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The 15 Best Weight Loss Apps for Apple Watch

The Apple Watch is an amazing companion for anyone looking to attain their fitness and weight goals. Here are some of the best weight loss apps to help you with that.

Foodviser – Calorie Counter: Best for Tracking Basic Nutrition

This app is the best nutrition fact finder and calorie counter for just about every meal. Take a photo of your meal using your iPhone for nutrition facts.

When you log your exercise and steps, you will see the calories burned compared to logged meals. 

GPS Running Tracker: Best GPS Running Tracker

Runkeeper by ASICS lets you make a personalized plan, set personal goals, track workouts and much more. This app is unique because you can use your Apple Watch to track stats without your phone.

Zombies, Run: Best for Fun Workouts

This workout tracking app is story-based and keeps you immersed in a zombie apocalypse. Each run is a mission of escape. 

MyFitnessPal: Best for Tracking Weight Loss Success

It is important to track your weight loss progress. MyFitnessPal displays your weight, exercise, daily nutrition intake and much more. 

My Water Balance: Best for Hydration Tracking

Water intake is crucial for any fitness goal. With My Water Balance, you also get to track soft drinks, tea and other beverages. 

Lifesum Diet & Macro Tracker: Best for Tracking Macros

Add Lifesum to your Apple Watch so you can clearly track your macros. Enter your daily water and food intake from your iPhone for nutritional stats. 

7-Minute Workout: Best for Fast Workout

This short high-intensity workout will help with your weight loss efforts. You gain access to a library of fast exercises.

Yummly Recipes + Shopping List: Best for Healthy Recipes

Yummy healthy recipes are not easy to come by. This app will suggest recipes according to your allergies, dislikes and favorites. 

MealPrepPro Meal Prep Planner: Best for Meal Prepping

This complete meal prepping app creates plans for you. You can switch meals around on your iPhone if you don’t like their choice. 

Activity: Best Preinstalled Activity Tracker

Out of the box, your Apple Watch has an Activity app that displays your daily activity. It gives you notifications so you can start moving. 

Lose It! Calorie Counter: Best for Tracking Calories

Lose It is dedicated to calorie counting. It lets you track your protein, macros and calorie intake daily. 

Aaptiv Audio Fitness: Best for Audio Workouts

If you like audio instructions, you will love Aaptiv. There are countless unique workouts and they are accessible on your Apple Watch. 

Carb Manager: Best App for Keto

This app is perfect for those on a keto diet. It counts your daily carbohydrate intake. In addition, you have access to tons of keto-friendly recipes. 

Done: Best for Weight Loss Habits

Losing weight requires that you adopt healthy habits such as avoiding sugary drinks and drinking water. Done helps you with that.

Zero Fasting Tracker: Best for Intermittent Fasting

There are popular fasts to choose from. You can create your own too. 

How to Use Your Apple Watch

While the Apple Watch is an awesome device, new users may find it intimidating. 

How Does It Work?

You set up your new Apple Watch using the Watch app—installed in your iPhone. The watch communicates with your phone using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Most of the Apple Watch features require the iPhone to be nearby or a data connection. 

Without this connection, you cannot use Siri, text your friends or place calls. The newest Apple Watch model supports cellular data connection without relying on an iPhone. 

Using the Apple Watch Hardware

Some users never notice the button below the digital crown. You may even go for weeks without realizing that it exists. Therefore, you need to learn about the hardware. Digital crown: it does more than take you to the home screen from the watch face. It can be used to scroll up/down when using an app or zooming while in the app screen. 

Side button: this one lets you access three important features. Click it to open the most recent apps—then you can switch back and forth. Hold it down to bring up the Emergency SOS and Power Off screen. Lastly, hold it down for a while and the device will shut down.

As a bonus, you can take a screenshot by holding down the digital crown and the side button simultaneously. Force touch: place your finger on the screen lightly and then press against the display. If you do this on the watch face screen, you will be given the option to customize your watch face. You can also use it on app screens. 

Apple Watch Gestures

Drag and tap: place and drag your finger on the app screen to move the apps.

Swipe down: within an app, this gesture will scroll up a page or list. On the watch face screen, it will bring up the notification center.

