Launch of a virtual coach to help lose weight
New year, new you – and now – new technology promises to help Australians achieve their fitness and weight loss goals.
The Australian government’s research body launched a new artificial intelligence-based weight loss trainer on Wednesday.
The technology named “Hope” was developed after CSIRO research revealed that there were three crucial factors that had the greatest impact on weight loss.
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Data collected from more than 10,000 people participating in the CSIRO Total Wellbeing program revealed that those who weighed themselves regularly, followed the menu plan and diligently tracked their food intake reported the greatest weight loss.
Pennie McCoy, registered dietitian with CSIRO Total Wellbeing, said the launch of the virtual coach comes at the perfect time for people looking to kick-start their health goals for the year.
Hope predicts appropriate weight loss goals, tracks progress, and provides feedback while using cutting-edge machine learning to develop and expand its functionality over time.
“In designing Hope, CSIRO gathered data from Australians, for Australians to provide a personalized experience and help people improve their weight loss results,” Ms McCoy said.
While diligence in all three behaviors yielded the best weight loss results, CSIRO found that people who followed two of the three behaviors also achieved above-average weight loss.
Ms McCoy said it was exciting to see there was room for flexibility in a sustainable weight loss programme.
“Our research found that most people start a weight loss journey with high expectations and high motivation to begin with, but sustaining that motivation is really hard,” she said.
“Our goal with this analysis was to really understand those behaviors that help Australians stay motivated on a weight loss journey.
“With Hope’s added support, Australians can rest assured that they are embarking on a weight loss journey that is not only proven, but also fits into their lifestyle.”