“Helping an individual anticipate challenges and problem-solve high-risk situations can empower them to stay on track with their weight loss/weight maintenance plan,” Burke added.
The findings were presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health 2017 Scientific Sessions in Oregon, US.
For the study, the team tracked 150 people (90 per cent women) for a period of 12-months using smartphones and a custom-developed application to capture data as dieters moved through everyday life.
The participants were trying to limit calories to a specific number per day. In response to questions, the dieters reported their surroundings, what they were feeling and whether they were tempted to break their eating plans.
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