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The Importance of Macronutrients in Weight Loss

Counting calories is an important part of making smarter nutritional choices. Dieticians, nutritionists, and fitness experts alike now recommend looking beyond the quantity of calories, and measuring the macronutrients of the food you eat in order to achieve weight loss goals. This is now being called macro dieting. Macro dieting aims to feed the body with ideal nutrients that can make it more efficient. Let’s be honest, dieting is not easy. But, good nutrition and an active lifestyle are essential components to being health. Creating new eating habits can start with understanding the breakdown of macronutrients and why they are so important.

What are macronutrients and what are the benefits of a macro diet?

Macro dieting balances the intake of three key macronutrients: carbohydrates, protein, and fat. Our body needs each of these for energy and to function properly. They are also needed for the development of new cells and the proper functioning of vital organs. Nutrition experts recommend macro dieting in order to make smarter choices about meals. As there are several health risks associated with an excessive intake of carbs and saturated fats, experts recommend a healthy balance of these macronutrients to meet health requirements.

Getting started with counting macronutrients

The amount of daily macronutrients intake and how they are distributed per day are influenced by many factors including morphology metabolism, level of physical activity, dietary habits, and any known chronic conditions.

Health experts advocate the following ratios: 45-55% of carbohydrates (45-55%), protein (15-25%), and fats (25-35%).

This equation and distribution become more complex for those with abdominal fat, diabetes, cardiovascular risk factors, or kidney problems. The first step is to determine the appropriate ratios that are best for you. This can be done with help from a certified dietitian, or a digital food tracking tool like DietSensor. Understanding the perfect breakdown of macronutrients is a goal worth striving for. With proper guidance and digital tools now available, you can start to see the results with your weight loss goals.

Global Obesity Epidemic – Time to Act Decisively

Obesity has reached the point of a global epidemic, according to a new report published by the World Health Organization (WHO).  A person is considered obese when their body mass index exceeds 30.  Today, obesity affects more than 2.8 million people each year and this number is increasing constantly.  Excess weight kills approximately 3.4 billion people every year.

Whether they are described as rich, poor or developing, all countries in the world are affected by obesity.  If, in the past, excessive weight gain was a challenge in high-income countries, nowadays the situation has changed and all countries are concerned.

And, obesity does not discriminate based on age.  Today, more than 1.4 billion twenty year olds globally are considered obese. This number is expected to increase to 3.3 billion by 2030.

Relationship between obesity and economic status

The countries with the highest obesity rates are not necessarily the richest, nor the most developed.

In the CIA’s World Factbook list, the United States of America is ranked 12th and the United Kingdom 27th among the most obese countries in the world.  This indicates that there is no direct relationship between obesity and economic status.

If we dig a bit deeper and analyze the CIA’s Word Factbook list, we will find out that smaller countries such as Naura, Marshall Islands, Kuwait and Samoa have the highest rate of obesity.

Food scarcity and decreasing purchasing power which characterizes poor and underdeveloped countries are the main reasons why these countries have the highest rate of obesity. People living in these countries have restricted access to balanced and healthy diet.  In some cases, their only option is eating easily available junk and fried foods.

Gender and Age Disparity

Gender and age are also factors that differentiate the rate of obesity between countries.

In the UK, USA, Australia and Canada, nearly 25% of men who are 18 years older or above are overweight or obese.  However, in South-East Asia, Africa and East Mediterranean, the rate of obesity among women outweighs the rate of obesity among men.

In some countries, women are often restricted to their homes thus having little scope to physical activities.

It has been reported to the WHO in 2013 that more than 42 million children not older than 5 years were suffering from obesity.

Obesity in the USA

Obesity is a major health problem in the US.  The rate of obesity in North America has continually increased in the last few decades.  Today, more than 78 million adults and 13 million children living in the US are considered obese, with 35% of the population with a body mass index that exceeds 30.

The American diet has historically contained a large amount of calorie rich, processed foods.  The good news is that more and more Americans today are replacing process foods in their diets with more fruit, vegetables, fruits, and other healthy foods.

The world is now taking this phenomenon seriously.  Health experts and organizations around the world have set up an agenda for control and prevention. The increasing rate of obesity globally may now look bleak, but there is hope on the horizon.   


