October 26, 2013

Just Tracking, No Strategy

1 Study Finds Weight-Loss Apps Not Much Help

A study of thirty of the most frequently downloaded weight-loss apps for Android or iPhone has found that only two of them include more than five of the 20 proven weight-loss strategies recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with most apps focusing simply on tracking the calories consumed by eating and burned through exercise. Strategies to help the weight-loser, such as exercise scheduling, portion control, avoiding relapses, and healthy food substitutions, were touched on by few or none of the apps. Half the apps were free and half paid, but neither type was more likely to offer any of the CDC strategies. The top two apps, which offered 13 of the 20 proven suggestions, were the MyNetDiary (free) and MyNetDiary PRO ($3.99).

More at Sfchronicle.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Weight-Loss Apps, Weight-Control Apps, Phone Apps for Dieters, Rating the Weight-Loss Apps

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