Have you ever been on a strict diet? Did it work? Did you manage to hold on to your weight after you lost all of those pounds? Well, if you’re anything like a vast majority of dieters, it would be safe to guess that you gained back your weight after some time.
According to a study recently published in an issue of American Psychologist, around 83% of dieters gain back more weight than they manage to lose after roughly 24 months. The study, which examined 31 long-term research papers, concluded what most of us already suspected – crash diets simply don’t work in the long run.
So the question on everyone’s mind is – if diets don’t work, what does?
Managing Your Eating Habits
Just do a quick Google search and you’ll find literally hundreds of different diets in a matter of milliseconds – no-carb, low-fat, gluten-free – the list of trendy diets is practically endless. But as you can clearly see, the best thing for you would be to ignore them all.
In most cases, a diet fad emerges when a single study discovers that a certain food to action helps a small group of people to lose weight. Those modest findings usually get overblown through different media outlets, and the information gets circulated around basically as gospel.
However, you should try to resist your urge to make any abrupt changes to your eating habits. Simply put, it would be smart to avoid any dietary advice you hear in the news, and try to make small but significant changes to your diet that will allow you to slowly adapt to your new, healthy lifestyle.
Top Four Diet and Nutrition Applications
Thankfully, we live in the modern age where you don’t even have to make a visit to your local nutritionist’s office if you want to lose a couple of pounds (however, it’s recommendable you visit your doctor before you make changes). So in order to help you correct your diet, here we have top five diet and nutrition apps on the market today.
First, we have an app for all of those people who’d like to change their diets, but don’t know where to start. Home Chef is great for time-constricted people and inexperienced chefs who want to prepare their meals at home without making too much fuss. So how can Home Chef actually help you with meal preparation?
Well, Home Chef is more than an app; in reality, it’s the best meal delivery service that ships recipes, cooking tips and exact amounts of ingredients and supplies one needs to prepare healthy meals. It also works great if you’re a vegan or a vegetarian, and if you want to enjoy healthy snacks, you can also add smoothies and fruit baskets to your deliveries for an additional cost.
While water might not a food or a nutrient, you are probably aware that proper hydration plays a big role in your diet. Not to mention that hydration is essential to your overall health. Waterlogged allows you to check if you’re consuming enough fluids on a daily basis. And the best thing about it it’s completely free and extremely user-friendly.
It allows the user to take pictures of different drinking vessels, which enables the app to automatically log your fluid intake in a matter of seconds. Naturally, you can also set a number of hourly reminders to drink water, and if you want to examine your daily hydration, you also have a couple of handy graphs that visually illustrate your intake.
If you and your friends are strict Apple users, I’m sure you’ve already heard about Nutrients, seeing how it’s particularly popular amongst iPhone users. The app contains a wide range of nutritional information for almost any food you can imagine, and if you want to track your food intake, you have a handy food-intake journal.
One of the best features of Nutrients is its ability to give you an instant breakdown of nutritional contents of any recipe you enter in it. Nevertheless, it has two flaws – the first thing is that the app still isn’t available on Android-powered devices and the second is that the app’s nutritional browser lacks certain foods (although the number is rather low).
People all around the world tend to eat out quite a lot (especially Americans) and for most people, eating out unfortunately means going to a fast food restaurant. However, going out for dinner doesn’t have to be a guilty pleasure anymore, because there are many restaurants out there that offer healthy meal options for their clients. You only need to find them – that’s all.
And that’s where HealthyOut comes into play. This app will find all of the restaurants near you, and allow you access their menus and see what healthy meal options they have to offer. You can also enter your dietary preferences and narrow your choice of restaurants. And don’t worry, no matter where you live, you’ll easily find a restaurant in your close proximity, because the app has an enormous database of restaurants all across the United States (although Starbucks is conspicuously missing).
And there you have it – those are a few of the best nutrition and diet apps out there today. So what do you think about our little list? Do you feel like we’ve missed out on some essential applications? If you do, than do you have some favorites you’d like to share with us? Basically, if you have anything to add, make sure to leave a comment in the comment section below and tell us all about it. By Adam Ferraresi
Adam’s biggest passions in life are everything concerning World Wide Web and writing. This 23-year-old web developer is stationed in Dallas, TX where he spends his time working and often writing interesting articles for wefollowtech.com. Beside from being a tech aficionado, Adam spends his free time listening to music and playing basketball.