How can I lose weight? If you are like over half of Americans, you want to lose a little or a lot of weight, but the answer is not so simple. Weight loss is notoriously difficult, and keeping it off once you lose it is even harder.
More than 1 in 3 American adults have obesity, and 7 in 10 are overweight or obese. That leaves only 3 out of 10 adults at a healthy weight – and even those individuals may be working hard to prevent weight gain.
The consequences of extra weight affect all aspects of life. Obesity is linked to:
- Hypertension (high blood pressure) and high cholesterol.
- Diabetes, stroke and heart disease.
- Certain cancers.
- Sleep apnea, asthma, and other respiratory conditions.
- Low self-confidence.
- Social stigma.
Weight loss is hard, and the weight loss industry has capitalized on its potential market of hundreds of millions of Americans who want to lose weight to the tune of $20 billion a year. Americans spend their money on diets, gym memberships and exercise videos, diet foods, diet books, diet pills, and more.
Lark Health Chat App: A Novel Approach
The expensive fixes are not working, but there is a new approach that could work. It makes weight loss simple, avoids expenses of special diet foods, and focuses on a long-term lifestyle change for health and weight control. It’s the Lark Health Chat App – your personal weight loss coach on your smartphone.
Simple Shifts for Weight Loss
At the core of weight control is the balance between the calories you take in from food and beverages, and the calories you put out, or expend, via daily living and physical activity. The calories you take in need to be fewer than the calories you burn if you want to lose weight. You can accomplish this by eating fewer calories and/or getting more activity.
It takes a shift of 3,500 calories to lose a pound of body fat, or 500 calories per day if you want to lose a pound a week. That may sound like a lot, but the Lark health chat app can help you sneak in easy changes that can shift your calorie balance towards the weight loss side.
Your Lark health coach might encourage you to:
- Cut your dessert in half [save 200 calories].
- Add another 10 minutes of walking in the evening evening [burn 50 calories].
- Swap a bottle of soda for water [save 250 calories].
- Dip vegetables instead of potato chips [save 150 calories].
- Trim the fat off of your steak before eating it [save 120 calories].
Before you know it, you can be well past your 500-calorie deficit for the day without feeling as though you sacrificed.
Simple? Absolutely! The trick for weight loss is to remember to make those changes, and that is the magic of the Lark health chat app. It can chat with you before and after meals and throughout the day to praise you on great choices and gently suggest the occasional swap.
Reminders for Success
Because the research is clear that self-monitoring is linked to weight loss, Lark health chat app is designed to make it easier. The app reminds you to log meals, weight and activity regularly, and you can also enter data whenever you like. Plus, if your phone has an automatic activity sensor, Lark will automatically include that data. Your Lark health coach stores your information so you can go back and check your progress at any time.
Holistic, Lifestyle Coaching for Long-Term Weight Loss
Losing extra weight may be good, and keeping it off is great. Research shows that’s not so easy to do, but the Lark health chat app is holistic, customized, and wellness-focused to improve long-term results.
Holistic: Weight loss is about what you eat, how much you move, and so much more! Lark coaches you on sleep and stress management, which can normalize hormone levels and improve your control over health behaviors.
Customized: Lark health chat app helps you set goals for weight loss and physical activity, and suggests diet changes based on what you have logged in the past. You can let the app know if you follow a special diet, such as gluten-free, low-carb, or plant-based. Plus, the app learns your patters and encourages you, for example, to keep up with a regular morning walk if you normally take one, or to get more sleep if you slept less than your average for a night.
Wellness-Focused: Losing weight isn’t the ultimate goal – your well-being is! Lark health chat app helps you lose weight while adapting long-term healthy habits, such as choosing heart-healthy foods, taking time to appreciate yourself and your efforts, breaking up sitting time to get the blood flowing, and forgiving yourself if you “slip up.”
Support when You Need It
Weight loss is a 24/7 endeavor, and Lark health chat app is there for you 24/7. Furthermore, there is no stigma or judgement. Instead, you can develop a friendly, supportive relationship with Lark. What does the trust mean? It could mean that you will eventually start coming into the app before making yourself friendly with the pint of ice cream at midnight – and that is progress right there.
Personalization, friendly chatting, health…those are great, but the bottom line is that you want to lose weight. So how does Lark stack up? In a clinical study, people who used Lark for an average of 15 weeks lost an average of 2.38% body weight – enough to reduce disease risk significantly. It worked for them…so could it work for you?