Saturday, July 17, 2010

Patient Money - Losing Weight the Smartphone Way, With a Nutritionist in Your Pocket - NYTimes.com

A timely snapshot of category-leading apps such as LoseIt 

The beauty of mobile apps is that they work in real time. You eat lunch and immediately log in your meal on your phone. The apps rely on databases to record the calorie counts of thousands of foods, whether a single item like an apple or a prepared meal like a sub sandwich, which takes the guesswork out of totaling calories.

Weight-loss experts are hopeful that apps will help turn chronic dieters into healthy eaters. If you’re looking at a menu wondering whether to order pasta primavera or a Caesar salad, an app can tell you on the spot which option has fewer calories.

Over time, this information becomes part of your own internal database and, the thought is, dieters begin to make healthier choices.

Patient Money - Losing Weight the Smartphone Way, With a Nutritionist in Your Pocket - NYTimes.com

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