Is your weight loss app smart enough?
If you’re trying to lose weight with the help of a smartphone app, a new study assesses the best apps to help get the job done.
If you're trying to lose weight with the help of a smartphone app, a new study assesses the best apps to help get the job done.
Health news website MyHealthNewsDaily reported on September 28 that ideal programs "also would encourage a moderate weight loss of 0.5 to 0.9 kgs per week, focus on food-portion control and the reading of nutrition labels, provide a way to track weight and physical activity, and include a meal planner and a social-support component."
When it comes to finding a good app, Breton also recommends looking at user ratings: in the study, her team found that the higher the user ratings for an app, the more likely the app adhered to science-based standards.
Popular fitness apps include Lose It!, Calorie Counter, My Fitness Pal, Food Scanner, and RunKeeper.
Prof Gary Miller from Wake Forest University, US, says while these kinds of apps can help you become aware of what you're eating and how much you're burning, but digital media is not likely to change your habits anytime soon.