Digital innovations are part of our lives. Some people view them as intrusions but others embrace them with unbridled enthusiasm.
Needless to say, digital technology is alive and well in the weight management arena. In this article, I will review the top 10 digital innovations employed to help people lose weight and keep weight off.
Below are the 10 top innovations in the market currently:
Review of Top 10 Technological Innovations for Weight Loss
1. Health Copilot
Personal health and wellness virtual coach for weight management.
Watch how AI-assisted prediction of your weight trajectory changes in real-time with your exercise.
|Health trackers, wifi-scale and other health device agnostic, just register, connect and go to goal!||You need to have a mobile phone, health tracker and wifi-scale to make the monitoring process effortless.|
2. Virtual self models for behavioral modeling
Weight loss interventions include virtual self models for behavioral modeling, practice simulation and exposure to high risk situation.
|Participants use an avatars that resemble them to practice weight loss skills. Simulating behaviours that reinforce positive eating and exercising behaviours through VR makes visualisation of a persona that engages in positive behaviours more replicable.||Probably more suited to tech savvy individuals who are already highly interested in online role playing games like World of Warcraft and The Sims.|
3. Make money while losing weight.
Dietbet – wagering for 10% weight loss with stakes as high as $150,000.
|Simple weigh in at the beginning and at the end and the pot is split amongst those who achieved results.||Lose money while wagering for unlikely weight loss outcomes.|
4. Easy Wifi Scale
Connect with weight loss community through a
|No need to pair and update scale with app. Function is automatic.||Limited to their app for physical activity, sleep and food intake monitoring.|
5. Play active online
|Can connect with community of like-minded people online and compete||You do not get to go out in the great outdoors get sunshine, listen to the birds sing, breathe fresh air, swim in the sea/lake and meet real people.|
6. Social media weight loss
competition with Facebook (Fitbit Weight Watchers Addict) and Tweeting.
|24/7 support by a group of like-minded individuals with the same goals. Support, motivation and ideas for weight management.||Public commitments to goals can increase individual’s weight loss anxiety and backfire on goal achievements.|
7. My Fitness Pal
|Food recording is so much easier and app is great. There are lots of people using it and you can share your entries with others losing weight in the community.||This is still fairly time consuming.|
8. Engaging in distractions
to manage food cravings with Smartrecovery.
|Intervention strategies for managing high risk situations that sabotage weight management efforts.
Distractions and substitutions are established techniques that work for food addictions.
|Long term recovery still requires connecting with people and engaging in meaningful activities for long term success.|
9. intelli-diet App
helps create a balanced diet out of the foods you love.
|Makes dieting easy and mealtime reminders emphasizes importance of chrono-nutrition in healthy eating.||Limited to only meal creation.|
10. Pokemon Go
global virtual reality game.
|Gets you walking outdoors collecting items earning points to win.||Almost an epidemic as an unprecedented number of people are engaged in this game worldwide.
Game can inadvertently expose you to dangerous scenarios due to out-of-date mapping data.
Listed above are the top 10 technology innovations for weight management commonly used today. Obviously for anyone serious about staying trim and healthy, finding the right program and user fit is of vital importance.
AI-assisted Technology for Weight Management
For a science-based personalised weight management experience that changes as you exercise, Health-Copilot.com is second to none. With this technology you get constant feedback on your physical activity effectiveness in real-time. This monitoring enhances accountability. Seeing individualised weight predictions, motivates and supports a participant through difficult days. In many cases, goal visualisation with a 24/7 health professional’s support and weight loss tips is transformational.
Online Gaming for Weight Loss
For fun games like Pokemon Go, virtual reality avatar and online gaming for physical activities, while they are terrific for both entertainment and exercising, individuals often abandon these activities when the mass excitement around them dies down. Of course during gaming, individuals have a lot of fun and laughter. However, games tend to be more a fad than a lasting weight management tool. Purchases are often left to collect dust on the shelf after a while.
Gambling to Lose Weight
Wagering for the weight management individual who likes gambling works only during the period of the bet. This method of weight loss encourages dangerous fasts and laxative abuse and other unhealthy strategies to get to the required weight goal in the timeframe allocated to win. This does not teach lasting behaviour modification, healthy eating and regular physical activities for consistent weight loss and post lost maintenance.
Favourite Foods Diet Plan
Creating a balanced diet from the foods you love with an accompanying shopping list is a sensible weight management tool that everyone can benefit from. This is a good start which can be enhanced with social media’s 24/7 support through Facebook and Tweeter. However, the personal touch and accountability needed is still largely inadequate.
What’s Best for Weight Loss?
In summary, if I were serious about my weight loss journey, I would use the Health Copilot AI-assisted personalised program that delivers notifications of encouragement 24/7 with incrementally calculated exercise volume, intensity and frequency. I like the effortless accountability, monitoring and science-based prediction to get to my goal weight. Having the end in mind, keeps me motivated.
Shopping List and Food Recording for Weight Management
As for grocery shopping, I would shop with an intelli-diet app to create a balanced daily diet that keeps me feeling full and satisfied. Being satisfied helps keep me safe from irrational food cravings. However, a shopping list is not a lifestyle change for long term weight loss.
Day to day, I would get out and walk or schedule times in the day for climbing stairs, dancing and skipping to increase my exercise intensity and metabolic rate so that I burn more fuel while sitting and sleeping. Online exercise games will only be used for bad-weather days and they will serve as physical activity back ups. Food recording for a short period of time works well as a reminder of how much I should be eating but this is only useful for a week or so. I tend to repeat my food patterns week to week so one week can be quite representative.
And lastly, I prefer to meet with real people in fitness focus groups that get out to walk, run, celebrate and socialise. People I can hug, hold the hands of, laugh and cry with. As they say, it’s the journey when it come to weight management.