4 reasons your fitness app isn't working for you


app-oholic: continued excessive or compulsive use of smartphone apps that don’t deliver. unfortunately, there’s no 12-step program for that one. we’ve loooooong touted the benefits of good ol’ fashioned paper over fitness apps. paper is tangible, paper is forever, paper works (just ask our fabfitbooker Megan, who was recently featured in the New York Post talking about her fitbook-fueled 70-pound weight-loss). so while an app can definitely enhance your weight-loss journey, it will never replace putting pen to paper if you’re looking for long-term results. why? here are 4 big reasons:

[the goods are in the details]

when’s the last time your app asked you for your measurements, or how you felt after you ate that last meal, or reminded you that you’re low on veggies for the day? oh, never? yeah, that’s why paper is where it’s at. because the sum of all those tiny details adds up to some major insight. you can see what’s working and what’s not, where you should redouble your efforts, where you should make adjustments. we’ve even had fitbookers pinpoint food allergies they never knew existed thanks to their faithful food journaling. that’s something an app could never duplicate.   

[writing it down makes it happen]

mindlessly thumbing in your daily info just doesn’t pack the same motivational punch as the physical act of writing. a recent study found that people who wrote down their goals were 33% more likely to achieve them than those who hadn’t put pen to paper. one scientific explanation? when you write, your brain’s reticular activating system (RAS) starts processing all the information it’s taking in, filtering through and tagging what you’re focusing on that moment as priority numero uno, which means that your brain will subconsciously push you toward that written goal. let’s see an app try to do that!

[those who don't learn history are doomed to repeat it]

you don't know where you're going until you know where you've been. when you write it down, you have an automatic time capsule upon which to reflect later. your past choices and patterns are laid out in front of you - invaluable data to not only help you continue to achieve weight-loss success, but also in shaping the future of your weight-maintenance journey. you can see just how far you’ve come and bask in the sweet sunshine of your progress. one of our very favorite things about fitbook is that sense of accomplishment we get after going through all our old ones and seeing firsthand how things have changed. another point where apps are inadequate.

[the calorie-counting rabbit-hole]

let's face it, calorie-counting is a slippery slope. while portion control and limiting calorie intake are crucial components of weight-loss, falling into the habit of compulsively and painstakingly tracking each and every calorie with each and every meal is a recipe for binge-eating and shame spirals. the problem with many fitness and food-tracking apps is that they perpetuate this obsession with calorie-counting, rather than focusing more on essential nutrients and encouraging balanced eating. 

need rehab for your app-oholism? never fear, for fitbook is here! don’t get us wrong - an app can be a great complement to paper. that’s why we developed our own goal-setting app, after all. but when it comes to reliable, effective tools for long-term weight-loss success, nothing beats the tried + true method of writing it down. that’s what’ll really make it happen.

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