We live in a world full of technology that can help us in so many ways. Technology has become an integral part of my weight loss journey, offering me the tools to help me make smarter choices, work out harder, track my progress, and reach my goals. Here are my top 5 pieces of tech that I use for success on my weight loss journey. Whether you’re looking to shed a few pounds (or more than a few), eat healthier, or up your fitness game, these pieces of technology can help.
1. Food Scale
This item could quite possibly be the most important piece of tech I use when losing or watching my weight. Have you ever taken the time to measure your serving of breakfast cereal after you dumped what you wanted into your bowl? If you did, I can almost guarantee you would find that you over served yourself your Cheerios. Rather than eating the amount on calories or Points Plus you thought you were eating, it could be that you’re eating 2 times that amount or more. That’s not going to help you succeed in weight loss.
I use a digital food scale that weighs in grams and ounces and has a zero button. With the zero out function, I put my plate on the scale and can weigh every single item right on the plate. Whether I’m eating chips, hummus, cereal, or cheese, everything goes through my food scale before it goes in my body. My #1 tip, trick, and tool for weight loss. While I use the official Weight Watchers scale (which can be purchased at a Weight Watchers store), you can find plenty of affordable food scales on Amazon.
2. Body Scale
Of course, one of the ways to track your weight loss progress is to obviously track your weight. While some would argue that a scale isn’t 100% necessary to show signs of progress in your weight loss journey, I like having a scale around to keep me honest. While you can most certainly use body measurements and how well your clothes fit as a method of tracking progress, those methods probably won’t tell you that you’ve lost .6 lbs this week, which is still progress worth seeing on the scale. Whether the scale gives me a reality check or a pat on the back for a job well done, I find it is an essential tool to tracking my weight loss journey.
There is a wide variety of scales on the market nowadays. They range from super basic to ones that are super high tech and can track things like weight and BMI for 10 users. There is even a scale that will sync up with your FitBit account via wifi.
3. Heart Rate Monitor
Buying my Polar heart rate monitor ended up being an amazing treat for myself. This little baby straps on to my body and communicates with the watch to inform me of my heart rate, calories burned, fat cals, and a lot more during my workouts. I use this simply as a motivator. I want to see my heart rate above a certain point during my workouts, and when I wear this, I know at any given second whether or not I’m at my goal. This helps keep me pushing harder, resulting in better workouts overall and ultimately, better weight loss.
4. Food tracking App
This is a piece of tech that isn’t necessary if you prefer the pen and paper method of food tracking, but in this day of apps and smartphones, why not keep your food trackers in your pocket along with everything else on your device? Studies show that people who track what they eat actually consume 30% less food than those who don’t track at all. With that fact working in such high favor of the food tracking crowd, it makes perfect sense to join right in. Obviously, I use the Weight Watchers app, but with plenty of non- WW food tracking options like Lose It, My Fitness Pal’s food tracker, SparkPeople, and many more, there’s sure to be an app out there that works for you.
5. Activity Monitor
In my weight loss journey I find some sort of activity monitor to be essential. Activity monitors, such as the Fit Bit, help you keep track of how much movement you are getting throughout the day. If you workout for an hour, but then spend the rest of the day sitting in a chair, odds are you aren’t getting nearly enough activity to make your fitness efforts count. I find that activity monitors are amazing motivators, especially when you’re only 1000 steps or 12% away from reaching your daily goal. There are so many different options out there. Whether you use the Weight Watchers ActiveLink, a FitBit, a Jawbone, or whatever else is out there, these monitors are there to help keep you moving. It feels so good to go to bed knowing that you made your activity goal for the day.