Diet Habits App: Using the existing Industry

'If it helps, use it.'

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Introduction
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Make use of advertised diet and exercise techniques to help you get going with improved eating and exercising habits. What is important however is to do so in a way that is compatible with the long term habit changes advocated by this app. Those techniques which enable a short term weight loss but which are not sustainable in the longer term are likely to just contribute to a yo-yoing of weight loss followed by weight gain.

Whichever technique or techniques you use do so alongside this app, not as an alternative to it. Moreover ensure you seek to adapt or morph any short-term techniques you use into the long term habits changes.
Noom
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Noom is built on the same principles as underpin this app, with a focus on making habit and behavioral changes in support of long-term dieting and weight loss.
https://www.noom.com
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WW (Weight Watchers)
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What was previously known as Weight Watchers is a highly popular approach to dieting based on a points system and with the opportunity to meet with others though what it terms workshops. WW can be used via an app, which enables you to track your weight, activity, and calorie intake, along with recipes and audio and video workouts, and online coaches.

Note that whilst the website link is to the UK site for WW, many other countries have their own sites.
https://weightwatchers.com/uk/
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Second Nature
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Formally OurPath, an app which uses cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques and includes advice and goals from your online health coach.
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MyFitnessPal
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A popular calorie-tracking app with a very extensive database of over five million foods.
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NHS Weight Loss Plan
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A free app launched as part of the UK government’s Better Health campaign, with checklists to help record your weight, calorie intake and activity.
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8fit
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A leading fitness app and your mobile personal trainer. Enjoy quick workout routines combined with a simple healthy meal planner tailored for you.
https://8fit.com
MyNetDiary
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Creates a Calorie Budget and recommends nutrient targets based on your goal weight. Includes an extensive food database which is updated daily, a barcode scanner, and an automatic exercise calorie counter which syncs with many exercise tracker devices.
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Callorie Counter by FatSecret
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Keep track of your food with an extensive food and nutrition database and a food diary and diet calendar. A chat feature puts you in touch with a global community of people with similar goals.
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Diet Plans to avoid
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As we’ve said any diet plan can help you lose weight. However it is of little long term value unless it does so in a way that becomes sustainable once you’ve reached whatever target weight you may have set for yourself and does so in a way that is not itself unhealthy.

Thus avoid any diet plans which are ones that either you cannot follow for the long term or ones that are not helpful in enabling the longer-term habit changes that are necessary for long term health.