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Smartphone Technology Can Be An Effective Way To Make Weight Loss Strategies Work

April 29, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Starting – and failing at – dieting is a familiar experience for the seven of ten Americans who are overweight or obese. Now a U.S. researcher reports that information technology generally, and smartphones and their treasure trove of apps in particular, are helping to improve that situation. The weight loss strategies embraced by the apps have been around a long time. But the apps repackage the good advice and put helpful tools like exercise logs and nutritional databases at dieters’ fingertips. Self-monitoring is the key to  weight loss, according to Cheryl Shigaki, and that is much easier to do with hand-held information technology. Feedback on weight loss progress is an effective motivator that also permits better evaluation of health behaviors.
Cheryl L. Shigaki et al., "Successful weight loss: how information technology is used to lose", Telemedicine and e-Health, April 29, 2014, © Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
Dieting & Weight Control
Fitness & Exercise
North America
United States of America
Research, Studies, Advice
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