Swipe up: within an app, this gesture scrolls down a page. On the watch face, it will open a hidden control panel. 

Swipe right/left: this gesture changes the watch face when you perform it on the watch face screen. Within an app, the functionality will depend on the app. 

Zoom tap: double tap on a screen using two fingers.

Read Emails, Respond to Texts and Place Calls

These three functions work just as they do on your iPhone. Everything is straightforward—you don’t have to jump through special hoops. 

Use Siri

Speak to your phone and give Siri a command. It is as simple as that. If you don’t get an answer, open Settings > General > Siri. Toggle Raise to Speak and Hey Siri. 

Start a Workout

There is a Workout app and an Activity app. The latter monitors daily activity while the former monitors specific workouts. You cannot customize the Activity app. For the Workout app:

Open the app.

Choose a workout.

Tap it to start tracking.

Swipe right and tap End when you are done. 

Customize Your Apple Watch

You can customize the watch on its Settings app or the Watch app on your iPhone. 

FDA clears first EKG band for the Apple Watch

The FDA has approved the first medical device accessory for the Apple Watch, made by AliveCor, whose CEO is former Google+ boss Vic Gundotra. The accessory is AliveCor’s KardiaBand electrocardiogram (EKG) reader, a sensor that pairs with an app and can detect abnormal heart rhythm and atrial fibrillation (AFib). The user touches the sensor, which snaps into a slot on the watch’s band, to get an EKG reading in 30 seconds. The recording can then be sent to a doctor.

Using AI, the KardiaBand can predict and analyze someone’s heart rate based on data from both sick and healthy people, Bloomberg notes. “It doesn’t apply a generic range — instead, it determines what’s abnormal for you.” A device like this could play an important role in quickly diagnosing abnormalities and then alerting health-care professionals to life-threatening situations.

“Apple might be able to say ‘oh your heart rate is high’ …but what does that mean? Does that mean you should go to the hospital? And if you go to the hospital what are they going to do? Any doctor will say ‘ok come in, lets get an EKG reading’,” Gundotra told TechCrunch. “It’s not possible to diagnose atrial fibrillation without FDA clearance. That is a big, big play.” Apple has an initiative called the Apple Heart Study and plans to use heart rate data in building further research.

Photo: AliveCor

AliveCor also announced a new feature in its Kardia app called SmartRhythm, that uses AI to analyze data from the watch’s heart rate and activity sensors. The app will evaluate the correlation between heart rate and activity, and if these appear abnormal, will alert the user to capture another EKG reading. A speech recognition function also allows patients to describe their symptoms aloud to the watch. The app will then generate analysis based on the data, which can be emailed to the user’s doctor.

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https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/30/16718978/fda-medical-device-accessory-apple-watch-alivecor

Here’s the new Apple Watch software

In Apple’s big product show today in Cupertino at the new Steve Jobs Theater, Apple COO Jeff Williams unveiled Watch OS 4, which is largely focused on health and fitness. The new OS features a redesigned workout app, high intensity interval training, enhanced swim tracking smart activity coaching, GymKit to pair with machines at the gym, a revamped heart rate monitor and new music experience.

With Watch OS 4, you’ll be able to see your heart rate right on your watch face. And when you launch the app, you’ll see your resting heart rate and recovery heart rate, which tells you how quickly your heart rate drops after a workout.

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When you’re not active, your Apple Watch will be able to notify you if your heart rate is elevated. The new OS can also detect arrhythmias.

With OS 4, person-to-person payments will be possible via ApplePay. which means you can send and request money right from the Messages app on your watch. The new software will be available to everyone on September 19.

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Here’s the new Apple Watch software

Apple Aiming to Bring Apple Watch to 23 Million Aetna Subscribers

Apple and Aetna are discussing ways to offer discounted Apple Watch models to millions of consumers with Aetna insurance, reports CNBC. Citing people with knowledge of Apple’s plans, the site says Apple and Aetna held discussions last week that included senior officials from Apple, Aetna, and several hospitals. 

Aetna already offers a program that provides the Apple Watch at no cost to its 50,000 employees and subsidizes the cost for some subscribers, but the insurance company is said to be negotiating with Apple to offer a free or discounted Apple Watch to all Aetna members. 

