Study: Weight Loss Apps Still Aren’t Using Many Established Behavior Change Strategies

Why Weight-loss Apps Are a Waste of Money

MyNetDiary, pro and free versions, included the greatest number of established behavioral strategies (13 out of 20), while Noom Weight Loss and All-in Fitness had the second highest percentage (5 out of 20). MyFitnessPal, Fitbits app, LoseIt!, Livestrong, and 14 more included 3 out of 20 of the behavioral strategies. The study notes other mobile apps linked to websites that included additional information about behavioral strategies but these were not included because they were not in the apps themselves. The most common technological feature incorporated in the apps was a food barcode scanner,appearing in about 57 percent of the apps. A little under half the apps, or about 47 percent, had social media capabilities, and 20 percent sent email reminders if tracking lapsed.
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Which Weight Loss Mobile App Should Doctors Recommend Most? Almost None Of Them

The study showed that all of these weight-loss apps may not actually be translating into slimmer people, which might be because apps don’t help people with strategies for making permanent lifestyle changes. But the good news is that free apps are just as likely to use evidence-based strategies, that is, strategies that have been scientifically researched and found to be effective . Some old-fashioned weight-loss methods appear to be even more effective than newfangled apps. One doctor said that 95 percent of his patients who used a food journal lost weight. Food journals help you be accountable and take stock of what you’re eating-and that’s something you can do with pen and paper, for free. Obviously, downloading a digital app isn’t a miracle cure. You’ve got to do the workouts from the apps you downloaded, and you must consistently use weight-loss apps to improve your lifestyle choices and habits to have them be effective.
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In addition, people who regularly ate the tree nuts had lower body mass indexes (BMI, a ratio of height to weight) than people who didn’t regularly eat nuts, the Journal of the American College of Nutrition study said. Take A Walk Taking a few moments for a walk each day is enough to lower the risk of diabetes in high-risk people who don’t regularly exercise, according to research in the journal Diabetes Care. University of Washington and University of Pittsburgh researchers found that people who walked the most in their study — which included Garcinia Cambogia Extract 1,826 people from Native American communities — had a 29 percent lower risk of diabetes, compared with those who walked the least. But you didn’t have to be a star walker in the study to reap the benefits — the researchers found that 12 percent of people who took just 3,500 steps per day (there are about 2,000 steps in a mile) developed diabetes at the end of the study period, compared with 17 percent of people who walked the least in the study, Reuters reported. Nosh On Apples And Blueberries Apple, pear and blueberry eaters have lower risks of Type 2 diabetes, according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The study was based on the diets of 200,000 people.
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