Apps and Gadgets: Top Picks for Weight Loss Tools

With Nina Hirvi, Registered Dietitian See Bio

Nina Hirvi is a Registered Dietitian and Director of Clinical Integration at Copeman Healthcare Centre. She has provided realistic nutrition solutions to several thousand clients through both individual counseling and seminars across Canada. Nina obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics from the University of British Columbia and an accredited internship from Vancouver General Hospital. Nina is a Certified Diabetes Educator.

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Did you know that 75 per cent of people who are successful at maintaining weight loss track their weight at least once a week? Whether dropping a few extra pounds or cutting down on daily fat intake, most of us need a source of accountability when taking on new health challenges.
Consider keeping some on-demand tools in your back pocket to keep you honest and accountable to your goals. Apps and other technological devices can be effective tools to help us stay on the nutritional straight and narrow.
While there are dozens to choose from, our top three choices are: My Fitness Pal, Lose it! and Fat Secret. These apps will help you maintain a realistic view of what you are eating in order to make better choices in the future. A large database of foods and beverages help you log everything you eat, including the often forgotten little extras like coffee creamer and candy from your co-worker’s desk. These apps also include the nutritional value of each item, so you can view your daily intake of essential nutrients in addition to fats, carbohydrates and protein. If you’re trying to lose weight, they can help you set a daily calorie intake goal based on how much you’d like to lose within a desired time frame.

 

Those looking for extra motivation to reach their health goals may also want to invest in a WiFi scale, such as Withings Smart Body Analyzer or Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale. While electronic scales have been around for years, these new WiFi scales have the added ability to sync with your computer or other health monitoring applications, including MyFitnessPal.
Just like food logging, regular weight tracking will help keep you motivated and accountable to your goals. The added convenience of these tech tools makes it even easier to be successful.


Nina Hirvi is a Registered Dietitian and Director of Clinical Integration at Copeman Healthcare Centre. She has provided realistic nutrition solutions to several thousand clients through both individual counseling and seminars across Canada. Nina obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics from the University of British Columbia and an accredited internship from Vancouver General Hospital. Nina is a Certified Diabetes Educator.

 

 

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