High-Tech Tools Can Help You Biohack Your Weight

Today’s technology makes nutritional, exercise, and sleep habits easier.

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Wearable Tech for Weight Loss

Wearable Technology Is Here and Puts Biohacking in Everyone’s Reach

From watches to rings to chest monitors, wearable designs are cutting-edge tools for tracking your diet and physical activity. These gadgets eliminate the hassle of data logs and motivate you to reach your goals. Time to get tech-savvy!

Blue outline of a smartwatch with various biohacking metrics on the screen.

Boost Healthy Habits with High-Tech Tools

To make a healthy habit stick, most researchers agree that you must remove any obstacles in place that stop it from being easy. These obstacles are known as friction,1 and the new wearable technology designs have this in mind. When a watch, bracelet, chest strap, or ring records your activity for you, you avoid the friction of logging all that information.

Which Wearable Is Best for Your Biohacking?

Numerous studies point to how tracking dietary intake and physical habits can help you reach and maintain a healthy weight.2 Implementing digital technology can facilitate self-monitoring,3 but there are still many things to consider when purchasing a wearable tracking product. You’ll need to consider your budget, style, goals, and whether the technology can pair with your other devices.

The wearable industry is constantly evolving, with fitness wristbands, smartwatches, chest monitors, and non-wrist trackers, such as rings, new on the market. Some wearables will only sync with Apple, Google, or Android smartphones, and some require monthly subscriptions. It’s highly advisable to research the different products and their features before investing in this cutting-edge technology.

Tools Support Your Efforts, But Won’t Replace Them

Also, it’s worth noting that wearables are not the ultimate biohack for maintaining healthy weight levels. More than one study has suggested that these devices are not enough to significantly change behavior.4 Therefore, don’t rely on wearable technology alone; research shows that lifestyle interventions including consistent diet and movement make the biggest difference.5

“Seeing progress in changing numbers makes the repetitive fascinating and creates a positive feedback loop.”

Tim Ferriss

Lifestyle Author & Podcaster

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Affordable Wearables

Feelzing

Black FeelZing energy patch neurostimulation device in front of two black and two white patch packages.

The Feelzing patch is a neurostimulation device that utilizes a unique waveform to activate nerves within both the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.

Fitbit

FitBit Google Pixel Watch with gray active band and circular stainless steel face.

Fitbit’s Android smartwatch integrates Google’s features with Fitbit’s health tracking, providing stress level monitoring and continuous heart rate tracking for calorie burn, sleep analysis, and more.

Garmin

Garmin Bounce smartwatch for kids with square screen and silicone lilac floral band.

The kids’ smartwatch Bounce, powered by Garmin Jr.™, encourages children to stay active while providing two-way text and voice messaging via LTE connectivity and the Garmin Jr.™ app for real-time location tracking. It also monitors steps, sleep, and activity.

Pavlok

Three Pavlok Shock Clock 3 wearable wrist alarm clocks with purple and black bands.

The Shock Clock 3 is an unconventional alarm clock that not only wakes you up with a zap but also tracks your sleep patterns to ensure you wake up refreshed. It operates quietly, benefiting both you and others in the household.

Intermediate Wearables

WHOOP

Whoop Band in pink, yellow, and blue tie dye design next to a smartphone with screen showing the feedback app.

WHOOP is your all-in-one wearable for performance optimization. It monitors sleep, training, recovery, and health, providing real-time feedback. Track sleep cycles, training effort, recovery metrics, and stress levels, with personalized stress scores and breathwork sessions for stress management. With WHOOP, you’ll have the data you need to train smarter, recover faster, and manage your overall well-being.

Garmin

Garmin Venu 3 GPS smartwatch with white silicone band and stainless steel details.

Venu 3 is your personal on-wrist coach, packed with advanced health and fitness features. It monitors Body Battery™ energy levels, offers sleep coaching, and tracks over 30 sports. You can make calls, use voice assistants, and get workout insights. Plus, it provides a morning report tailored to you.

Biostrap

Coiled Biostrap Chest Strap heart rate monitor in black.

This chest strap heart rate monitor offers accurate real-time heart rate tracking, heart rate variability monitoring, and calorie burn data. It’s equipped with Bluetooth 4.0 and ANT+ connectivity with a transmission distance of 10m. The heart rate range is 30 – 240bpm, and it comes with a CR2032 Coin battery that lasts for up to 300 hours.

Coros

Coros Apex 2 GPS Outdoor Watch with titanium alloy bezel and orange nylon band.

The APEX 2 and APEX 2 Pro GPS Outdoor Watches are designed for peak performance across all terrains. They feature a rugged build, an improved GPS antenna for stronger performance, enhanced navigation capabilities, a next-gen optical heart rate sensor, and extended GPS battery life. These watches are your ultimate training companions, helping you achieve your goals with precision and endurance in the great outdoors.

Top-Shelf Wearables

Gucci x Oura

Gucci x Oura Ring wearable tracker device in black and gold.

The Gucci x Ōura Ring is a unique fusion of fashion and technology, designed for self-discovery. This sleek 4-gram ring combines luxury with functionality, featuring Gucci’s iconic Interlocking G logo and Ōura’s research-grade sensors for heart rate, temperature, and sleep tracking. By translating the body’s signals, it enables wearers to better understand themselves, fostering a dialogue between mind and body for a fuller expression of self.

Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton Tambour Horizon Light Up Connected Watch with colorful screen and black band.

