Can the right app help you reach your weight loss goals?

BY News Desk  September 28, 2013 at 3:00 PM EDT

Matthew Ames is a communications manager for a multinational bank and a member of the “Quantified Self” movement.

At the end of 2012, he had a problem: he was about 50 pounds overweight.

To reach his weight loss goals, Ames credits using apps and devices–like Weight Watchers and a wi-fi scale–to track his diet, behavior, and exercise regimen.

What are the basic lessons he learned about using these tracking methods?

  • When it comes to working, start small with fun, easy activities you enjoy.
  • Come up with basic daily routines and stick to them.
  • Keep track of your diet and activities and hold yourself accountable to them.

Matthew Ames describes how he lost weight by carefully tracking his diet, behavior and exercise regimen.

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