Using technology has really helped me to stay on track with my weight loss goals. Even now that I have lost the weight, it helps me to make sure that I am eating enough calories and keeps me conscious of what I am eating.
I have found that a food journal has really helped me to achieve my goals. I have used both the Lose It! and MyFitnessPal mobile application available for both Android and iOS devices. These apps let you manually input or scan the product barcodes and enter what you eat for each meal or snack. Think of it as a high tech food journal. It keeps you on track and keeps you honest. You input your weight, height and weight loss goal and it will generate your personal daily calorie intake.
Tracking your calories is important but eating the right types of foods is essential. Lose It! and MyFitnessPal helps you to track your macros. The apps give you a break down of the percentage of fat, carbohydrates, and protein that you have eaten each day. It will also inform you if you have exceeded or met the optimal amount, based on your goal (maintain, lose or gain weight). If you are staying within your calorie goal but are just eating carbohydrates and sugar, it will let you know and make you conscious of your food choices.
Another great tool is the Canadian Food Guide. It will guide you on portion sizes and the amount you need of each food group based on your age and gender. There is also an interesting tool you can use to create your own personalized food guide and a mobile application called My Food Guide.
In the end, you need to be committed to your goals. You need to change your lifestyle and adopt healthy living habits. These applications are just tools to help you along your journey.
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Please note that this is not a promotional post and I am in no way affiliated with Lose It!, MyFitnessPal or My Food Guide. I have personally used these mobile applications to keep me on track during my weight loss journey.