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Working The Web - 21st Century Tech and Techniques for Losing Weight

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By Hector Cisneros

If you are like me, you want to be the best at what you do. However, being the best requires that you are strong, fit, healthy and are in a good state of mind. Only then can you be your best. New technology, revised methodologies, and new discoveries have made losing and keeping unwanted weight off a reality. Needless to say, these recent innovations are helping thousands of people get down to their ideal weight and regain their health. In this episode of Working the Web to Win, we will explore what these exciting innovations are and how they are changing lives all around the world. So, step off that scale and get ready to see the pounds fly off as we explore 21st Century tech and techniques for losing weight.

In the past, we have written about many innovations that are directly related to improving your health and losing weight. For example, we wrote an article called; “Will You Be Able to Stomach the Internet of Food?” where we discussed how apps are helping people make better choices when selecting and buying foods. And in the article called; “The Doc in the eBox,” you will learn how recent innovations in online medical consultations are not only saving people money but also making it easier to get competent medical advice. And finally, in Wearables 2.0 - The Rise of Trackers and Wearables 4.0 - The Activity Trackers Strikes Back, you will learn how smartwatches and health trackers are motivating millions of people to get off their couches and get moving, improving their health and helping with weight loss. These articles are useful, but the articles we wrote in the past have led to what I am writing about today.
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In January of 2016, I was researching new ways to regain my health so that I could become my best self. That research led to an article I wrote called How to Lose Weight and Keep it Off in the 21st Century. I explored tried and true and new ideas, tech and techniques to lose weight to regain my optimum health. When spring rolled around, I decided I had to do something. In April of 2016, I weighed 208 pounds and my health was going south fast. (my ideal weight should have been around 160 pounds). I was exercising every day (walking at least 5 miles per day), trying to watch what I ate, but nothing seemed to help. I was stuck.

During my research, I discovered a program that was guaranteed to help me lose my weight quickly and then keep it off. That’s why I decided to go through a medical weight loss program supervised by Dr. Jon Thomas, a great chiropractor with a good reputation, who had helped me deal with back and neck pain. Using his program, I lost 34 pounds of fat in 40 days. My success was in part due to his support and the access he provided. I then wrote an article about my experience called “Why I decided to use the NutriMost System to lose weight.” Since then he has abandoned the Nutrimost franchise system and created a better system that incorporates genetic and supplement testing, which is more efficient and easier on the participant than the NutriMost program I went through.