DietSensor is an innovative nutritional tracking tool for chronic disease management, weight loss, and overall health and wellness.   The solution comes with a mobile app and personalized coaching that helps individuals better manage their nutrition by providing accurate and easily accessible nutritional support.  With the mobile app and coach, you can create a personalized nutrition plan comprised of meal plans and targeted macro nutrient intake goals.

DietSensor connects to both the SCiO food scanner and Bluetooth digital scale, both optional devices.  The smart scale weighs food portions and sends the information directly to your mobile application for accurate food tracking.   With the pocketsize SCiO scanner, you can scan your food for accurate carbohydrate, protein, and lipid amounts.

DietSensor offers three plans:  Basic (free), Premium, and Ultimate.  Please visit our website to learn more:  https://www.dietsensor.com/packages/

Let DietSensor help you eat smart, and stay balanced.

Diabetes: Everyone Is At Risk, Even Celebrities

As we all may know, money does not buy health.  Diabetes, like other chronic diseases, does not discriminate based on gender, wealth or popularity.  If you have recently been diagnosed with diabetes, wallowing in self-pity will not be of any help.  Instead of being overwhelmed by negative thoughts, try to see things differently and establish a diabetes diet plan that can help you manage the disease’s conditions.

Several celebrities who suffer from Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes have used their popularity to educate and raise awareness of the disease.  Others have tried their very best to hide their disease from the world.  Knowing which celebrity suffers from diabetes may help to keep things in perspective, as you manage your own health conditions and complications.

Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks

In 2013, Tom Hank’s sudden drastic weight loss became apparent. The 59-year-old Oscar-winning actor announced to the world that he had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.  He had been dealing with high blood sugar since he was 36.

Tom only blamed himself.  In an interview, he said that when he was younger, he had bad eating habits and did not pay attention to his health.  “I am from the generation of Americans who have spent their younger years partying. I was overweight”.  When he was diagnosed in 2013, he had been struggling with high blood sugar for many years.  Today, even though the disease is not always manageable, he has said “It’s controllable”.

Halle Berry

Halle Berry

Halle Berry went into a diabetic coma in 1989 while taping the television series ‘Living Dolls’.  She was later diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.  People with this type of diabetes are dependent on daily insulin injections.  The actress has said that her health condition has never stopped her from living her dreams. Instead of being overwhelmed by negative thoughts, she has persevered with a positive attitude.  Now, she uses her popularity to raise awareness about the importance of prevention.

 

Nick Jonas

Nick JonasThis young singer, who is adored by teenagers around the world, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2007. He had symptoms that included sudden weight loss and excessive thirst.  While normal blood sugar levels range from 70 to 120, Nick’s blood sugar was over 700 when he was first diagnosed.  Since 2007, Nick has learned how to manage his condition and be a role model to his young fans.

Numbers and statistics do not lie.  According to a recent study, more than 285 million people have diabetes around the world and the number of those diagnosed is constantly increasing.  By 2030, it is expected 439 million will be diagnosed with diabetes.  The World Health Organization has reported diabetes causes more than 3 million deaths annually.

Even with these sobering statistics, diabetes is still preventable.  Controlling sugar intake and avoiding junk foods are two good ways to prevent the disease.  Those suffering from borderline diabetes can improve their conditions with a healthy lifestyle and healthy eating habits.

Applications like DietSensor can be used for strict calorie control and to establish a diabetes diet plan.

Remember that sacrifices and hard work are worth the health benefits!


DietSensor is an innovative nutritional tracking tool for chronic disease management, weight loss, and overall health and wellness.   The solution comes with a mobile app and personalized coaching that helps individuals better manage their nutrition by providing accurate and easily accessible nutritional support.  With the mobile app and coach, you can create a personalized nutrition plan comprised of meal plans and targeted macro nutrient intake goals.

DietSensor connects to both the SCiO food scanner and Bluetooth digital scale, both optional devices.  The smart scale weighs food portions and sends the information directly to your mobile application for accurate food tracking.   With the pocketsize SCiO scanner, you can scan your food for accurate carbohydrate, protein, and lipid amounts.

DietSensor offers three plans:  Basic (free), Premium, and Ultimate.  Please visit our website to learn more:  https://www.dietsensor.com/packages/

Let DietSensor help you eat smart, and stay balanced! 