Apple’s Myoung Cha, who has the title “special projects, health,” led the discussions, said one of the people. The move by Aetna is part of its push to increase customer interest in a healthier lifestyle and a better tracking of diet, said one of the people.

Aetna is said to be aiming to implement some kind of program early in 2018, and its goal seems to be an expansion of plans that were announced back in September. At that time, Aetna said it was planning to subsidize the cost of the Apple Watch for large employers and individual customers. 

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Aetna also said it would develop several iOS health initiatives with “support” from Apple, offering “deeply integrated” health apps for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch to Aetna customers. 

The company’s plan to offer discounted or free Apple Watch models to subscribers comes as Apple is on the verge of introducing a third-generation Apple Watch. Rumors suggest the upcoming device features an LTE chip that allows it to be decoupled from the iPhone and there’s also a possibility we’ll see a redesign. 

We expect to see the third-generation Apple Watch introduced alongside new iPhones in September.

Source:

https://www.macrumors.com/2017/08/14/aetna-apple-watch-23-million-subscribers/

Apple Watch to include game-changing health features

There’s no doubt about it — the Apple Watch is a hit. While Apple has not disclosed sales numbers, smart money has the device, now in its second generation, at over 25 million units sold. That not only means the watch is a scorcher that is now beating the initial trajectory of the iPhone, but recent estimates also crown it the world’s top-selling fitness device, outpacing dedicated fitness trackers from the likes of Fitbit in regards to market share. The Apple Watch has generated more revenue since its debut than the entire Swiss watch industry during that period of time, which is an incredible achievement.

The fitness aspect of the watch has always been a huge focus, and we have been told by a source familiar with Apple’s plans that the company is looking to introduce a game-changing feature in an upcoming new version of the Apple Watch.

While there are countless uses for this new category of device that places a smartphone on your wrist, one of the most popular is fitness monitoring and tracking, an intense area of focus for Apple. There is most likely not a single consumer fitness product in the world that has had more internal testing, validation and investment than the Apple Watch, and this doesn’t seem to be slowing. Our source indicates that Apple has hired 200 PhDs in the past year as part of the company’s laser lock on improving and innovating in the health space with Apple Watch.

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It has been rumored that Apple is interested in glucose monitoring, and it appears that the time may now be right. Previous rumors have stated that Apple might only be able to achieve this through a separate device that might complement the watch, however BGR has learned that this might not be accurate.

According to our source, Apple’s sights are now set on the epidemic of diabetes, and the company plans to introduce a game-changing glucose monitoring feature in an upcoming Apple Watch. An estimated 30 million people suffer from diabetes in the US alone, according to the American Diabetes Association, so Apple’s efforts could lead to a historic achievement in the world of health and fitness.

Currently, the only way to properly measure blood sugar levels is by using a blood sample, or by using a device that penetrates the skin. It’s uncomfortable, difficult and painful, and there are not presently any widely available noninvasive methods that are accurate. Apple isn’t stopping at just glucose monitoring, however.

Apple also plans to introduce interchangeable “smart watch bands” that add various functionality to the Apple Watch without added complexity, and without increasing the price of the watch itself. This could also mean that the glucose monitoring feature will be implemented as part of a smart band, rather than being built into the watch hardware.

A camera band that adds a camera to the watch is another possibility, or a band that contains a battery to extend battery life for wearers who want even more longevity, even though the Apple Watch’s battery performance is already class-leading. One can imagine the other types of smart bands that might be possible with this approach. This strategy might also make it easier for Apple to work with the FDA on approval of a medical device that the company could pre-announce, as opposed to letting a new Apple Watch leak months or even years in advance if it was to be submitted to the regulatory administration.

Another interesting quote from our source is that Apple has “identified the right part of the body and there’s so much more they can and intend to do with the watch.” While glucose monitoring would be a huge first step in Apple’s goal of continuing to make the Apple Watch indispensable, it’s not hard to imagine a near future where the watch is the hub of our digital and physical lives. It would monitor multiple aspects of the wearer’s health, but also replace smartphones when combined with some sort of augmented reality glasses or contact lenses, alongside AirPods in our ears.

