HAPIcoach – Lose Weight and Eat Better in Just 5 Days

Now, you can add one more list of the things you can do on your smartphone: improve your diet, lose weight, and get healthier.

We know the basics, like drink enough water, avoid fatty, salty, processed food. But not all of the things that’s good for us we know to do. Thankfully, there are nutritionists and dietitians whose primary job is to know what’s best for our nourishment, and advise us to take the right choices for our health. But who has the time, and frankly, the motivation to really go to a nutritionist or dietitians clinic regularly enough to make actual impact on his weight and overall health?

Enter HAPIcoach – the app that lets you improve your eating habits in just 5 days

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HAPIcoach works by allowing you to take pictures of your daily food intake and meals and send them to real life HAPIcoach nutrition experts and registered dietitians to get advice on your daily meals and food choices.

The HAPIcoach app works in three easy steps:

  1. Use your mobile device to take a picture of your meal.
  2. Log 10 meals within 5 days.
  3. Once you achieve this, an actual nutritional expert will analyze your meals and give you tips through a personalized report. Through the app, they can give you helpful advice on your habits and food choices, helping you to meet your goals that you have worked out together.

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And for a more well rounded approach to your nutritional coaching, the HAPIcoach app also  integrates with the devices as the HAPI Connected Scale with Smart Body Analyser and the HAPI Activity Tracker, and soon, the HAPI Blood Pressure Monitor. The information gathered from these devices will be shared to your coach via the app both for your personal monitoring, as well as to inform your coach about your vitals and progress.

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The regular daily communication with your HAPIcoach, partnered with the ability to track your level of activity, weight, blood pressure, and other vital information about you, is a powerful way you can develop good habits and make self-improvements that will make a lasting impact on your health and your overall well-being.

Visit HAPIcoach.com to log your first meal.

Weight Loss at 50? Yes You Can!

Many are apprehensive to the repercussions of being overweight upon reaching the age of 50. However, everyone must consider that it’s a valid concern that we should not take for granted. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, being overweight at 50 years old and beyond can make you more at risk to lifestyle diseases compared to those people with the same dilemma but at a much younger age.

It’s a sad fact that many people of this age range only decide to lose weight, eat healthier, and exercise upon hearing their medical diagnosis. But it’s also laudable that some even hire a one-to one coach to guide them along the way while taking for consideration their special needs. So how hard is it to lose weight at this age?

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Slower metabolism

We have to admit, it’s a bit harder at this point to lose weight. But more difficult does not mean impossible. You just need to understand that you need to exert more effort. The most blamed cause of slow progression at this age is slowing metabolism. At this age, muscle mass is also declining due to limited physical activity that usually comes with age. And since muscles are vital to the good and constant flow of metabolism, weight loss can be a bit harder, if done the wrong way.

If you don’t have any serious medical concerns which might limit you to do some moderate physical activities, working out is still essential to healthy weight loss, regardless of age. But since we now understand that good flow of metabolism is the key to weight loss, and muscle mass is one of the most important factors to boost it, it’s completely understandable that weight training must also be added to your workout. However, weight training must be controlled and monitored based on your initial capacity and will only progress eventually as your strength increases to avoid any injuries. It’s not really necessary for you to bulk up in muscles, but weight training is important to increase muscle mass to promote faster metabolism.

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Second, cardiovascular or aerobic training must still be done. This is the part that you will increase your energy expenditure to speed up weight loss. Regular jogging or brisk walking is recommended at first, and more intense workouts can be done once your endurance increases. It is recommended that you do it for at least 30 minutes to increase your heart rate to a considerable level.

Changes in daily caloric requirement

chocolatesLast, and the most important of all is, of course, changing your food intake.
Caloric deficit is necessary. At this point, a good nutrition coach will be of great help, since they can help you interpret
your requirements, and assess and validate your food intake. Nutrition coaches usually suggest that you should be cutting down your daily caloric intake to up to 500 calories. This is necessary for you to burn that extra energy that you had consumed without storing them for no immediate purpose.

Though losing weight might be slower in middle age, once you integrate these healthy habits to your lifestyle, know that you are doing something substantial for your general welfare and eventually, your life.

Yes, it’s better late than never. Do it one step at a time and you’ll eventually get that much better, healthier version of you.

Why should you get advice from a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist?

Almost any type of information is accessible these days. You can go online and find what you are looking for, if not from self-help books, podcasts, or TV programs. And if that’s not enough, you can even join groups and browse forums, to get information straight from other people’s experiences.

But at this age, when information is free-flowing, and the temptation to self-diagnose is stronger than ever (Hello, Google.), why should you seek help from an expert such as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist?

