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Fitter, Happier: an eight week exercise in using technology to help lose weight

Fitter, Happier: an eight week exercise in using technology to help lose weight | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Did technology make me fitter? Happier?
Yes. Yes it did. I'm as shocked as anyone.

 

Of course, you want to know the results, so here goes: Eight weeks ago I weighed 239 pounds (108.4 kg) and now I weigh 219 pounds (99.6 kg). I've lost around four inches from my hipline, having swapped a pair of size 42 jeans for a pair of size 38s that I'm wearing as I write this. I've gone from having a shirt size of 17.5 inches to 16.5 inches and when worn, they no longer bulge at the midriff (or worse, pop open when I'm eating) . I've also started to think more seriously about my eating -- after all, I've still got nearly 25 kg to lose before I'm a healthy weight, but that no longer seems like an impossible goal. 

 

For me, there are three broad categories of exercise gadget: those which didn't work, those which relied upon self-motivation and those which did the hard work of coaxing me out of my chair. Of course, no talking watch can force you to get up, and if it could, you'd soon "forget" to charge it, but as soon as you find that spark of inspiration, you'll find things much easier with one of these at your side.

 

 

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The Perfected Self: Behavioral Technology and the unlikely comeback of B.F. Skinner's Ideas

The Perfected Self: Behavioral Technology and the unlikely comeback of B.F. Skinner's Ideas | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Behavioral technology allows users to gradually and permanently alter all kinds of behavior, from reducing their energy use to controlling their spending. Now, with the help of our iPhones and a few Facebook friends, we can train ourselves to lead healthier, safer, eco-friendlier, more financially secure, and more productive lives.

 

Ironically, this high-tech behavioral revolution is rooted in the work of a mid-century psychologist once maligned as morally bankrupt, even fascist. But the rise of social media has reoriented our societal paranoias, and more and more people are incorporating his theories into their daily lives. As a result, psychology’s most misunderstood visionary may finally get his due.

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Company uses technology to help with weight loss

Company uses technology to help with weight loss | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it
Jeff Hyman of Deerfield created Retrofit, a customized weight loss program that uses Skype and other technology to encourage people to develop new behaviors over time.

 

Retrofit assigns all clients a dietician, an exercise physiologist and a behavior therapist that all help the client work toward a realistic goal. The 65 weight loss experts, who are scattered around the country, meet with clients via Skype every week for ongoing consultation.

 

As part of Retrofit’s program, clients are provided with a wireless activity tracker that tracks steps taken, calories burned, sleep patterns and other factors involved in weight loss. Clients are also provided with a Wi-Fi scale with similar software ability. The weight loss expert can track a client’s progress through the software.

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