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Mobile apps boost dieters' progress

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NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) - 12/31/12 -- New technology may help individuals who are seeking to achieve their weight-loss goals stay on course with their plan. According to a recent article from Mashable.com, a new study from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine found that dieters assisted by mobile apps achieved greater success than those who utilized traditional progress-tracking methods. The makers of Hydroxycut -- the number one, best-selling weight-loss supplement brand in America -- responded to these findings by noting that those who are working to achieve weight-loss success may find it useful to explore those resources presented by new technology.

The article explains, "The study's investigators tracked 69 adults on their weight-loss journey for nearly a year. People enrolled in a standard program were randomly split into two groups. The control group attended education sessions, but went without the use of personal digital assistants to monitor diets and physical activity on a daily basis. Participants in the '+mobile group' lost more weight at a constant rate over the study's course. The men and women using tech-based support were also more committed to the prescribed bi-weekly MOVE! Sessions."

The makers of Hydroxycut responded in a recent press statement, "There are many factors which may explain why those dieters assisted by mobile apps have seen greater success in weight loss. However, it seems that the added convenience and user-friendly involvement of these programs help dieters become more engaged throughout the weight-loss process."

While some mobile apps can help boost dieters' progress and participation in weight-loss programs, the makers of Hydroxycut note that success can usually come down to the key factor of "support." In a recent press statement, the makers of Hydroxycut concluded, "It is a great development that technology is now helping people achieve their own weight-loss goals. These apps are significant, because they offer support to the individual. However, other dieters may find that their support comes from family members, friends, overall self-confidence or simply all of the above." Before using any weight-loss app or starting a diet and exercise program, it is best to consult with a physician.

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