Plan, scan, measure, and eat smart!

 

DietSensor Helps You Manage a Healthy Diet

The DietSensor mobile application will help you analyze and manage your daily intake of key nutrients.   In just one week, the app will help you change your eating habits by identifying the best foods for you, and which nutrients you need more or less of.

Using the mobile app is extremely easy.  You just input the foods that you eat into the app, and the rest is taken care of.  The app will analyze the different components of your meal, and let you know what nutrients you need.  It will also display the ten foods that have caused you the biggest challenges.

Eat With Less Stress

It is not always easy to follow all your doctor or dietitian’s advice.  Unfortunately for many of us, eating healthy is associated with strict diets or limited menus.

The DietSensor Nutritional Coach will help you analyze the food that you eat.  It will define the number of nutrients you need for each meal of the day.  It will also advise you on the best portion sizes of each food you log in.  The application takes into account what you have eaten, your profile, and the time of day.

“DietSensor is really effective when it comes to analyzing foods composed of various ingredients such as a salad with several vegetables and a source of protein. The mobile app tells you whether you are eating the right amount of carbohydrates, proteins or lipids. There are many applications that help users track food consumption. DietSensor is the only one that makes monitoring easier.”

Balanced Eating Made Possible

With the DietSensor, changing eating behaviors is easier than ever.  The application defines your goals, taking into account chronic health conditions like diabetes, cholesterol or obesity.  It follows you throughout the day and helps you achieve your goals at every meal.  And, the nutritional coach gives you useful tips for each meal.

Your results are displayed in a stop light format, using red, yellow, and blue to indicate your performance.  Blue indicates you have done well, while red indicates when you have eaten more than the targets that were set to achieve your goals

By using these simple tips, you can learn how to create a varied, healthy diet that is as good for your mind as it is for your body!

Easy to Implement Nutritional Recommendations

Eating the right amount of nutrients is essential to maintaining a healthy weight and to help avoid many health problems.

Did you know that 45-55% of your daily calorie intake should come from carbohydrates? That lipids should represent 30-35%?  And proteins 10-20%?

Do not feel overwhelmed by these nutritional facts!  DietSensor will help you to understand what your nutritional goals are, and how well you are managing to them!

 “The DietSensor mobile app helped me to reduce the portion sizes wisely to maintain healthy eating habits.  I have never obtained as good results using other apps. As a diabetic, it is very difficult for me to lose weight because low-calorie diet often leads to hypoglycemia. Using the DietSensor Nutritional Coach, I have lost 3,5 kg in a few weeks with less blood sugar alerts.”


DietSensor is an innovative nutritional tracking tool for chronic disease management, weight loss, and overall health and wellness.   The solution comes with a mobile app and personalized coaching that helps individuals better manage their nutrition by providing accurate and easily accessible nutritional support.  With the mobile app and coach, you can create a personalized nutrition plan comprised of meal plans and targeted macro nutrient intake goals.

DietSensor connects to both the SCiO food scanner and Bluetooth digital scale, both optional devices.  The smart scale weighs food portions and sends the information directly to your mobile application for accurate food tracking.   With the pocketsize SCiO scanner, you can scan your food for accurate carbohydrate, protein, and lipid amounts.

DietSensor offers three plans:  Basic (free), Premium, and Ultimate.  Please visit our website to learn more:  https://www.dietsensor.com/packages/

Let DietSensor help you eat smart, and stay balanced!   

 

 

DietSensor Easily Syncs with Your Fitness Tracker or Smart Scale

Connected, wearable devices and accessories are increasingly a part of our everyday life.  The health tech market has exploded with a bewildering selection of accessories and trackers designed to help consumers monitor, record, share and improve their performance in fitness related activities.

However, to achieve sustainable weight loss, it is important to develop a knowledge of how to first achieve and then maintain a balance between the amount of calories consumed and the amount of calories burned.

DietSensor can be synchronized with numerous accessories and fitness trackers and with other applications that calculate calorie expenditure during physical exercise.  This automated feature removes the need for you to log exercise and activities manually, is more accurate, and helps keep you on track to meet your goals.

DietSensor can also connect to your smart scale, enabling  you to weigh yourself and then have the data automatically imported into the DietSensor app where it is represented in simple graphs that chart progress.

