Weight loss and management continues to be a huge hurdle for the majority of the overweight. Whether it is motivation, eating habits, physical roadblocks or anything number of roadblocks, many struggle, and can use all the help they can get.
Technology is here to help! Tech is getting smarter each day, so we need to use it to our advantage, especially when it comes to staying fit and healthy. So how can tech help us lose weight and keep it off for good?
From smart watches, to the many fitness apps, activity trackers and smart bathroom scales, technology is providing convenience and assistance in the palm of our hands and making weight loss easier to manage and achieve.
All we need now is to make the most of it. Here are a few of the benefits tech gadgets and apps offer us when it comes to weight loss:
• Help you stay motivated and energized
• Give you nutritional tips and advice, like barcode scanners to help you choose the healthiest options
• Help you track your goals
• Help you keep track of food you eat
• Help you track caloric intake and calorie counts of foods
• Help you keep track of your personal stats, such as weight,
height, age, measurements, etc.
• Assess the intensity of your workouts, monitors your progress,
counts your steps and even measures your heart rate
• Boost your emotional health
Now that we know the benefits, let’s find out how exactly these gadgets can help you lose weight.
1. Post your goals online
It’s never fun losing weight alone so having online support is helpful and convenient and thanks to social media, not only family and friends but complete strangers, can keep you motivated while providing you with strategic diet plans and exercise routines.
Sharing means opening up to support, advice, tips and accountability. Social media is providing us with so many choices and opportunities to stay motivated and on your toes.
2. Join a virtual weight loss program
You can do this right in the comfort of your own home, and its rewards are plentiful. You meet new people with similar interests; you become part of the experience and share in interesting conversations.
And mentally, when you find yourself talking with people who are supportive of your weight loss, you’ll find it easier to accept the healthy lifestyle choices you make.
3. Keep your facts in check by keeping an online journal
You can keep it private, invite your close circle to read and take part, or you can open it up to the world. The important thing is honesty. Be honest when you’re writing and don’t leave anything out. This way, you’ll be true to yourself whenever you slip up, and proud of your accomplishments.
4. Share online photos of your meals
Nothing beats the harsh reality of looking at a photo of your next meal. But it’s a great wake-up call that allows you to distinguish between eating too much of something, or not enough of another. It makes you more conscious when you’re grocery shopping, and holds you accountable to opt for the healthier choices.
5. Monitor your weight
Even bathroom scales are now smart and innovative. Smart bathroom scales are equipped with wi-fi and measure, not only your weight, but also your BMI, your muscle mass, and body fat percentage.
What is more amazing is that it can send all this information straight to your smartphone or tablet. It’s a great way to keep track of your weight, caloric intake, activities, and meals all at the same time.