Introducing the Tambour Horizon Light Up, a revolutionary connected watch by Louis Vuitton. It features a curved sapphire glass that creates an endless screen illusion. The signature Monogram ring is animated by 24 LEDs, producing mesmerizing glow-in-the-dark visuals. With customizable colors and watch faces, it embodies Louis Vuitton’s design and travel spirit.

Farfetch

Farfetch De Grisogono Samsung Gear S2 41mm smartwatch with black, gold, and diamond face and black leather band.

Elevate your timekeeping with this 41mm smartwatch by Samsung and De Grisogono. Adorned with diamonds, gold, and a leather strap, it’s powered by Gear S2 for digital applications. The bezel boasts diamonds, and this smartwatch features a round face, galuchat strap, and Samsung Gear S2 functions. A fusion of sophistication and innovation.

KAATSU

Kaatsu C3 kit with controller unit in its carrying case, 2 arm and 2 leg AirBands, charger, and connector tubes.

The KAATSU C3 is a versatile, rugged device suitable for various users, including individuals, coaches, trainers, chiropractors, physical therapists, and caregivers. It offers patented Cycle and Constant Modes and uses KAATSU AirBands. This water-resistant equipment can be used in various conditions for purposes.

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2. Patel, M.L., Wakayama, L.N. and Bennett, G.G. (2021), Self-Monitoring via Digital Health in Weight Loss Interventions: A Systematic Review Among Adults with Overweight or Obesity, Obesity, 29: 478-499: https://doi.org/10.1002/oby.23088, https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/action/showCitFormats?doi=10.1002%2Foby.23088.

3. McDonough DJ, Su X, Gao Z, Health wearable devices for weight and BMI reduction in individuals with overweight/obesity and chronic comorbidities: systematic review and network meta-analysis, British Journal of Sports Medicine, 2021; 55:917-925: https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/55/16/917.

4. Fawcett E, Van Velthoven MH, Meinert E, Long-Term Weight Management Using Wearable Technology in Overweight and Obese Adults: Systematic Review, JMIR Mhealth Uhealth, March 2020,10;8(3):e13461. doi: 10.2196/13461. PMID: 32154788; PMCID: PMC7093773: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7093773/.

5. Jakicic JM, Davis KK, Rogers RJ, et al., Effect of Wearable Technology Combined With a Lifestyle Intervention on Long-term Weight Loss: The IDEA Randomized Clinical Trial, JAMA, 2016;316(11):1161–1171,doi:10.1001/jama.2016.12858: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2553448.

Weight Loss Apps

Smartphone Apps Help Biohackers Find Success With Weight Plans

Free and inexpensive smartphone apps make a significant difference in mastering behavior, which is crucial to achieving weight goals. Studies show that tracking food intake and healthy habits lead to noticeable weight loss.

Three side by side smartphones with training, health, and statistics tabs of a weight loss app open on them respectively.

Science Supports App Use to Reach Goals

When it comes to mastering our behavior — perhaps the underlying goal of all biohacks — a smartphone can be both a friend and a foe. For people on their weight management journey, health-tracking apps can help with both altering your weight and maintaining it at a healthy level. 

A study of obese people found that when participants tracked their food intake using a free digital app on their smartphone, they lost a significant amount of weight,1 regardless of their specific diet. Self-monitoring technology is also common among people who maintain a healthy weight.2

Track Caloric Intake for the Best Biohacking

Simply taking a photo of what you’re eating probably won’t cut it. It’s best to download an app that requires you to record the caloric nature of your food.3 MyFitnessPal is one of the most popular apps for food tracking. However, a study found that users tend to fall off the app dramatically after a month.4

When it comes to shifting relationships with food and exercise, apps without so-called “behavior change content” are not as effective as those that include articles and prompts.5 The most effective apps may require a subscription, like Noom and Fitocracy. Simply put, apps cannot serve as a standalone biohack for weight control;6 however, studies have shown that they certainly can help.7

There’s an App for Almost Everything — Just Search

For individuals who follow an intermittent fasting protocol that limits the window during which they eat, apps like FasTrack and DoFasting can be effective support tools. Waterlogged can also be great for those who wish to track their water intake. Finally, MeThreeSixty is a free photo-based app worth trying to compare body composition over time.

“Every time you use a food diary, you’re reminding yourself of all those behaviors you’re hoping to change — and that, in turn, is a powerful way to encourage and sustain behavior change.”

Dr. Yoni Freedhoff

Professor & Speaker

Apps in a row: Lifesum, Fooducate, Jessica Skye Fitness, MyNetDiary, Zero Intermittent Fasting, Lose It, Carb Manager, PlateJoy, Home Workouts No Equipments, DietBet, Noom, and MyFitnessPal.

Nutrition Apps

Fooducate

Fooducate app icon with a smiling cartoon orange wearing a sweatband on a white background.

Fooducate, a renowned app, has been a trusted ally for millions striving to eat better, shed pounds, and boost their well-being. Endorsed by healthcare experts like doctors, dietitians, fitness trainers, and personal coaches.

DietBet

DietBet app icon with illustrated white apple on a turquoise background.

Join over 935,585 people in the DietBet community to lose weight with expert-hosted games, real customer support, and a supportive community that keeps you motivated to reach your goals.

PlateJoy

PlateJoy app icon with an orange circle next to three progressively larger half-circles in pink and blue on a white background.

