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Digital Weight Loss (Part 3): How to Choose a Good Diet App

In Part 1, I talked about the importance of consulting with a healthcare professional to learn about healthy diet approaches. Most apps are not based on behavioral change theory. As I wrote in Part 2, apps are uniquely suiting to providing easy ways of self-monitoring diet and activity and facilitating social connection. These two features are very important because they are consistently associated with successful weight loss. What makes a good diet app?  Something that works for you because, while I know this seems obvious, you want to find an app that you will actually use.  Sometimes that involves a little trial and error. Here are seven pointers to help you figure out which app will … [Read More...]

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Digital Weight Loss (Part 2): Why Use an App?

As I wrote in Part 1, apps can be very effective tools to support weight loss, but there is some work you need to do first: make a commitment, visit your doctor or a nutritionist to get a good sense of a healthy diet plan and reasonable weight loss goals and visit a trainer or coach to get an idea of what exercise plans make sense so you don’t hurt yourself. In Part 2, I’m going to talk about what it is that apps CAN do, once you get all the information you need to make informed decisions about a diet. The reason most diets fail isn’t due to lack of willpower; it’s due to unreasonable expectations and nutritional knowledge gaps. It’s fair to ask, however, if you need all this information … [Read More...]

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Digital Weight Loss (Part 1): Before You Get a Diet App

There are many apps designed to help people lose weight. The bad news is that it takes more than a cool app to do so. Weight loss is about sustainable behavior change and it requires emotional and cognitive commitment. The good news is that apps are, in fact, very cool tools that can provide motivation, structure and feedback to get you started and keep you on track. There are many apps designed to help people lose weight. The bad news is that it takes more than a cool app to do so. Weight loss is about sustainable behavior change and it requires emotional and cognitive commitment. The good news is that apps are, in fact, very cool tools that can provide motivation, structure and feedback … [Read More...]

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What Your Email Management Says About You

I had 47 emails in my inbox this morning, not counting what Gmail and Mac Mail managed to filter out into spam, listservs, Google Alerts and ads. That’s pretty typical for a Friday. Saturdays have a lot less, leaving me feeling both relieved and anxious that something maybe didn’t get through. Am I unusually neurotic about email? I don’t think so. Why does this matter? Because email dynamics have created a new benchmark by which we internally judge our competence and effectiveness, satisfy our need to know ‘what’s going on,’ connect with peers and colleagues and, if we’re honest with ourselves, worry that it reflects our importance to others. It’s not our only means of connection, given … [Read More...]