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MIT develops mobile app that helps those on a diet count calories and lose weight

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MIT develops mobile app that helps those on a diet count calories and lose weight
Researchers at MIT have developed a mobile app that makes it easier for those who count calories to figure out how many they are consuming during a meal. In theory, this should allow them to have more control over their diet, and help them lose weight. With the app, the user verbally lists the foods that he or she is going to eat, and the app calls up the nutritional value of the food culled from a USDA database.

Images of the food are shown on the screen along with a drop-down menu that helps the user further refine the calorie count based on the precise amount of food that will be eaten. MIT researchers say that currently available apps that count calories are "tedious" which makes it hard for those on a calorie-counting diet to stick with the plan. As a result, those on a diet end up not sticking with the plan to count calories, and don't lose weight

The app developed by MIT will purportedly make it easier for those on a diet to count calories simply by describing the meal. The easier the process, the more likely it is that those needing to lose weight will stick to the program.

As an example of how the app works, a person on a diet might say that "For breakfast, I had a bowl of oatmeal, bananas, and a glass of orange juice." But suppose the person only had half a banana instead. He could then make a change and state that "I had half a banana." The system will then update the data it displays about bananas while leaving the rest of the information intact.

A prototype of the app was recently displayed at the International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing in Shanghai.

source: BGR

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posted on 27 Mar 2016, 02:02

1. aashis.sapkota (Posts: 39; Member since: 27 Sep 2015)


This app must be really helpful.

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 02:02

2. aashis.sapkota (Posts: 39; Member since: 27 Sep 2015)


There is a typo in the last paragraph.

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 02:05

3. AlikMalix (Posts: 6305; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


I'm gonna try this... Do they account the difference in dietary calories vs. "bad" calories. Because it's more important to have protein rich foods vs high carb. foods than counting calories alone.

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 02:14

4. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2723; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


So have they developed it or not? You mentioned something about a prototype that was displayed in the last sentence, that makes me think they are still developing it.

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 02:45 1

5. vincelongman (Posts: 4577; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


I feel this diet app should be unnecessary for losing weight/staying healthy
IMO it should be common sense to know which foods are healthy or not

But this app seem handy for athletes
Especially for those in weight division sports like MMA or weightlifting

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 06:50 1

9. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1182; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


I agree.... Not being a lazy clod that needs some one to tell you what to eat and when to eat is really sad. I bet you need to be told when to pee also.

Terrible health choices and laziness is key. I have been to the gym most of my life... And everyone that uses ready made diet programs usually fail in the end.

Life long lazy habits most always win in the end I have found. The many reasons for failure that I have seen are many.

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 06:53

10. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1182; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


I agree.... being a lazy clod that needs some one to tell you what to eat and when to eat is really sad. I bet you need to be told when to pee also.

Terrible health choices and laziness is key. I have been to the gym most of my life... And everyone that uses ready made diet programs usually fail in the end.

Life long lazy habits most always win in the end I have found. The many reasons for failure that I have seen are many.

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 03:52 1

6. Jackdaw (Posts: 25; Member since: 10 Mar 2016)


You don't have to count calories. You have to know how many of the macronutrients you need.
And you need a mirror to see the result, not a scale. Someone can be 80kg full of muscles and 80kg with 20% of fat.

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 13:22

12. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


This app sounds like a revolutionary stuff. I wait to see if it performs up to it's hype.

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 14:38

13. S-R-K (banned) (Posts: 304; Member since: 15 Mar 2016)


Let's wait and see......

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