Mar 9, 2019
Don’t have the time or money for commercial weight loss schemes with their complicated diet plans, pre-packaged food, and embarrassing group weight-ins? Downloading any one of a number of free apps for your smartphone will help you lose weight and keep it off simply and cheaply.
Psychologists at Duke studied one hundred plus eager young and middle-aged adults. They showed them how to use their phones and a free app called MyFitnessPal to track their food intake and weight on a daily basis for a three month period. The app kept the participants engaged by prompting them to record their data and to read transmitted emails detailing tips for healthy eating.
Those who were diligent lost about a half pound a week over the 12 weeks. The best part is that they were able to keep the weight off. Although the half pound a week is only half the maximum recommended maximal rate of weight loss, the method is easy, free, and effective.
If you let your phone be your Jiminy Cricket, you can lose those extra pounds and maintain a healthy weight without emptying your wallet.
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Michele L Patel, Christina M Hopkins, Taylor L Brooks, Gary G Bennett. Comparing Self-Monitoring Strategies for Weight Loss in a Smartphone App: Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 2019; 7 (2): e12209 DOI: 10.2196/12209