Researchers Uncover Best (and Worst) Weight-Loss Apps
People looking to lose weight might try picking up a smartphone.
The best, saidِ study researcher Emily Breton, isِ the SparkPeople app.
On theِ otherِ endِ of theِ spectrum areِ apps likeِ the oneِ that recommends putting yourِ vibrating phone onِ your belly, supposedly toِ shake apartِ fat cells.
We actuallyِ found, oddly enough, thatِ the majority ofِ the apps didِ provide evidenced-based information, saidِ Breton, whoِ conducted theِ research duringِ her graduate work inِ public health atِ George Washington University.
Smartphone users haveِ downloaded millions ofِ health-related apps, butِ there hasِ beenِ almost noِ research toِ find outِ whether theyِ work.
23 inِ the Journal ofِ Translational Behavioral Medicine, examines theِ 204 weight loss-related apps thatِ were availableِ in theِ iTunes store inِ September 2009.
The criteria included whetherِ theِ app assessed weight, encouraged eating fruits andِ vegetables, encouraged physical activity, encouraged drinking water overِ juice orِ soda, included a food diary component, andِ encouraged a balance betweenِ calories consumed andِ calories burned.
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A handful ofِ apps inِ the store wereِ downright humorous, Breton said, including theِ oneِ that advised vibrating fat cells away.
A fewِ others recommended unhealthy techniques suchِ asِ drinking lemonade allِ day orِ eating onlyِ apples, sheِ said.
A quarter hadِ just oneِ good component, andِ 30 percent hadِ two.