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Interview: Behind the scenes of DietSensor

Astrid Bonnasse, the co-founder of DietSensor, talks about the main features of this application that has revolutionized the management of macronutrients.

 

Tell us the story behind DietSensor. Was its creation serendipitous?

The creation of DietSensor is not at all serendipitous. In 2013, our nine-year-old daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Overnight, we had to learn how to calculate the number of carbohydrates so as to inject the right dose of insulin. However, the only information we had, was the nutrition facts labels. We were so struck that in the 21st century, there were no simple and efficient solution. We had to find a way to help our child and all diabetics facing the same issues. It was then that we stumbled on this famous miniaturized scanner “SCiO” and decided to use it to create the first food database worldwide together with the app that would give all the necessary information: DietSensor. With this scanner, there is a way to scan your food and know the amount of carbohydrates, fats and proteins, wherever you are. We immediately realized that this application would be of use not only for Type 1 diabetics like our daughter, but to help improve health conditions affected by dietary imbalance through healthy eating habits: type 2 diabetes, overweight, obesity, cholesterol and so on. We built a network of doctors and dieticians and injected into the application the advices of health authorities in terms of nutrition, taking into account all these pathologies.

When we won the Best of Innovation Award at the CES Las Vegas in 2016, it was for us the proof of all the good that emanates from this adventure.

 

What message does DietSensor convey?

We want people to be aware that DietSensor is a solution based on most renowned scientific studies. The app is not a scam and does not make illusory promises. The primary message is simply that it is important or even essential to get back to a healthy diet. A message that has not changed since the Hippocrates’ time. No current diet adopts this approach. It’s quite the opposite, they suggest rapid weight loss with the assured risk of the yo-yo effect, as found by many studies. Losing weight should be regular and stable, while eating healthily and without interrupting the intake of any essential macro nutrient.

 

What is the difference between DietSensor and the other applications?

Unlike other apps, DietSensor does not address calories directly. We firmly believe that dealing with calories through high or low caloric diets is a mistake. This approach is far from being enough.   We need to balance our food and get back to our good old habits. We used to eat healthily earlier on but nowadays, what is sold to consumers may not necessarily be healthy. Our nutritional programs aim to help users according to their condition and we offer them specific help based on their health status. The objective is knowing how to prevent or mitigate diseases by eating healthily.

 

How does it work?

Like for all nutrition apps, you’ve got to have determination to record what you eat, and this can be done without the SCiO. The app is used by people fighting obesity, by those who want to learn about diet balancing and by fitness people. But unlike the other applications, DietSensor is not only about recording your meal but it advises (portions, food to balance,…) and educates on nutrition through training and real life experimentation.

For type 1 diabetics, DietSensor indicates the number of carbs they can have on their plates, making insulin dosing easier. It is also accompanied by a program to help these patients better understand functional insulin therapy. For people with type 2 diabetes, DietSensor helps them to rebalance macronutrients not only for losing weight healthily but also gives them the possibility of reversing their health condition, as proven by several studies and as experienced by some of our users.

 

Does DietSensor replace medical monitoring?

Of course not! We don’t want to replace doctors. Quite the contrary, we want DietSensor to be a tool for easily collecting data and feedback from patients, enabling better follow-up  on a daily basis. DietSensor wants to become a companion of doctors, dieticians and patients. In fact, we observed that information sharing and follow-up are difficult. The patient has the possibility to share reports rich in information with health professionals, if he wants to.

 

What are your views on fad diets?

When you claim faster results, it’s expected that people want to follow them. However, these so-called miracle diets are extremely harmful because they don’t promote a balanced diet. You can very well reach the results promised, but as soon as you stop, weight regaining is inevitable. In addition, these plans are very restrictive and have a significant social impact. At DietSensor, we recommend healthy weight loss through portion management. It’s true that in some cases, certain foods must be reduced or restricted. It all depends on the condition.

 

Dietsensor has had a remarkable journey. To what do you dedicate this success?

