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Thinking of ditching those extra love handles once and for all, but know that you’re going to need some help along the way? If you’re considering investing in any one of the new apps that have launched recently, you aren’t alone. The problem is, which ones are legit and which ones are a waste of time? With Apple recently unrolling its HealthKit and even more promised health apps lining up for a home at the new iTunes storefront, it can be a lot to wade through.

To help you get up and running (metaphorically, at least) here’s the lowdown about HealthKit, along with nine other apps that will bring your diet and fitness game into the 21st century — whether you’re an Apple user or not.

HealthKit

The data you share with one HealthKit app — weight, heart rate, calories consumed and burned — can be shared with all. HealthKit apps also work with iHealth products to link vital health stats like blood sugar levels and blood pressure. In the future, Apple hopes to include hospitals and doctors’ offices in its network for seamless data sharing with healthcare providers.

Human

1. HUMAN - best HealthKit apps

Who needs it: Health-conscious folks who are happy with the bare minimum.

What it does: Human aims to help you reach 30-minutes of movement per day. Carry your iOS-enabled device in your pocket or purse, and Human automatically tracks your walks, runs and cycles.

How much it costs: Zip.

Is it compatible with other operating systems?: No.

FitStar Personal Trainer

2. FitStar Personal Trainer - iOS 8 health apps best diet apps

Who needs it: Fitness fans who crave variety, and busy people (that’s all of us, right?) who want to work out in 15-minutes or less.

What it does: Enter your age, height, weight and general fitness level, then complete a six-minute fitness test to receive targeted routines. Choose from selections like seven-minute workouts, 10-minute abs or longer freestyle workouts organized by target muscle groups, completion time and calories burned. Sessions are taught by NFL-er Tony Gonzalez.

How much it costs: Free for the basic program; $49.99 a year for premium, unlimited workouts.

Is it compatible with other operating systems?: No.

7 Minute Workout

3. 7 Minute Workout - best iOS 8 health apps healthkit best diet apps

Who needs it: People who like their workouts short and sweet and don’t mind taking fitness directions from a GPS.

What it does: The free program comes with a single seven-minute workout consisting of basic exercises like jumping jacks, wall sits, push ups, planks and crunches.

How much it costs: Free for one seven-minute session; $.99 for optional sessions like 7 Minute Pilates Workout or the Make Your Own 7 Minute Workout feature; $1.99 to personalize settings, store workout logs and change the annoying computer-voice.

Is it compatible with other operating systems?: Not yet, but the company website promises it will soon be available on Google Play.

UP by Jawbone

4. UP by Jawbone - best fitness apps on iOS8 best health apps

Who needs it: People who want to track sleep, diet, exercise and even mood with a single app.

What it does: Enter basic information like height, weight and age, then set goals for movement, sleep, and weight loss, weight gain or maintenance. UP helps you track data through stylish infographics. For factoid fans, UP also offers statistical insights. For instance, we learned that people like this writer “average 7, 854 steps a day and 6h 50m sleep a night.” Neat!

How much it costs: Nada.

Is it compatible with other operating systems?: Yes, UP is also available on Google Play.

Yummly Recipes and Grocery Shopping List

5 . Yummly Mobile - best iOS8 health apps, healthkit, best fitness apps, best food apps

Who needs it: Home cooks who need help planning meals and extracting nutritional information from their favourite recipes.

What it does: Yummly has access to over one million recipes across the web. Users can search and save recipes, customize grocery lists and assess recipes based on number of ingredients, cooking time and calories. Use the app to scan items at the grocery store, and Yummly will generate meal ideas as you add them to your cart.

How much it costs: Nothing.

Is it compatible with other operating systems?: No.

Carrot Fit

6. Carrot Fit - best fitness apps best diet apps iOS 8 healthkit

Who needs it: Dark humour fans and people who like being yelled at.

What it does: Carrot Fit is like a junior high gym class, it’s a point-based rewards system that turns weight loss into a game and tells you whether you’re pretty or a “flabby meat-bag.” Carrot Fit uses data from linked HealthKit apps, but is mainly a motivational tool.

How much it costs: $2.99, plus some dignity.

Is it compatible with other operating systems?: No.

Map My Run

7.Map My Run - best fitness apps best health apps for healthkit iOS8 best diet apps

Who needs it: Runners.

What it does: Map My Run can help you budget calories, but its most important feature is in the name — it tracks where you run, and helps you find routes in your city. Suggested routes are only available if your city (yes, city) is in Map My Run’s database.

How much it costs: Free for the basic version; $29.99 for MVP, which includes heart rate analysis, training plans and mobile coaching.

Is it compatible with other operating systems?: Yes. Map My Run is compatible with Android and Blackberry devices, although the availability of MVP features varies between operating systems.

Zova

8. Zova - best fitness apps best iOS8 healthkit apps

Who needs it: Women, particularly women who like bossy EDM (that’s electronic dance music for those rock folk out there).

What it does: Zova integrates fitness instructions with original music, syncing surprisingly catchy refrains like “up, squeeze, down” to the beat.

How much it costs: It’s free to access a limited number of workouts, $19.99 for a 12-week pass and $59.99 for a year.

Is it compatible with other operating systems?: No.

MyFitnessPal

9. MyFitnessPal - best health apps best diet apps best fitness apps iOS8 healthkit

Who needs it: Dieters looking for detailed nutritional information, and anyone who wants help setting specific dietary goals and doesn’t mind feeding the app information every time they feed themselves food.

What it does: MyFitnessPal’s impressive database of food items includes nutritional information for individual ingredients, plus meals from popular chain restaurants. Calories, fat, carbs and protein info are all provided. The app also tracks exercise, increasing your daily caloric budget whenever you move.

How much it costs: Free.

Is it compatible with other operating systems?: Yes. MyFitnessPal also works with Android and Windows.

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