Last evening, I was watching the movie Still Alice and I saw one of the actors wearing a Jawbone UP device. This is new for me and it signals that wearables are slowly but surely becoming commonplace. Lately, many people ask me "what should I get?" without having a clear idea on how these devices can improve their life. Well… one good reason to buy a wearable is to help you lose weight. In this article, I will share how to use a wearable device in conjunction with the MyFitnessPal app, in order to track your calorie deficit and actually lose weight.
Do you want to lose weight? Want to learn more about your body? Do you have to count your carbs because you are managing a chronic disease like diabetes? Want to make sure you are eating macronutrients in the correct ratios? Food logging solves all these and even more. I know this because I have been doing food logging for almost a year. In this article, I am going to share how anyone can log their food using a popular, free, mobile application named MyFitnessPal, which works on all major mobile platforms: Android, iOS and Windows Phone.
We've all been through the Christmas holidays, and are thinking of ways to compensate for the sudden change in lifestyle for 2 weeks. Everyone seems to be worried about the weight put on during the holidays, so I decided to have the first quantified Christmas and New Year. After getting the data from paying attention to my activity, sleep and food, I have drawn some very interesting conclusions. In this article, I will share with you the data from December 2014, compared to the rest of the year. The surprising insight is that the holidays are, in fact, not that significant compared to the rest of the year when looking at the actual data. Here's what I have learned:
In this article, we are going to talk about wearable devices and privacy. In my opinion, this is a heavily underrepresented topic, with exponentially growing importance in today's technology landscape. New devices are launching almost every week on Kickstarter and IndieGoGo and to top that off, in September 2014, Apple and Intel both announced their first important steps in the wearables market. Before you start using a wearable device, here's what you expose yourself to in terms of data privacy.
If you always wanted a complete guide to help you in the kitchen, the Food & Drink app from Windows 8.1 could be one. It has everything you need to know about cooking and more. You'll find recipes and drinks specific to almost any country, tips and techniques to help you improve your skills in the kitchen, recommendations for wines and other drinks, all in one easy-to-use app. Let's discover all the things that you can do with the Food & Drink app from Windows 8.1:
Have you ever found yourself getting through a day with excruciating headaches and then remembering that you forgot to drink coffee? You're not the only one. There is a very large number of people trying to quit coffee. A simple Google search yields a comparable number of results for "quit coffee", "quit alcohol" and "quit drugs". Impressive, right? Yet, nobody really pays attention to this one that much. And while the other 2 habits are blamed by society, coffee is actually endorsed. That's why, in this article I am going to describe how I ended up deciding to quit drinking coffee, my method for doing it and the impact it had on my sleep and energy levels. Being a quantified self geek with over 9 months of detailed data about myself, I am able to correlate a number of vital signs to the experiments that I do on myself. Let's get started:
In a previous article I have discussed about the benefits and pitfalls of logging your food and the conclusion was that there is ample reason for one to log the food intake. Especially when we want to lose some weight or to maintain that lost weight. But how do you actually log your food? To help you, I would like to share my experience on this topic and discuss several strategies for logging your food intake
I'm surprised at how little concern we have for what we are putting into our mouths compared to other activities. It's one of the most important decisions that we make daily, that can influence everything: from our mood and energy levels to long term health, both mentally and physically. And yet most of us tend to rely on hearsay and "stuff we read online" or patterns that we have observed in other successful people, instead of getting hard data about what works and what doesn't. Because there is no silver bullet that works for everyone. We choose our loans based on numbers. We choose our rent, the products in our supermarket basket, our car, our vacations and our plane tickets. Yet, we fail to apply the same principles to food. Moreover, food takes up a significant chunk of our day: from buying the ingredients, preparing it (or ordering it) to eating it.
In this article, I'm going to talk about the benefits and pitfalls of logging your food. I've been doing this for 9 months, with awesome results: 23 kg lost (50 lbs) and a diet that suits my lifestyle better with much higher energy levels. While it might turn out to be a challenging journey, you can draw conclusions from my own example about the rewards.