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These ideas, innovations, and technologies were the forerunners of what I am writing about today. So, let's look at these recent innovations. There are seven in all. They include; genetic testing, supplement testing, a better understanding of ketosis and improved ketogenic diet, new exogenous ketones and the use of MCT compounds to lose weight, new high-tech exercise machines that improve exercise efficiency, the latest low-cost health trackers and health management apps for smartphones. The tests described in this article are very affordable (between $100 and $300 each). The information they provide can make the difference between failure and success. These tests can cover everything from neurotransmitters to pain medication to DNA makeup to nutritional insight for supplementation and weight management. Let's look at these seven items one at a time.
  1. Genetic Testing – At the time I wrote my preview article and went through my doctor supervised weight loss program, genetic testing was expensive and in its infancy. Today, a few weight loss doctors (including Dr. Thomas) now offer these tests to help best determine what exercises, foods, and supplements work with your genetic makeup. Although these tests are not perfect, they greatly improve your understanding of which foods and supplements are best, and what exercises can help you the most. I have used an organization called Life Extension for more than 15 years, and they offer these tests to the general public, without a doctor’s order. They also provide a doctor by phone to help you interpret your findings. They offer a Genetic Weight Loss Test that tells you how your body will respond to food and exercise. I have always recommended that you get the help of a Doctor to interpret the results of any test you have had done.
  2. Supplement Deficiency Testing – Up until recently, there was only deficiency tests for single vitamins or minerals. This made it very expensive to get a comprehensive picture of the overall deficiencies a person may have. Today, these new tests can look at how gracefully you’re aging to how well your vegan diet is working for you.  They also offer a Nutrient panel that measures a combination of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to help you refine your daily supplementation regimen.
  3. The Ketogenic Diet - The diet I used back in 2016 was not a new invention. In fact, a
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    ketogenic diet was
    invented back in the 1920’s as a way to help treat epilepsy. Science is now showing that most humans function best in a state of ketosis. We have more energy, have less pain and sleep better. In fact, lots of research is currently being conducted on the effects of a ketogenic diet as this is a promising field of weight loss and health management. The advantage of Dr. Thomas’ program back in 2016 was that he had a way to determine which foods and supplements would work best for my wife and me. This allowed us to lose weight quickly (up to 3 pounds in one day). Also, his doctor supervised program allowed him to tweak our program as we went along, helping us stay on track and reach our goals safely. Today, his new Life in Balance program has refined and improved the ketogenic diet using modern testing methods that are even more precise than before. This makes it easier to stick to the diet and progress faster. It's been two years since I went through his program and I have maintained my goal weight of 174.
  4. Exogenous Ketones and MCT – New on the scene are the use of exogenous ketones and MCT (medium chain triglycerides) to lose weight. Exogenous ketones are supplements you take that put you in ketosis usually within one hour of taking them. MCT are good fats like coconut oil that your body and brain prefer as fuel, yet they also help accelerate the loss of bad fat in the body. They are not the be all to end all in weight management, but a new tool to help curb hunger and to help your body more effectively lose weight. Exogenous ketones can be sabotaged by bad eating habits so don’t expect this to be a miracle cure for weight loss.  Positive side effects include; improved concentration, reductions in pain, more energy, better sleep and a curbed appetite.
  5. New High-Tech Exercise Machines – I have been using exercise equipment for more than 30 years. In fact, I still have a health rider and total gym that I used back in the 80’s. However, today new high-tech home gym equipment is allowing you to cut the amount of time it takes to burn calories. I am talking about the Bow flex Max Trainer M5. This product is relatively low cost in ($1,500) but can cut the time (by 2.5 times) it takes to burn the same amount calories on some other stair climbers and treadmills. This product has become so popular that it is now being reverse engineered by other manufacturers to duplicate its effect. Another high-tech machine, although not new, is the Tread Climber (starting at $1,999). It has been re-engineered and updated several times since its launch. It also touts a 2.5 times calorie burn rate compared to stair climbers and treadmills. The difference between these two products is their target market. The Max Trainer is a better product for an athletic person who wants to get back into tip-top shape, whereas the Tread Climber is better suited for a person who likes to walk or just wants to be in good shape.  Yes, I know there are other good products out there, but it is my opinion that these two cover a lot of ground and their price comes in near the cost of some annual gym memberships.
  6. Health Trackers – Smartwatches and health trackers have come a long way since we first wrote about them back in 2014. These products have evolved to a state that they accurately (relatively speaking) track heart rate, daily steps, sleep, stress levels, and a variety of exercises. Battery life has improved on many models with average run times of as high a week for some models. You can even get a Garmin water/dust proof model for under $100.00, (I have seen the Garmin Vivosmart 3 on sale for as low as $69.95, retail is $139.95). The line between activity trackers and smartwatches has become blurred with smartwatches starting as low as $250. Some high-end models have features that rival some smartphones. My favorite for the money is the Garmin Vivoactive 3, which offers medium to high-end features at a modest retail price of $269.
  7. Health Management Apps - One of the things that are ignored when people are talking about
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    weight loss or trying to improve their health is the serious need to change. Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result is often referred to as the definition of insanity. Today there are tools that can help you change your bad habits a little bit at a time. I have already mentioned new health tests that can show you the reality of your current condition. Sometimes this is enough to make you change. New supplements can act as crutches until you can make the habitual changes permanent. New machines can cut the time to burn calories needed to achieve your goals as well. But many people are not aware that they carry a tool with them that could help them reach their health and weight loss goals. It’s called a smartphone. There are literally hundreds of free apps that can help you do everything from
    researching the best foods to counting calories to weight loss, to exercise to meditating and reduce stress. These apps can be a Godsend when you need some help to stay on track or to find a new way to cope. I use many apps in my daily life to improve the day or to reach a new goal.
If you are looking to lose weight and improve your health, the services, products, and links in this article can be a tremendous help. I want you to know that I do not and will not receive any monetary compensation from any company or product listed in this article. This article provides my opinion on what has worked for me and thousands of other people. You too can achieve better health and or lose weight by actively using and engaging in a program if you start with the understanding that you must change your habits to ones of a healthy person. You cannot achieve better health with bad habits. If someone is touting some miracle product or service that says you don’t have to change anything, run, don’t just walk away. They are lying to you. It is my hope that this information helps you and those in your family. Please share this article with friends, family, and co-workers. Giving the gift of health is the gift that keeps on giving. I hope this article works as the gift I intended it to be.

That's my opinion: I look forward to reading yours.

This article provides seven tips, technology, and techniques for losing weight in the 21st Century. Details are provided for these seven tips, technology, and techniques for losing weight along with links to recommend services and products. The many links to resources provide the reader everything they need to gain the benefit and to achieve success.

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Hector Cisneros is COO and Director of Social Media Marketing at Working the Web to Win, an award-winning Internet marketing company based in Jacksonville, Florida.  He is also co-host of the weekly Internet radio show, "Working the Web to Win" on, which airs every Tuesday at 4 p.m. Eastern. Hector is a syndicated writer and published author of “60 Seconds to Success.” 

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