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Best Weight Loss Apps Disclosed by University of Sydney

Update Date: Feb 15, 2016 02:07 AM EST
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Experts at Charles Perkins Center, University of Sydney reveal the best weight loss apps that have been ranked as per their study based on its scientific accuracy.

In their study, the researchers found that most apps not only grossly inaccurate but also have insignificant scientific basis. However, Noom Weight Loss Coach has been ranked as number one and can help change the behavior as well as assist in weight loss goals. The other apps that jointly made it to the second position were Calorie Counter Pro and Control My weight.

This study is first of its kind in Australia to test the quality of weight loss apps on the basis of quality and dietary evidence. It is also the first in the world to test the standards of Kilojoule in the app as per the reference yardstick for Australia.

As many as 800 apps were examined for the study and the researchers shortlisted 28 apps that were specific to weight management, allowing food intake log. These apps were used for a period of 5-days and then evaluated against certain quality metrics such as information source credibility, accuracy of the scientific information etc.

"Although they're clearly not perfect for managing weight loss, apps are becoming increasingly popular for both consumers and clinicians," said lead author Juliana Chen, a dietitian and PhD candidate in the Charles Perkins Centre and Faculty of Science, as reported by news.com.au

Chen also said that even though weight loss apps can be very helpful, you need to do your research before you download one. "Make sure the app comes from a credible source, and that health professionals have been involved in developing it," she said.

"We found that a large number of weight loss apps are developed by people with little scientific understanding of what would support weight loss," Marie Clare reported

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