Thursday, 4 August 2016

Apps, computer games gaining traction as weight loss tools

Research on how technology-based behavioral training can impact eating decisions is spurring deeper study involving an app and a computer game aimed at reducing sugary foods intake and boosting weight loss.
The researchers of the study, published at ScienceDirect, found that computerized inhibitory control training (ICT) and mindful decision-making training (MDT) can stem junk food intake and boost better eating decisions. The study involved 119 salty snack food eaters using a smartphone-based ecological momentary assessment system.

“These results provide qualified support for the efficacy of both types of training for decreasing hedonically-motivated eating. Future research should investigate the additive benefit of de-atomization training to standard weight loss interventions,” the study's authors write.

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