Researches conclude that apps help in monitoring the diet. Professional follow-up, however, remains important.
A quick search for weight loss programs at major app stores reveals dozens of options for the user. At a time when 70.7% of the American population is overweight , diet apps can be an interesting tool to encourage healthy eating. But the guidance of a doctor or nutritionist remains essential to personalize the recommendations, experts say.
The effectiveness of using applications has already been tested by science. An Arizona State University study published in 2014 by the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, for example, found that using the “Lose It!” Application, popular in the United States, significantly increased participants’ persistence. They managed to record what they ate more faithfully compared to those who used paper and pen to write down their menu.
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Diet and Health
See the free diet apps that are among the most downloaded currently on Apple’s App Store app store.
It is a program based on the diet of the points. Each food is worth a certain number of points and the user has a limit of points that he can consume during the day. To follow the program, just register everything you eat and see how many points you can still consume. There is the option for the user to pay a subscription to the Diet and Health program and have access to more features of the application.
In this application, the user defines which diet he wants to follow and the application warns when and what the person should eat. Based on user data, the app defines how many daily calories it should consume. The tool is also based on the principle of recording all foods consumed. With this record, the program can create a food pyramid to verify that nutrients are distributed correctly. According to the developer, the app’s database has the nutritional values of more than 2,000 foods.
It is a calorie calculator that has more than 5 million foods in its database, according to the developer. To record the consumption of processed foods, just scan the barcode to access your nutritional information.
When registering and registering your information, the tool creates a diet and exercise program for the user. You can also connect with friends and see how they are doing on their diets, like on a social network.
My Diet Advisor
Aimed exclusively at women, this app has a motivational tone as its main feature. The user is encouraged, for example, to register photos that inspire weight loss. She can also receive perseverance tips and see motivational quotes. For moments of weakness, the “Panic Against Food Wishes” button is available to convince the user not to resort to pizza and chocolate.