Technology can be a real asset in your quest to lose weight. Since you likely have your phone or tablet within arm’s reach 24 hours a day, seven days a week, those devices are an obvious way to track your fitness goals. With more than 2 million apps available in Apple’s App Store and more than 2.2 million apps available for Android, there is no shortage of choices in the health and fitness category.

To help you choose the best apps for your goals, we’ve put together a list of the best apps to help with weight loss.

Lose It!

Lose It! is primarily a calorie counting app. It has a comprehensive database of foods to help track nutrition and another database of exercises to track calories burned during workouts. The app also includes a social component to encourage community and accountability among users.

According to the company’s data, the app has helped users lose more than 40 million pounds since it launched in 2008. The popular app is straightforward and easy-to-use. It currently boasts 24 million users on its platform.

Available for: Apple, Android, Amazon devices

Cost: Free

Pact

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Do you need a little extra outside motivation to get to the gym? Pact is an app that uses cash stakes to help you stay committed to and achieve your health and fitness goals.

To get started, you choose an exercise or nutrition goal and commit to completing the goal a specified number of times per week. Then you’ll set a price you’re willing to pay for not meeting your weekly goals. You track your goals in the app, and other users verify them.

If you don’t complete your goals, you forfeit the money you committed. If you do meet your goals, you keep your money and earn extra money from the people who didn’t meet their goals.

Available for: Apple, Android

Cost: Free

Trainerize.me

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Having a personal trainer at your beck and call would undoubtedly make weight loss easier for any of us. The Trainerize.me app connects you with professional trainers all over the world. Through the app, you can stay connected with your trainer and access training programs and meal plans at any time. Since you work with the trainer remotely, the rates are much more affordable than traditional personal training.

Available for: Apple, Android

Cost: Free

Zombies, Run!

The Zombies, Run! app makes running fun again. It turns your run into a mission based on a zombie adventure story. You become the hero in the story that proceeds at the same pace as your run. You’ll run to a mix of your music interspersed with audio prompts from the story.

As you continue to run each week, your story progresses, encouraging you to run longer and more often to proceed with the story. To increase the urgency, you can even change the settings to prompt zombie chases throughout your run. The zombie chase sequences will encourage you to increase the speed of your intervals and the difficulty of your workout.

Available for: Apple, Android

Cost: Free

PlateJoy

Do you love food, but hate all the work that goes into meal planning? PlateJoy is an app that generates custom-designed meal plans for you, based on your personal goals and preferences. The app creates the meal plans and sends them to you automatically, along with recipes and ready-made shopping lists.

You can choose meals that meet nearly any dietary restriction, including Paleo, vegetarian, gluten-free, low carb, kid-friendly and low-calorie.

Available for: Apple, Android

Cost: Free

Healthy Out

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Eating out can be a big challenge when you’re working to lose weight. The Healthy Out app takes the guesswork out of dining out. The app has data from restaurants in more than 500 cities around the world. You can quickly search for dishes at nearby restaurants based on the calorie count, your dietary restrictions, the type of cuisine and more.

Available for: Apple, Android

Cost: Free

Waterlogged

Drinking plenty of water is a major component to good health and has also been proven to aid in weight loss efforts. The Waterlogged app helps you track your daily water intake and will even send you reminders to help you remember to drink water throughout the day. Waterlogged can also be integrated with your other health-tracking apps to keep all of your tracking data in one place for easy reference.

Available for: Apple

Cost: Free

Couch to 5K

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If you’re new to running, the Couch to 5K app acts as a running coach. It’s great for new runners who want to ramp up endurance slowly. The app helps you go from non-athlete to a runner capable of completing a 5K in nine weeks. Working out for 30 minutes per day, three days per week, you can train yourself to run a complete 5K. The app also has a community feature where you can connect with other runners to help you stay motivated.

Available for: Apple, Android

Cost: $2.99

Kitchology

Adjusting your favorite recipes to create healthier versions can be a real challenge. When you’re working to lose weight, though, it’s often necessary to replace high-calorie ingredients with healthier choices. The Kitchology app helps you do that.

The Kitchology app takes your dietary restrictions and modifies recipes to fit within your nutritional preferences and goals. The app has a large database of recipes to choose from, or you can enter your own. It’s great for helping you to make healthier choices and finding new foods to help you stay on track with your weight loss program.

Available for: Apple

Cost: Free

As you can see, there’s no shortage of apps available to help you stay on track with your weight loss program. With so many choices, it can be easy to get overwhelmed trying to implement too many things at once. Try choosing one app at a time to add to your daily routine, and you’ll be on your way to reaching your weight loss goals.

Note: Many of the recommended apps offer a community space to post and chat with other people pursuing similar weight loss goals. Chatting with unknown persons online can always pose a risk. Consider using a virtual private network to protect your privacy and the security of the data on your phone anytime you want to connect with people you don’t know. One VPN can protect all your mobile devices from unwanted snooping and data theft.

Do you have any thoughts of your own regarding weight loss? Are there any apps that you use to help you lose weight? Please tell us your favorites in a comment below.