A year ago, I was creating a big poster to log my fitness and eating habits. The aim was to lose weight and to keep motivated. For each day I wrote down specific data:
•My weight in the morning
•My waist circumference
I wrote down the foods or dishes I wanted to have for breakfast, lunch, and dinner the day before. At the end of the day I could assess whether I have kept to the requirements and thereby get a plus or minus for each meal. Moreover I had to achieve the following goals:
•Drink at least 2 to 2.5 liters of water
•Be at least one hour physically active (running, swimming, aerobics, etc.)
•No sweets, no alkohol!
Based on my daily results, I achieved either a smiley face or a red dot at the end of the day. Additionally, I draw a line, showing the beginning of my weight, down to my desired weight. On this line I weekly marked my new weight with an “X”.
All those records helped me to keep track of my results. I liked that possibility very much, but after a while, a few problems occured:
•If my friends visited me, they could see all these personal data.
•My handwriting is terrible.
•I wasn’t very honest by rating myself.
My vision: There are already many fitness apps or nutrition apps on the market, but they are all very general. The most successful method has always remained the same over the years beside all the new tips, and researches: Eat healthy, exercise and you will lose weight! Basically everyone knows what kind of food is healthy or not. Sports and especially endurance sports does not need special instructions.
To put it briefly, I think that my experiment I described previous would fit perfectly in an app. The aim is to be monitored by yourself. Further statistics and reports can be generated subsequently or an alarm could remember you to enter new values.
These things are already possible today but they have also a high future potential.
For example, it is very important not to exceed a certain amount of calories. Therefore, future apps could scan the number of calories of the food and meals and write them directly into the app. Thus, it will save you a lot of typing. As an intelligent system it will give you tips, if you eat too unhealthy and motivate you. Also exercise data could be transmitted like pulse, lost calories, etc… Moreover the data of the scale could be connected to the app. The aim is to log all the data without a high expense and on a regular basis.