Kickstart a Healthier Diet

Kickstart a Healthier Diet

Get Help from Technology

Technology is a powerful tool for your diet. It can provide support, answer questions, and track progress. A new diet can benefit greatly from technology resources. 

Try these ways to
use technology to your advantage with your diet:

 

1.     
Create an online
blog or website.
Blogs
and websites can be virtual food diaries.

 

·        
Instead
of a paper version, consider an online blog or website to keep track of your
diet goals.

 

·        
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. Writing from a phone, tablet, or
computer will keep you accountable.

 

2.     
Use online diet
support groups.
Instead
of attending meetings at a community center or library, consider online support
groups. They’re available all day, and you can wear your favorite pajamas or
bathrobe.

 

·        
Virtual
support groups offer help ranging from diet tips to restaurant recommendations.

 

·        
Online
support groups protect your anonymity. User names can be different from real
names, and addresses aren’t required.

 

3.     
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.

 

4.     
Use social media. Facebook, Twitter,
and other social networks can keep you accountable and on track with your diet.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

5.     
Use fitness
watches and bracelets to track diet goals.
The Jawbone, FuelBand, Fitbit and
other fitness trackers can help your diet. They track calories and activity
levels, so you’re always aware of progress.

 

6.     
Get a smart scale.
It’s
time to upgrade the bathroom scale. New versions can keep track of body mass,
body fat, and previous weigh-ins.

 

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Smart
scales can sync with phones and computers, so data can be downloaded.

 

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New
scales can convert the data to simple charts and graphs. They can be shared on
social media or added to blogs. 

 

7.     
Set diet reminders
on a phone.
A
smartphone can help diet progress with notifications and reminders.

 

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Notifications
can range from reminders to eat to grocery shopping tips.

 

8.     
Play video games. It’s time for the
kids to share the video game controllers. Instead of chasing a monster, you
can try fitness games designed specifically to lose weight.

 

9.     
Use online food
guides.

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.

 

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Online
tools can reduce the time you spend thinking about food, so you can plan better
goals.

 

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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 barcode to
get the same data.

 

Technology can be your ally during diet changes. It can help you stay focused on goals while providing
important sources of support.

Remember to sign up for your free Healthy Living / Personal Development book a month.

By Rod Stone
Author and Publisher of Healthy Living information and products to improve your life.


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