Technology has become an all powerful driver of growth in recent times. It can be useful when it comes to providing support, answering questions, and tracking and monitoring progress.
Technology resources are most helpful when deciding on a new diet. Some of the ways in which you can take advantage of technology resources in areas of diet/nutrition:
Use your smartphone/tablet/computer
A smartphone can help diet progress with notifications and reminders. Notifications can range from reminders to eat to grocery shopping tips. Writing from a phone, tablet, or computer will keep you accountable.
Online blogs and websites can be virtual food diaries. An online blog or website is an useful resource for tips and insights into diets and foods.
Also, blogs and websites can be shared with others to inspire them to try a healthier diet. It’s easy to update a virtual diary with technology.
Use online diet support groups.
You may not always have time to attend meetings at a community center; online support groups can be very helpful because of ease-of-use and availability.
Virtual support groups offer help ranging from diet tips to restaurant recommendations. Online support groups protect your anonymity.
Photograph your food and post it online.
Studies show that taking pictures of your food makes you focus more on dieting goals. Food choices become more important if they’re attached to a required photo.
Dieters prefer to show the world their kale salad and sweet potatoes instead of the brownies with sprinkles.
Use social media.
Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks can help you on achieve your diet/fitness goals and remain on track with your diet. Posting your diet goals on social media and sharing them with friends is an easy way to track progress.
Additionally, your friends can help you stay focused and avoid temptations. Social media can help you connect with others starting healthier diets.
It’s easy to share recipes, photos, and diet plans on social media. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other networks can also be a source of ideas.
Use fitness watches and bracelets to track diet goals.
The FuelBand, Fitbit and other fitness trackers can help your diet. They track calories and activity levels, so you’re always aware of progress.
Get a smart scale
New versions of bathroom scales can keep track of body mass, body fat, and previous weigh-ins. Smart scales can sync with phones and computers, so data can be downloaded.
New scales can convert the data to simple charts and graphs. They can be shared on social media or added to blogs.
Instead of the regular video game, you can try fitness games designed specifically to lose weight.
Use online food guides/journals.
Knowing the nutritional information for all the food you consume is essential for staying on a healthier diet. Online food guides can help you keep track of calories, vitamins, minerals, fats, and other data.
Online tools can reduce the time you spend thinking about food, so you can plan better goals. Apps can help you keep track of nutrients and make better grocery shopping decisions.
Online guides can be downloaded to multiple devices and checked throughout the day. They can be consulted in a store, restaurant, or home. Instead of hunting for information in a book, it’s easier to enter a brand name or scan a bar-code to get the same data.
If you’re trying to achieve a diet/fitness goal, consider having a journal as it helps you stay focused, in greater control of your food habits and also acts as a reference and record.
Technology can be your ally during diet changes. It can help you stay focused on goals while providing important sources of support.
With inputs from the Internet and print sources
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