I listen to a lot of bemoaning of technology today, most focusing on phones. Yes, they can entice bad habit behavior, like cigarettes used to , along with television and government subsidies. This is a bit of thought on the positive aspects of this technology. It all started with a Ratburger comment….
(Hypatia made a comment on the “Things that used to be true” post that got me thinking. I started a reply, but it got way too verbose and was distinctly off thread of conversation, so here it is:)
Hypatia’s Comment (Thank you, Hypatia)
I think it’s true that when you eat starch, body metabolizes that first and never starts on your fat. (I don’t get why eating fat gets your bod to get rid of the excess fat you’ve already got—but it seems to do so.)
My original reply
I suggest you read the Insulin Resistance Diet
It covers the mechanism of why food fat is NOT equal to body fat. That single semantic misconception has caused a lot of premature deaths. It is fuel. You also learn that all carbs become sugar in the body, so managing just sugar is worthless. Unused carbs get stored as fat by insulin.
You can then go into Keto, which is the most effective yet most difficult to do, but it further explains why fats only become fuel when there is minimal sugar.
Now to the Title Point
(Some background. Working from home is often NOT the best lifestyle for your health, as the calories burned by going to a place of work, travel, walking through airports, walking to meetings, etc are now gone. So for the second time, I got way out of shape over a period of a decade, slowly , creeping up while I was busy with other stuff. Last year I watched my sister die of advanced diabetes, a slow two year process involving heart surgery, amputations and so on. Then I got a diagnosis of just reaching the borderline for type II diabetes. It provided sufficient motivation.)
The only way I made this work for me (Now down over 50 pounds in 6 months (second time)) was to use an app (Lose It) to track ever dang thing I ate (it scans the nutritional info from bar codes on the package, so it is not that hard) and gain an awareness of what I was eating. Now I never buy anything without checking the nutrition info and apply what I learned about insulin resistance and keto. (The app also has a very large library of branded and generic foods.)
I found the tracking itself was one heck of a tactical motivator, and when tempted to cheat, it became like cheating at solitaire, leaving an empty feeling.
Coupling this to an exercise program finished the plan. For me it was treadmill and weight training, working around a damaged elbow joint with careful attention and braces.
Since we have become attached to our phones, I decided to put that to use for a significant goal. I now have a set of biometric trackers that measure calorie consumption of exercise, heart rate, blood oxygen, blood sugar and the amount of light and deep sleep I get, all through the phone.
It is like driving a car with actual instruments. Feedback works to change behavior despite what socialists and human resource managers will tell you.
Not so long ago, people worked hard, ate what was available and were thin, well muscled and lived healthy lives. No dashboard was necessary, but they were subject to stuff that medical science now can fix.
Today, with prosperity unprecedented we need the feedback mechanisms to cope with prosperity, where one can sit in a chair for six hours a day and make a very good living, buy whatever tastes good and be absorbed in passive entertainment.
Our phones can have a positive effect if they are viewed as more than entertainment. I use mine as a rangefinder, a GPS driven tide table, altimeter, vehicle diagnostics, sky map, weather radar, road atlas in addition to my body health dashboard. It is an incredible toolbox.