Why you may be losing more money than weight with fitness apps

Users across the world may be wasting their time and money fighting flab with fitness apps as there is little evidence that they work, medics warn.

In a recent study, researchers looked at 3,000 weight-loss and exercise programs, which had a combined total of 600 million downloads worldwide. Among the apps examined were market leader Fitbit, Noom Weight Loss Coach and MyFitnessPal. Despite their huge popularity, there was a severe lack of scientific evidence that any are actually helping battle weight.

Nutrition expert Professor Mike Lean explained the findings in a statement saying, “There is no published data on effectiveness of apps for weight management or weight-gain prevention,”

The research revealed at the European Obesity Summit in Gothenburg, Sweden, found that less than one percent of fitness apps have been developed by a certified health body.

Professor Lean called for a vigorous new scientific approach. “Apps on advice for weight management are very popular,” he said in a statement. “They offer a huge opportunity to provide effective weight control. But all lack certified content or evidence of effectiveness.”

 
 
 
 

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