You’ve heard it before: “There’s an App for that.” And — nine times out of ten — there is.
When it comes to getting healthy, the marketplace is humming with helpful apps that let people log calories, get nutrition info, track miles walked or run, and more.
As a result, there’s never been a better time to start a diet or exercise plan when there’s so much app assistance.
But the benefits extend well beyond mobile apps and into the social networking scene. From Facebook groups to Twitter pages, some of the world’s leading nutrition experts, fitness gurus, and ordinary people sharing their lessons and struggles now lend inspiration to others looking to get fit and stay healthy.
Consequently, the process of shedding unhealthy habits and turning over a new dietary and fitness leaf has become an acutely social experience.
The benefits? For one, great information. Secondly – especially with regard to using mobile apps — it’s anonymous. No one needs to know what you’re trying to do or is in a position to make judgments on your progress. Thirdly, it’s fun. Apps, especially, are the ultimate partner: always ready when you are, never critical, and always supportive.
Today, millions of people are finding that apps are the entry to a whole new way of designing programs that improve diet, nutrition, weight loss efforts, and conditioning. Even on the go, people can look up entrees at restaurants to gauge calories — or take an afternoon jog where the app does the computing.
One of the latest and best apps out there comes from the folks who designed the Paleo Challenge.
Paleo Challenge, a groundbreaking new app for iOS and Android that launched in June, brings to the modern mobile age an empowering resource that even a caveman would appreciate.
Designed as a multi-functional app for people who want to eat a healthier diet attuned to the ways of ancient hunter-gathers, Paleo Challenge’s signature feature is a unique game that allows multiple family members, friends, or coworkers to compete.
Paleo Challenge also includes a vast array of educational nutrition information, meal plan and menu suggestions, and healthy eating tips.
Adherents of The Paleo Diet will find the app a fun and educational aid to improving nutrition. The diet, deemed by many nutrition experts to be the world’s healthiest, is based upon the fundamental concept that the optimal diet is the one to which we are genetically adapted.
Paleo Challenge offers a lightheartedly competitive atmosphere for app users who will enjoy the ability to work together with others on resetting eating habits. The challenge is to eat real, nutritious foods for thirty days. The diet eliminates cravings, reduces toxins, and provides the body with nutrients that are optimally healthy. The app is easy to use and there is no calorie counting or food logging.
Players can select among three challenge levels: intro, intermediate, or strict. The idea is to accumulate the least amount of points on the Leader Board. App users give themselves 0 for the healthiest (“green”) foods (poultry, salmon, vegetables, etc.); 1 point for moderate (“yellow”) foods (foods healthy within reasonable limits, such as fruits, starchy root vegetables, seeds and nuts, etc.); and 2 for No Go (“red”) foods that are inflammatory and nutrient-void (dairy, sugar, processed foods, etc.).
Helping app users to meet their goals is part of Paleo Challenge. The app includes seven and 30-day meal plans so people can access helpful and inspired ideas on what to cook, prepare, and eat. Additional features are daily progress monitoring screens as well as nutrition and health tips and encouragement messages.
A few “rules” also help people adjust their eating regimen to maximize nutrient intake and minimize imbalances:
1. The “Paleo Plate.” For every meal, the food on your plate should consist of two thirds vegetables, one third lean protein, one small portion of fruit and a small amount of healthy fat.
2. Eliminate any and all inflammatory foods like dairy, sugar, processed meats, alcohol, and artificial additives.
3. Stop counting calories completely.
4. Switch your Dinner meal for your Breakfast meal.
5. Allow 3 “cheat” meals a week until fully accustomed to the Paleo Diet.
In short, The Paleo Diet recommends those modern foods that are similar to the foods that hunter/gatherers in pre-agricultural society consumed on a daily basis.
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