PlateJoy offers personalized meal plans and grocery lists for various lifestyles, simplifying healthy eating and aiding individuals in reaching their health and fitness goals.

Heads Up

HeadsUp Health app icon with blue and green bar graph on a white background.

Heads Up offers personalized dashboards for tracking various metrics, integrating with nutrition apps like MyFitnessPal and health devices such as Keto-Mojo and Oura ring. It allows users to monitor sleep, activity, and keto-specific metrics like the Glucose-Ketone Index in one place.

Noom

Noom app icon with a white small circle to the upper right of a larger circle on a salmon-colored background.

Noom users lose 15.5 pounds over 16 weeks, twice as much as those trying to lose weight independently. Combining psychology, technology, and coaching, Noom provides a personalized plan, progress tracking, and support for effective weight loss.

Lifesum

Lifesum goes beyond calorie counting, providing personalized nutrition guidance to help users adopt healthy diets that align with their preferences and lifestyles, aiding in weight loss and the development of sustainable healthy eating habits.

Exercise Apps

Apple Fitness+

Apple Fitness app icon with pink, yellow, and blue concentric circles on a black background.

Access a holistic overview of your fitness journey through the app, which includes details on your activities, workout and mindfulness history, trends, awards, and the integration of Apple Fitness+ for Apple Watch users. Additionally, share your progress and achievements with family and friends, all within one user-friendly platform.

Alo Moves

Alo Moves app icon with lower case white text on a black background.

Discover your ideal wellness routine with Alo Moves and enjoy two weeks of unlimited access to yoga, fitness, and mindfulness classes for free. Achieve your health and fitness goals through guided at-home workouts led by expert instructors. Receive personalized class recommendations tailored to your unique lifestyle.

Obé

Obe app icon with lower case purple text on a white background.

Discover your new favorite way to stay active with Obé. With over 10,000 workouts, daily live classes, specialized programs, and exciting challenges, staying fit and making exercise a lasting habit has never been more enjoyable and accessible. Join Obé and transform movement into a sustainable part of your routine.

Peleton

With the Peloton App, enjoy flexible workouts tailored to your preferences. It offers a diverse range of fitness classes, from strength training to outdoor running, yoga, meditation, and more. No equipment is required, making it accessible to all. Achieve your fitness goals with convenience and variety.

8Fit

8Fit app icon with black text on a white background.

Get fit and healthy with 8fit. This app offers personalized workouts and meal plans, available in multiple languages and highly rated by users. Simply choose your wellness goal, share your fitness level and dietary preferences, and receive custom workouts and meal plans.

Joggo

Joggo app icon with an illustration of a person running on a green background.

Joggo is your comprehensive running companion, ideal for all levels. It provides personalized training, meal plans, and a handy tracker. Think of it as your personal coach, nutritionist, and support system on your device. Complete an assessment, get a customized plan for your goals, whether it’s weight loss, a 5K race, or personal records.

Inspiration Apps

Nutrition Coach

Nutrition Coach Food Tracker app icon with two rounded green triangles on a white background.

Nutrition Coach offers an effortless calorie counter, personalized meal plans, and delicious recipes for sustainable weight goals. Developed by a dedicated team of nutritionists over three years, it delivers visible and long-lasting results.

Zero

Zero Intermittent Fasting app icon with white text on a red-orange background.

Zero is a leading fasting app, endorsed by major publications like Good Housekeeping and Men’s Health, helping users break free from dieting cycles and embrace intermittent fasting for sustainable weight loss and improved well-being.

Lose It!

Lose It app icon that looks like an orange bathroom scale.

Lose It! simplifies weight loss with calorie tracking and personalized daily budgets. Input your profile, set goals, and track food, weight, and activity effortlessly to achieve success and better understand your nutrition needs.

Carb Manager

Carb Manager simplifies carb and macro counting for various diets, offering unlimited free barcode scanning and net carb tracking to support users in achieving metabolic health goals.

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2. Goldstein, C. M., Thomas, J. G., Wing, R. R., and Bond, D. S., Successful weight loss maintainers use health-tracking smartphone applications more than a nationally representative sample: comparison of the National Weight Control Registry to Pew Tracking for Health, Obesity Science & Practice, 2017, 3: 117– 126. doi: 10.1002/osp4.102. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/action/showCitFormats?doi=10.1002%2Fosp4.102

3. Caroline Glagola Dunn, Gabrielle M. Turner-McGrievy, Sara Wilcox, Brent Hutto, Dietary Self-Monitoring Through Calorie Tracking but Not Through a Digital Photography App Is Associated with Significant Weight Loss: The 2SMART Pilot Study—A 6-Month Randomized Trial, Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Volume 119, Issue 9, 2019, Pages 1525-1532, ISSN 2212-2672: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jand.2019.03.013, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212267219302667

4. Brian Yoshio Laing, Carol M. Mangione, Chi-Hong Tseng, et al. Effectiveness of a Smartphone Application for Weight Loss Compared With Usual Care in Overweight Primary Care Patients: A Randomized, Controlled Trial, Ann Intern Med.2014;161:S5-S12, [Epub 18 November 2014]. doi: 10.7326/M13-3005, https://www.acpjournals.org/action/showCitFormats?doi=10.7326%2FM13-3005

5. Telema Briggs, BS, Virginia Quick, Ph.D., RD, and William K. Hallman, Ph.D., Feature Availability Comparison in Free and Paid Versions of Popular Smartphone Weight, Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Volume 53, Issue 9, P732-741, September 2021, Published: July 24, 2021: doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2021.05.010, https://www.jneb.org/article/S1499-4046(21)00667-9/fulltext

6. Ghelani DP, Moran LJ, Johnson C, Mousa A, Naderpoor N., Mobile Apps for Weight Management: A Review of the Latest Evidence to Inform Practice, Front Endocrinol (Lausanne), June 24, 2020;11:412. doi: 10.3389/fendo.2020.00412. PMID: 32670197; PMCID: PMC7326765: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7326765/.

