Unfortunately, we currently live in an obesogenic environment where food is available all the time and in copious amounts. We don’t even need to leave the house to get a hold of food! Let alone burning it all off through exercise.
- Smart shopping apps: There are plenty of apps created by retailers which make use of big data to help you choose wiser. Whether you have allergies, intolerances or a health goal, these apps can steer you in the right direction and make it easier to choose between products which are not just based on the nice-looking packaging. This can include suitable foods to lose weight, reduce salt intake or just to improve your general health.
- Nutrition coaching apps: if you think you are eating healthy but are not quite sure, why not get a little help along the way? By snapping pictures of your meals and getting instant advice from an expert nutrition coach can go a long way in making sure that you personalize your diet according to your preferences and goals. In addition, they can help you with meals and snack ideas to make sure you don’t eat too much of the healthy food.
- Cognitive behavioral therapy: It takes a few times before a new habit sticks, therefore you may need a few reminders to make sure you stick to those new years’ resolutions. Whether it’s an image of a fresh fruit reminding you to eat a piece of fruit for you late-afternoon snack, or your phone vibrating to remind you to move around a little. New programs are available that help you to stay motivated and focused.
- Health tracking devices: With a new device being launched on a nearly monthly basis, there is certainly no lack of choice. We don’t need them all for sure, but to start off a healthy routine and to measure how active you really are, a tracking device can be indispensable to provide insight. You’d be very surprised how little activity you actually do by just sitting at your desk when the recommendation is to get up to 10,000 steps per day. I dare you to give it a try! Even the use of smart wearable devices are set to increase dramatically, meaning that important data is being collected about you without you needing to think about it or logging it.
- Smart cooking appliances: New technologies have allowed the creation of new cookware that can help in reducing the amount of fat that is used in cooking, ensuring that vegetables don’t get overcooked and even tells you when you are overcooking the risotto. If you’re not a comfortable cook and need some guidance, an app can tell you exactly what to do and provide some healthy recipes too!
- DNA testing: Looking at which genetic variants you have inherited is without a doubt the latest in using genomic technologies to promote health and tailor interventions. As the science is rapidly evolving, the ability to eat the right foods according to your unique genetic profile has become closer. With insight and knowledge of specific genetic variants and their role within the body, it is possible to tailor your diet to optimize health and reduce weight.
New technologies such as remote controls and cell phones have certainly made our lives easier, but we should not take this for granted. We now have to work harder to ensure we stay active mentally and physically and also use the app to simplify the vast amount of advertising and marketing messages we are exposed to on a daily basis to make the right food choices. Find the technologies that match your need and your health goals and your life may just vastly improve!
The GenoVive team