It’s 2020 and there has never been a better and more convenient time for individuals seeking to improve their health, thanks to the advent of new technology. With smartphone apps, we are now just a click or a swipe a way from better health and fitness.
If you are already on the Serotonin Power Diet, you know the power of carbohydrates to help boost serotonin in the brain to create a feeling of satiety and calm. However, without proper planning, tracking and other tools, it can be challenging to stick to any diet.
Here are some of our favorite apps to help individuals struggling with antidepressant-related weight gain, those who experience emotional overeating and just about anyone else.
My Fitness Pal
My Fitness Pal is an app that can help you track what you are eating, daily exercise, as well as weight gain or weight loss. Even if you don’t exercise, the app allows you to track nutrients and has a database with just about every food you can think of so you don’t have to spend unnecessary time analyzing nutritional facts on your food packaging.
Why we like My Fitness Pal
It’s a one-stop shop to help you track your food/nutrition and exercise – as well as monitoring your weight loss (or gain).
For those struggling with emotional eating, Mood Meter is a fantastic app to help you discover patterns in how you are feeling and what activity or interaction is associated with that feeling. With a few taps on the screen, you can monitor your mood, gain insights and “expand your emotional vocabulary.” Plus, by regularly using the app, you can naturally develop a habit of checking in with yourself to see how you are feeling.
Why we like Mood Meter
It’s a wonderfully convenient way to become more self-aware and a great buffer from immediately turning to food for coping with uncomfortable emotions.
For those people who love the idea of running for exercise, but who haven’t ever been able to take off, C25K or Couch 2 5K is the perfect opportunity for you to get moving. You can be a complete novice and within a few weeks be able to run without stopping for a significant period of time.
Why we like C25K
The physical changes and progress that you can make in your exercise routine are great and even better, they occur gradually and painlessly.
Glo – Yoga & Meditation
It’s 2020, a year that has given us myriad reasons to seek out opportunities for peace and relaxation. Glo, formerly Yoga Glo, is a high quality resource for yoga classes from complete beginner to seasoned expert. You can search for classes by duration, intensity, identified body part (neck tension, anyone?) and more. Plus, there are meditations and pilates routines as well.
Why we like Glo
For less than the cost of two in-person yoga classes, you have access to some of the best yoga instructors in the country at your fingertips. We can all benefit from a little more yoga and meditation in our lives.
When you don’t have time to run to the store and stock up on fresh fruits, vegetables, and other nutritious foods, you are much more likely to eat poorly. Shipt is an app that provides grocery delivery directly to your door, sometimes as soon as within two hours. What could be more convenient than that?
Why we like Shipt
Shipt saves you from having to go to the grocery store during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is reason enough to use it, but there’s an added bonus of avoiding the tempting smells of freshly baked cookies at the bakery – especially when you are just getting your footing on the diet.
With the right tools in the palm of your hands, you will be better equipped for success, whether you are on the Serotonin Power Diet to help reverse antidepressant-related weight gain and emotional overeating or whether you simply want to improve your health.
Do you have a favorite app that should be added to the list? Share it with us below!