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Nutritionists Know

It is the job of your Nutritionist to find out the latest in health and nutrition research and what they mean for you. As published information over time tend to express different views on what’s good for the body and what should be avoided, it is important to talk to someone who makes it his number one priority to be informed, and sort through the large amounts of data , so he can advise you on just what will work for your specific needs.

Value of One-on-one Consultation

Your needs can very well be different from that of the next person. Though people can have very similar concerns as having high cholesterol, difficulty in losing weight, or wanting to get in better shape, a Nutritionist is in the best position to tell you what changes you should be making. He does this through taking time to personally listen and know you; your history, the concerns you want addressed with regard to your nutrition and health. He will also be able to monitor your progress over time as you make improvements. In these consultations, you are also made accountable to someone other than yourself; which will help to nudge you during a slump or when you don’t feel motivated enough to follow through with your regimen.

Help Navigate Food Allergies and Intolerance

Aside from helping you avoid allergy attacks by keeping you informed of your food allergies, and food intolerance, nutritionists help in a way that can drastically improve the way you view your food and eating. Knowing that you have food allergies and intolerance has a tendency to limit you to only the safe food items that are already top of mind. Your Nutritionist can help give you a considerable number of food options that may not be commonly known,  and actually help you bring joy back to eating.

Wonders for Weight Loss

Many people may stick to a handpicked weight loss strategy for a time, fail, try another, fail again and finally get frustrated and give up. Six o’clock diet, fad diets, crash diets; just the myriad of options out there can be reason enough for you to put off dieting  until the next day. Though Nutritionists may not be as adept in other areas involved in weight loss, such as working out or exercising, nutritionists have the 411 on the food that you put into your body. That alone is already a big part of the weight loss equation. Nutritionists can give you structured and personalized meal plans that you can follow which is tailored to your needs and considers your own vitals to help you lose and keep those stubborn pounds off. They can also give you advice on how to modify and substitute ingredients, in case you have trouble putting together meals set out in your plan.

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What’s more is that with the advancements in communication technology, channels for nutritionists have vastly widened to make their Nutritionist consultations accessible and closer to people. Nutritionist can now do remote consultations through the internet. Applications are now able to provide meal photojournaling services via mobile devices. These day-to-day meals can then be shared with nutritionists so they can give valuable expert advice on what should or should not be done. People can now be able to integrate these into their everyday meal decisions so that they can efficiently reach their health goals.

So the next time you want to make changes in your diet, consider asking advice form a Nutritionist. It will prove to be highly beneficial. :-)

The HAPILABS Team

HAPI HAPI Halloween!

Halloween is upon us once again. Here are some tips to help you maximize fun and happiness on this holiday.

    1. Get creative!

If you set your mind to it, you’ll never run out of fun quick-to-do ideas that trick or treaters will love. Don’t have the time? You can create something simple: s’mores with marshmallows microwaved in between chocolate graham crackers and layered with hazelnut choco spread. Add touches like orange sprinkles to get into the Halloween spirit. For something healthier, make tangelo pumpkins with celery sticks for stems. How easy does that sound? If you have extra time on your hands to prep something intricate, all the better! You don’t need a Martha Stewart magic wand to whip up a few out-of-the box too-cute-to-eat concoctions. The good news is, since it’s the time for sweets, kids will eat it even if doesn’t look perfect. It’s the season after all when it’s easiest to patch up kitchen blunders and simply create something ghoulish even when it’s unintentional–and no one will say a word.

halloween-fork2You can also try heading over to Pinterest for some awesome ideas.

2.  Prepare ahead of time.

Cramming is the easiest way to take the fun out of anything, even this extra high sugar glazed holiday. Taking a few minutes a day at least a week ahead to plot out your plan of attack will save you a lot of headaches and keep the fun in the event. It’s a good idea to use that planner you have not touched since the beginning of the year. Or better yet, use a planner app on your phone, so you can map plans conveniently wherever you are. You can check this list of some great planner apps to download this year.

3.  Find the best spot for the trick or treaters in your household.

trick or treatIf your neighborhood is less friendly to kids in costumes at this time of the year, do not hesitate to have your kids join their friends and visit a nearby street where the Halloween activity would be much higher. Chances are, you would already hear about the best go-to places for this occasion ahead of time. If in doubt, the density of Halloween decorations on front porches around town will give you a clue. The kids will have a much happier time parading in their goblin or superhero garb with more kids roaming the streets. And of course, more candy!

4.  Recipes for leftover candy.

Get ideas from this article for things to try. It’s the only time  in the year when you have a surplus of sweets in your home. Sure, candy doesn’t go bad easily, but how about using these to create something a lot more fun your kids will not get tired of? It’s also an opportunity for you to slowly use these treats up to brighten up a healthy but kid repelling meal. This way, you can integrate the sweets into something more healthy, spreading out empty calories over nutrient-rich meals.  If they’re stuck in your fridge or cupboard they’d just stay there for the entire year, lest you snack on them every day for the next few weeks.

