Shame Yourself Into Better Health With An App
We all should eat right and exercise regularly. Right. Blah blah blah. Hopefully, your practice is too busy to make this easy. That is a good thing (from a business perspective).
I am far from the poster child of healthy eating and exercising (for example, I was vetting the idea of re-introducing Easy Cheese into my diet as a New Year’s resolution). So what do you do about this? Like many things, when I need a solution, I check to see if there is an app that can help. I am sure there are many options out there, but an app I use to track food intake is Lose It! (the app includes the exclamation point, not me).
I like Lose It! because you can add any food to count calories. There is a bar code scanner and a database of commercial foods. You can also search for and add your exercise. The app allows the user to set goals for weight loss and generates a recommended daily amount of calorie intake based on the goal. There are push notifications as a reminder if you fail to log a meal, and, if you are really ambitious, you can share your information with a friend to create accountability.
I have found that when I actually use the app, I tend to lose weight (or at least not gain weight), so Lose It! is properly named. It makes me think twice before I shove something down my throat because I am going to log the calories. As you are staring in the refrigerator at 11 PM, it will help you ponder, should I really eat that __________?
As a former Catholic, perhaps creating a sense of guilt or shame surrounding food and exercise is part of my genetic makeup. It is nice having an app to support such torture.
Photo icon credit: LoseIt! by FitNow, Inc.