Years ago the quest to lose weight was admin heavy and would have required the weighing of food on scales or the attending of weekly meetings to count calories. The modern diet however is an all hands on deck approach, which utilises the convenience and innovation of technology to get real, long-lasting results.
From digital heart monitors to motivating text messages; the world of technology is at one touch of a button your life coach, personal trainer and health consultant. For the very best in tech savvy gadgets and supporting services, consider some (or all) of the following to help you lose weight, and keep it off.
The concept is simple enough; people sign up for a service which periodically sends out texts to remind you about healthy diet and exercise habits. The service acts as a coach and trainer who regularly checks in, keeps you focused and helps you achieve your weight-loss goals. Studies have shown that people who receive reminders encouraging healthy behaviours lose more weight than those who didn’t. A word of caution – there are plenty of services out there so be sure to register with one that has been created by a qualified expert – such as a doctor or a dietician.
Looking for a more interactive approach? There are Apps out there for everything, from calorie trackers to workout logs. They allow you to track progress on any number of devices so it’s easy to keep on top of activities and calorie intake, even on the go. Apps tend to have easy to use interfaces and interactive data entry which make tracking feel like a game more than a chore! Many studies show that keeping food and workout journals will make tracking more consistent, and speed up the process of weight loss.
Heart and Body Monitors
A few years ago a pedometer was considered to be the pinnacle of weight-loss related gadgetry. Modern monitors however, track everything from heart rates to blood pressure. These gadgets are sophisticated and user-friendly, and can help you to shed the pounds. Studies show that people who use monitoring devices lose twice as much weight as those who don’t. This is because you are able to accurately track and subsequently better understand how individual choices affect your daily weight management.
Video games are some of the easiest (and most fun) ways to get fit, and lose weight. While it may not be the most results-driven method for the serious fitness fiend, activity-oriented games such as Wii Sport allow you to work out in the comfort of your own home. Fitness games may not burn as many calories as a trip to the gym but they do encourage regular exercise. They can also be a great way to get the whole family involved, and a way to share the trials and tribulation of weight loss with others!
Whether it’s a new year’s resolution or a lifelong battle, losing weight and keeping it off is, for many, a real challenge. Using any or all of the above technologically driven weight-loss options are a great way to promote a healthy and fun lifestyle.
Kirsty Wright is a work from home mother who has an interest in healthy living. She regularly exercises and particularly enjoys running.