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Most of us commit to shed a few pounds when January rolls around.  But by February, people start falling off the weight loss wagon.  But if you're looking to lose it and keep it off, technology may make it easier to stay on track.

Getting in shape is one of the most popular New Year's resolutions. And while some people get by with a little help from their friends, others are using technology to help them meet their goals.

"I got the Fitbit so I can see the calories I'm pulling in, I can see the percentages of carbs, and fat and protein. And then, I can also see how many calories I'm burning a day at work. Or when I come to Cross fit, I can also see how many calories I'm burning there," says Lauren Meiers.

But the Fitbit does much more than track calories. It also monitors sleep patterns and water intake.

"I slept seven hours and eighteen minutes. I was awake once, and I was restless about fourteen times. And I haven't logged my calories for today, but I have about 1508 calories. It logs your water," says Meiers.

You can even connect with friends who have Fitbit, or set a silent alarm, all from your phone.
Trainer Chris Padilla says these technologies help make people more aware of their goals and more familiar with their training and diet.

"Once you start tracking it, you start learning. It's like, 'Ok, well, here's what I'm actually doing now.' And once you start being held accountable by what you're tracking in your workouts, it really kind of motivates you, because you look at what you've done, and you know you're getting better," says Padilla.

The Fitbit sells for around $100 and comes in a wrist bracelet or a belt clip. But if you don't want to spend the money, there are other options. And many are free applications you can download on your phone.
 
"Use the technology. It's there. It's ready for you to use. You can get them on your phone. You can get them on any other handheld device. It's there for you to use. Use it. It's only getting better as we move along.

Padilla recommends apps like My Fitness Pal and Endomondo. Both fitness apps are available in both the Apple Store and Android market.

For more information on the Fitbit, visit www.fitbit.com.

 

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