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Digital Devices Boost Weight Loss: Study

Monday, 19 Mar 2012 11:08 AM

If you're having trouble sticking to a diet, consider investing in an app or electronic device that provides daily feedback and gentle reminders.
According to a new study announced at an American Heart Association conference in California last week, overweight adults who used handheld devices which delivered personalized dietary and exercise reminders were able to better stick to their diets compared to those who simply kept paper diaries or used unresponsive electronic devices.
For the SMART study — Self-Monitoring and Recording with Technology — 210 overweight and obese adults used one of three weight management techniques: a paper diary, a handheld electronic device that didn't offer any feedback, or a handheld device that delivered messages on diet and exercise every other day.
Most of the participants were Caucasian women.
While weight loss was similar across the three groups after two years, results were slightly better in the group receiving feedback, researchers said.
They were also more successful in adhering to five weight management strategies like attending group sessions, meeting daily calorie goals, meeting daily fat intake goals and reaching weekly exercise goals.
Over the course of the study participants recorded their exercise levels and daily food and beverage intake. Devices displayed the consumed daily calories and grams of fat next to targeted amounts.
Feedback included messages on diet and exercise every other day. Participants were also offered 40 group sessions over the two year term.
Last year, developer Daily Burn released an app that allows users to get the calorie counts of their meal simply by snapping a photo with their smartphone.
Photos uploaded to Meal Snap's database are automatically identified and assigned a rough calorie count, which is then sent back to the user within minutes.
FitFu is another interactive app that reminds people who sit at their desk all day to get up and move. Users can also set workout reminders and track their progress.
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