Weight-loss apps not magic bullet

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When the developer of a mobile app to help people to count calories and to track food intake says 75 million people registered for its app, we notice. It’s a good thing that people are so keen about their health and fitness. However, the usefulness of such an app might be mitigated if you don’t know why and when you eat more of some things and less of others.

“The knowledge of what to eat has been known for decades,” says Dr. Stephen Gullo, who is the author of “The Thin Commandments Diet: The Ten No-Fail Strategies for Permanent Weight Loss.” “The knowledge of how to do it is profoundly lacking. We are focusing on the wrong variables.” People should focus on how an item of food affects them, Gullo believes, not on how many calories are in an item of food.

The first step, in Gullo’s opinion: Identify your “food weaknesses.” For example, when you eat a certain food, does it satisfy, or does it stimulate craving for more?

Next, Gullo suggests determining whether your eating is based on mood, which can be either positive or negative, because mood eating is based on immediacy. A solution: Don’t have the foods that feed your weaknesses available to you in your home or at work.