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Three Apps to Help Keep 2015 New Year’s Weight-Loss Resolutions

It’s a new year and at the top of just about everyone’s resolution list is losing weight and getting in shape. I have three apps that will help you with both tasks.

The secret to losing weight is doing the math — counting calories through food and burning them through exercise and the My Fitness Pal app for the iPhone and Android platform makes that pretty simple. Log what you eat and what exercise you do and, based on the profile you set with your current weight and how many pounds you want to get rid of, the app will tell you how many calories you can take in each day as it also calculates the calories you burn through working out.

A similar app is called LoseIt. Like MyFitness Pal, it’s free and meant to be a bite-by-bite journal. It has a massive food and nutrition database, plus you can take a photo of a products barcode and get the data entered that way. You can connect with others on the same quest to eat healthy and work out daily and the app interfaces with all Apple and Android smartphones and tablets.

If you are looking  for more specific food and diet help, try the Diet Assistant app. It gives you suggested meals you can have to meet your weight-loss goals and even a shopping list on what you need to get from the supermarket. And, of course, you can log your weight, add notes, and follow how you progress towards your goals through charts and measurement displays. Free for Apple and Android.

Mike is a veteran journalist whose video "PC Mike" reports have been distributed weekly to all 215 NBC-TV stations since 1994, making him one of the most experienced tech reporters in the country. His tech stories and videos have appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, the Today Show, The New York Times, USA Today and in numerous national newspapers and magazines. In addition to the PC Mike tech blog, he also publishes the Roadtreking.com RV Travel Blog in which he travels North America in an RV reporting about interesting people and places.