How Your Smart Phone Can Help You Lose Weight

Do you keep a food journal?

The best way to lose weight is to simply eat healthy and exercise. However, all the dieting and exercising combined won’t work if you don’t stick with it – so the really hard part about getting rid of that belly is maintaining a healthy lifestyle. A food diary can help.

Benefits of Writing What You Eat

Keeping a diary of the foods you eat can help you stick to your diet and lose weight. Writing down every single little thing you eat or drink throughout the day will help you learn to adjust your eating habits. Writing out a long list of unhealthy foods in your diary after a day of heavy eating will generally make you want to eat healthier the next day. Also, most people don’t even realize how much they consume until they actually see it written down on paper. Tracking even how many pieces of gum you chewed forces you to hold yourself accountable for your intake.

Electronic Food Tracking w/ iPhones & Androids

Okay, so you don’t actually want to write down what you eat. Besides, who really keeps up with a notebook anyway? But you always have your smartphone on your hip, right? Why not download an app to help you track what you eat? You can also use the app to find out how many calories are in the foods and drinks you have every day. Many of the apps have this feature that performs calculations for calories automatically. My favorite calorie-counting site is from FitDay.com. It’s free to use online and you can also download the app for your smart phone.

Another good tip is to find and use an app with social media functions. Why not recruit some friends to go on your food tracking journey with you? There’s bound to be someone else who’s been thinking about doing better with their diet and fitness habits but just hasn’t started yet. It’s always easier to get and stay excited about weight management when you have someone else involved and that can keep you accountable.

Set a goal. Program it in your phone.

Setting a goal for each day and then tracking the amount of calories, fat, carbohydrates, or sugars you consumed provides you with a way to measure your progress before you see the change in your body. Because it can take weeks or months for the pounds or inches to drop off, people tend think the diet isn’t worth it and give up. But if you keep an electronic food journal, you can see that you’re achieving your goal. This will give you the motivation to keep to your diet until you see the actual results on the scale. You paid good money for the phone. Get some good use out of it!