It’s no secret; many people have struggled with weight most of their lives. Shedding the pounds has been a constant challenge in their lives. Most have had some small victories, but keep losing the war with weight. They’ve tried many things and nothing has seemed to work yet. Well, most don’t commit long enough for it to yield the results that they desire. Men and women, alike, set out each year determined not to repeat the same things at the beginning of the new year. They want to lose 10, 20 or 100 lbs. Many don’t reach the goal. In fact, some gain weight. Weight loss and health is one of the most common conversations around the lunch tables, beauty salons and kitchens, especially among women. While, it requires the dedication of each individual, technology rules the world. Therefore, several things are literally at the fingertips to aide in the journey to a healthier lifestyle.
In search of weight loss programs and apps, I came across Shaped (www.shapedapp.com). It is relatively new. Actually, it’s not even available yet. Shaped is a new fitness app currently being developed for iPhones. Shaped was like none of the other apps and websites that I previewed. It stood out from others because of its ability to digitally scan the body. While, I did find another similar concept, it is not mobile based and deals more with fashion than health. The description on the website about Shaped gives insight of the developers desire to get rid of the number plague. “Numbers are such a burden – on the scale and clothing sizes,” says Danny Commander, Shaped developer.
Commander and his partner, Luke Wardensky, say that this unique health/fitness app is designed to scan and analyze the physical body. Just in reviewing the online info, Shaped seemed to be very complex but user-friendly for the consumer. Users basically input general information about themselves including their height, weight, body type and gender. Shaped takes a digital scan of your body and gives a desired body shape based on the submitted information. The app will then highlight the areas that fall outside of the body shape and suggest exercises to help improve the problem areas. Shaped will also offer customized nutrition plans based on the body scan and user’s needs. “Shaped is not about jumping on the scale. It’s about helping people get back into the shape their bodies were made for. The programs will vary from one person to the next,” says Wardensky.
Currently Shaped is being developed for the iPhone, but the developers plan to create an app for the Android system in the future. Shaped is slated to hit iPhones in the fall. More information about Shaped and it’s progress is available at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/451879/wdgi/3824314.
Other interesting apps I stumbled upon were Formula55, MyFitnessPal, Lose It, 101 Weight Loss Tips, Weight Loss Hypnosis and Yoga for Weight Loss. There are so many to choose from that it’s hard to decipher what works and what does not. As with any programs, you have to try it for yourself and decide what is best for your individual goals.