New Year’s resolution: How technology helps you lose weight

More than one third of Americans are obese: that means that 34.9% or 78.6 million people in this country do not exercise often and do not measure their food intake. Now, it’s a new year: You either want to look better or feel better. Why not both?

The truth is, wealth is related to health. The more weight you carry, the more health-related issues you will deal with: diabetes, cholesterol, heart problems, and other related issues, which automatically translate into visits to the doctor and money you need to spend. Regardless if you have insurance or not, why would you want to put yourself in that position?

I know it is hard to lose weight. I have been there. You can read my post about how I used to weigh 200 pounds.

Monica Taher, serial tech entrepreneur, at a fitness center

Monica Taher, serial tech entrepreneur, at a fitness center

 

I gained a few extra pounds during the holidays. I drank Prosecco, ate sweets and other carbs and didn’t bother to control my food intake. I also slacked on my exercise routine.

 So how can tech help you lose weight?

  1. Download MyFitnessPal App

In my opinion, this is the fastest and easiest way to use a calorie counter. For me, setting a goal of about 1,200 calories per day has always proven to be productive. MyFitnessPal allows you to track everything you eat by assigning calories to all entries you make. Your exercise routine is also added. You still want to drink alcohol? No problem. This app shows you how many calories you would be consuming every time you drink a beer or a glass of wine. Trust me, alcohol is overrated.

  1. Digital Doppelganger

The Journal of Diabetes, Science and Technology noted that overweight women who watched an avatar of themselves while they exercised lost at least 3 and half pounds in a period of four weeks. Let’s call it “motivation.” Google these avatars and let’s get to work.

  1. Betting on your diet

A study found that people who bet actual money on weight loss goals, were more prone to actually losing the weight. In fact, the study revealed that people who risked losing money dropped 16 pounds in 16 weeks. Try www.dietbet.com, a four-week dieting game. There are lots of money to win.

  1. Games

If you are into games, use Your Shape Fitness Evolved (Xbox 360), Zumba Fitness (Nintendo Wii) and Walk It Out (Nintendo Wii). This is a fun way to stay in shape.

Whatever you do, know that you are not alone. Losing weight is not an easy task, however, it is absolutely doable. There is NO reason to be overweight. NONE.

These are the things I am going to be doing in order to lose 15 pounds until the end of March:

  • I will cut down on eating out (I could save at least $800 a month).
  • I will cut down on eating cheese (lots of fat!).
  • I will cut down on alcohol (hey, I will also be saving money).
  • I will use MyFitnessPal every day.
  • I will do 30 minutes of cardio (StairMaster) a day and 25 minutes of weights to start toning.
  • I will cook more and will re-purpose meats (using leftovers for salads, etc).

What are YOU going to do?

 

Monica Taher

About Monica Taher

Mónica Taher is a serial tech entrepreneur and an Accelerate with Google Academy alumnae. She is a Partner at Getty Images Latin America (GILA) and the CEO & Founder of ClipYap, a soon-to-be launched app. Mónica is also an active member of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) Latin American Task Force and is the LA City Director for Lesbians Who Tech.
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