Losing weight and getting in shape is a huge industry. So of course there is a lot of great new technology to go along with that. While there may not be an easy answer other that diet and exercise (I would genuinely like to see something that will go running for me) these gadgets can make losing weight easier and sometimes even a little enjoyable.
First up is the wifi scale. There are a few of these models out but essentially they work the same. You step on the scale and the scale automatically uploads the weight amount to an online account. This takes all the human error (or human laziness) out of tracking your weight. You can login from your phone or computer to see your weight loss or weight gain patterns. It’s pretty amazing. A friend of mine even set his scale up to a twitter account to automatically publish his daily weight in order to be more accountable for his weight loss goals.
Another great tool is the Fitbit. The Fitbit is essentially a fancy pedometer. Besides tracking steps walked, distance ran, calories burned, and floors climbed when near it’s dock station it automatically uploads the activity to an account so you can measure your activity. I bought one last month and it was pretty eye opening for me to realize how sedentary I am some days. It was really helpful for me to see exactly how active I am so I realized there was a lot of room for improvement.
In addition to these there are lots of great Apps for helping with fitness, diet and weight loss.
The Nike Running App is great for keeping track of your runs. It uses the GPS signal from your iphone to track which routes you run and how fast you are running. It’s a very easy and simple way to keep track of your runs and when you complete your workout there is a recording of a famous track star telling you “nice workout.”
For diet there are several apps that help you record calories (I like My Fitness Pal) but the Eatery App works a little differently. You take a picture of everything you eat and other users rate how healthy it is. It’s a great way to be honest with yourself and be accountable for your food intake.
Have you used any technology to help you lose weight? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.
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