MyFitnessPal. Lose It. Fooducate. The list goes on and on. The market is reaching saturation with weight loss and exercise apps and now there’s one more that claims to be superior to the other smartphone trackers.
My Meal Mate is the first free weight loss app developed by nutrition scientists that uses scientific evidence based on a piloted weight loss clinical trial. The app developers are excited about the trial that found users of their app had better weight loss results than the other volunteers in the study.
The study was conducted at the University of Leed’s from grant money provided by the UK’s National Institute for Health Research. For the study researchers recruited 182 overweight volunteers and divided them into three groups. Each group relied on a different method of food tracking: One group relied on the My Meal Mate, one on an on-line food tracker, and one kept a handwritten food diary.
Clinical Trial Results
At the end of the six month trial, researchers evaluated the participants’ weight and compliance with their assigned weight loss tools. The volunteers that relied on the on-line tracker and handwritten diary made entries about once a week. The My Meal Mate users used the app on an average of every other day.
As far as weight loss, those using the on-line tracker lost an average of 3 pounds, those using the handwritten diary lost about 6.5 pounds, and the My Meal Mate users lost an average of 10 pounds.