Smartphone apps for more successful weight loss

DENVER — You may want to think twice about leaving your cell phone in your locker when you hit the gym.  Research shows taking advantage of fitness apps you can download to your smartphone can keep you slim and trim. 

Busy sales representative Angela Toney works out six times a week and uses an app called My Fitness Pal to keep track of how many calories she’s burning as well as how many she’s taking in.

“It is mobile so wherever I am whatever I’m eating I can just put it in right there,” Toney said. 

The app is free and also allows you to join a chat room where you can seek support. 

A new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine shows those who use fitness  apps lose about 15 pounds more weight on average, but the key is to combine the app with a human personal trainer. 

Matrix Fitness sports and nutrition specialist Emilee Jones said fitness apps can be especially helpful for people just starting a plan.

“It’s just that other element of accountability someone that has the knowledge, the motivation to keep you going,” Jones said. 

For more information you can visit www.myfitnesspal.com and www.bodybyemilee.com.