Weight Loss: Belly Fat Worst For Those Who Are Obese While Study Says Weight Loss App Useless

With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to think about a weight loss plan and lose a few pounds before the holidays. Finding the right weight loss information isn’t always easy. New weight loss studies are constantly being released, so having the latest information makes it easier to develop the right plan.

Study shows weight loss apps don't help with weight loss
Study shows weight loss apps don't help with weight loss

Two recent studies released reveal the latest information on what is working. In the first study, researchers discovered that weight loss apps don’t work, while belly fat was revealed to be the worst fat for obese people to have.

Fredericksburg reported on a study recently released by Duke University in the journal Obesity. Researchers studied 365 young people age 18 to 35 since young people have the most smartphones. The purpose of the study was to find out if smartphones could be used to help the one third of young people 18 to 35 who are obese and need to lose weight.

The participants were divided into three groups. In the first group, the participants used an Android app that tracked calories, weight loss and exercise while offering interactive features including games, goal-setting, and social support. The second group was given a six-week coaching session followed by monthly follow ups. The final group received hand outs on healthy eating and exercise and nothing else.

Researchers tracked participants at six months, one year and two years. Although the participants who were coached lost the most weight after six months, the other participants quickly caught up after one and two years, while the group that used the app saw the same results as the other groups.

Dr. Laura Svetkey, the lead author, said she and the other researchers were both surprised and disappointed by the results.

“Given the seeming power of cellphone apps and frankly the popularity of these health and fitness apps in the commercial world, we thought this might be a really good strategy to provide effective intervention very broadly and potentially at low cost.”

Svetkey also said that the difficulty arises in trying to get the same intensity from an app that participants got from coaching. Most users stop using the apps after a time.

“We know that in general, the more engaged people are in intervention, the more they’re going to succeed from it… And so perhaps we need to rethink how to make a weight-loss intervention on your cellphone more engaging.”

The Tampa Bay Review reported that the Annals of Internal Medicine published the latest research on the dangers of belly fat for obese people. Researchers discovered that belly fat for women was an indicator of breast cancer later down the road. People with high belly fat had a higher mortality rate, and it was an indication of an unhealthy body. Scientists concluded that from these findings that waist-to-hip ratio needed to be maintained.

As previously reported in Inquisitr, there are some simple things to do for those who want to achieve their weight loss goals and do it with simple changes. One of the simplest tips to achieve weight loss is to drink 16 ounces of water 30 minutes before meals. Those in the study who drank water before meals had a 9.85 pound weight loss by the end of the study.

Other weight loss tips that works include eating soup at the beginning of the meal. Dieters slashed 20 percent of their calories by adding soup. Dieters who visualized their last meal avoided eating snacks later in the day, while color coordinated meals and smelling food before eating it made it easier to lose weight.

Color coded foods help dieters achieve weight loss goals.
Color coded foods help dieters achieve weight loss goals.

What weight loss strategies will you use to help you get ready for the holiday season?

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