Weight Loss Apps on Smartphones Ineffective Concludes Study

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Weight Loss Apps on Smartphones Ineffective Concludes Study

October 12, 2013

In a new study published by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, UMass Medical School behavioral psychologist and weight loss expert Sherry Pagoto, PhD, and colleagues find that mobile apps to help people lose weight are lacking when it comes to strategies for changing behaviors.

“Apps do include evidence-based behavioral strategies, but only a narrow range,” said Dr. Pagoto, associate professor of medicine at UMass Medical School. “Strategies that often were missing are ones that help patients with adherence and motivation.”

In the study “Evidence-based strategies in weight-loss mobile apps,” published online Oct. 8, Pagoto and colleagues rated 30 of the most popular mobile weight-loss apps on the market for inclusion of 20 evidence-based behavioral strategies. Most of the apps evaluated include few or no behavioral weight-loss strategies-28 out of 30 included only 25 percent of the strategies or less. Even the top two apps include only 65 percent of the 20 strategies.

Behavioral weight-loss strategies that are evidence-based-meaning they have been scientifically researched and found to be effective-include stimulus willpower control, problem solving, stress reduction and relapse prevention. The 20 strategies that the study rated are those in the Centers for Disease Control’s evidence-based Diabetes Prevention Plan, designed to help participants make modest behavior changes in order to lose 5 to 7 percent of their body weight. Pagoto’s team was also interested in determining whether apps incorporate technology features to enhance behavioral strategies. “On the bright side, in terms of how apps are using technology, they’re doing some really interesting things,” Pagoto noted.

Enhancements include barcode scanners that can be used in a supermarket to instantly get products’ nutritional information; social networks where users can encourage and support each other; email and text reminders; and calendars for scheduling exercise and tracking food intake.

The researchers’ final question was “Do you get what you pay for?”

“The answer is no,” said Pagoto. “Free apps were just as likely as paid apps to include evidence-based strategies. That’s the good news for the consumer.”

The two top-rated apps, according to the study, are MyNetDiary PRO ($3.99,) and MyNetDiary (free.)

“Where we’re hoping the next generation of apps can do better is in incorporating some of those strategies that help the user who might not be so good about entering their diet every day and staying on track with their goals,” Pagoto concluded.
Source: Global Data Point

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About Thinique:   Website: http://thinique.com/fort-worth/boat-club-road/ Sonja Shannon, FNP-C & Clinical Director of Keller/Alliance and Fort Worth, TX clinics  Sonja Shannon is the Clinical Director at Thinique Medical Weight Loss in the Keller/Alliance and Fort Worth Clinics. She is certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as a Family Nurse Practitioner. As an practice nurse, she has worked in Family Practice and Pain Management specialties. Sonja has experience in caring for patients across a lifespan, and loves to teach prevention and healthy living.  As a Registered Nurse she has experience in Pediatrics, Cardiology, Medical Surgical, and Family Practice. Her education began with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science in Nursing in 2002 from Central Texas College. She completed her Bachelors in the Science of Nursing in 2008, and her Masters in the Science if Nursing was obtained in 2011. Sonja is a member of the North Texas Nurse Practitioners Association, and is very passionate about advanced practice nursing.  At your conveniently located Thinique Medical Weight Loss Clinic on Boat Club Road in Fort Worth, we’re ready to serve all your weight loss needs. No appointments are necessary, though we recommend them so you don’t have to wait for an opening. Our staff of doctors, physician’s assistants, nurses and medical assistants has been specially trained in Fort Worth weight loss and control, nutrition and healthy living. We conduct medical weight loss, low-t treatment (low testosterone) also. Be sure to stop in and find out how we can help you achieve your weight goals even if every other diet you’ve tried has failed. We’ll show you the one that works!  Tags:  Fort Worth Weight Loss, weight loss, medical weight loss, low-t, low testosterone

Sonja Shannon, FNP-C

Sonja Shannon is the Clinical Director at Thinique Medical Weight Loss in the Keller/Alliance and Fort Worth Clinics. She is certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as a Family Nurse Practitioner. As an practice nurse, she has worked in Family Practice and Pain Management specialties. Sonja has experience in caring for patients across a lifespan, and loves to teach prevention and healthy living.

As a Registered Nurse she has experience in Pediatrics, Cardiology, Medical Surgical, and Family Practice. Her education began with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science in Nursing in 2002 from Central Texas College. She completed her Bachelors in the Science of Nursing in 2008, and her Masters in the Science if Nursing was obtained in 2011. Sonja is a member of the North Texas Nurse Practitioners Association, and is very passionate about advanced practice nursing.

Her favorite quote is, “people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”-Maya Angelou.

At your conveniently located Thinique Medical Weight Loss Clinic on Boat Club Road in Fort Worth, we’re ready to serve all your weight loss needs. No appointments are necessary, though we recommend them so you don’t have to wait for an opening. Our staff of doctors, physician’s assistants, nurses and medical assistants has been specially trained in Fort Worth weight loss and control, nutrition and healthy living. We conduct medical weight loss, low-t treatment (low testosterone) also. Be sure to stop in and find out how we can help you achieve your weight goals even if every other diet you’ve tried has failed. We’ll show you the one that works!

Tags:  Fort Worth Weight Loss, weight loss, medical weight loss, low-t, low testosterone

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