Measuring Caloric Intake

Daily monitoring and measurement of fitness activities is important for achieving sustained weight loss.  But, it is also vital to accurately measure the amount of calories consumed versus the amount calories burned. DietSensor will track your diet and ensure that your eating habits correspond and are optimized for peak metabolism and physical activities.

We understand that everyone is different. There is no ’silver bullet’ or one size fits all when it comes to diet and fitness. DietSensor allows you to be flexible in your eating habits.   With DietSensor, you can optimize your personalized diet and nutrition ecosystem by synchronizing with your devices.

DietSensor can be connected to devices and applications from the following companies: Healthkit, Google FitAdidas, Daily Mile, Fitbit, Garmin, iHealth, Jawbone, UP Life Fitness, Microsoft, Misfit, Moves, Runkeeper, Sony, Strava, Suunto, VitaDock, and Withings.

Customer Testimonials:

“DietSensor can be used simultaneously with fitness trackers like the Apple Watch. I do a lot of physical exercise on a daily basis. The application helps me to have a clear picture of the amount of calories I have burned.  Then, it automatically adjusts my eating habits. I do not have to launch the Apple Watch application, everything is done in the background.”

“I have a busy lifestyle, and very little time for physical exercise.  DietSensor is a useful tool for me. It helps me to define the amount of calories that correspond to the amount I burn on a daily basis. My Fitbit automatically sends the amount of calories I burned during my run to DietSensor. The application then tells me if I must eat more or less food during the day.”


DietSensor is an innovative nutritional tracking tool for chronic disease management, weight loss, and overall health and wellness.   The solution comes with a mobile app and personalized coaching that helps individuals better manage their nutrition by providing accurate and easily accessible nutritional support.  With the mobile app and coach, you can create a personalized nutrition plan comprised of meal plans and targeted macro nutrient intake goals.

DietSensor connects to both the SCiO food scanner and Bluetooth digital scale, both optional devices.  The smart scale weighs food portions and sends the information directly to your mobile application for accurate food tracking.   With the pocketsize SCiO scanner, you can scan your food for accurate carbohydrate, protein, and lipid amounts.

DietSensor offers three plans:  Basic (free), Premium, and Ultimate.  Please visit our website to learn more:  https://www.dietsensor.com/packages/

Let DietSensor help you eat smart, and stay balanced! 

When it comes to losing weight, can you outrun a bad diet?

Eat like our grandparents … and cut out bread for optimal weight loss, says Pat Divilly

Read the full article at: www.irishtimes.com

When it comes to lose weight, many people make the mistake of focusing on exercise, but later research has shown that exercise is not enough, and that we should cut back on calorie intake. Physics activity reduces the risk of a range of ailments such as heart disease, dementia, some cancers and Type 2 Diabetes, as well as reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety. Unfortunately it doesn’t promote weight loss according to the study. The findings of Prof Herman Pontzer shows  the need to focus on diet when it comes to managing weight, or preventing or reversing unhealthy weight gain. So let’s us introduce you to the DietSensor! Dietsensor is the first instant nutrition coaching app with sensors able to tell within seconds the nutritional values of a food or beverage and give immediate advice, of the quantity of what you should eat from your plate based on your goals. All this driven by evidence based medicine. It is for people who need to control their daily food intake, especially those who want to effectively tackle weight loss, get in shape or manage diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure or other chronicle diseases related to nutrition. It’s an extremely popular option for people looking to really get their arms around their portion size, daily caloric goals and intake, and start keeping an eye on the foods they eat. We have built algorithms which identifies the causes of your recurring diet setbacks, or which food you should add or cut off. DietSensor helps you recognize and understand your own habit patterns and advises you accordingly to prevent them from happening. You can pre-order today on: www.dietsensor.com/wait-list. Being able to know exactly what’s in every mouthful of food you eat is every dieter’s dream. This incredible DietSensor device is about to make that dream a reality. Be the first to get the game-changing new DietSensor App AND qualify for the Early Bird Discount on your Dietsensor subscription https://www.dietsensor.com/early-bird-subscription/

Eating fresh fruits daily may reduce your risk of cardiovascular death

New research provides further evidence of the health benefits of fruit consumption, after finding that eating fresh fruits daily may lower the risks of heart attack, stroke and cardiovascular death. According to the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, it is recommended that adults who get less than 30 minutes of moderate exercise daily consume 1.5-2 cups of fruits each day.