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5.   Get into the Halloween spirit!

Few other occasions offer the chance for people to dress up in outrageous costumes and even act the part for a night. Think up of some funny costumes, soak yourself in the spirit, and be part of the fun. No other night offers a free pass for being silly, so you have a few excuses to hold back.  Nothing gets you in the mood better than trotting around in fun costume you yourself prepared.  And of course, don’t forget to post all your Halloween moments on your HAPI.com app to share with your family and friends!

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The HAPI Team :-)

Fly don’t Fall – Keeping Fit and Heathy this Autumn

The hot summer days are almost over. Don’t fret if your summer fitness plans didn’t pan out, as fall might just be the perfect time to start fitness routines and healthy habits that stick. For one, it’s the season just before winter when fitness is moot, as weather later turns too chilly. It feels mighty tempting to just curl up inside a warm Snuggie and hibernate. Fall gives you a few months’ head start for making healthy choices, commit to do them regularly until they turn into habits just in time for Thanksgiving weekend and the winter months.

Here are some ways you can take advantage of this perfect season to be a bit more healthy in your choices.

1. Start a fitness routine

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Gone is the uncomfortable heat of summer. You  can now enjoy the cooler temperature and take up outdoor workouts like walking, running or biking. There are few other seasons better suited to these activities;  the air is crisp, leaves are crunching under your feet and the scenery is of the beautiful fall foliage. You’ll be amazed how this time can be a big motivator for you to grab your favorite sneakers and head outdoors.  

2. Indulge in healthy fall meals

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It is friendly on the budget to eat seasonally and locally. And as much as summer, fall is when a bounty of fruit and vegetables is in season.  Celery, a favorite healthy snack, is in season; as well as other vitamin-packed veggies and fruits as pumpkins, turnips, a variety of mushrooms and berries. Some vegetables tend to be better this season, like cabbage and figs, as colder temperature makes them sweeter. Carrots also have a more robust flavor than in other seasons. As an extra tip, with all produce that’s available to you at a cheaper cost, it is much easier to to plan your meals ahead of time, weekly, for example, so as to avoid to going for unhealthy  “convenient” options  at the last minute.

3. Take a fun physical class

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Cure boredom by taking an unusual, fun class that requires you to move and be physically active. Fitness doesn’t always have to come in a serious intimidating package. This time is perfect as fall is when most of these group fitness classes usually start. For parents, much of time is freed up  for new activities, as kids are already starting school. You’ll never be short of fun things to try:  yoga, pilates, and barre are usual choices.  For the terpsichoreans, try tap, hip-hop and some of the latest fitness craze. For the those of you who prefer more intense physical activity, try signing up for team sports. Football is a good choice as the NFL season is upon us, it is a fantastic way to soak up the energy and get into the spirit.

4.  Get help from technology

activity trackerTake advantage of the latest fitness gadgets to assist you in staying on top of your fitness game. At the end of the day, it is your own willpower that will determine if you win the battle of the bulge.  Using activity trackers, which are designed to help monitor your activities and keep you motivated, is a great way to increase the odds for success when cooler days make the bed irresistible during workout mornings.

5.  Don’t get sick

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And finally, let us not forget that fall also means fickle weather. It’s not uncommon to have cooler windy days be followed by blistering heat. Getting sick will take you off your precious healthy habit faster than you can say “achoo”.  Be prepared by always dressing appropriately. Have a light jacket ready for sudden cooler change in temperature or when wind gets too excited, and also keep an extra towel to wipe yourself down during unusually hot weather, especially when doing your outdoor activities.

Wellness Agenda now on HAPI.com Mobile!

Now, get to access HAPI.com Wellness Agenda on your mobile browser!

HAPI.com Wellness agenda is an easy way you can monitor, track, and plan your daily wellness activities. Visualize your meals, steps, sleep, weight, relaxation and HAPI Moments all at one glance. This lets you know exactly where you are in your fitness activities, to give you a boost in motivation when you need it.  Now, it’s made even better as you get the convenience of accessing it anytime through your mobile browser.

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If you haven’t been acquainted with HAPI.com’s Wellness Agenda, you can check this blog right here.

If you don’t have access to the HAPI.com app, you have the option to access this page via your mobile browser along with other HAPI.com elements now tailor fitted to give you a HAPI browsing experience. Now, get to access your Timeline, Profile, Goals, Agenda, Friends, Inbox, Apps and Devices and Settings.

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Stay tuned for more updates as we work to improve your HAPI.com experience on mobile!

Have a HAPI day!

The HAPILABS team

Give the Gift of Health this Father’s Day!

Help Dad eat better and appreciate food more by teaching him to eat slowly with the HAPIfork. He’ll also get to improve his digestion while he’s at it! ;-)

Visit HAPI.com to order one today!

