Scientists from the University of Leeds, UK, said the smartphone can be the key to a person to lose weight. The research team created My Mate Meal application to monitor the food intake of people who want to lose weight.
My Meal Mate allows users to monitor the calories from food intake and exercise every exercise, set a target weight loss, and send weekly progress updates via text message.
The study was conducted on 128 volunteers who are overweight (obese) for six months. Then they were divided into three groups with each group using a different monitoring methods.
The result, using this app on a smartphone during the six months, the weight dropped to 10 pounds, or approximately 4.4 kilograms. As has been published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.
“Smartphone technology can be used to improve one’s health. Most people do not know how many calories they consume everyday and My Meal Mate is really helpful monitoring of food intake. Thus, can contribute to weight loss efforts, “said the project leader, Professor Janet Cade of the School of Food Science and Nutrition.
Unlike other smartphone application, My Meal Mate is the first free application that contains the most complete food database in the UK, which helped monitor the food intake and lose weight.
Thus, this allows the user to map the consumption habits of food products with ease. In addition, this application also became the first weight monitoring application that can be downloaded on the NHS Choices website.
My Meal Mate app is currently available for download in the Android system. Can be downloaded directly from the NHS Choices website or from Google Play Store.