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Weight Loss Measuring Tools

Smart Scales Have Upgraded the Weight Tracking Market

Tracking metrics regularly will help you reach and maintain a healthy weight. Today’s tools make the process easy-peasy with scales, tapes, and other emerging technologies.

Feet hovering above a bathroom scale.

New Scales Measure More Than Weight

Perhaps it seems old school, but scales and measuring tape remain simple and effective ways to create a high-frequency self-monitoring practice. Research shows that they constitute the most effective way to reach and maintain a healthy weight.1 Most studies suggest weighing yourself daily,2 with people who step on the scale every day tending to demonstrate more weight loss.3

Create a Regular Routine to Track Metrics

Nevertheless, weighing can be psychologically challenging, especially for those with a tendency toward disordered eating or obsessive thinking. To overcome the discomfort associated with stepping on a scale each day, you can have someone else look and record the number for you. Make it a habit to weigh yourself each morning after going to the bathroom, creating a rote routine to help you keep emotions at bay. 

New scales on the market today not only show weight, but also provide additional tracking of metrics such as body fat, muscle mass, lean body mass, bone mass, visceral fat, and basal metabolic rate. This is accomplished by sending an electrical current from the machine through the body, so avoid this technology if you have a pacemaker or electrical implant. Some scales can also be paired with apps to track your changes over time.

This Biohack Supports a Long-Term Health Commitment

While weight is an effective measurement for monitoring your body mass index, hormonal fluctuations and water weight can impact your bottom line. A measuring tape is another tool that helps you self-monitor the results of long-term changes in dietary and physical activity.4 You can record body composition measurements, including results from DEXA scans, on a quarterly basis.

“The number on your bathroom scale can be deceptive. Healthy weight loss means losing fat, especially around your middle, and retaining muscle.”

Dr. Bret Scher

Cardiologist & Lipidologist

Measuring tape uncurling across the screen.

Low Tech

Qardio

QardioBase X smart scale and body analyzer in arctic white and smartphone with screen showing feedback app.

All the metrics measured by the QardioBase X can be conveniently tracked on your phone using the free Qardio App. This app enables you to measure your metrics, set goals, receive reminders, and monitor your progress over time. Plus, it offers the option to connect with your physician for added support in achieving your health goals.

FITINDEX

FitIndex Smart Body Scale 28WBL WiFi smart scale in black and smartphone with screen showing feedback app.

FITINDEX’s Wi-Fi smart scale connects via Bluetooth and 2.4GHz Wi-Fi (not 5G) for easy data syncing with their app. With advanced ITO coated technology, it offers accurate body composition analysis. You can read weight, BMI, and body fat percentage directly from the scale. It supports multi-user data storage, including a baby mode.

Slimpal

Slimpal cordless wearable period heating pad belt in aqua color next to its box.

The Slimpal Period Heating Pad is a cordless, wearable heating belt designed for menstrual cramp relief. It features a rechargeable design and offers three timer auto-off settings for customized usage. With the latest graphene heating chip, it provides fast and continuous heating in just 5 seconds, offering relief from cramps or back pain.

RENPHO

Renpho Smart Tape Measure BMF01 device next to smartphone with screen showing feedback app and WiFi symbol.

The Smart Tape Measure is designed to conveniently measure your body circumference on your own. It instantly saves the measurements and sends them directly to the RENPHO Health app, allowing you to track your body changes and health journey trends effortlessly.

Withings

Withings Body Comp smart scale in black.

Body Comp is a comprehensive assessment tool available on the Withings smart scale. It provides precise body composition data, including visceral fat, using multi-frequency bioimpedance analysis. This data helps individuals focus their health efforts and gain insights into their overall well-being.

Fitbit

Black Fitbit Aria Air Bluetooth scale.

Monitor your health comprehensively with Fitbit Aria Air™, a user-friendly smart scale that not only shows your weight but also syncs it to the Fitbit app. There, you can access your BMI, track changes over time, and gain deeper insights into your well-being.

High Tech

Tanita

Tanita RD-901 InnerScan PRO Multi-Frequency Body Composition Monitor Smart Scale in black.

Tanita introduces the world’s first consumer product line with multi-frequency, Bluetooth/radio wireless body composition measurements, setting new standards in fitness and health monitoring. These innovations offer precise measurements, broader compatibility, and come in various models including full-body, segmental, and radio wireless, revolutionizing body composition analysis.

Qardio

QardioArm blood pressure monitoring device.

QardioArm wireless blood pressure monitor simplifies blood pressure measurement, tracking systolic and diastolic pressure, heart rate, and detecting irregular heartbeats. This FDA-cleared device meets US and European standards and integrates seamlessly with the free Qardio App, enhancing its functionality for easy setup and use via smartphone or tablet.

