People in this pilot felt as though the messages motivated them to change their thoughts at the right places and times to impact their behaviors.
Durham, NC (PRWEB) October 17, 2011
The results of a study involving a novel weight loss program, HEALTHeME, have shown that text messages can help people lose weight and improve their mood. The study followed 300 people over 12 weeks, and showed that people lost weight and reported feeling more energized and happier after receiving motivating text messages.
The health app, created by behaviorists and health educators, provide encouragement, advice on losing weight, and tips on how to make smarter food choices. The messages are personalized across multiple dimensions of personality and lifestyle factors. For example: "Hey Sally, it's about time for a post-lunch energy slump. Don't reach for sweets - go for a bottle of water and a piece of fruit to energize!"
“Because these messages were tailored and timely, people said they felt empowered to perform simple behaviors that translated to more energy and better moods,” said Lauren Musolf, BSN, HEALTHeME program coordinator. “People in this pilot felt as though the messages motivated them to change their thoughts at the right places and times to impact their behaviors.”
As depressed mood, stress, and a lack of energy are associated with overeating and weight gain, this online weight loss plan aims to provide daily support through the use of motivational text messaging. This can be particularly useful for those dealing with depression, as it gives them something to strive for each day. It can also help those who need a little motivation every now and then to change their ways of thinking about diet and exercise.
The team behind HEALTHeME includes experts from the fields of neuroscience, nutrition, and behavioral psychology. Using novel technologies, daily communication, and personalized weight loss plans, the team hopes that mobile health apps will become part of many people’s lives.
Created in 2009 by Harvard trained neuroscientist Dr. Guy Rachmuth, HEALTHeME is a behavior-change health app that helps people lose weight and improve everyday wellbeing. HEALTHeME’s proprietary technology combines customized plans, behavioral science, and artificial intelligence to deliver a health app that is smart and proactive. HEALTHeME helps people achieve measurably healthier and more productive lives. Visit: http://www.myhealtheme.com.