Diet apps. They’re all the rage right now. But are they really effective in helping you lose weight? Find out Kristin’s take on this…
I think most of you are familiar with what a diet app is. The most famous one, of course, is MyFitnessPal.
These diet apps, they help you to track calories consumed, calories burned. They can help you to track your fats, proteins, and carbohydrates, your percentages, ratios. And they can tell you what nutrients you might be lacking in your diet.
Most of these diet apps basically follow the same premise, and they have you log in what you’re eating each day, and they help you to track your progress toward your goals. They basically work on a budgeting principle, just like you would with finances.
Now, sounds great on the surface, but here’s the problem with this and the thing that I really don’t like.
Quite simply, budgeting, whether it’s for your finances or very diet, just doesn’t work.
And the reasons why it doesn’t work, first and foremost, is because it requires a constant stream of attention. You have to log in everything that you’re eating every single day in order for the app to properly track where you are in your progress, and that’s simply not sustainable. It might be sustainable for a short period of time, but over the long haul it’s just not gonna happen. You’re either gonna get distracted, you’re gonna get bored, you’re gonna get frustrated, you’re gonna forget. You may not even have your phone with you.
Whatever the reason, it’s just not practical.
The second reason is, well, you’re just really not learning what constitutes weight loss and then maintaining a healthy weight. You’re relying so much on the app that when the app is taken away, the tendency to fall into old habits and gain all that weight back is super high. I mean, it’s very similar to what a lot of personal trainers do, and I have another video about my feelings about personal trainers (you can see that video by clicking here), and I think most personal trainers, you know, are fantastic and they have your best interest in mind, but, oftentimes, they’re just giving you a plan and you’re not really learning the ins and outs of why you’re losing the weight, how it’s effective, and how you can do so for life.
Well, the diet apps are very much the same because, once you stop using that diet app, the likelihood of you falling into old habits is super, super high.
And then the third reason I really don’t prefer these apps for weight loss is because they make us hyper conscientious about our eating habits and, in some cases, some studies have shown that it can create a food anxiety disorder. Now, while I’m also not a huge proponent of kind of labeling things like “food anxiety disorder”, I think that really there is some truth to this because when you’re having to log in everything you eat all the time and you’re constantly checking something, that can produce anxiety where there might not have been anxiety before.
So, while the intent of these apps I think is fantastic and I do think on a short term basis they can really work with short term weight loss. But for the long term, for the goals for life, I’m really not a proponent of them.
Now, I’m not saying that this is true with everybody. I think with some people these food apps have shown to have some great success. But unfortunately oftentimes that success is very short-lived because, again, as I mentioned, once you pull that app away it’s all too easy to fall into old eating patterns because we really haven’t learned what it takes to lose weight and then, of course, when you’ve lost the weight, maintain it for life.
So if these apps aren’t the solution, then what is?
Well, I talk about this extensively and give you all the tools you need in my Sexy Body program, and my Bikini Competition ebook, and my upcoming, soon-to-be-released PEARfect Weight Loss ebook, which is the weight loss solution to pear-shaped gals like me. And in all three of those solutions we talk about probably the most important key ingredient, which is putting your diet on autopilot. That means is not making it a hyper conscientious thing that you have to think about all the time. You cook most of your meals in bulk once or twice a week, super simple, super easy, super fast. And then you don’t think about it again. You just consume your meals throughout the day. You’re full because you’re eating a ton of clean, healthy, nutrient-rich foods, and you are on your way to reaching your goals.
It’s very similar to, say, in the financial world, when you have a 401k or retirement plan. If you put it on an automatic deposit basis then it kind of just happens. The next thing you know you’ve got a bunch of money in the bank for retirement. Well, it’s true with your diet as well. The less that you have to think about it, the more likely you are to achieve your goal. It just becomes part of what you do without much thought about it. And all the fitness professionals know this because this is what we do. We know it works, and that’s how we continue to achieve the goals that we wanna achieve with our physique and our health. We don’t log our foods every day, we don’t have anxiety wrapped around food choices, and we’re always prepared. I keep a roller cooler with me most of the time so I’m always prepared with my clean eating meals and I never have to guess about whether or not I’m actually on progress toward my goals because it’s right there for me already done.
So now you know my opinion on these diet apps. I hope this provided you with some insight.
As always I want to hear from you. Let me know what you think!