Wednesday, April 26, 2023
There are a range of reasons why we gain weight, hormones, genetics and learned behaviours can all be responsible.
The apps we recommend here are less focussed on daily weigh-ins, food diaries and calorie counting and more focussed on identifying and changing the way you think and feel about yourself as well as what and how you eat.
Psychological change is essential in the effort to lose weight and keep weight off in the long term.
For example, you might know you struggle with emotional eating, where you turn to food as a way to cope with stress, anxiety, or other negative emotions.
This behaviour should be challenged and you need to be supported to develop healthier coping strategies, otherwise it will be difficult to maintain your weight loss over time and after you finish treatment with Saxenda or Wegovy.
Similarly, negative self-talk, self-doubt, or a lack of motivation are significant barriers to weight loss success.
If you know or suspect that you have an unhealthy relationship with food or exercise, or if you want to develop a more positive attitude when it comes to how you care for your body then the months while you use Saxenda or Wegovy are an excellent time to do this.
Changing how you think and feel about yourself while seeing the weight come off with treatment is a powerful combination for success.
These apps change your mindset through therapy, coaching, or self-help strategies.
This kind of therapy is proven to support healthier living - the more you understand and care about yourself, the better choices you will make for yourself.
Gro Health provides more than just weight loss support, it helps you challenge and change unhealthy behaviours including how you think and feel about yourself.
Highlights from Gro Health include their award-winning coaching programs, particularly mindful eating and mental resilience which covers subjects like willpower and self-confidence.
The app also includes lessons from nutritionists, meal plans and a great range of exercise videos, including lots of gentle and manageable options that are good for your mind as well as your body like Tai Chi and Qi Gong.
Overall, this app can be a helpful tool in supporting weight loss and weight management goals by providing personalised guidance, support, and motivation. It aims to help you make healthier food choices, stay active, and track your progress.
Cost* - Some content is free or pay less than £10 per month for full app features and access to your own human coach.
This app is accredited by the NHS and is designed by an NHS GP and an NHS health specialist.
Feeling Good: Mental Fitness provides a set of audio files to listen to over a 12 week programme and uses evidence-based mind training tactics from Sports Psychology.
There is an additional programme specifically about healthy weight available, as well one about stopping smoking and another about better sleep.
Overall, this app can be a helpful tool in supporting weight loss and weight management goals by promoting mental and emotional well-being.
By helping you manage stress, develop positive thought patterns, and stay motivated, the app supports sustainable lifestyle changes that can lead to long-term weight loss and weight management beyond treatment.
Cost* - The basic 12 week programme is free. You can pay a one-off cost of £39.99 to unlock the full library.
The Noom app is a popular weight loss and wellness app with a heavy focus on behavioural coaching.
This approach helps you develop healthy habits and overcome barriers to weight loss, including strategies for managing stress, developing positive self-talk, and overcoming emotional eating.
Noom also offers access to a community of other users who can provide support and motivation as you work towards weight loss goals together.
The app is particularly well known for its excellent, interactive lessons and articles on healthy living, including nutrition, exercise, stress management, and sleep.
Overall, this app can be a helpful tool in supporting weight loss and weight management goals by providing personalised guidance, support, and education.
Cost* - Pricing changes a lot for Noom but assume around £15 per month. They offer frequent flash sales and other promotions so worth a search for codes or referrals online before signing up.
*Costs are accurate at the time of publishing. All recommended apps have been reviewed and rated by ORCHA, a health app evaluation and advisory organisation.
ORCHA provide comprehensive reviews and ratings for health apps to help healthcare providers, patients, and consumers make informed decisions about the suitability and safety of health apps.
ORCHA's evaluation criteria include data privacy and security, clinical efficacy, usability, and accessibility.
This is not personalised advice. To speak to one of our clinically trained team about Weight Loss or any of our other treatments, email us at [email protected] or call us on 01295 262925.