Withings

ScanWatch Horizon is your ideal fitness companion, effortlessly monitoring all your activities, even intense sports sessions. It boasts smart detection and connected GPS, providing you with precise insights into your workouts. With the activity subdial always visible, you can easily track your daily step goal progress. Thanks to a 3-axis accelerometer and advanced algorithms, you get accurate results. You can also map your workout sessions, including distance, elevation, and path, thanks to Connected GPS. Activating workout mode is a breeze, with over 30 sports to choose from, providing duration, heart rate, and movement tracking.

Two Withings ScanWatch Horizon smartwatches in blue and green with silver wristbands.

Emerging Tech

Withings

“Body Scan,” an upcoming smart scale, utilizes advanced sensors in the handle to scan torso, arms, and legs, providing precise body composition and fitness information. The Electrodermal Activity Score measures overall health through skin response to sweat gland stimulation. This innovative smart scale offers access to numerous health biomarkers through a simple weigh-in, making it a significant advancement in health monitoring. Please note that features and design are subject to change pending clinical and regulatory validation.

Withings Body Scan connected health station in black.

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2. Pacanowski CR, Levitsky DA, Frequent Self-Weighing and Visual Feedback for Weight Loss in Overweight Adults, J Obes. 2015;2015:763680. doi: 10.1155/2015/763680. Epub 2015 May 12. PMID: 26064677; PMCID: PMC4443883: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26064677/.

3. Zheng Y, Sereika SM, Burke LE, Olgin JE, Marcus GM, Aschbacher K, Tison GH, Pletcher MJ, Temporal patterns of self-weighing behavior and weight changes assessed by consumer purchased scales in the Health eHeart Study, J Behav Med. 2019 Oct;42(5):873-882. doi: 10.1007/s10865-018-00006-z. Epub 2019 Jan 16. PMID: 30649648; PMCID: PMC6635083: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30649648/.

4. Rena R Wing, Suzanne Phelan, Long-term weight loss maintenance, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, July 2005, Volume 82, Issue 1, Pages 222S–225S: https://doi.org/10.1093/ajcn/82.1.222S, https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/82/1/222S/4863393?login=true.

Infrared Sauna for WEight Loss

Thermal Therapy Helps Biohack Underlying Conditions for Weight Troubles and Concerns

Focusing on healthy eating and exercise can be exhausting — that’s where infrared saunas come in. Thermal therapy is gaining popularity to improve mood and treat pain.

Curved red lines indicating infrared waves.

Relaxation Supports Healthy Weight Levels

Dry-heat saunas have long been a traditional method for relaxation in countries throughout the world, but recently, saunas using very different technology have become increasingly popular. Infrared saunas use far-infrared light waves, rather than dry heat. Some machines also use other types of light waves, including near-infrared. These light waves heat the body without warming the air, allowing you to stay in the chamber for a longer period of time.1

Infrared Saunas Are an Ideal Post-Workout Treat

While there is not much scientific evidence to support the claim that infrared saunas directly enhance weight loss,1 they can be indirectly used as a biohack for health. Sitting in an infrared sauna cannot be considered a sedentary alternative to exercise, as it doesn’t increase your breathing rate.1

Thermal therapy, which is another term for using heat for its health benefits, has been found effective for treating chronic pain.3 Infrared saunas, in particular, are also an effective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis,4 suggesting that taking a sauna could be an effective post-workout biohack for individuals focused on fitness.

Infrared saunas are also excellent treatments for reducing symptoms associated with depression.5 As there is a clear correlation between clinical depression and excessive weight gain or weight loss,6 in certain cases, these new thermal therapy treatments could be effective for weight management. Still, overall, the use of traditional dry saunas is backed by more research supporting a connection to body mass loss.7

Stay Hydrated and Shower After This Biohack

If you wish to schedule a treatment in an infrared sauna, start with 30 minutes or less. Stay hydrated during your session and be sure to shower immediately afterward. This will stop the toxins you’ve sweated out from being reabsorbed back into your skin.

“When you pair the red or near-infrared light exposure with exercise, you’ll see more fat loss. You’ll see more muscle gain. You’ll see bigger improvements in strength and endurance.”

Ari Whitten

Health Expert & Author

Infrared sauna panels.

At-Home Infrared Sauna

Luminous Red

LuminousRed Model1 Pro red and near-infrared light therapy device.

Luminous Red’s Model1 device makes applying red and near-infrared light to targeted areas easy, without assembly or mounting. Enjoy its benefits on the go.

Higher Dose

HigherDose infrared sauna blanket laid flat.

Higher Dose offers an Infrared Sauna Blanket designed to elevate the body’s thermal energy, enhance relaxation, promote glowing skin, and improve circulation.

Hydragun

Hydragun HeatPod full-body sauna blanket with infrared heat therapy neatly folded.

The HeatPod is a full-body infrared sauna blanket designed for improved recovery, heart and systemic health, and stress relief. It’s a perfect companion for post-workout relaxation or anytime during the day.

Relax Sauna

Relax Sauna Relax Far Infrared Silver Sauna in white and blue unzipped to show a small chair inside.

The Relax Sauna utilizes semiconductor chips to filter non-far Infrared light, allowing your body to absorb healing rays. With dual 700w radiators and patented technology, it produces highly beneficial far Infrared light.

Mito Red Light

Mito Red Light MitoMIN 2.0 60 LED red light therapy device.

