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Competitions

We make huge strides when pitted against each other, since winning innately feels great. MealLogger allows professionals create customized challenges for their more competitive clients, so they can go head-to-head and experience fantastic progress along the way. Create competitions that start out easy and become progressively more challenging one week at a time. A sample challenge for weight loss clients might look like this:

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Clients can see where they stand on the scoreboard, and once the competition concludes, prizes can be awarded, either between the participants themselves (i.e. free dinner) or by the trainer/gym (i.e. free training session). The prize should be nominal, nothing fancy, as everyone involved knows that the goal is health- and weight-related, and squaring up against friends and acquaintances can be exciting in and of itself.

To illustrate, check out a recent healthy eating challenge that Sports Dietitian Andrew Pierce ran for the Columbia University Football Team.

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Group Coaching 101

 

 

Group_coachingMealLogger Groups allows one health/fitness professional to coach several clients simultaneously. Participants can see each other’s meals and the suggestions offered by the professional, which often get amplified by other group members and end up leaving a strong impression. This format encourages camaraderie and mutual support, and gives clients the chance to learn and get inspired not just by each other’s meals and snacks, but also successes and wins. Continue reading

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Peer Support Groups 101

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In considering the type of group to create, it’s both obvious and important that you, yourself, are a member of that group. If you don’t eat meat, don’t create a Paleo group. If you bypass gluten, creating a group for people with Celiac could be right up your alley. They key is to be genuinely curious about others with similar food interests as you, people with whom love to exchange recipes, learn about their experience, and so forth. Groups Continue reading

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Feedback Loops and Leading by Example

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Positive feedback loops effectively empower clients. Accumulating and strengthening these cycles through instant feedback solidifies their circuitry and primes clients to develop new, healthy eating habits. Another potent tool, leading by example shows clients that their ambitions are indeed attainable. When health professionals embody the suggestions they make, clients experience the coaching process in a different light, one rich with integrity and potential. Just as “before and after” photos inspire by showing us that real people are able to attain such impressive results, watching our health professional in action offersus a glimpse into what is truly possible.

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MealLogger Teams Up with Harvard Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Today we had the pleasure of speaking with Leigh Keating, MS, RD, LDN, CBDT, Director of Nutrition Research of Harvard Catalyst Clinical Research Center, and Elizabeth Klerman, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Leigh and Beth are currently investigating the daily routines and rhythms of undergraduate students. The study includes several cohorts for one month each, during which they record meals using MealLogger for one week. While their current study focuses primarily on sleep habits, social networks, and mood, the protocol uses MealLogger to catch snapshots of the students’ dietary patterns. Here are just a few interesting tidbits we gleaned from the chat:

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Fun: A Key Ingredient for Weight Loss

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Year after year, the Super Bowl scores millions of viewers and earns its position as the most watched event in America. Attendance at classical music concerts on the other hand, has seen a significant decline. Why? Because the Super Bowl is fun to watch while classical concerts sadly, are not. Similarly, exciting and engaging weight-loss interventions attract and retain participants while dull, stagnant approaches deter them. In other words, fun must be at the foundation of an experience that aims to draw and keep a crowd.

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Virtual Coaching in Sports

Columbia Athletics Teams Up with MealLogger

We’re excited to bring to you a guest post from Columbia University Athletics Sports Nutritionist Andrew James Pierce, who uses MealLogger to coach his NCAA Division 1 athletes.

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Background

On my never-ending quest to improve the quality of my athletes’ diets, I introduced 22 Varsity Football players to MealLogger this spring. I explained that they’d go head-to-head in a healthy eating challenge where I’d establish goals, they’d do their best to follow them, I’d score them on their dietary compliance, and we’d find a winner. Curious about what laid ahead, they agreed and I set up their daily goals and scoring system.

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