Losing weight — and keeping it off — takes more than a little willpower. It takes a commitment to making long-term lifestyle changes as well as knowledge of how to implement those changes to best improve your overall health. The good news is you don’t have to do this all by yourself.
Thanks to modern technology, you have access to a nearly bottomless toolbox full of cool apps and online programs. These tools can help you set smarter goals, stay motivated and remain accountable to yourself and the goals you’re working to achieve. From measuring calories to tracking exercise to getting advice on just what foods to buy when you’re grocery shopping, the keys to successful weight loss are right at your fingertips.
Let’s take a look at the top food and nutrition resources on the Internet you’ll want to bookmark.
Paying close attention to what you eat is one of the best ways to lose weight and keep it off. MyFitnessPal makes calorie-counting simple, meal-tracking painless and is available both for your computer and your smartphone. Login and enter both your current weight and weight goal you want to reach. Then start tracking how much (and what) food you eat, how much water you drink and how much exercise you get. MyFitnessPal has more than five million foods in its database, so you can easily look up nutrition information for just about anything. It even gives you the ability to connect with friends on the app and cheer on their efforts.
Fooducate goes beyond just telling you how many calories you’re consuming. This app educates you on how to make smart choices, so you make every meal and snack as healthy as possible. Personalize the app with your age, gender, weight, height, activity level, desired weight loss rate, health conditions and dietary goals (vegetarian, non-processed foods, gluten-free, etc.). Every food product you scan will then return a personalized nutrition grade based on those factors. Fooducate also lets you track your food intake as well as the quality and quantity of the calories you consume. You can also add information about your workout regimen, learn about healthier alternatives to food favorites, ask questions and find motivation with others in the Fooducate community.
EWG’s Food Scores
Food labeling can be confusing. Understanding all the claims made and looking up all those ingredients you can’t pronounce can take a lot of work. And after all that, do you still really know what you’re putting in your body? The Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Food Scores rates more than 80,000 foods, over 5,000 ingredients and almost 1,500 brands. EWG’s rating system consider more than just nutrition, too. It rates products based on three criteria: nutrition, ingredient concerns and degree of processing. EWG computes these three individual scores before assigning an overall product score, from 1 (best) to 10 (worst). Access Food Scores online or through EWG’s Healthy Living app, which gives you access to product health and safety ratings for more than 200,000 food and cosmetics products.
These are just a few of the tools that can help you achieve your fitness and lifestyle goals. Losing weight doesn’t have to be complicated. With these apps, you have the resources you need to make healthy choices, lose the weight and keep it off for good.