While there are a lot of weight loss apps available on the Play Store, there are very few apps that are dedicated to gaining weight. Now, I am aware of the global obesity epidemic and how people are suffering from weight and body image issues. But losing weight is not the only side of this story. There are many people, myself included, who need to gain weight and not lose it.
Chances are that you know at least one guy or girl who is skinny, right? Plus, there are plenty of people hitting the gym these days and they are actively looking to gain muscle mass to look leaner and meaner. So, here are some of the best Android apps to gain weight the healthy way, not by eating junk, processed food or by drinking colas.
Apps to Gain Weight
1. Weight Gain Diet
Weight Gain Diet is the simplest app to gain weight in the list that you will find. The concept is simple. The developer has shared a number of diets and tips for people who are underweight and need to gain weight. You begin with calculating your BMI or your ideal weight as per your age, height, and sex.
You will then learn what being underweight means. A list of food items that are known to increase or help in increasing body weight has been shared in the free version like peanut butter, corn, pasta, oatmeal, and dry fruits. The author has also shared workouts to gain weight but the info is not correct. These workouts will help you shed excess fat and increase stamina. Running for too long can burn too many calories.
The pro version, for $4.99, will unlock a daily meal plan for both men and women, non-veg section, home remedies, and even more food varieties. A good place to begin your journey.
- Food info
- UI is too bland
- Exercise info not entirely correct but good
2. Weight Gain in 30 Days
Weight Gain in 30 Days wants to gamify the whole process by challenging you to gain weight in 30 days. It’s a proven way to improve your chances of beating the odds. You begin by creating a profile and entering your stats like sex, age, current and target weights and use of supplements.
The app will then create a 30-day meal plan for you within 1-second and you just have to follow it to the T. As you begin to go through your daily meal plan, you will mark your days and subsequent sub-sections as completed. Note that the 30-day plan is divided into 2 parts. One is the training program and the other is diet plan. You can reset progress, view stats, and set reminders. No in-app purchases but a solid Android app to gain weight.
- UI is good
- Shopping list for food
- Reminders for diet & training
3. Weight Track Assistant
Different people have different needs and all of us get motivated by something else. Weight Track Assistant has been developed with the idea that if you enter and track your weight daily, you will get motivated. The more you gain, the more it helps you to eat to gain more! Makes sense?
Enter your body stats and other details to calculate your BMI and know that you are underweight and if yes, by how much. Well, I know I am underweight and don’t need an app to tell me that but watching that number move higher sure has a physiological effect. I know, there are other health apps that offer BMI but here, you will also learn fat percentage, WHR (waist-to-hip) ratio, and more.
The app is free to use but ad-supported which can be removed by paying $4.99 which it too much.
- Long term targets
- Detailed measurements for each part
- No diet plan
- No training schedule
4. Fitness Meal Planner
If you are underweight then chances are that you are not eating enough. More often then not, that’s the crux of the issue. Fitness Meal Planner wants to help you by setting up a meal plan that you can follow easily. Enter your details to calculate the BMI. You will learn that you are an ectomorph – someone who is skinny and underweight.
The app recommends that I should have at least 6 meals a day. The good thing is that the app asked me if I am allergic to any food before creating my meal plan. The UI suddenly goes from bland to intuitive with 3D effects while scrolling. You can scroll up and down to see what’s coming up next and how much protein and carbs you will get out of it.
There is very detailed program info on how much nutrients you should consume and what’s your goal. The basic plan begins at $2.99/month and will let you edit plans and add your own meals with 25 food item slots.
- Meal plans
- Program info
- Can be customized
- Shopping list
- Subscription model
MyFitnessPal is probably the most popular and widely used app on the list. You can use this versatile Android app to gain weight or lose it, whichever way you want to go. MyFitnessPal claims to have the biggest, most accurate food directory in the world and I have no doubt about it.
Buying groceries? Use their barcode scanner to know more about the food item. MyFitnessPal shares a lot of important tips about how to prepare food, choose what to eat, how to prepare meals, and comes with calorie and macro counters. With millions of people on board, there is a lot of support and motivation to be found here.
- Calorie & macro counters
- Integrates with FiBit etc.
- Restaurant logging
- Recipes and nutrients
- Barcode scanner
- Huge community for support
6. High Protein Foods
Protein is always one of the hottest topics to discuss when you are inside a gym. They are very important for building muscle mass which is what all of us should be aiming for. We need to gain weight but the right way and stay away from too much fat.
High Protein Foods is a simple Android app to gain weight for users who want to gain weight the right way, the healthy way. Needless to say, the app is focused on foods and meals that are high in protein. A good way to brush up your knowledge on proteins but ideally, you should be aiming for a balanced diet that is high is protein. Get it?
- Good for Protein-heads
- Lacks info on overall diet
7. How to Gain Weight
Nothing fancy about this. A simple and free to use app that contains some images with lists of food items that are known to increase weight in both men and women. If you like to keep track of what you eat and how you workout yourself, it is a good app.
Just know what you need and begin. Not everyone has the time to enter all the details of what they eat during the day into an app. That can be time-consuming however there is a popular saying – what gets measured gets managed.
- List of food to gain weight
- No BMI
- No counter
- No tracker
- Now workout plans
Lifesum is a well-constructed app that focuses on different types of popular diets like keto or high protein instead of just veg and non-veg. It comes with a weight tracker, macro calculator, and a vast food diary to help you understand what you need to eat and why.
There are plenty of recipes on board to help you get started. The whole app has been designed to motivate you to use it more and the more you use it, the more you are on track to your goal. While there is a section devoted to exercises, Lifesum is more focused on tracking food intake. What is even more impressive is that the app will help you build healthy habits which is what we should be aiming for really.
The free plan is limited in food recipes and what you can track. The pro version begins at $16.99/year.
- Good UI
- Habit builder
- Calorie, macro tracker
- Varied plans
Android Apps to Gain Weight
There are a number of Android apps to gain weight and depending on your needs and goals, you can pick one or more of these. To be on the safe side, I would suggest you go with either MyFitnessPal or Lifesum. Both of these apps have a very active community, integrate with many other services, and offer great value even in the free plan with a number of calculators and extensive library of food items.