Weight Loss Apps
There are many weight loss apps, some track your exercise, others track your calories, still others track how much water you are consuming, and/or how long you sleep for …..and more. Weight loss apps have become so popular with some phones even having one pre-downloaded on them when you buy it. So here is the real question, do they work?
Recording what you eat is incredibly important to keep you aware, accountable, and on track. Recording how many steps you walk can be a bonus in that it’s fun and you can compete with yourself and distract yourself from eating. Water consumption and sleeping is an incredible aid in weight loss, but everything I have just listed can be done with being mindful and self-awareness. Technically there is no need to record everything digitally when you can do it manually like in a journal, but of course if you think that using your phone will work better for you than a notebook, then by all means, give it a go.
Recently I have discovered the weight loss app called NOOM which has all of the benefits I have listed above but also provides daily health articles and quizzes to keep you up to date and educated about health and wellness. It also provides you with a personalized coach to help with your weight loss plan and diet to help you lose weight for 16 weeks with added benefits if you pay more such as group support. The kicker about this app is that you pay $59US per month and the coach is only available form 9am-5pm, basically useless for nighttime snack fiends.
Just like every other app, NOOM does not provide a registered psychotherapist to help you understand why you eat, why you are using food as a coping mechanism, and how to change your behaviour. Buying the app is like buying a membership at the gym, you know it’s there, you feel guilty for not using it, and at the end of the day it collects dust and you stay the same.
For those of us who want a real connection with a person to help us loose weight, someone to look us in the eye and tell us we are doing a great job, remind us of our goals and dreams, our progression, our success, and yes even tell us off sometimes, the Emotionally Focussed Eating Program is for you. A real person who you meet and talk with and solve the issues that drive you to eat with, this is what the program has to offer. You learn about nutrition, about your body, about why you eat, and most importantly how to change yourself and the way you look at food and the world around you.
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