This past Sunday, there was an article in The Detroit Free Press called “Weight Loss, the Web Way” and it discussed how locals were achieving their weight loss goals through the use of their phone and the Internet. I know that this type of technology has been out for awhile now but it is interesting to see what kind of apps actually work. When you really think about it, it makes since to have a weight loss
app available since everybody has their phone with them constantly. For those struggling with weight loss, the ability to have access to the resources you need can be a great motivator to stay on track, as well. In this article, Jennifer Lucarelli, a nutritionist and assistant professor of health sciences at Oakland University, said, “It comes down to ease of use. We’re doing everything with our phones now, so this just makes sense.”
While the main article praised the use of apps for helping people with their health goals, there was a sub-article that discussed how not all apps are good to use. Carol Torgan, an American College of Sports Medicine fellow on technology and exercise, said, “People are making (apps), and they might not have any knowledge or certification. There’s no Good Housekeeping seal of approval yet.” I am really glad Torgan brought this up. When people buy apps (for whatever reason) they tend to not think about who made it and if that person is actually qualified to be giving advice on that topic. As Torgan went on to say, “We’re not one-size-fits-all” and when we’re using apps to help us, we need to remember that most of the data is generalized.
I’d be really interested to hear if anyone has had success with weight loss through using an app on their phone. Is it really that easy? Is having the ability to track your progress on your phone a motivator? Does the social media ability of apps (such as posting how much weight you have lost on Facebook or Twitter) inspire you to keep dieting? Can having that constant reminder of your diet be a little overwhelming?
**Here is the link to the article that I referenced from The Detroit Free Press: