Safefood launch weight-loss app
A free smartphone app to help people to lose weight in a healthy way has been launched by Safefood, the national food-safety body.
The launch of the app 'weight-mate' comes as recent research indicates that one-in-three Irish adults (35pc) are trying to lose weight.
Dr Cliodhna Foley-Nolan, Director, Human Health and Nutrition, Safefood, said: "When it comes to weight loss, the facts of the matter are that quick-fix, fad diets are unsustainable and ineffective and we know that it only leads to people 'yo-yo' dieting and regaining the weight they've lost or in some cases, even becoming heavier.
"Our free weight-mate app helps people to set goals, make realistic plans to eat better and exercise more and monitor those; we know from behaviour-change studies that these techniques help people to stick with healthier habits for the long-term.
"Our app is aimed at the general adult population, not associated with any commercial product and developed by qualified nutritionists.
"Whatever your starting weight, losing five to 10pc of your total body weight, and keeping it off, will lead to definite improvements in blood pressure, blood cholesterol, and blood sugars."
Weight-mate from Safefood is free to download for both iPhone and Android and is available in the App Store and Google Play.
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