The following is a guest post from Crystal Phelps from Blast Motion.
Learn how to reach your goals faster with diet tracking. It’s easier than you think!
Fitness enthusiasts and athletes around the world are recording when, how, and where they workout. With the increased accessibility to mobile devices, fitness watches, motion sensors and other wearable technology, anyone can track their activity and progress through a series of metrics and built-in analytics. According to research, in 2014 one-third of U.S. smartphone owners (which is about 46 million unique users) utilized fitness and health apps from their mobile device.
There’s a popular saying, “six-pack-abs (abdominals) are made in the kitchen,” and not from doing 1000 sit-ups a day. This means that more and more people understand how important a balanced, nutritious diet truly is. Logging daily meals in a food journal has been around for ages, but recent advancements in technology have taken the commonly used “food journal” to the next level.
With today’s diet tracking technology, there’s no reason why you can’t have full control and understanding of what you are putting into your body. To determine if diet tracking technology is a good fit for you and your lifestyle, consider these 5 benefits:
1. Diet Tracking is Accessible.
We live in a fast-paced culture where most people carry mobile devices everywhere they go. When compared to food journals, diet trackers are a more practical and accurate way to document the nutritional value of meals and snacks you consume throughout the day. When using a diet-tracker, you can look up specific foods you eat, select the serving size, and in some cases, like with the app MyFitnessPal, you can scan the barcode on the food item in your possession. This makes tracking each item you eat quick and easy.
2. Diet Tracking Apps are Compatible With Wearable Fitness Bands
With the rise of wearable technology, 61 percent of consumers are wearing fitness bands, a watch-like device that tracks your movement. Today, most fitness bands have their own app that allows the individual to learn about their movement, heart health, and sleeping habits. In conjunction with the fitness band app, diet tracking is also integrated. This helps the individual link their movement throughout the day with their diet, thus having a better idea of how to reach their health goals.
3. Diet Tracking Can Help You Meet Your Fitness Goals
Self-monitoring through using mobile fitness technology and advanced motion sensors is said to increase weight-loss and one’s motivation to exercise. Tracking the calories you consume allows you to understand if you are staying within your individualized daily calorie intake. Similarly, tracking your performance metrics and athletic progress keeps up your motivation, subsequently improving your overall health and fitness.
4. Diet Tacking Apps are Simple to Use (and often FREE!)
Most diet tracking apps are free to download and are very user-friendly. Within minutes you can create your user profile and even follow your friends that use the app as well, which produces a sense of community within the app. There are additional features, like the premium account in MyFitnessPal for $9.99/month, where you can receive more nutrient tracking.
5. Diet Tracking Makes You the Expert of Your Body
Your journey towards better health can have its ups and downs. For those of us that struggle with weight-loss, this can be a very vulnerable and often frustrating time. Utilizing fitness tools such as diet trackers will not only help support your dietary efforts, but will keep you accountable throughout your entire health journey.
You are the gatekeeper to your health. It is important to understand and be knowledgeable about the foods you eat and how they affect your well being. Becoming an expert of your body – through understanding nutrition and exercise – will help you become more conscious about your health habits.
Awareness is one of the first steps to improving your overall health and fitness lifestyle. With the use of diet trackers, you can become more informed about your body. Dietary tracking devices and apps are accessible, compatible with fitness bands, low in cost, and more importantly, will educate you about your health and help you achieve your fitness and athletic performance goals.
Pair any diet tracker with an athletic performance tracker and watch your body and abilities take form. What diet trackers do you use and how have they helped you meet your fitness goals?
Author Bio: Crystal Phelps is an award-winning executive with more than 20 years of experience combining analytics and creativity to expand market share and grow revenue for some of the world’s foremost brands. Crystal is leading the efforts in marketing communications at Blast Motion, a personalized motion capture technology that seamlessly identifies and integrates real-time motion metrics with video highlights. Blast Motion innovations create a contextually rich user experience that enhances the way people capture, share and compare life’s actions.