The MitoMIN 60 LED red light therapy device offers supercharged, high-powered targeted treatment and is recognized as the best-value panel on the market. It features a whisper-quiet fan to keep LEDs cool, ensuring a lifespan of over 50,000 hours.

Heat Healer

Heat Healer infrared sauna blanket folded open to reveal the jade and tourmaline elements inside.

Enjoy the benefits of an affordable, portable infrared sauna with 96 Jade & Tourmaline stones, carbon fiber heating, EMF blocking, and toxin-free materials. Rejuvenate your body, relax your mind, burn calories, and detoxify at your convenience.

Public Facilities

Benefits of Infrared Saunas

An infrared sauna, also known as a far-infrared sauna, uses light to generate heat, unlike traditional saunas that heat the air. It employs far-infrared waves to directly warm the body, offering various potential benefits such as improved sleep, relaxation, detoxification, weight loss, muscle and joint pain relief, enhanced skin, better circulation, and potential help for conditions like chronic fatigue syndrome. However, research on infrared saunas is not as extensive as that on traditional saunas.

Inside view of an empty wooden infrared sauna.

Education

The Sauna Show

The Sauna Show logo in white with oval shape to the left of the text.

Sebastian and Johannes promote the world’s top infrared saunas, provide mindset insights, and advocate for natural practices that boost energy and wellbeing. They prioritize fun, innovation, and personal connections in their human-centric group of companies, making it more than just business; it’s driven by pleasure.

Strive for Great Health Podcast

Strive for Great Health Podcast art with headshot of host Dr. Richard Harris and DNA icon on a blue background.

In this episode, 5 Pillars explores Infrared Sauna Therapy, a rising wellness technology based on energy therapy. The podcast covers its definition, health benefits, precautions, usage recommendations, and key factors to consider when buying a home Infrared Sauna.

MasterClass

Discover the distinctions between traditional saunas and infrared saunas in this concise master class guide, highlighting the direct body heating approach of infrared saunas compared to traditional steam saunas, which use heated water to produce steam.

Higher Dose

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“The Hot Seat” is HigherDOSE’s unique interview series where Co-Founders Lauren Berlingeri and Katie Kaps engage in unfiltered conversations with celebrities, CEOs, biohackers, and influential figures about their wellness journeys. All interviews take place in a scorching 158-degree infrared sauna, adding a unique twist. Tune in every Tuesday for a new episode. It’s time to get DOSE’d!

Best Night Ever Podcast

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Dr. Jay Khorsandi, a sleep and life optimization expert with 20+ years of clinical experience, hosts a podcast with renowned experts. They share tips for better sleep, improved health, and increased vitality. The podcast delves into sleep science, ancient practices, and innovative technologies to enhance your life. Whether you want to wake up refreshed or boost daily performance, this show has insights for you.

The Ultimate Health Podcast

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Marni and Jesse delve into the topic of minimizing chemical exposure in episode 320 of their podcast. They offer insights on making healthier choices to reduce chemical exposure both inside and outside the home. The discussion covers various aspects, including chemical sensitivities, natural beauty products, non-toxic bedding and furniture, greenwashing, and tips for purifying indoor air quality.

1. Brent A. Bauer, MD, What is an infrared sauna? Does it have health benefits?, Mayo Clinic: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/consumer-health/expert-answers/infrared-sauna/faq-20057954

2. Beever R., Far-infrared saunas for treatment of cardiovascular risk factors: summary of published evidence, Can Fam Physician, 2009 Jul;55(7):691-6. PMID: 19602651; PMCID: PMC2718593: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2718593/.

3. Masuda A, Koga Y, Hattanmaru M, Minagoe S, Tei C., The effects of repeated thermal therapy for patients with chronic pain, Psychother Psychosom, 2005;74(5):288-94. doi: 10.1159/000086319. PMID: 16088266: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16088266/

4. Oosterveld, F.G.J., Rasker, J.J., Floors, M. et al., Infrared sauna in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis, Clin Rheumatol 28, 29–34 (2009): https://doi.org/10.1007/s10067-008-0977-y, https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10067-008-0977-y#citeas.

5. Ashley E. Mason, Sarah M. Fisher, Anoushka Chowdhary, Ekaterina Guvva, Danou Veasna, Erin Floyd, Sean B. Fender & Charles Raison, Feasibility and acceptability of a Whole-Body hyperthermia (WBH) protocol, International Journal of Hyperthermia, 2021, 38:1, 1529-1535, doi: 10.1080/02656736.2021.1991010, https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02656736.2021.1991010

6. Luppino FS, de Wit LM, Bouvy PF, et al., Overweight, Obesity, and Depression: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Longitudinal Studies, Arch Gen Psychiatry, 2010;67(3):220–229. doi:10.1001/archgenpsychiatry.2010.2: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapsychiatry/fullarticle/210608

7. Podstawski R, Boraczyński T, Boraczyński M, Choszcz D, Mańkowski S, Markowski P., Sauna-induced body mass loss in young sedentary women and men, ScientificWorldJournal, 2014;2014:307421. doi: 10.1155/2014/307421. Epub 2014 Dec 31. PMID: 25614882; PMCID: PMC4295591: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4295591/.

Cryotherapy For Weight Loss

Extreme Cold Treatment Is a Proven Effective Biohacking Tool

Cold showers are a popular biohack, but cryotherapy takes chilling to the next level. Studies show that people who integrate cold therapy treatments into their plan can lose weight and heal from exercise-related injuries at a faster pace.

