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Losing weight is hard work. We can all use a little extra help.
This post discusses four different weight loss tools you may want to have on hand. These aren’t all electronic tools — some are low-tech tools that actually don’t cost any money. Either way, each of these tools can help keep you on track and — more importantly — keep you motivated to keep going.
Motivation is key, particularly on those days when you’re craving high-calorie foods or don’t want to head outside to exercise. Use these tools to help you reach your weight loss goals.
Food and Exercise Journal
One of the simplest, yet most effective weight loss tools to utilize on your weight loss journey is a journal. Use it to record what you’re eating when, how much water you’re drinking, and what exercises you’re doing on a given day. You might be surprised by what you find.
You may also want to record how you’re feeling on any given day and what challenges you’ve encountered during the day. Just knowing that you’ll have to write it down is often enough motivation to keep you from overeating and to head out for a walk.
You can use a notebook or buy a journal. An example of one of these journals is on my Amazon author page — for more information, click on the link.
A Vision Board
The mind is a powerful thing and it can be a strong ally for you. Spend a little time each day picturing the thinner, healthier version of you that you’re destined to become. A vision board can be helpful here. Get a piece of construction paper and add anything that helps you visualize the thinner you.
Use pictures of yourself when you were at your ideal weight. Or find magazine pictures of people that look similar to you and are the shape you want to get down to. You can also add images of the types of outfits you plan on wearing after your weight loss, and of course plenty of pictures describing the lifestyle and activities you look forward to.
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There are books such as this one that can give you more details about creating your own vision board.
An Outfit In Your Ideal Size
Is there a particular outfit you look forward to wearing? Or is there a jeans size you are trying to get down to? Go ahead and buy a pair and hang it up in your bedroom. Look at it each day and tell yourself that you’re well on your way to fitting into those pants.
You may also want to keep one pair of pants from your heaviest days. When you feel like you’re not making progress, pull them on as a strong visual reminder of how far you’ve come. This will be very powerful as soon as you start losing inches around your waist.
A Support Group
Last but not least, let’s talk about support from others. Surround yourself with people that support and encourage your weight loss journey. Ask them to hold you accountable and to cheer you on.
This support group can be local with loved ones and friends, but it can also be an online group. It’s even more powerful when you can find others who are working hard to lose pounds and get in shape. You can cheer each other on and help each other
The following weight loss tools in this post are all apps. Some of these apps can provide the same services that we just discussed like online communities or online journals to record information. Some people like these weight loss tools better.
Smart Apps To Help You Reach Your Weight Loss Goals
Smartphones are such amazing little devices, and there really is an app available for just about anything. There are plenty of smart apps that can help you reach your weight loss goal. Here are five popular ones. Check them out and see if they can’t help you eat better, move more, and melt off those extra pounds.
My Fitness Pal
My Fitness Pal is a website, online community, and mobile app that allows you to track your food, calories, workouts, and weight. The app easily integrates with the website. It makes it easy to use your computer to do anything that involves a lot of typing (for example, when you first start to enter and track the food you typically eat).
Then you can use the app to continue tracking on the go and check your stats. The online community has a wealth of information and support built in. There is a huge database of foods for you to work with, and it’s free for both iPhone and
The FitBit app itself is free but only works with a Fitbit device. A Fitbit is a pedometer or step counter on steroids, giving you all sorts of great data. Find out how many steps you walk, how many flights of stairs you climb and even how well you sleep at night. It’s a nice motivational tool to get you moving more.
Much like My Fitness Pal, it also lets you track your food and
You can also get little badges (via email) for various different accomplishments like reaching your daily goals and all-time steps walked. It’s very motivating.
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Pedometer And Weight Loss Coach
This app uses your phone’s built in pedometer to do what a Fitbit device does. This works great if you have you phone on you most of the day.
The app interface is very simple and easy to use. Set some goals, start tracking how much you move, and keep going. Walking is one of the easiest exercises to do and it’s quite effective in getting you slimmed down and healthy.
This app can also sync with some of the other apps mentioned above like Fitbit and My Fitness Pal.
Knowing your BMI is good way to know where you’re at with your weight and where you should be. But calculating Body Mass Index by hand can be a little daunting. The Ideal Weight app makes it easy to get an accurate calculation. You can also play around and see how many pounds you need to lose to get your BMI number to move down. It’s a nice tool to have to set milestones along your weight loss journey.
This app is another weight loss tool that allows you to track your food and how much you walk in a given day. This particular app focuses on making new healthy habits instead of “going on a diet”.
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