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News: First Study Reveals Weight Loss Apps Could Really Work
"Eat less, move more!" "Carbs kill!" "Just say no!"
These are just a few of the weight loss mantras we hear every day. But “grab your phone!” may be the next solid piece of advice. A new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine found using a mobile device was more effective in helping people lose weight than tracking diets on paper .
In this year-long study, researchers compared the effectiveness of a mobile device versus tracking diets by hand in order to lose weight. Researchers studied 70 overweight adults (mostly men) who averaged 58 years old. Some people logged their daily eats and workouts with plain pen and paper, and others were given a mobile tracking device and biweekly telephone calls from a personal coach. All participants were offered group nutrition classes.
The results showed volunteers who used the mobile app and attended nutrition classes lost the most weight — an average of 15 pounds. Participants who used the app and didn’t attend the classes lost nearly nine pounds, while the group who tracked their diets by hand without outside support barely lost any weight.
Can We Trust It?
The participants in the study are arguably less tech-savvy than Generation Y, which may leave people wondering if the results would be different with a younger crowd. The researchers also developed their own personal digital assistant, which isn’t exactly the same thing as a modern weight loss app someone can download on an iPhone 5. And remember — most mobile apps don’t come with a coach. Only the group using digital tracking received telephone calls from personal coaches, which could definitely skew results toward digital tracking over pen and paper.
Why It Matters
It’s old news that tracking food intake could lead to losing a few pounds . But with all the noise surrounding various weight loss apps, it’s cool to see a study finally put something very similar to the test. Plus, most health tracking apps are reasonably priced (or free!) — making weight loss something that’s attainable and affordable for anyone.
But perhaps the biggest takeaway is that researchers found tracking diet and fitness in addition to coaching and classes was most effective for weight loss — reminding people that there’s no “one way” to lose weight. If you want to shed a few pounds, an app may help, but don’t forget the importance of social support, too.
Have you ever downloaded a weight loss app? Was it useful? Tell us in the comments below or tweet the author @lschwech.
- Integrating Technology Into Standard Weight Loss Treatment: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Spring, B., Duncan, J.M., Janke, E.A., et al. Archives of Internal Medicine, 2012 Dec 10:1-7.⤴
- Self-monitoring in weight loss: a systematic review of the literature. Burke, L.E., Wang, J., Sevick, M.A. School of Nursing and Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. Journal of the American Dietetic Association 2011;111(1)-92-102⤴
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In this age of apps, it's more fun -- and easier -- to use a gadget tracker than pen and paper, although old-fashioned methods have their place in recovery. A tracker is record accurately whereas pen and paper are estimates. While some people benefit from running for thirty minutes, for instance, research has show that it is the number of steps (6,000 to be exact) that is most important for midlife women, not the distance or the time or the speed at which they are taken. This follows for all areas of the kind of holistic approach to weight loss that will help the compulsive eater control his/her addiction as well as the person who wants to be more fit. The plan I use the latest science for in THE HUNGER FIX integrates personal empowerment, whole food nutrition and restorative physical activity that will keep the dieter motivated and more content. The more a gadget can track, the better!
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Interesting and important information. It is really beneficial for us. I was struggling to slim down for more than ten years, nothing worked. 1st time I tried this diet I was getting ready to go on a beach holiday and managed to lose 8 pounds in 22 days. Can't wait to see what takes place just after the full 11 day cycle!
I've used Livestrong's calorie tracker, and if you follow their caloric intake guidelines (and just as bad, their calorie counts for most pre-made foods/portions), you can gain weight. Not sure why, but its inaccurate. MyFitnessPal is not only free but available online with much more accurate intake goals and calorie counts. The exercise calories for both leaves much to be desired.thanks all.
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