Sticking to Your Diet

by Bea | May 6th, 2014 | Accessories, Diet Plans

salad (400x400)As mentioned in a previous article, smartphones have become extremely useful when it comes to sticking to diet plans. People who use their smartphone to aid their diet efforts have proven to be more effective at losing weight than those who do not use a smartphone to help them track their progress. As mentioned in the other article, there are plenty of smartphone applications that help you track your physical activity. There are also applications out there to help you watch your diet.

If you are looking for an application that does it all, you might want to check out My Fitness PalMy Fitness Pal allows you to log activity as well as food intake. It will also sync up with fitness gadgets like the Jawbone and the Fitbit. If you are thinking about using your smartphone just to track your diet, then you are in luck because there are plenty of those! For example, if you are looking to figure out what the best choice is as a supermarket, then you should check out Fooducate. Fooducate allows you to scan barcodes with your phone and it will give you a nutrition grade for each food item. It will give you the positive and negative aspects of the food and even suggest healthier options (if it thinks you need that suggestion). 

If you are looking for an application that can prevent you from eating too much food too quickly, then you should check out Eat Slower. This application is kind of like a metronome for your eating. Eat Slower allows you to set a slower eating pace and it reminds you when to take your next bite. By eating slower, you will be more satisfied with eating less, which will help your dieting efforts significantly.

Are you looking for an application to help you track your progress? Check out Noom Weight Loss. Noom allows you to set your goals and track your progress in terms of weight-loss. It also can track your food intake so you can hold yourself accountable for your eating habits. It also can log your exercise efforts. A similar application to Noom is called MyNetDiary. This application really takes the guesswork out of figuring our your diet. It does a great job tracking your calorie and nutrition intake. It also tracks your exercise so you can take control of your workouts. There are graphs, charts, and other data points available, so you have a really good representation of what you are up to with your dieting and exercising plans. Similar to FooducateMyNetDiary also has a scanning feature that makes it easy to record everything that you are eating. No barcode? No problem! All you have to do is type a dish’s name and see if it’s in the application’s 420,000 item food database.

Sticking to a diet can really be a tough motivator, but if you are able to consistently log your food intake, you might be more successful with your endeavors. One way to do this is by using your smartphone. If simply using an app to track your progress and keep you inline, start posting your efforts on social media! I have a feeling that your peers will be a great source of motivation for you. Plus, you might be more likely to go for the healthier option if you are showing the world what you are eating or doing.

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