Make eating healthier a fun and easy part of your day by using the technology right at your fingertips. Learn how to use apps, alarms, reminders and your camera in your smartphone to aid you in making healthier choices. Here are four tips for using you smartphone to help you reach your diet goals.
Setting a healthy eating schedule helps you stick to your diet goals. When you know how long it will be before you plan on eating again, you're less likely to cheat. For instance, you can set alarms for meal times, snack times, grocery store trips or farmer's market trips.
You may want to remind yourself of goals, upcoming events you want to look good for or how great you'll feel when you reach your goal. You can set reminders by using your alarm feature or by using your calendar feature.
Take advantage of your smart phone's camera to help you reach your healthy eating goals by taking pictures of yourself, clothes you want to fit into or places you want to go. You can also take pictures of healthy foods you want to try. Some other ideas include:
- Taking pictures of foods in the produce section of your grocery store and find healthy recipes for them.
- Taking a picture of a salad bar (or other healthy meal choices) to look at when you need inspiration.
- Starting a food/meal journal on your phone by taking a photo of everything you eat.
- Recording food triumphs by taking a picture of yourself or the food when you resist temptation.
There are hundreds of diet and health apps available for smartphones. Many apps focus on healthy eating in general, but some apps may be associated with a specific diet plan or health concern, such as the Glycemic Index diet, the Paleo diet plan, the Atkins diet and gluten-free diets. A few of the top diet apps are:
- Lose It!
- My Diet Coach
- Calorie Counter
- Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by SparkPeople
These and similar apps have features such as weight trackers, meal planners, calorie counters, movement trackers and hydration trackers.
Some apps have a reward feature that grant virtual rewards when you meet a goal. For example, My Diet Coach uses a wardrobe that can be used to dress your avatar. The SparkPeople Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker awards trophies when new levels are met.
Many of these apps include convenient features that make tracking your intake easier. Calorie Counter has a barcode scanner, which allows you to scan food wrappers to automatically enter what you've eaten. Another convenient feature is the ability to sync with wearable fitness trackers, such as Fitbit or Garmin Connect. Your activity is automatically recorded when the app syncs with your connected device.
Using the features on your smartphone and taking advantage of diet and health apps can help you track your meals, win rewards and learn to make healthy choices about your food. Choose apps that match your lifestyle and health needs, and you'll be on your way to a healthier you.
CATEGORIES: Healthy Food, Goals, Diet Tips, Smartphone, Smartphone Apps