So you're on track to adopt a more health-conscious lifestyle, including eating healthy food, finding healthy recipes and adopting better habits. However, keeping willpower at bay and staying organised is no easy feat. Try these Samsung features that make it easier to embrace the new, healthier you.
Get nutritional info
Samsung's S Health app is a convenient digital companion that makes it easier to eat healthy food and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Trackers will help you monitor what you eat, how much time you spend in the sun and your physical activity throughout the day.
What's our favourite feature? S Health gives you detailed nutritional information so you can make healthier choices while eating throughout the day. Another useful feature is the pedometre that helps track your physical activity by calculating the number of steps you've taken in a day. With the Samsung Gear S or your smartphone, you can easily track your health while on the go.
Record an encouraging message
The longer you hold on to unhealthy eating habits, the harder they are to break. Charles Duhigg, author of "The Power of Habit," reports that it takes approximately 66 days to form a good habit – part of a three-stage process. The third stage, between days 44 – 66, is the period in which you're highly likely to get discouraged and simply give up on your healthy food resolution. Almost all Samsung devices offer superior voice recording technology, so go ahead and record a message of encouragement for yourself. You can make it serious ("Don't give up! You're getting healthier every day.") or funny ("Stop! Put down that doughnut right now!") and keep it saved in your phone for when you need it the most.
Remember to snack
Snacking is one of the best-kept secrets for getting healthy. Not only does it keep hunger away – when you're most likely to grab that greasy pizza from around the corner – but it keeps your metabolism rate up and prevents energy dips and spikes. Keep lots of small re-sealable storage bags of healthy snacks around your home and office, and set reminders on your phone or tablet to snack after working out, before bed and any time that you're going more than four hours without eating. The Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+ are our top picks for getting subtle reminders throughout the day without a conspicuous alarm.
Make lunchtime your private time
A landmark study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that being distracted, multitasking, or not paying attention to your meal results in people eating significantly more food and feeling less full overall. Don't catch up on your email or text your friends during lunchtime – savour the flavours and texture of your meal to allow your brain to signal that you're full. Turn on the "Do Not Disturb" mode during your meals (Settings --> Sounds and Notifications) and feel satisfied without overeating.
Set a calorie goal
One reason why doctors almost universally recommend counting calories is because it helps you get a full picture of how much you're really eating. Once you know the number, it's easier to identify what are your weakest moments during the day and your most harmful junk food fixation. If you're trying to cut down on calories from refined sugars and saturated fats, setting a calorie goal can be a helpful way to quantify your progress and not get discouraged. Samsung's S Health app can help you track your calories consumed and burned off on a daily basis without a lot of complicated tools.
Put healthy food front and centre
The easiest way to avoid consuming unhealthy junk food is to keep it out of sight, whether you keep it in an out-of-the-way cabinet or remove it from the house entirely. If you replace your unhealthy snacks with healthy ones and keep them at hand throughout the day, you'll consume more nutritious food – it's that simple!
Samsung Food ShowCase refrigerator models come packed with the ShowCase Door design that puts the food you need the most right up front; fill this area with fruits, veggies, hummus, boiled eggs, yogurt and other tasty snacks and junk food will be out of sight, out of mind.
Keep your resources in one place
Doctors agree that eating healthy takes planning and organisation; you're more likely to binge on some junk food during a chaotic day than one that has been carefully planned. Samsung SideSync, which comes pre-installed on Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+, lets you quickly share data between your PC and mobile with ease, as well as share screens and use features of your phone right from your computer. As you keep track of your meals, special nutritious recipes, lists of health-conscious restaurants in your neighbourhood and interesting fitness resources, you can make sure that they're always synced and available, no matter what device you're using.