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When Calorie Counting And Portion Sizes Fail To Make The Grade – Snap Your Food Instead!
Research suggests that calorie counting and measuring portion sizes are not successful in maintaining weight loss as people often miscalculate their intake by as much as 40%!
Keeping a food diary is certainly not a new concept and is currently used by millions of people across the globe to reduce their intake of food or lose weight. The theory is that by recording what we eat and drink, we will eat slowly and less, as we become more aware of our (bad) habits. However, whilst this makes sense in theory, it is often harder to maintain on a daily basis.
Kevin Auton, creator of the new Food Diary from Activ8rlives explains,
“The problem with traditional food diaries is that they very quickly become a chore and so people soon give up. That is a real shame, as research indicates that those who DO stick to their food diary are actually successful in losing weight or reducing their food intake. So, we decided to explore this concept further to try and find ways to make recording your food and drink interesting, interactive and most importantly, visual.”
The Activ8rlives Food Diary Smartphone app has made it easy and fun to keep a food diary. Rather than trying to estimate the calories in a meal or drink, it simply takes and then sends a picture of each item of food or drink directly to the user’s on-line Activ8rlives account for self-monitoring of activity and weight.
The pictures are automatically displayed in the Food Diary page of the user’s account, where they can see everything they have eaten over the course of a week, categorised clearly by ‘good choice’ and ‘bad choice’. This information is then presented alongside their recorded fitness activity levels for the week and their weight change, uploaded from the Activ8rlives Step Counters and Body Analyser (smart scales).
“With the combination of our Step Counters, Body Analyser and Smartphone app, there is no need to count calories or points,” adds Kevin. “The pictures do all the talking! As a result, we become our own health trainers and can slowly change our diet and behaviour. It’s simple, gentle and powerful,” he adds.
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