July 16, 2019
If someone asked you what the two biggest breakthroughs for human wellbeing were, what would you say?
I know what I’d say: technology and capitalism
Technology provides the means for people to do more for less, and capitalism mobilizes it on a massive scale.
But sometimes, these things work a bit too well. Take the smartphone. At the turn of the century, computer programs were less advanced than the ones on current day phones!
And that’s amazing, but sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming. Open up the app store on an iPhone, and you’re bombarded with hundreds of apps, which all claim to be the best and doing something you never knew you needed.
We’re blessed as a society to have this amount of choice, but sometimes this can eat into our time.
What you need is an app that will improve your life which you can access whenever, right? You need something that revolves around you and your intermittent fasting lifestyle. You shouldn’t have to surf around the web for advice or write things down on paper.
No, that would be barbaric in this day and age…
And this is incredibly important when it comes to intermittent fasting. Food is just like math–you need to be accurate, time things correctly, and work out your portions in relation to your bodily needs.
So, I’ve taken the liberty of assessing the endless amount of fasting apps currently on the market.
In my professional opinion, these are the top five ones…
There’s nothing worse than an arbitrary paywall, so it’s great that BodyFast has both a free and a premium option.
Even better, the basic version has all you really need. It has the most important feature, the timer, which sets daily alarms to let you know when you can eat and when you should be fasting.
You also have all the bells and whistles you’d expect, like a weight tracker, overall statistics, a knowledge pool and alternate resources.
Should you feel like spending $1.35/week, you can upgrade to a premium version and gain access to “the coach”. They’ll analyze your preconditions and progress, and formulate an appropriate plan for you.
Add onto that 50+ potential fasting plans, and you’ve got everything you need from a fasting app.
We live in an age where decentralized, user-based reviews on websites make or break products. Thankfully, Vora comes out top on this list, as it’s the most popular fasting app on Reddit, and is a great option for Android users.
Moreover, it combines all the features you’d expect from an app and incorporates social media into it.
It’s so much easier to accomplish your goals when you have a community around you. Think how motivated you are to go to the gym or finish your workout when you have a buddy who encourages you!
If there’s one thing that unites the mass market around a product, it’s simplicity. And Zero has it in spades, which is why it’s so popular on iOS.
It has very clear, color-coded panels so even the most technophobic user will get on board.
It even has a fasting plan that aligns with your circadian rhythm, which is essential for your overall well being–what’s the point of losing weight if you don’t take other parts of your health seriously?
It may not be as useful for prolonged fasting, as its limit is 24 hours on the lite version.
Isn’t it irritating when you go to a restaurant, and see a bunch of people who spend a good 10 minutes taking pictures of their food for Instagram?
Now, with ate, people can do it in the privacy of their own home! Ok, I’m being tongue in cheek, but this can actually have a place in your quest for good health.
With ate, you build up a portfolio of meals you eat, so when you look back, you can see the overall quality of your food. A visual representation can really hammer home your habits and keep you in check when it comes to your progress.
Of course, it has all the fasting basics like timers so you can track your fasting progress, but the incorporation of visual aids as incentives really makes it stand out as a solid option.
If you like Zero, but want something slightly more advanced, FastHabit is for you.
It’s iOS only, but don’t let that put you off. In addition to all the basic timers and trackers, you can look at past fasts for extra statistical bulk all through a cool blue aesthetic.
The lite version lets you look at the last ten days of your fast, and it is admittedly quite limited. But I give the premium version top marks–it offers data exporting, fuller statistics and more advanced reminders.
In addition, you can sync it with your apple watch–no more taking out your phone to check everything!
One of the main uses of technology is time-saving. You should be able to get more done with less and make things less arduous for yourself.
So in an effort to save you time with saving time, I’ve taken a critical look at a number of fasting apps and these are the ones I have determined to be the best on the market.
Try them today and see how they can help you stick with your intermittent fasting lifestyle and change your life for the better. Let me know which one is your favorite!