Nutritionists often advise individuals to keep a journal of all the foods they eat, so people can track their calories and boost weight loss. But “calorie counting” can be a tedious endeavor.
Now, there is an app that can do the counting for you. “My Fitness Pal” is a free app that allows you to note everything you eat throughout the day. Users can look up popular food brands and dishes from restaurants to calculate their nutritional value. There is even a section for logging calories burned through exercise.
A recent study from Northwestern Medicine in Chicago, Ill., found that people who used a mobile app to track eating and activity lost an average of 15 pounds – and kept the weight off for at least a year.
However, the study authors noted that technology alone is not enough to ensure weight loss. Of the 69 overweight and obese adults the researchers examined, all were offered nutrition and exercise classes to help maintain their body weight throughout the rest of the year.
Dr. Manny Alvarez serves as Fox News Channel's senior managing health editor. He also serves as chairman of the department of obstetrics/gynecology and reproductive science at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. For more information on Dr. Manny's work, visit AskDrManny.com.