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Stay Ahead of the Game: Use Technology To Improve Your Health

Yiwen Lu, MS, RD, CPT
June 12, 2023
November 28, 2023

Are you struggling to follow a diet? Have you hit a weight plateau? General healthy eating guidelines can be helpful, but they often lack personalization. Why not take advantage of available tools to achieve your health goals successfully? Utilizing technology can be a free and effective way to personalize and track your nutrition.

4 Technologies to Explore

Food Tracking Apps / Food Diary

Are you aware of your daily caloric intake? According to a study at Cornell University,

Most people underestimate their calorie intake significantly. If weight loss is a challenge, consider using a food tracking app.

This study has found that individuals with a normal weight typically underestimate their calorie intake by 20%, while overweight individuals can underestimate by a whopping 40%! But here's the good news - there's a fix for this problem: food tracking apps! They can:

  • Help you keep track of your calorie intake.
  • Give you a better idea of your eating habits and help you make healthier choices.
  • Assist you to plan your meals in advance, meal prep, and ensure that you're sticking to your macros to reach your goals.
  • Assist people with diabetes to count carbs and maintain stable blood sugar levels.

Some popular food tracking app options include MyFitnessPal, LoseIt!, and MyNetDiary.

If you're enrolled in iHealth's Unified Care, you can upload your food diary and receive personalized suggestions from your dietitian!

Don't miss out on this excellent service!

Smart Kitchen Appliances

Smart kitchen appliances connects to the internet and can be controlled or monitored remotely using a smartphone. I encourage you to take a scout on the internet and type in key words such as smart Instant Pot, smart air fryer, smart sous vide machine, and smart scales.

The benefit of theses gadgets is that they are able to program and cook healthy meals even when you're not at home, helping you stick to your meal plan. Some are even able to save your favorite cooking settings, allowing you to cook more time efficiently, effectively. Oh, and don’t forget about smart food scales - they are useful too! Many on the market can now connect to an app and provide nutritional information and recipe suggestions, making it easier to plan healthy meals.

Wearable Technology

Wearable technology, such as smartwatches, may revolutionize the way we approach our health and fitness goals.

Use a smartwatch to track your heart rate and activity levels. It can help you better understand how many calories you burn each day.

With this information, you can set and achieve realistic fitness goals, and ultimately improve your overall health and well-being.

Remote Vital Monitoring and Online Nutrition Coaching

Monitor your vitals at home so your doctor can promptly identify patterns and adjust your medications based on these changes.

With iHealth’s CCM/RPM program, you can easily share your vital numbers with your Care Team immediately after taking a measurement. Your Care Team can provide online coaching to understand your health and social history, and improve your overall wellbeing.

Takeaways

While technology can be a powerful tool for improving your diet, it is important to remember that it should not be solely relied on as the only solution to managing your health. A healthy diet also requires making smart food choices, practicing portion control, and getting regular physical activity. By complementing healthy habits with the power of technology, you can achieve your health and wellness goals and live a happy and healthy life! Got questions? Message your Care Team now!

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