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March 16, 2023

ChatGPT as a Health Coach? That's the New Feature from Litely

According to Bill Gates and professors at many top universities, “the future belongs to those who master AI like ChatGPT.” Per analysis from Insider, workers with better levels of familiarity with ChatGPT may find more competitive advantages. (After all, riding the train of viral success has the potential to open previously veiled doors to different kinds of future achievements.) ChatGPT stirs excitement, and not using it is now being seen as a detriment, high-level tech consultants have posited.

But what about outside of business-related use cases, i.e. for those with the simple aim of mastering ChatGPT to better themselves, where applicable? Say, for example, in terms of their overall health? Smart apps already exist to alert users of their screen time in order to stay mindful of what their brains are digesting; what about a tool like ChatGPT that can be trained to coach users in other areas of healthiness?

This is what Litely has set out to accomplish. Calorie counter apps like MyFitnessPal, Lifesum and Noom, after all, have yet to incorporate ChatGPT. And, as of just last week, the Litely health app has launched this very feature – an AI health and weight goals coach, powered by OpenAI’s overnight-sensational chatbot.

According to Litely’s latest A/B testing, the average daily usage time of its app has increased by a significant 120%, providing users with highly personalized advice and 24/7 support. The team at Litely stated that with this rise in user engagement has come reported successes with users’ customized weight loss plans. (21.3% to 40.8%, with the ChatGPT integration.)

With the “new Litely,” users need not wait on the feedback of a human health coach. The real-time support they do need is being provided from this virtual coach, as it instantly answers users’ queries, offers pillars of guidance and motivation, and helps succinctly (and without bias) lay out their tailor-made goals and what unique exercise and nutrition management regimens may best fit their day-to-day lives.

“In the United States, hiring a human health coach can drain folks’ wallets,” said Cary Fung, Litely’s CTO. “Compared to these types of coaches, AI-based ones retain more advantages like lower costs, privacy, and all-day-and-night accessibility. People can access weight loss and intermittent fasting advice anytime, anywhere – especially without having to physically schedule appointments or wait on potentially unreliable human responses. At Litely, we believe AI personal coaches are what to invest in.”

Edited by Greg Tavarez
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