Read the full article at: www.medicalnewstoday.com

Consuming a variety of fruits on a regular basis is very important so as the body can obtain all the nutrients required. With the DietSensor’s app, the user will get insights about the benefits of each type of nutrients and get healthy food suggestion so that the individual can change toward a healthy lifestyle in order to reduce the risks of heart attack and stroke. These information will be based on his health profile and DietSensor, with doctors and registered nutritionists, establishes advices driven by evidence based medicine.

The American Heart Association’s Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations

The American Heart Association gives several advices to get a better lifestyle and to reduce cardiovascular diseases. According to the association, a better way of living based on regular activities and controlling daily intake will be beneficial for the health and the heart in the long term. Regular physical activities can help you maintain your weight, keep off weight that you lose and help you reach physical and cardiovascular fitness. Moreover, a healthy consumption of different nutritious food will bring various nutrients which your body needs each day.

Read the full article at: www.heart.org

Also check this great infographic on positivehealthwellness.com. It was designed to cut through the noise a bit while making the information stand out for everyone. Enjoy!

Regular physical activities are essential for your body as they contribute towards a healthy lifestyle. On the same line, having a healthy diet is the best weapon to fight cardiovascular disease. A healthy diet means intakes a variety of nutritious food with the right amount of calories needed throughout the day based on your age and physical activity. So, to have a control over those nutrients and calories consumed over the day, DietSensor brings in his technology to help in regulating your dietary pattern and get the right nutrients your body needs to be healthy. This technology, in long term, will help you to adopt a better way of living and to reduce the consumption of food linked to cardiovascular disease.

Heart Disease Infographic

Those who consume alcohol moderately (approximately 1 drink daily or less) are 14-25% more unlikely to develop heart disease

Read the full article at: www.ahealthblog.com

The study results indicate that starting a high fiber diet can help to improve long-term heart disease risk.

It’s always been known that high fiber diets can help with losing weight, lowering cholesterol and improving blood pressure. Weight, cholesterol and blood pressure are major determinants of long-term cardiovascular disease risk.

The recommendation from the American Heart Association for high fiber diets is 25 grams of dietary fiber or more per day. This daily fiber intake should come primarily from whole foods, and not processed fiber bars, drinks and supplements. Processed foods might be high in fiber, but they are also usually quite high in sodium and calories. Fiber is an important part of a healthy diet. Getting enough fiber starts with knowing how much you need. Find out how much fiber you need each day and track how your food choices contribute to your daily fiber intake with the DietSensor app! By downloading the mobile app you can: -Track your daily fiber intake – Select foods to plan daily meals -Learn about fiber serving sizes – The DietSensor’s app is an extremely popular option for people looking to really get their arms around their portion size, daily caloric goals and intake, and start keeping an eye on the foods they eat.

You can pre-order dietsensor and the SciO scanner today and pay on delivery, in September 2016. https://www.dietsensor.com/wait-list/

Overweight And Pregnant: DietSensor Helps You To Manage Weight Gain During Pregnancy

New research suggests gorging on junk food in pregnancy increases the risk a woman’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren will suffer metabolic problems. The sad part is that the findings show the risks remains even if their offspring consume healthy diets.

Read the full article at: www.dailymail.co.uk

If you started off your pregnancy carrying too much weight for your height, you’re far from alone. More than two-thirds of reproductive-age women in the United States are overweight and obese. If your diet has included too much fast food, soda, and sweets, now is the time to change! Research, planning, and tracking helps you eat well during pregnancy thus reducing your risk of pregnancy problems like gestational diabetes and preeclampsia. We all know that’s indeed a tiring process, that’s why at DietSensor, we have thought of everything to help have an easy life! The DietSensor app is a User-Friendly app, taking you 10 times fewer clicks to log a food than with other manual input methods.  It is the first instant nutrition coach with sensors able to tell within seconds the nutritional values of a food or beverage and give immediate advice, of the quantity of what you should eat from your plate based on your goals. All this driven by evidence based medicine. It also includes an innovative progression chart which gives you comprehensive information on how to eat healthy foods while enjoying your pregnancy and stay on track. You can pre-order today on: www.dietsensor.com/wait-list