Our pick of the top diet apps for the iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry
by Megan O. Steintrager

U sers of the iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry know there are hundreds of apps that promise to help you lose weight easily and quickly. Unfortunately handmade jewelry, many health and fitness apps assume that you're willing to live on either fast food or cabbage; we're not sure which is worse. To find the best diet apps for the typical Epicurious member—somebody who loves to eat and generally prefers food made from scratch with few processed ingredients—we tested some of the most popular weight-loss apps in the Apple and Android markets, many of which are also available for the BlackBerry. (Some apps have iPad versions, and as tablets in general gain popularity, more apps will no doubt be developed for the platform.) Of course, you can already search thousands of healthy recipes using the Epicurious Recipes & Shopping List app, but for those who want to go the extra mile for weight loss, we deemed the five apps in this chart to be the cream—or perhaps the skim milk—of the crop cloud backup.

How We Tested
We created "EpiGal," a 40-year-old woman who's 5' 4" and weighs 150 pounds. She has a relatively sedentary lifestyle (a 9-to-5 office job) but is willing to exercise a few times a week. Using Self's Happy Weight calculator, we arrived at a target weight of 130, which she'd like to get down to by losing one pound per week—generally considered a reasonable rate by doctors, nutritionists, and dieters who want to avoid being ravenous, listless, and grouchy. For a sample day's meal for our test subject, we followed day one of Epicurious' Diet Solution. The plan—developed by nutritionist Dana Lilienthal—calls for cutting 500 calories from the typical 2,000-calorie diet, for a total daily caloric intake of approximately 1,500 calories, which translates to about one pound dropped per week ageLOC Me.

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