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Mobile App Helps in Weight Loss Program

Mobile App Helps in Weight Loss ProgramMobile technology could potentially revolutionize the way medicine is practiced; for instance, emerging research suggests mobile phones using text messaging and monitoring can be a useful addition to health programs.

A new study evaluated a weight-loss intervention delivered by a smartphone application that provided support to individuals embarking on a partial meal replacement program (MRP).

Researchers randomly assigned overweight or obese women to one of two study groups: an intervention group and a control group. The intervention group received an MRP Support app and the control group received a static app based on the information available with the MRP.

Fifty-eight adult women participated in the eight-week trial. Researchers found users of the support app were more engaged than those using the control app.

Specifically, women in the intervention group reported a greater mood boost than those in the control group.

At Week 8, those in the control group reported a greater decrease in the effort they were willing to put into staying on the diet than those who received the Support app.

Investigators believe the findings suggest that the MRP Support app has the potential to increase positive mood and maintain motivation during a weight loss program. Moreover, it could be a useful adjunct to existing MRPs for psychological outcomes.

Source: Sage

Overweight woman receiving a message on her cell phone photo by shutterstock.

Mobile App Helps in Weight Loss Program

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

APA Reference
Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Mobile App Helps in Weight Loss Program. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 22, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2013/04/29/mobile-app-helps-in-weight-loss-program/54275.html

 

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Last updated: 6 Oct 2015
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 6 Oct 2015
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