Obesity is defined as having excess body weight for a particular height, usually from fat, but can include other factors as well.
Obesity is associated with serious health risks, including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, which all can be prevented if the weight is taken under control.
Traditional weight loss therapies, including diet, exercise, and medications show little or no results in obese patients., and this is the reason why doctors usually suggest bariatric surgery (also known as weight loss surgery) as the most effective treatment of morbidly obese patients, which allows substantial and sustained weight loss.
There are several bariatric procedures that patients can choose from, but the most important thing is getting patients to implement the lifestyle changes after the weight loss surgery.
Because bariatric surgery only helps to control hunger and portion size, the rest of weight loss success is up to the patient.
Mobile apps could offer great piece of advice and tools that can help both patients who are considering bariatric surgery as a weight loss method, as well as for patients after weight loss surgery.
Here, we listed some of the best apps.
Baritastic is probably the first app that patients see after searching for bariatric apps online. It works primarily as a nutrition tracker, allowing bariatric patients to log everything they eat and drink, as well as how they spend the calories.
Bariatric app also contains bariatric friendly recipes, food and water timer to better separate the two after surgery, journal, vitamin and supplement reminders, and more.
A lot of resources and tools, all except videos link outside the app. Baritastic app also awards its users with Trophies for different achievements.
The app is free to use on Android and iOS devices.
BariatricPal app is the best known as a weight loss surgery community that provides information, motivation and support to bariatric surgery patients and for those who are considering or preparing for weight loss surgery to fight obesity.
Besides participating in the community, bariatric surgery patients can use the app to set and track their personal goals, create food and meal plans, share recipes, and more.
BariatricPal also provides guidelines and information on different types of weight loss procedures, including Gastric Sleeve, LAP BAND, Gastric Bypass, Duodenal Switch, as well as exercise tips and strategies to reduce complications and side effects after the surgery.
The app is available for free on Android and iOS.
Health Partner for Weight Loss Surgery App
Health Partner for Weight Loss Surgery app is made by Johnson & Johnson Company with the goal to provide patients with science-based information and support before and after bariatric surgery.
Some of the features include motivational feedback, customizable action plan, educational resources for practical and emotional support, exercise and supplement reminders, integration with other tracking apps, successful stories from other bariatric patients, healthy bariatric recipes, and more.
The app is available for free, however, only on iOS.
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Watch Me Eat App
It is scientifically proven that eating your meals at a slower pace (chewing each bite carefully and slowly) reduces the amount of food you require to feel full, thus helping you lose weight without feeling hungry.
Watch Me Eat app allows bariatric patients and all people who want to lose some weight by using this method to create a desired duration of the meal, including the seconds between each bite, and the app sends notifications when to take the next bite using a subtle sound of glass clinks or utensils on a plate. These sounds can be made subtle, so they don't distract your dinner companions.
Watch Me Eat app is available for $2.99 on iOS only, including Apple Watch, which makes its use even easier and more convenient.
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Staying well hydrated is another useful and proven tip for everyone who wants to lose their weight, including bariatric surgery patients.
Waterlogged is a simple app that allows you to easily track and improve your daily water intake thanks to an easy-to-use interface that features illustration or the photos of your cups.
It is available for free on Android and iOS, however, some of its features are only available after purchasing premium add-ons, including reminders, graphs, or ability to connect with other health apps such as FitBit.
Tracking the weight loss and calories after the bariatric surgery is an important step for maintaining weight loss goals.
Lose It! app is one of the most popular weight loss and calorie trackers around. It helps people on a weight loss journey to track all the foods they eat in a day, as well as their activity, which helps to provide more accurate results for their net calorie intake.
One of the highlights of the Lose It! app is its extensive database of foods that contain almost any U.S. brand name for both supermarket and restaurant foods along with calorie count for each.
The app also allows users to add their own recipes, by entering the ingredients and setting the number of servings to get calories per serving estimation.
Burning calories is important, so the app allows users to add and track any exercise provided by the app, or add their own.
Lose It! app is free to download and use on Android and iOS, and it also offers Premium version that provides additional benefits and can be purchased for $39.99 per year.
Happy Scale App
Tracking your weight loss is much easier if you break it down into smaller goals. This is what Happy Scale app does.
It helps bariatric patients effectively track their weight loss progress and see what they're really losing every week.
The app works simple – you just need to input your current weight and your goal weight. Happy Scale doesn't show daily ups and downs, but rather a linear graph displaying your weight loss over time.
It also shows predictions about what you'll weigh in the future if you keep up your current trends, which is a great way of motivation.
The app is available for free, however, only on iOS devices.
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Happy Scale is not available for Android users, however, they can download and install free alternative called Libra app.
It does a similar job by allowing bariatric patients and everyone who wants to lose weight to tracks their daily weight changes, which are displayed in beautiful interactive charts.
Libra app also provides goal estimates, import to CSV file, and synchronization with Withings app.
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