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New Science Is Especially Exciting

Recently available in private clinics, full-body cryotherapy is considered one of the most promising technologies for reducing fat tissues in the body.1 By inducing a process known as thermogenesis, it provides the same biohacking effect as a cold water plunge or cold shower. A study on mice demonstrated that this kind of cold exposure improves glucose regulation and could even aid in weight loss.2

Now for the good news: the research on humans is also exciting. In a study that targeted menopausal women, it was demonstrated that a whole-body treatment could reduce abdominal obesity.3

In another study, researchers found that a single session of cryotherapy was enough to observe a decline in waist circumference, body weight, and body mass index.4

This Biohack Is Proven To Reduce Belly Fat

What’s more, a clinical study found that cryotherapy freezes and reduces subcutaneous adipose tissue5 — the visible stuff everyone wouldn’t mind having less of. Researchers continue to report that cryotherapy is an effective tool in the fight against obesity.6

Cryotherapy Has Effective Uses Beyond Weight Loss

While doctors have used cryotherapy as a spot treatment to freeze off warts and other abnormal tissue for a long time,7 only recently have chambers become available as full-body treatments for the public. These treatments involve sitting in a one-person booth (or using body-specific sleeves) cooled to around -110°C by liquid nitrogen. It only takes a few minutes to get the benefits of the treatment, and you can go almost daily.8

Athletes, in particular, use these chambers to reduce swelling and enhance the healing process to improve performance beyond any weight loss goals.

“When you go into the cold, you cannot think. You have to be. You learn to be, to be the best version of yourself.”

Wim Hof

Extreme Athlete & Author

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Public Treatment Facilities

Cryotherapy offers several potential benefits, including pain relief and muscle healing, weight loss, reduced inflammation, prevention of dementia, prevention and treatment of cancer, reduction in anxiety and depression, improved symptoms of eczema, and treatment of migraine headaches. It’s worth noting that while these benefits are reported, individual experiences may vary, and more research is needed to fully understand the extent of cryotherapy’s effects on these conditions.

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Cryotheraphy Machines

Cryomed

Cryomed Cryofan CF-05 local cryotherapy device.

The Cryofan CF-05 is a cutting-edge local cryotherapy device that employs supercooled nitrogen vapor to rapidly and comfortably lower skin and tissue temperatures. This targeted cold therapy delivers numerous beneficial effects and finds extensive applications in cosmetology, dermatology, sports medicine, and trauma care. Building upon the success of the CF-04 model, the CF-05 introduces innovative features, enhanced usability, and heightened safety measures.

CryoBuilt

Cryobuilt Everest Peak electric cryotherapy chamber.

Introducing the EVEREST PEAK, the USA’s top-rated fully electric cryotherapy chamber. This single-room, multi-user chamber offers ultimate comfort and personalization, with an app and touchscreen kiosk for clients to fine-tune their sessions. Surprisingly, it operates without nitrogen, costing only $5-$10/day in electricity. In just 2-3.5 minutes, it delivers a comfortable 30-40 degree skin temperature drop. Making cryotherapy selection a breeze!

CryoAction

CryoAction CryoDuo dual room cryotherapy chamber.

Introducing the CryoDuo, the cutting-edge dual room cryotherapy chamber. With a pre-chamber cooled to -60°C and a main chamber reaching as low as -160°C, it allows multiple users to experience top-quality cryotherapy sessions simultaneously. This premium system is unmatched in the market, catering to larger wellness clinics, cryocentres, and fitness clubs.

CRYO Science

Cryo Science thermal shock therapy device with Cryo Wave Performance.

Experience the rejuvenating power of Thermal Shock Therapy with °CRYO WAVE Performance™. This non-invasive treatment applies cold and heat to the skin, ranging from -6°C to +40°C, unlocking a range of wellness and beauty benefits. From body contouring to toning and rejuvenation, this therapy enhances your overall appearance naturally.

Cryo Innovations

Cryo Innovations Window Acrylic XR Cryo Plunge tub and Super Chiller unit.

Introducing the XR Cryo Plunge WINDOW, a versatile acrylic tub for home or commercial use. It boasts easy 2-step installation, an ozone filtration system, and a built-in water chiller. This immersion solution, perfect for athletic recovery, injury rehab, and wellness, comes with a headrest and 3-month supply of non-chlorine chemicals, ensuring water freshness at an affordable price.

CRYONiQ

CryoniQ Cryo XC Plus whole body cryotherapy chamber.

The CRYO XC™ Plus is a top-of-the-line cryotherapy chamber known for its advanced features, exceptional safety standards, and ability to deliver an extremely cold cryotherapy experience. It maintains a well-balanced cabin temperature and boasts high operational reliability, making it a preferred choice among cryotherapy chambers.

Cold Plunge

Tru Grit Fitness

Tru Grit Fitness inflatable ice bath tub in black color.

Introducing the Tru Grit Fitness Inflatable Ice Bath, your portable solution for ice baths on the go. This ice bath is durable and easy to transport, packing into a backpack. Setup and deflation are quick, and you can add the Tru Grit Rubber Floor Mat for protection. Stay icy and mobile with Tru Grit Fitness.

Ice Barrel

Ice Barrel 300 cold therapy tub in black color with lid propped up on it.

The Ice Barrel 300 is a compact and lightweight cold therapy tool designed for easy integration into your routine. This fully insulated barrel allows you to incorporate ice baths effortlessly, whether using ice or a chiller.

