Smartphone dieters shed more pounds

Looking to lose weight, but stuck in a diet rut? Your smartphone may be the missing link.

Logging eating and exercise on a mobile device can enhance weight loss when done in conjunction with a weight loss plan, indicates research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in December 2012

In a trial of 69 primarily male overweight adults, those who added mobile technology and telephone coaching to a standard weight loss program lost nearly nine more pounds than those who participated in the program alone. The biggest losers were the ones who used the tool consistently and attended classes regularly.

The technology may have helped participants lose more weight because tracking allowed for greater support and accountability suggests lead researcher Bonnie Spring, PhD, of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

Tracking your diet and activity on a smartphone or similar device is an easy step to a slimmer you. The difficulty lies in selecting from the scores of available apps the one that works best for you. Look for one like MyFitnessPal that allows you to track calories and exercise, or better yet, one like LoseIt! that also offers an online support community with others looking to slim down.