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5 Apps That Help Manage Your Weight -- and Health

January 22, 2021
The world will never be the same, thanks to the introduction of smartphones and their applications. Whether used for traffic, weather, sports scores, restaurant reviews or horoscopes, mobile phone applications have become indispensable guides to life.

But there’s another aspect of mobile apps. They can also help manage weight by changing diet and lifestyle. There are apps for exercise, diet, nutrition and just about any aspect of calories in/calories out, the key to weight management. These apps are constantly available to provide feedback, and these friendly reminders can help users make the right choice at crucial moments.

It’s hard to imagine that smartphones have only been around for about 20 years. They’ve become so ubiquitous that 90 percent of Americans have a smartphone in their purse or pocket, according to the Pew Research Institute. That survey found that an estimated 29 percent of mobile phone users can’t imagine life without one, a sure sign that the phone has quickly become as natural as breathing when it comes to navigating life. Users have access to the breadth of the world’s knowledge simply by pushing a few buttons, an astonishing technological breakthrough that changes political, social and family lives.

Staying on Track

The biggest benefit of using mobile phone apps is the ability to detect changes in behavior and using that information as a real-time guide toward staying on track. If you had a long day at work, the temptation is to have fast food for dinner. A mobile phone app can remind you of nearby alternatives to grab and gobble that are just as convenient. Apps also can give a readout of daily calorie count and exercise efforts. It’s a lot easier to lose weight when you have that information handy.