Using technology to stay on track

The technology continues to get fancier… just don’t let it being a distraction from changing food intake and increasing activity!

I use heart rate monitors sometimes when exercising.  I record my exercise on my Google calendar.  I no longer keep food diaries, but did for the 1st 6 months of my weight loss journey.

Reports the NY Times:

STICKING to exercise and weight-loss goals can be tough. But new computer-based products can help you along the road to fitness, offering steady electronic encouragement and suggestions….

Technology may soon offer another tool for those struggling to stay trim and healthy: small robots that give diet advice… designed by Cory D. Kidd, then a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and now a Ph.D. and the founder and C.E.O. of Intuitive Automata, a company that creates robots for use in health care.

The robot, which has a woman’s voice and is about 15 inches high, makes eye contact with dieters by way of its built-in camera….  Typically, people enjoyed working with the robot and did not want to give it back, she said…. “One person named it; another put a hat on it,” she said. “They treated her like a buddy.”

NYT: Watches from Suunto of Finland gather heart-rate data and offer morale-boosting messages.

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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