Our journey was indeed remarkable in the sense that we had an international exposure from the very beginning with the CES award. DietSensor has been ranked among the top 10 most innovative and successful start-ups in the world! We announce this week the launching of DietSensor worldwide as we have been receiving requests around the globe and we can no more restrain to Europe and North America. Helping people who are struggling with their nutrition is at the same time a passionate and challenging adventure. Our mission remains the same, that of always helping others.

 

Any future projects?

Given that DietSensor is now available worldwide, we wish that more and more people around the discover and use DietSensor. We want everyone to know that health issues related to nutrition can be prevented by adopting healthy eating habits! We are currently working with several doctors who are convinced about DietSensor, with hospitals and also enterprises who want to propose this approach to their employees.

 

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’s New Premium Plan Offers Smart Food Suggestions

It is no easy task to navigate the endless directions and advice from thousands of food experts.  Nor is it easy to stick to an daily nutrition recommendation.  Did I eat the recommended 15% of the daily intake of proteins? What about 50% of carbohydrates?

At DietSensor, eating healthy is what we do. The new DietSensor solution will help you to stay balanced. Our team of doctors and nutritionists have designed a new Premium plan that will make it easy for you to achieve your goals.

Most importantly, DietSensor makes meal planning, food tracking and portion control easy, accurate and quick, by perfectly balancing each meal with the foods you like in mere seconds!

Key Benefits:

  • Count Calories and Nutrients:  The DietSensor mobile app counts calories and nutrients and lets you know how much of each you have available for your next meal.
  • Personalized for You:  Everything is personalized to your health profile and weight loss goal. The data relies on scientific evidence and avoids marketing diets that can be harmful.
  • Quick and Easy:  In less than 4 clicks, you can compose a balanced meal, guided by our Food Suggestions tool.

Nutritional recommendations are calculated for your profile in real time and translated into compatible food suggestions.  The DietSensor Food Suggestions tool makes it possible to treat yourself while meeting your goals.  Meal planning is made easy by DietSensor.

Client Testimonial:

“I always thought I could achieve weight loss just by cutting fats.  I have been proven wrong many times. Since I started to use DietSensor, I realized that I was depriving myself of important nutrients and that the number of carbs I ate for each meal was preventing me losing weight.”  – November 2016


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!

The simple lifestyle change that can reverse diabetes

 

Patients who reverse their diabetes and then keep their weight and blood glucose levels down can remain free of the condition, new research has found. A breakthrough study by British scientists reveals that even people who have had Type 2 diabetes for up to 10 years can reverse their condition and avoid diabetes complications after adopting a very low calorie diet and an efficient blood glucose monitoring. The research gives new hope to millions of people living with diabetes. We live in an environment surrounded of calories  and food rich in carbohydrates. Most of us are not adapted to it. Managing diabetes is a very challenging task whatever the diabetes type. A low-calorie diet makes it possible due to the fat that is removed from the pancreas, which returns insulin production to normal.

DietSensor revolutionizes diabetes management

At DietSensor, we think that this is good news for people who are very motivated to get rid of their Type 2 diabetes and avoid the risk of prediabetes. They can lose pounds, keep diabetes off and return to normal. We believe that carb count for diabetics is essential. DietSensor helps you on dietary intake and weight control, highlighting diet strategies that also help prevent chronic disease caused by high blood sugar levels. How does it works? DietSensor is a handheld scanner that connects to an app on your smartphone via Bluetooth. When you point it at your food and click, it’s able to detect its nutritional value and send a detailed report straight to your phone via Bluetooth in seconds. The app can be used as a continuous glucose monitoring tool.

