‘Tis the time of year that many of us will receive gifts revolving around mobile technology. Whether it’s the newest iPhone or iPad, or some other smart phone or tablet, those of us interested in health and fitness will likely start searching for related apps to download. This can be an overwhelming process—just consider the sheer number of apps that currently exist. There seems to be a new one every week.

I constantly ask my patients what they use and how happy they are with the program. Most are initially excited about any new app, and then their enthusiasm wanes. Some admit to downloading an app and never actually using it because it required too much information to get started, or it ended up seeming irrelevant. I probably fall into this category. I’ve read, however, that in some instances apps have been very helpful with weight loss—typically in conjunction with nutrition and fitness education.

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Keri Gans