MyFitnessPal and Withings prove that food and weight tracking works

Withings MyFitnessPal integration

Withings and MyFitnessPal released findings of a year-long study of over 37,000 users that illustrate the effect weight tracking and food logging has on successful weight management. In addition, Withings updated its Smart Body Analyzer and integration of MyFitnessPal into the Withings Health Mate app to help users set, track and achieve weight management goals.

Said study was looking to compare results of user who actively logged food intake and tracked weight with those that did not. Users in the first group lost 7 times more weight than those that did not:

  • Those who rarely log food and rarely track their weight lost an average of 1.1 lbs;
  • Those that regularly tracked food intake but rarely weight lost an average 2.8 lbs over the course of a year;
  • Those that regularly tracked weight but rarely food intake lost on average 4.3 lbs over the course of a year;
  • Those that regularly tracked food intake AND weight lost on average 8.2 lbs over the course of year.

Also, the study has found that users who set clear weight goals lost 4 times more than those that do not — 4.6lbs compared to 1.2lbs.

Withings is updating its Smart Body Analyzer and Withings Health Mate app to help users set, track and achieve weight management goals.As for the Withings Health Mate app, it will get new features on November 10, including:

  • Health Mate timeline now integrates the calories management section, showing food logged into MyFitnessPal account.
  • Ability to set specific weight goals and get a daily calories budget accordingly.
  • Calories breakdown per meal and type of nutrients (fat, proteins, etc.)
  • Calorie budgets that adapt dynamically depending on information from daily tracked activity.
  • Dedicated coaching screens and displays on the Withings Smart Body Analyzer will now show the difference in weights from the last weigh-in and showing the trend over time from the previous 7 measurements.

“With these learnings we have added to our ecosystem and developed intelligent new tools to help people manage their weight goals by allowing them to factor in all aspect of their life including food intake, activity and exercise levels and weight loss progress,” said C├ędric Hutchings, CEO of Withings. “With this seamless integration we have created a powerful diet coach that acts as a strong motivational and practical force for good.”