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Apps to help stick to weight-loss resolutions

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Millions of people resolve to lose weight every New Year's Day, and there are several recommended apps and websites to help get their scales moving in the right direction.

Experts say Calorie Counter from My Fitness Pal is a great app to use because research shows that dieters who keep a food diary tend to lose twice as much weight as dieters who don't. Calorie County might be the gold standard of food journals. It's free, it works with the iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry and Windows 7 smartphones. It tracks nutrition information and allows users to run custom reports on every bite they eat.

MyNetDiary is also recommended. It works with iPhones, iPads, Androids and Blackberries. When entering food names into the app, it utilizes intelligent searching, meaning it offers suggestions after users enter the first couple of characters. It also remembers favorites and quickly recalls them with just a few keystrokes. Its massive food database is regularly updated and added to.

Sparkpeople.com is a popular online community of people trying to lose weight who organize around interests and geographic locations and share motivation, encouragement and inspiration as they follow the service's first-rate diet and exercise suggestions. The app is free. The company proudly boasts that its app offers the most detailed weight and calorie reports available anywhere.

90 percent of New Year's resolutions are broken. But people who use these recommended apps have a good chance of being among the one in 10 who succeed.

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