How Your Smartphone Can Help You Manage Your Weight Loss
A simple app can make it incredibly easy
to keep a food journal and meet your goals!
When I look back at the times I’ve tried to lose weight, I come to the realization that I am most successful when I keep a food journal. I am what is called a “mindless eater.” Whether I’m bored, upset, sad or happy, I tend to eat whatever I can find until I feel full. Of course, this isn’t the best way to consume the proper calorie level to maintain or lose the weight that I’d like.
When I keep track of what I eat, however, I become mindful of what I am putting into my body. I can make choices based on what my body needs, not what my body wants.
But I have a confession to make — I hate keeping a food journal. I might be gung-ho for the first day or two, but the interest in keeping up with it soon fades. Not only that, but I will have one large calorie meal and the last thing I want to do it write that down in a journal, even though I know that’s exactly what I need to do. All I feel is guilt. Out of sight, out of mind, right?
Being a gadget geek helped me changed my mindset. After all, there’s always an app for that, right?
My favorite new smartphone app is called Lose It!. This app, available for iPhone and Android, is a very easy program to help you track your food consumption for the day. Not only does it function very well as a food journal, it helps you keep track of your goals and offers up support from other like-minded people who have the same goals as you.
The coolest feature — and perhaps the main reason I am having success with this app — is the barcode scan feature. The system uses the phone’s camera to scan the barcode located on the food package. Lose It! has a very large database of prepackaged food and their nutritional information. After you scan the barcode, you choose your portion size, hit “add,” and you are done. I have gotten into a habit of scanning before I eat. The ease of entering my meals has helped me stay consistent with logging my meals.
For foods that you prepare yourself that do not have barcodes, just start entering name of the food into the search bar and a list of foods that might contain what you just typed are listed. You choose the food, then the portion size, and then hit “add.” For foods that cannot be located in the database, there is an easy system for creating your own.
You can add activities, just like adding the foods, and the app will subtract the calories from you daily allotment so that you still maintain the calorie level you need to achieve your goals.
Knowing what I need to do and doing something else instead is at the core of my struggles with my weight. Studies show that keeping a food journal is the most successful way of losing weight, and I am a perfect candidate for it. I encourage you to Give Lose It! a try. It’s free, and you probably carry your smart phone around with you every day, anyway. Your friends will just think you are doing a little texting. Only you will know that you are actually doing something great for yourself!
Contributed by: Philip Niekro, GMM Customer Service Manager
Philip — one of the warm and friendly voices you hear when you call GMM Customer Service — was recently promoted to GMM Customer Service Manager! His mission is to ensure that every GMM customer receives the highest quality customer service possible, assisting those who wish to place an order, updating customer accounts, and ensuring that customer feedback is a top priority. Philip is also a self-avowed gadget geek, an avid runner, and a very engaged member of the Open Hand Health & Wellness Committee.