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June 2012

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June 2012

Trying to Lose Weight? There’s an App for That

Trying to lose weight, but can’t put your phone down long enough to get started? Now there’s no excuse. Electronic food diaries are all the rage and a recent study found they work.

University of Pittsburgh researchers studied the effects of electronic food diaries on 210 overweight or obese adults. The results show people who tracked their food electronically more then 60 percent of the time lost more weight over two years. People who did it the old fashioned way – writing their food diary on paper – saw similar results.

“Basically, what it showed was that there were positive results when people used it 60 percent or more of the time,” says Laura Jeffers, a registered dietitian at Cleveland Clinic who did not take part in the study.

Jeffers suggests you should use what works best for you, whether it’s paper or your smart phone.

For an interview with Laura Jeffers, please contact Joe Milicia, milicij2@ccf.org, 216.636.5873.