Posted Monday, March 04, 2013
March is National Nutrition Month
Trying to count calories, track your exercise or monitor your weight loss progress? Help could only be a few taps away, according to experts from The Miriam Hospital’s Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center, who say smartphone mobile apps can provide critical weight management support.
“Mobile apps can play a significant role in helping people achieve their weight loss goals by not only simplifying the process, but also by holding you accountable,” says researcher J. Graham Thomas, Ph.D., whose work focuses on the use of technology for assessing and treating health behaviors, including healthy eating and physical activity.
“For example, mobile apps can automate such routine or tedious tasks like looking up calories. They’re also engaging, providing you with detailed and real-time feedback on your diet along with graphs that chart your weight loss progress,” he adds. “Smartphone apps are also convenient and discreet, so you don’t need to carry around special materials like a food diary and calorie counting book.”
However, with hundreds of available weight loss, fitness and nutrition apps, deciding which ones to download can be overwhelming. Thomas suggests looking for the following features:
Still not sure where to start? Some of the more popular, successful and free weight loss apps to consider include MyFitnessPal, LoseIt! and Daily Burn.
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