A helpful tool for diabetics

Once you’ve enter the foods, DietSensor does the heavy calculations for you by figuring out what you should have more of or cut back on, and even the ideal times to eat, based on your health profile. Some of this might seem obvious, but you’ll be surprised at the detail that can go into a healthy diet. The app will coach you toward your nutrition goals using a progression chart with all your info. The SCiO with DietSensor can be very helpful to diabetics, or people struggling to lose weight. Save time and start eating healthy ! To know more about your DietSensor app, join our list  and also you can pre-order the dietsensor and the SCiO scanner today and pay on delivery, in October.

* Source: www.independent.co.uk

 

Fitness trackers may not help people keep weight off long-term 

This Viewpoint discusses issues that prevent wearable medical devices from effectively bridging the gap between recording information and changing health-relate

Read the full article at: jamanetwork.com

People have become addicted using wearable fitness technology thinking that it is a good escape and easy way to manage their health weight loss. Fitness wearable are marketed as a way to help you control your activity, but it turns out they may not help users keep weight off in the long term. According to a new study, obese adults who have lost weight, those using a fitness tracker gained back more weight than those who don’t have one. At DietSensor, we are convinced « what gets measured, gets managed! » Weight, diet and physical activity trackers often help you measure your progress but fail in telling you how to improve your habits or give you the support you need.

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FITNESS WEARABLES DON’T GUARANTEE YOU WILL LOSE WEIGHT

Hoping to pop on a wearable fitness tracker and watch the pounds melt off? Dieters are better off using another strategy.

Maintaining a healthy body weight, self monitoring of food intake and physical activity, are the centerpiece of behavioral weight loss intervention programs. However, a new study out of the University of Pittsburgh showed that members of a group who wore fitness trackers lost less weight than a group that tracked their fitness manually, and we’re not surprised at all. In fact, overweight adults who did not wear fitness trackers during the two year weight loss study, failed to shed more pounds that those who did use them.

Why Widgets don’t work?

It’s a good question. We thought that it is due to several reasons. One is that when you start wearing this technology, when you do weight loss, you have to pay attention to what you eat, when you eat, how much you eat, how much activity you do… and all those things are very important! Thus by giving somebody these wearables, it may put such an emphasis on focussing to what they are doing that they lose track of what they are eating and how much they are eating and so on. So they lose track of the other things that are really important to manage their weight.

Wearable fitness trackers can count your steps and track you movements, but they don’t, apparently, contribute to lose weight. In fact, you might lose more weight without them.

Although wearable devices have the potential to promote health behavior change, this change may not be driven by these devices alone and this had been small scale and short term, and that wearable tracking devices alone won’t drive health behavior change, according to researchers.

Losing weight can be fun, maintaining that loss often becomes a tedious, never-ending obstacle. Sustaining fat loss demands determination, big-picture focus, and uncomfortably saying “no” to your carb-pushing aunt’s chunky cheesecake brownies.

A balanced and health-promoting lifestyle, which should include moderate physical activity, a balanced and healthful diet, adequate sleep, and effective stress management, can improve these conditions, lead to weight loss, and improve one’s overall quality of life.

In competitive, mature markets, there is a number of players, positioned as either product specialists or market specialists, including DietSensor, that have designed personalized platforms to promote an active lifestyle and well-being based on nutrition behavior changes, thus adding value to the existing data analysis such as wearables devices. DietSensor’s core goal is to stem the growth of diabetes and obesity by providing people with access to real-time, real world applications that can better manage their condition.

At DietSensor, we are convinced « what gets measured, gets managed! » Weight, diet and physical activity trackers often help you measure your progress but fail in telling you how to improve your habits or give you the support you need.

 

Diet And Weight: We Had It All wrong

The human race has a paradoxical energy crisis. We are drowning in stored energy (fat), something evolution did not prepare us for. Excess body weight now poses the greatest threat to healthy survival. How did we get here and how might we take back control of body weight?