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Exclusive: Upcoming Apple Watch to include game-changing health features

Apple Named World’s Largest Wearables Vendor With an Estimated 3.5M Apple Watch Shipments

Apple became the world’s largest wearables vendor in the first quarter of 2017 with an estimated 3.5 million Apple Watch shipments, according to new research data shared this afternoon by Strategy Analytics.

Apple Watch shipments overtook Fitbit shipments during Q1 2017, allowing Apple to capture 15.9 percent global marketshare to become the top wearables vendor. Fitbit shipped an estimated 2.9 million wearable devices during the quarter, while Apple’s closest competitor, Xiaomi, shipped an estimated 3.4 million wearable devices.

Apple’s estimated 3.5 million shipments are up from an estimated 2.2 million Apple Watch shipments in the year-ago quarter. As Apple Watch shipments have grown, Fitbit shipments have dropped sharply from an estimated 4.5 million units in Q1 2016.

Xiaomi is still close to Apple at 15.5 percent global marketshare, but has seen its shipment numbers slip while Apple’s have grown.

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In the year-ago quarter, Xiaomi’s marketshare was at 20.9 percent, while Apple’s was at 12.1 percent. Fitbit, meanwhile, has dropped from 24.7 percent in Q1 2016 to 13.2 percent in Q1 2017.

Cliff Raskind, Director at Strategy Analytics, said, “Fitbit shipped 2.9 million wearables worldwide in Q1 2017, falling a huge 36 percent annually from 4.5 million in Q1 2016. Fitbit has lost its wearables leadership to Apple, due to slowing demand for its fitnessbands and a late entry to the emerging smartwatch market. Fitbit’s shipments, revenue, pricing and profit are all shrinking at the moment and the company has a major fight on its hands to recover this year.”

Apple does not share official Apple Watch sales numbers, instead lumping the device into its “Other Products” category that also includes the Apple TV, Beats products, iPod, and Apple-branded and third-party accessories, so Apple Watch sales numbers shared by various analytics firms are all estimates.

Revenue from “Other Products” was $2.87 billion during the second quarter of 2017 according to Apple’s recently released earnings report, up from $2.19 in the year-ago quarter. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, Apple Watch sales have nearly doubled year-over-year.

Source:

https://www.macrumors.com/2017/05/04/apple-worlds-largest-wearables-vendor/

New Apple Watch Update Comes With SiriKit

Apple continues to work on software updates for its range of products. The Apple Watch is of course part of this range. The Cupertino giant’s smartwatch is designed to be a high-tech timepiece that serves as the perfect companion to the iPhone. A vital part of the watch is Apple’s voice-activated assistant Siri. In an upcoming update, Siri is getting a new functionality that users will surely like. 

For some time now, Siri has been capable of executing commands for setting alarms, turning things on and off, doing some communication errands and even helping users with their workout. What Siri isn’t capable of doing yet is interacting with third-party applications. Fortunately, the next version of watchOS is going to change that.

Apple released new developer documentation early this week, and TechCrunch says the documentation shows an update to the Apple Watch’s Siri. Apple is introducing SiriKit with watchOS 3.2, and this feature enables users to interact with third-party apps using the AI voice assistant. The addition of this functionality is seen as a big leap in terms of voice-based computing. For one thing, users will then be able to do so much more with their Apple Watch.

Expectations are high for SiriKit because it will change the landscape of how users interact with their smartwatch. It is also seen as another selling point that would attract more consumers to the device. After all, having the ability to hail an Uber, make payments and more using just voice commands for the Apple Watch gives users an edge over the smartwatch’s rivals. The commanding process is also more seamless since one does not need to make some taps on the small screen anymore. 

Upon the release of watchOS 3.2, SiriKit will right away give users the ability to interact with third-party apps for messaging, payments, workouts, ride booking, searching photos and calling. The integration will be limited to these domains at first, but users can expect so much more in the long run.

Another aspect of watchOS 3.2 that is creating a buzz among the tech community is the new feature called Theater Mode. As per MacWorld, this feature adjusts the lighting of the Apple Watch and disables its sound. The haptic feedback remains active, but users will have to check the notification either by tapping the watch face or pressing the Digital Crown. The feature is intended to be helpful to users when they are in movie theaters, hence the name. 

 

http://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/1/24/14375176/apple-watch-update-theater-mode-sirikit-watchos