FMCSA medical regulations require certain health and fitness standards are met to get and keep a commercial driver’s license.  These regulations include clinical diagnosis of high blood pressure or diabetes – both of which can be managed with weight loss.  
 
It can be difficult to stay on track when you’re always on the road and have limited healthy meal and fitness options. What do you do to get healthy? Maybe you use the FIT system? Maybe you prepare healthy meals for the road?

Whatever you are currently doing, here are 8 apps that can help you reach your weight loss goals along with your current routine!
  1. Lose It
Cost: FREE
Smartphone Compatibility: iPhone & Android
 
This app will help you set a goal and create a daily calorie allotment to help you meet it.  Want to consume more calories during the day?  No problem!  Just cancel it out with exercise.  This handy app will help you know when you’re reaching your calorie limit for the day and when you have enough left over to have that sweet treat you were hoping for. 
 
Lose It rewards you with milestones and comes with a handy graph to show weight loss progress.  You can even add friends for motivation!

NOTE:  Lose It can be used in tandem with BigRoad!  Click here for more info.
  1. My Fitness Pal – Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker
Cost: FREE
Smartphone Compatibility:  iPhone & Android
 
This app makes it easy to count your calories with a database of over 1.5 million foods (including a free barcode scanner)!  It also contains over 350 exercises to track and customize for your personal plan.  The best way to lose weight and keep it off (while staying healthy) is to reduce the amount of calories you eat while increasing the amount of calories you burn. 
  1. Diet Assistant – Weight Loss
Cost: FREE
Smartphone Compatibility:  iPhone & Android
 
Diet Assistant provides healthy, personalized diet plans (that include shopping and grocery lists), and customizes them to your personal restrictions – whether you’re vegetarian, low-carb, or anything in between.  It comes with nutritional facts, a weight loss tracker, BMI calculator, and weight loss tips and tricks. 
  1. Glooko
Cost: FREE
Smartphone Compatibility:  iPhone & Android, but cables and adapters must be purchased separately
 
If you have diabetes, this app is for you!  Glooko makes diabetes management easier, by taking data from your meter to help monitor your glucose levels.  It also enables you to share readings with your healthcare provider.  See if your phone is compatible, and how to get your cable and adapter here.
  1. My Diet Coach
Cost: FREE
Smartphone Compatibility: iPhone & Android
 
Need to lose weight, but despise counting calories?  This motivation-based app may be exactly what you need.  Sometimes the hardest part about sticking to it can be finding the motivation to keep going when times are tough.  This app is designed to help support you in any roadblocks you may run into on your way to success.  
 
If you have a food craving, use the stopwatch to time you for 15 minutes.  Wait those 15 minutes, and see if you’re still really craving that food!  This app also supplies tips and thought cues to help you beat cravings or find motivation.
  1. Fitness Buddy
Cost: $1.99
Smartphone Compatibility: iPhone & Android
 
This app contains over 1,700 exercises and over 1,000 high-definition workout videos with detailed instructions – it’s a personal trainer in your hand! 
 
There are eight categories to choose from: lower body, shoulders, core, chest, cardio, arms, back, and stretches.  The search function will help you quickly find your favorite workout, and you can even customize your routine.  You can also keep track of your weight and measurements to see how your body is changing because of your hard work. 
  1. Fast Food Calorie Counter
Cost: $0.99
Smartphone Compatibility: iPhone & Android
 
Sometimes the only option is fast food or nothing at all.  But what do you do when you’re trying to make better choices?  This calorie counter app has nutritional information for 73 popular restaurants and over 9,000 menu items.  This way you can make a good decision even under the most difficult circumstances!
  1. Rolling Strong
Cost: FREE
Smartphone Compatibility: iPhone
 
This app is specially designed for the health and wellness for professional drivers around the United States.  It accesses your health database on the road to find those important clinic locations, health check stations, and coaching sessions. 
 
It includes wellness newsletters, special events, and even a built-in pedometer! 

Have another weight loss app that you like to use while you are on the road? Let us know in the comments below? 

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Have been using "Lose It" for some time now...it works if you work it!

May 03, 2014 10:45:02 AM

My favorite is Lose It

March 24, 2014 18:43:26 PM

I use, when I'm using, "MyNetDiary" on my iPhone. It keeps track of a ton of things - if you want - including water consumption, workouts, vitamins, before and after pics, measurements, and has a bar code scanner for easier entry of your foods consumed.

March 24, 2014 14:52:15 PM

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Beth started at ATBS in December of 2013. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2003, then relocated soon after to Denver, Colorado. She has previously worked in social media, design, and marketing & advertising at Denver's famous Comedy Works comedy club, as well as at Modern in Denver Magazine. When not at work, Beth enjoys everything outdoors - hiking, camping, snowboarding, and biking. She also loves to cook and create unique recipes to share with her family and friends.

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