Read the full article at: www.huffingtonpost.com

It’s obvious that our armamentarium of medications and procedures for preventing and treating obesity is not working. « It’s simple, eat less, move more. » say many people, who are usually thin. But it’s not that simple. The thinking behind this misguided initiative lay in two false acceptances. The first one, saturated fat and dietary cholesterol cause cardiovascular disease. The second, because fat contains about double the calories of protein and carbohydrate, low-fat diets would address the new obesity problem. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, public health services and the FDA, the bodies that exist to protect our health, have led the public in the wrong direction. The solution is simple! DietSensor is the first nutritional coach app designed to support the more than 380 million people who suffer from diabetes and the more than 1.4 billion people who battle each day with obesity. The new DietSensor™ app is a technology-based solution that brings useful information and advice to those of us who must manage this condition each day. For them, it is critical to balance their diet very carefully and in this respect DietSensor is empowering,” said Remy and Astrid Bonnasse, DietSensor co-founders. The DietSensor app would be your personal fitness coach with personal feedback on the quantity and quality of your food to help keep you on track. The DietSensor solution is available for priority reservation August and begins shipping in September to the USA, France, Canada, Great Britain and 15 other countries. To reserve your DietSensor, visit www.dietsensor.com or e-mail sales@dietsensor.com

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/

How to Stop Dieting: 3 Keys to Sane, Sustainable Weight Loss

Most diets don’t work because they’re impossible to stick with for the long term. Try following these principles for successful sustainable weight loss.

No. It’s not your fault; it’s inevitable. Low carb diets are usually extreme ways of eating that achieve short-term results, often at significant sacrifice. You feel totally unsatisfied after a meal. Or you spend hours making special menus and buying special expensive food. It works for a very determined, disciplined period of time, but you can’t wait until the diet ends because it’s totally unsustainable. A person who wants to lose weight, have to become nutrition experts and learn how to count the carbohydrates in their food. At DietSensor, we want you to fight your fear with knowledge and have made it so easy for you so that you may have a better control on your diets.

You can stop being a religious calorie counter – manually logging in meals can be so EXASPERATING, and we are aware of it.  The DietSensor app is a nutrition coaching app for people who need to control their daily food intake, especially those seeking for a tool to carb count for weight loss, to get in shape or to manage diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure or other chronic diseases related to nutrition. It is a User-Friendly app, taking you 10 times fewer clicks to log a food than with other manual input methods.

Remember that your own self-care actions can make a big difference to your health. You are not helpless! After all, it’s not diabetes itself that typically causes serious problems, it’s poorly-controlled diabetes. With your DietSensor app and with good care, you can live a long and healthy life. Better living through molecular scanning ! Welcome to the future. You can order dietsensor and the SCio scanner today and pay on delivery.

* Source: www.psychologytoday.com

 

Americans eat way too much sugar — here’s where it comes from

The new dietary guidelines allow even less sugar than you think.

Read the full article at: www.marketwatch.com

The guidelines, which the Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture release every five years, put an emphasis on healthy food “patterns” that include nutritious options and state that no more than 10% of the calories in one’s diet should come from added sugar. According to Despina Hyde, a registered dietitian and diabetes educator in weight management center at New York University, the label on your yogurt has upwards 25 grams of sugar, just at breakfast you’re getting half of your daily sugar allotment. Consuming large amounts of sugar has been linked to diseases suck as Type II diabetes and obesity, not only because of the calories in sugar, but also because one would have to also eat other foods in order to have adequate nutrients. Diet sensor is the first instant nutrition coaching app for diabetics, 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. For those times when you need to log non-homogeneous foods, you’ll have access to our extensive, ever-expanding food database with over 600,000 food items from 19 countries (in 12 languages!) with ultrafast bar-code scanning. The SCiO bluetooth connected molecular sensor is a pocket-sized device that, using near infrared spectroscopy, allows DietSensor to determine the chemical makeup of food and drink . DietSensor builds spectrometric models that translate the resulted information into something really useful – a calorie count and the percentage of carbohydrates, fat, protein and alcohol contained in your food. This is all quickly sent and clearly displayed on the DietSensor app on your smartphone. You can pre-order today on: www.dietsensor.com/wait-list