Posted September 20, 2018 09:10:22When your phone makes it easier to lose fat, it’s possible that the extra battery power could be the difference between you losing it or not.
In the world of wearable tech, we’re in the early stages of making it easier for people to get on and off their smartphones.
For some, it means making their phones more versatile.
For others, it may mean less downtime in the kitchen.
For anyone who’s ever felt the need to use an old phone to track their weight or weigh themselves, the latest news might not sound like the most encouraging thing.
For now, though, the answer to the question of whether a phone can do the job is yes.
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh recently reported that using a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone was able to activate a system that helps people lose fat faster than a standard weight loss app.
The researchers took two participants, one a woman who was overweight and the other a woman with normal weight.
The women were asked to use their smartphones to track how much fat they had lost.
The participants were then given a smartphone with an infrared light, similar to a Fitbit, and told to aim it at their abdomen and scan for a red dot on the screen that said “fat loss.”
When they did, the researchers recorded the amount of fat lost in their respective abdomen.
After two weeks, the participants were able to lose about 12 percent of their body weight, the results showed.
That’s less than a third of the average weight loss with a smartphone, and a far cry from what researchers would consider the “optimal” weight loss rate for someone who’s trying to lose weight on a regular basis.
To make the device even more useful, the study used a “smart” infrared light that’s used to turn on the iPhone’s camera.
This means that the infrared light can track the activity of the device’s camera and track how quickly the device can detect a red light, which can then be used to calculate how much energy the device needs to charge.
“We wanted to see if infrared light could be used for weight loss and to see whether we could actually use the infrared to help people lose weight,” says lead author and assistant professor John R. Latham, an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Education and Sports Medicine.
“In this case, we saw that using infrared light was able a large portion of people to lose body fat.
The infrared light is not only helpful to detect fat loss but it can also be used as an indicator of energy consumption.”
The researchers found that the smartphone could help people who were trying to track the amount they were losing lose about 20 percent of body weight with a little more than a 30-minute period of time.
“The infrared light actually tracked calories and weight loss more efficiently than any other type of device that we’ve seen so far,” Latham says.
“If you were in a weight-loss program and wanted to get your weight down to a healthy level, you probably need to make some changes to your diet.
If you want to get more lean and lose weight, this could be a good tool for you to do that.”
According to Latham and his colleagues, the infrared-light-based smartphone was also able to help users keep their weight down even after being on a diet for months or even years.
The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
It was supported by the National Institutes of Health (NS076886, R01DA093894, and R01AA082746), the National Science Foundation (NIH-0767358) and the Department, Center for Medical Imaging and Imaging Research (CMIR).