These days everyone has a smart phone of some sort, so why not make the most of it and use it to help you to reach your weight loss goals.
There are so many different apps available that can help you keep track of your calorie intake, or give you advice on what to eat and what exercise to do.
Proven to help with weight loss
A study undertaken at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine has shown how beneficial your mobile can be for weight loss.
The study itself looked at how users who received daily text messages or videos were encouraged to think more about dieting and eating well, which will lead to them making better choices and hopefully encourage weight loss.
Tanika Kelly, associate professor of epidemiology had this to say:
“In conjunction with reducing caloric intake and increasing physical activity, mobile messaging services could help to maintain and sustain weight loss over time.”
“It reminds us to continue our good behaviours.”
What did the study involve?
A group of students at the University looked at 14 previous randomised controlled trials of mobile phone interventions, which involved 1,337 participants.
While the average weight loss was low at just over 3 pounds during a 6-12 month period this could prove important.
“Even modest levels of sustained weight loss can yield substantial reductions in weight-related morbidity, mortality and healthcare costs.”
Recently Stoke-on-Trent council were in the news for sending motivational weight loss texts, so maybe there is some benefit for other councils using the same approach.
What is certain is that obesity is quickly becoming a major problem, that could bring the NHS to its knees in the next few years.