Fitbit, Jawbone Up, Nike+ fuel band, Misfit, etc., there’s no shortage of technical weight loss tracking devices out there now aimed to help you monitor your movement. Even the new iPhones have a built in app that measures your steps. Companies are implementing step contests, and friends and family members are challenging each other to see who takes more steps in a day. Technology has definitely made its mark on the weight loss industry. In addition to the step tracking devices, there are countless apps to help you track your food intake and count your calories.
But does all this really help? Or is it just another way to boost consumerism?
Personally, I have been wearing a fit bit on and off for over a year. I think the most valuable benefit I have gained by wearing it is awareness. The key to a healthy fitness or weight loss journey is awareness. If you really want to maintain healthy habits, you must be conscious of everything you put into your body and everything active that you do for your body. The Fitbit has helped me have a better understanding of my activity level. It is not uncommon that if I look down at the bracelet and haven’t hit my 10,000 steps, I will actually get up and move around the house/walk stairs/or play a game of tag with the kids just to hit my step goal. Would I be motivated to get off the couch and run around the house at 8pm if I wasn’t aware of my steps for the day? Most likely not. So for the simple awareness these tracking devices provide, I think they are fantastic.
I would recommend to anyone wanting to lose weight that it is imperative to start tracking their food intake as well as activity level. You are far more likely to succeed if you are paying attention to and tracking your habits. In my personal experience with food tracking apps, I find the “My Fitness Pal” app the most user friendly. You can bar code scan just about anything in your kitchen, choose the serving size, and with one click you have collected your calories and they have been broken down by macro nutrients for you. You can even enter a goal and after each day’s food input, the app will tell you approximately how long it will take you to reach your goal. This is a really helpful and interesting app. But I still prefer pen and paper. I already have my meal plan broken down by the daily macro nutrients needed, and I find it easier to just keep the piece of paper handy and check off/write down when I eat something.
Has technology helped you with your weight loss goals? If you need some help implementing a tracking system and breaking down what foods to be eating each day, I’d love the opportunity to help you with your weight loss goals.
Have a great week,
Double Chocolate Mini Muffins
With Valentine’s coming up, I know there will be loads of chocolates everywhere this week. I decided to mix up a batch of these Double Chocolate Mini Muffins to help curb the cravings!
5 scoops Chocolate Protein Powder (I use Vegan Chocolate Shakeology meal replacement drink)
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
2 TBSP Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
3 TBSP Chocolate Chips
4 Egg Whites
3/4 cup Pumpkin Puree
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and grease a mini muffin tin with coconut oil.
Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl
Mix wet ingredients in another bowl
Pour wet ingredients into dry and mix well
Batter will be very thick. Scoop spoonfuls into mini muffin tin and bake for 7 minutes. Be careful not to overcook these or they will be very dry.