|My Diet Coach app||By InspiredApps (A.L)|
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What does the app do?
The app allows the user to set a goal weight and track your progress, using a visual weight tracker. It uses inspiring tips, quotes, reminders and rewards to keep you motivated. The reward system is that virtual fashion items can be earned by completing healthy habit challenges, which can be used to dress a virtual avatar. For a more detailed description of the app, go to iTunes(external link) and for a detailed review, see Reviews.
✔ The motivational messages can be individually targeted by each user.
✔ It has useful reminder messages to carry out healthy habit such as 'prepare vegetables'.
✔ The app has some useful tips for overcoming healthy eating barriers such as how to snack of healthy foods.
✘ There are some controversial motivational messages relating to body image, such as ‘imagine getting rid of all the fat in your thighs. It will be worth it!’
✘ It does not have restrictions on weight loss targets or rapid weight loss.
✘ The food database on the apple version is very limited and lacks relevance to NZ population.
(Breadnbeyond & My Diet Coach, US, 2013)
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Date of review: June 2015
Platform reviewed: Android
App version: 4.3.6
Download size: 14.62 MB
The following references relate to articles about apps for weight loss.
- Coughlin SS, Whitehead M, Sheats JQ. Smartphone Applications for Promoting Healthy Diet and Nutrition(external link): A Literature Review. Jacobs J Food Nutr. 2015;2(3):021
- Chen J, Cade JE, Allman-Farinelli M. The Most Popular Smartphone Apps for Weight Loss: A Quality Assessment(external link). JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2015 Dec 16;3(4):e104. doi: 10.2196/mhealth.4334.
- Flores Mateo G, Granado-Font E, Ferré-Grau C, Montaña-Carreras X. Mobile Phone Apps to Promote Weight Loss and Increase Physical Activity: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis(external link). J Med Internet Res. 2015 Nov 10;17(11):e253. doi: 10.2196/jmir.4836.
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