Food Trackers, I guess it’s the only way to curb my junk food habit

FitBit Food Tracker
FitBit Food Tracker

The hardest part about being someone who other’s view as in shape, but who is also struggling with his weight is finding supportive help in the process.  People just don’t have sympathy for me when I complain about my weight and how to curb the growing tide of fat that is encompassing my body.

No, I’m not fat. I get it, but I have hit that age where I have to start taking care of myself better.  That’s why I begged for ideas on how to eat healthier.  Apparently I am not alone in not knowing how to eat healthier because I got zero suggestions.

This weekend was a let down.  I can hold my diet together pretty well Monday through Friday, but when Friday night comes around all bets are out the window.  This past weekend was no exception.

This weekend followed a week of exercise and cutting back on the junk food I put into my body.  Unfortunately I negated all the hard work I put into healthy living by binge eating like a college freshman.  Cookies & Cream ice cream, chocolate chip cookies, Little Debby’s, French Toast and everything in between found its way into my stomach.

Oops! I guess that is completely what we consider a fail.

I am not one to count calories or to cut anything out of my diet completely, but eating those things completely cancels out any good efforts I have made.  Everything in moderation is my motto and I ate everything in excess.

One bowl of ice cream this past weekend would have been fine.  I had no self-control.  If I can’t control myself, then I guess it’s time I find a resource that can help me.  If I can’t eat healthy, the least I can do is make sure I am not overeating in a day.

Thank goodness for my FitBit Flex and the Fitbit App on my smartphone.  If you aren’t familiar FitBit is a product that:

  • Tracks steps, distance, calories burned and active minutes
  • Monitors how long and well you sleep
  • Wakes you (and not your partner) with a silent vibrating alarm
  • LED lights show how your day is stacking up against your goal
  • And it strives to give you the motivation you need to be more active and walk a little farther each day.

I’ve used the Fitbit Flex for about a year and a half now.  I have to say I totally am addicted.  I get why they are popular and how they can be helpful.  They motivate me to walk just a little more each day before I settle into my sweats and watch television all night.  It reminds me of how sedentary or active I have been each day.

Now it can help me track the foods and drinks I am putting into my body.  It’s always had this feature, but now it’s improved! The new food tracking part of the app will be a bit aggressive, but I think motivational.  It will make me think twice before eating that 5th cookie before bed. According to FitBit’s website the updated Food Tools include:

BARCODE SCANNER

Use your smartphone to scan food barcodes and instantly capture complete nutritional information.

BIGGER DATABASE

Choose from 350,000+ foods in our credible database, including grocery brands and restaurant items.

MEAL SHORTCUTS

Log foods fast with meal shortcuts that automatically suggest the foods you usually pair together.

CALORIE COACHING

Use it with your Fitbit tracker to compare your calories in with calories out.

Well, if I wanted an easy tool to track what I am eating then I have found it.  The reason I think this is necessary is because seeing is believing. If I am not writing down what I am eating then it’s like it doesn’t matter to me.  I can just sweep the bowl of ice cream under the rug and eat some chips if I don’t force myself to acknowledge just how unhealthy I am eating.  Let’s hope this app works as the next part of my attempt to live a healthier life.

It’s 10:43 am and I have taken in a total of 123 calories today from a class of water and an iced coffee.  I’ve already burned 984 calories.  I like that balance!