green checkmark instead.

  • Without the premium subscription, there are ads for the app that pop up frequently.

  • You'll need to use your iPhone to see most of your daily stats.

Although many of these apps offer a calorie counter, it may be easier to have an app made for entering your calories each day. Lose It is a complete calorie counter that allows you to track your daily intake of calories, macros, protein and more.

The recipe database is large and you have the option to scan barcodes to find your exact nutritional information for many different brands. Nutritional information that has been proven by the Lose It team has a green checkmark for easy accuracy.

Lose It is free to download and use but offers a premium subscription for features such as understanding which foods are sabotaging your weight loss and more. Prices range from $4.99 a month to $39.99 a year.

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Best for Audio Workouts: Aaptiv Audio Fitness

Aaptiv workout tracking on Apple Watch
What We Like
  • Follow each workout from your Apple Watch.

  • Choose from many workouts from strength training to indoor cycling.

  • Gain motivation by listening to fitness experts as you workout.

What We Don't Like
  • You must download each individual workout to your app before you can use it.

  • To get access to most classes, you'll need to purchase a premium subscription.

  • Some workout moves require prior knowledge and move descriptions are fast for beginners.

Do you have a personal trainer for your weight loss goals? Or, do you prefer having audio instruction for your workouts? Aaptiv is a great audio workout app that includes many unique workouts for you to choose from. Plus, you have access to your favorite workouts on your Apple Watch.

To get started, you find a workout you wish to use and download it. You'll then listen as the instructor tells you what to do next. Some moves are difficult for beginners without prior knowledge. But, a little practice always makes perfect.

To access most of the workouts, you'll need to purchase an Aaptiv subscription. Prices range from $14.99 to $99.99 for unlimited on-demand classes.

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Best App for Keto: Carb Manager

Carb Manager app tracking carbs on Apple Watch
What We Like
  • Track net carbs, total carbs or diabetes carbs.

  • Access to keto-friendly recipes.

  • See all of your carb-intake on your Apple Watch.

What We Don't Like
  • The design isn't as user-friendly when compared to other apps.

  • Creating a unique recipe is time-consuming.

  • Full health tracking requires a premium subscription.

For those on their weight loss journey with keto, you need an app that counts your daily carbohydrates. Carb Manager does just that as well as tracking your net carbs, total carbs, and diabetes carbs. The app also gives you access to thousands of keto-friendly recipes for easy meal planning.

You can add new recipes based on your own cooking to ensure you don't miss a carb. Health tracking is available so you can track your weight loss progress. Although there's a bit of a learning curve to get it right, this app is great for tracking keto success.

Carb Manager is free to download but requires a premium subscription to unlock all recipes, health tracking and more. Prices range from $8.49 per month to $39.99 per year.

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Best for Tracking Your Weight Loss Habits: Done

Done tracking daily habits on Apple Watch
What We Like
  • Easily mark tasks off your to-do list on your Apple Watch.

  • Completed goals are highlighted in color on your Watch so you can easily see your progress.

  • Allows you to create tasks for building and quitting habits.

What We Don't Like
  • The free version only allows you to add three habits or goals.

  • You can't use your Apple Watch to add new habits or goals.

  • If you accidentally complete a task on your Watch, you can't undo it.

Part of a successful weight loss journey is developing new habits such as drinking more water or avoiding sugary drinks. The Done habit tracker can help you build or quit habits depending on your goals. Done is easy to use and gives you the ability to complete goals using your Apple Watch.

In the app, you can add up to three unique habits or goals using the free version (unlimited with an upgrade). You can set how you want your habits to look, take notes about them, add motivational quotes and more.

Done is free to download and use. To unlock unlimited habit and goal tracking, you'll need a premium subscription. The price is $6.99 for a one-time upgrade.

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Best for Intermittent Fasting: Zero Fasting Tracker

Zero tracking fasting time on Apple Watch

For those using intermittent fasting as part of their weight loss plan, Zero is the perfect companion. Choose from popular fasts such as 16:8 or Circadian Rhythm, or create your own fast using the app.

After your fast, you'll be able to rate how well you feel it went and add any notes you wish to add. You'll also earn badges by completing milestones and receive education on protocols for the safest fasting practices. You can start and stop a fast easily using your Apple Watch.

Zero is free to download and use. You'll need to create an account prior to being able to use the app.