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Available within the United States. Free shipping.

Have a HAPI Father’s Day celebration! :-)

The HAPILABS Team

HAPILABS at Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair!

HAPILABS Sales and Marketing Director Edward Gash spent a few days at the HKTDC Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair in Hong Kong promoting the HAPILABS Brand and looking at the latest trends in fitness devices and activity trackers.

Ed also took advantage of this public visit to launch the official HAPIfork online store. That’s right! Now HAPI people can order their favorite smart fork in their color of their choice and get free shipping (to current shipping locations),  plus have the added security from HAPIfork’s  warranty coverage.

Here’s a little photo Edd shared to us from the venue. What is he wearing on his wrist? A little peek at what’s to come for HAPILABS. :-)Edd at the venue

Until our next update!

The HAPILABS Team

 

How to Help Make the World a HAPIer place!

What ways can you save the Earth in your own little way?

We are supporters of things that make this world a HAPIer place.  And what else makes the world HAPIer more than people adapting ways to help sustain it? With the Earth Day and Arbor day in April just past, we right now have the health of the environment in mind more than any other time in the year.  But why not get this going every single day? By starting small, we can surely make Earth-friendly habits stick and create impact in a much bigger way.

Here are little things you can do to help out:

1. Walk. And walk some more.step

Cars are top contributors of greenhouse gas emissions. Greenhouse gas traps heat in our atmosphere, consequently threatening the global climate.  By leaving your car at home and choosing to walk instead of driving, you’re helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions you yourself contribute to the 30 billion metric tons of CO2 human activity emits yearly [Scientific American].

And as research suggests, around 10,000 steps per day is essential to keep you fit. An average person walks around 5,000 to 7,000 steps per day [Sports Medicine] ; this is only by keeping to our usual routine. But by walking or taking your bicycle instead of your car to places nearby, you are bound to double the number on your activity tracker without having to make a conscious effort.

Also the steady rhythm of walking tends to beat the stress levels of being stuck in a traffic jam. Less stress, good for the environment; great for your health!

2. If you must travel far, consider public transportation or carpooling.

This is simply because more people sharing the same transportation reduces the cars that travel the road minimizing adverse environmental impact of fossil fuel driven transportation.

3. Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Plan it and really do it.

recycleWhy is this important? An average person produces 4.5 pounds of solid waste a day [EPA].

Aside from the energy and the resources that are used to transport all that fulfill our daily consumption, the same goes for taking care of the things that we throw out. In addition, landfills produce considerable methane gas that contributes further to global warming.

Taking measures as having a recycling bin in your house, as well as composting, will do a lot to reduce your own household wastes. In addition, simple tricks as taking your own reusable grocery bag instead of opting for paper bags, asking to not include plastic cutlery from fast food delivery when dining at home (or wherever your own cutlery is available), would reduce the clutter and save you things you’ll just use once and then throw away.

4. Plant trees.

Just a funny thought: If WiFi signals came out of trees, surely we’d be planting more trees, right? Why not then  have the same attitude for things as essential as the air we breathe?

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Among the other benefits of trees to our existence, two mature trees can produce enough oxygen for a family of four in its lifetime [SAT]. You can make the choice to plant a tree in our own backyard or browse local town or city events for some tree planting activities you can participate in to create a bigger impact. It’s just half a day of your time and it would be perennially worth it.

5.  Do resource saving tips around the house.

Great day for laundryLeaky faucet? One constant drip in your sink can waste 75 liters of water a week. Keeping your faucets in tip-top shape can make keep you from this unnecessary wastage. You can also install a clothesline outdoors to help you save up on energy used for laundry at home during hot summer months. You can also program your television, computer and other household appliances to automatically turn off when not in use. Also, unplugging appliances, instead of simply turning them off  further minimize the energy consumed in your household and decrease the money you spend regularly on electricity.

We strive to improve to take care of our own health and HAPIness. We can find little but surefire ways to take care of both our own health and the environment. In doing so, we don’t only get to do something good for ourselves but also for every other person in the planet. Now that’s HAPI!

Sources:

Tudor-Locke, Catrine, Bassett, David R Jr. “How Many Steps/Day Are Enough?: Preliminary Pedometer Indices for Public HealthSports Medicine. 34(1):1-8, 2004.

Bielo, David. “How much is Too Much: Estimating Greenhouse Gas Emissions”, Scientific American, 29 April 2009. Web. 7 May 2009. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/limits-on-greenhouse-gas-emissions/

Environmental Protection Agency. Municipal Solid waste. Web. 07 May 2014. http://www.epa.gov/waste/nonhaz/municipal/

Save a Tree. Tree Facts | Facts About Trees. Web. 08 May 2014. http://www.savatree.com/tree-facts.html