As per some latest studies, weight loss apps are not helping users to trim extra weight. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School say that most popular apps don’t include strategies proven to help users change eating and exercise habits. As per the report, the problem is that these apps don’t include features that help people stick with weight loss programs over the long term and help them to make permanent changes in the way they eat and exercise. They do incorporate some proven strategies for weight loss, including food logging, but the apps don’t seem as successful in generating the lasting behavior changes needed to keep the pounds off.
The reasearchers compared the 30 most popular weight loss apps on Apple iTunes and the Android Market to 20 behavior-based strategies like portion control, problem solving to figure out why people over eat, and stress reduction. Of the 30 apps, 28 included 25% or fewer of these lifestyle-based strategies.
The researchers found that the most of these apps tested included three strategies—goal setting, dietary goal setting, and information on the relationship between diet and exercise—but they lacked behavioral approaches experts deem critical for weight-loss success.
Most of them had these strategies were missing, such as:
Developing a regular pattern of eating.
Instructions on how to read nutrition labels.
The findings were published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.