Whilst many dieters around the UK combine a mix of healthy eating and regular physical activity in order to lose weight, it appears that plenty of those seeking weight loss are also turning to gadgets for dieting assistance. As many as one third of Britons are now turning to their Smartphones when dieting in a bid to help them reach their weight goals and 'beat the bulge', according to a new study by leading mobile phone comparison site, mobilephonechecker.co.uk.
The study polled a total of 1,791 adults who were currently trying to lose weight. Of those questioned, 39% admitted that they relied heavily on dieting and weight loss phone and tablet apps in order to make informed decisions about food choices, as well as to stay on track with weight loss goals. 87% of these individuals had been using a dieting app for at least three months, and 81% had so far seen more successful weight loss results through using dieting apps than they did before starting to use the apps.
72% of respondents stated during the poll that they would only download a dieting app to their Smartphone that was free of charge. 59% of those currently using a dieting/fitness app said that they had recommended downloading a mobile dieting app to friends or family members trying to lose weight themselves.
Next, relevant respondents were asked to name the top reasons as to how using dieting apps have helped them to lose weight, which include: the ease of tracking calories and food intake at the push of a button (47%); the ability to check calorie content of items before deciding to eat them (36%); helpful when planning healthy and nutritious meals in advance (32%); maintaining a level of motivation (24%); and the apps being a cheaper and easier alternative to diet books and magazines (18%).
Gary Miller, associate professor of health and exercise science says: ‘The main limitations with nutrition apps and weight loss apps are estimating portion sizes and finding the food in the database’. Make sure you find a ‘real’ fitness pal as well, so on the days when you wake up feeling unmotivated, it won’t be as easy to shy away from your friend than it is from your phone and you can share emotional support as well as a gym date.
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