According to a new report by the American Heart Association1, your phone might very well be the secret to getting skinny.
In a study, overweight and obese adults who used a simple phone diary did significantly better than people using hand written diaries in achieving their weight loss behavioral goals.
More specifically, those using their devices were more successful overall at meeting calorie and fat intake goals, reaching weekly exercise goals, and monitoring eating and exercise.
And it looks like this is catching on, according to the Pew Internet and American Life Project. Over 30% of adults who have smart phones use health applications on their devices.
So what applications do I recommend?
What you might not know is that I am kind of a technology and gadget aficionado, so I have played with a lot of these things. And today I am going to focus on simple apps available in most app stores that allow you to track results. Later on I will explore devices and other gadgets.
Thin-Cam: This is a food diary where you take a picture of your meal before you eat. It then allows you to upload your meals into a very well organized diary so you can no longer fool yourself
as to how many calories you are putting into your body.
The diary alone is just 99 cents and is very helpful. However, for $29.95 setup and $8.95 a month you can have nutritionists provide you with a rundown of your dietary weaknesses and give you a plan for your specific weight loss goals.
Fooducate: This is really fun. This allows you to scan the bar code from grocery items to get a full nutritional analysis, plus it will tell you the hidden ingredients like added
trans-fats, sugars, additives, etc… this to me is a must have when shopping.
A very similar app to this is called “Fat Secret” and it is a matter of preference which one you prefer.
Lose It!: This is a simple but very usable app. It is all about the calories and if you use it for a week or more you will quickly be able to calculate total calories in and total calories out.
I like it for its simplicity and its ability for you to store your favorite meals in its database.
Fitocracy: This is a “gamified” fitness app that allows you to compete with people all over the world in very fun and addictive fitness games. As long as you are honest, this app can whip you into shape in no time.
Restaurant Nutrition: This is a must have if you are on the go. It contains the menus of 115 national chains and can give you a complete nutritional rundown on anything you may order.
What Weight Loss Apps Do You Use?
This is a growing market and in my opinion just getting started. Please share your favorite weight loss apps below, this could get really interesting.
Dr. Steven Sisskind, M.D.
Steve Sisskind, M.D.
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