With blizzards, rain and the polar vortex still frequently appearing in the national news, spring seems far away. Calendar-wise, however, the first day of the season is right around the corner. Warmer temps mean less clothing, which can prompt many to begin thinking about diet and exercise; the most important catalyst for paying closer attention to these life elements, however, is general health and well being.
A good way to jump-start healthy eating habits is by maintaining a daily food log. Sound like a tedious chore? It can be, but technology makes it much easier. Several food-journaling/calorie-counting apps exist for tablets and smartphones that make recording meals a simple, almost automated practice. Most have an online component as well, for those without smartphones or data plans.
Most of these food-journaling programs are free to download and use, and some feature nutritional information for menu items at popular restaurants. Most include barcode scanners, quickly inputting information for both packaged and raw food items. Users also have the option to save specific meals to reuse another day – useful for those who eat the same breakfast every morning, for example.
Getting started is simple as well. Users can search online to find the app or program that best suits their needs and device, then download the appropriate app, or bookmark the website. Most programs will ask for basic information to get started – age, gender, current weight, weight loss goals, if applicable – before getting started. Based on the information supplied by the user, the program determines an appropriate daily calorie count. Exercise can also be logged, and, based on caloric expenditure during an activity, will increase the number of calories a user can consume that day.
For our customers, overall good health is best. At Symbius Medical, we want to improve our customers’ lives by providing exceptional service, education and compassionate care. Our customer service department is available to answer your questions and we will even take care of processing your insurance claim with your primary or secondary insurance provider.