Renu Therapy

Renu Therapy The Cold Stoic 2.0 cold plunge tub in Bianco Romano granite and California redwood with small step.

Introducing Cold Stoic® 2.0 Tank: a super-insulated cold therapy solution with enhanced durability, improved filtration, and temperature control. It’s suitable for indoor and outdoor use, providing the benefits of cold water immersion.

Edge Theory Labs

Edge Theory Labs The Edge Tub Elite portable ice bath and hot tub next to wheeled chiller unit.

Introducing the Edge Tub Elite, an all-in-one portable cold and hot tub featuring a powerful 1HP chiller, capable of rapidly cooling or heating the water from ambient temperature. Choose between XL and standard sizes, and enjoy the convenience of a quick setup and takedown.

1. Loap S, Lathe R, Mechanism Underlying Tissue Cryotherapy to Combat Obesity/Overweight: Triggering Thermogenesis, J Obes., May 2, 2018; 5789647. doi: 10.1155/2018/5789647. PMID: 29854439; PMCID: PMC5954866: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5954866/.

2. Ravussin Y, Xiao C, Gavrilova O, Reitman ML, Effect of intermittent cold exposure on brown fat activation, obesity, and energy homeostasis in mice, PLoS One, January 17, 2014; 9(1):e85876. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0085876. PMID: 24465761; PMCID: PMC3895006: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3895006/

3. Wiecek M, Szymura J, Sproull J, Szygula Z, Whole-Body Cryotherapy Is an Effective Method of Reducing Abdominal Obesity in Menopausal Women with Metabolic Syndrome, J Clin Med, August 30, 2020 2020;9(9):2797, doi: 10.3390/jcm9092797, PMID: 32872598; PMCID: PMC7563463: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7563463/

4. Loap S, Lathe R, Mechanism Underlying Tissue Cryotherapy to Combat Obesity/Overweight: Triggering Thermogenesis, J Obes. May 2, 2018:5789647. doi: 10.1155/2018/5789647. PMID: 29854439; PMCID: PMC5954866: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5954866/

5. Cryotherapy and Body Slimming, sponsored by Clinic Cryo Esthetic: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT04287153.

6. Jacopo Maria Fontana, Sibel Bozgeyik, Michele Gobbi, Paolo Piterà, Emanuele Maria Giusti, Benoit Dugué, Giovanni Lombardi, Paolo Capodaglio, Whole-body cryostimulation in obesity: A scoping review, Journal of Thermal Biology, Volume 106, 2022, 103250, ISSN 0306-4565: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtherbio.2022.103250, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0306456522000651

7. Cryotherapy, Cleveland Clinic: https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/treatments/21099-cryotherapy

8. Can cryotherapy really help you lose weight? Digital Health Central. August 21, 2021. https://digitalhealthcentral.com/2021/08/15/cryotherapy-weight-loss/

Weight Loss Gamification

Can Losing Weight Be Fun? This Biohacking Strategy Is All About It

No one sticks with a plan that isn’t fun. Thankfully, gamification taps into the way we think about play to keep us engaged in our weight loss strategies. Try using apps and video games to stay active and socially motivated.

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Healthy Competition for Healthy Weight

It’s not easy to stay motivated with increased physical activity after the initial novelty wears off. However, researchers have discovered a biohack that works: If you tap into your competitive side1 and make exercise a game, you’ll be more likely to keep moving. Whether it’s simply closing a circle or actually playing a virtual reality activity, gamification works.

Gamification can be defined as applying the elements of playing a game to a non-game situation. Unless you’re involved in a team sport, physical activity is a solo pursuit. By making it a game, you activate your inner child and change your response to the activity.2 Gamification taps into our social motivations,3 using cognitive intrinsic drivers like the need for mastery.

Games help us set goals, then tap into our dopamine receptors with rewards and social recognition. This can motivate us to continue on the path to success. 

Play Your Way Toward Exercise Goals

Today’s world is rich with gamification options. Video game platforms like Xbox, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation all have active gaming options encouraging you to play sports, box, and dance.4 Furthermore, virtual reality headsets usually come with handheld motion controllers for three-dimensional games in which you can fight, run, and dance.

Get Social and Have Fun While Biohacking Your Health

Smartphone apps5 can also make exercising a game. For example, when there is a competitive angle to walking, researchers found that people tended to up their step count.6 Also, when both men and women are involved in the game, the level of activity seems to increase even more.7

While research supports gamification as a biohack for increased physical activity, it’s worth noting that the effects usually wear off once the competition is over. Few people continue the enhanced movement once the challenge is completed.8 Therefore, for lasting results, you need to keep playing.

“Games are the only force in the known universe that can get people to take actions against their self-interest, in a predictable way, without using force.”

Gabe Zichermann

Gamification Expert

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Apps

Blazepod

Blazepod presents the groundbreaking Flash Reflex Training system, featuring specially designed Pods that sync with the BlazePod app. These Pods generate visual cues and prompts to elevate performance, enhance speed, agility, and reaction times, delivering a revolutionary approach to training.

Treeceps

Treeceps app icon with purple illustration of a tree with biceps on a background of moon, stars, mountains, grass, and lake.

Treeceps is your dynamic fitness companion. It helps you build strength, gain muscle, and stay active to get lean. Explore it for free as a guest, or unlock all features by joining the Treeceps Club. Choose from subscription options or make a one-time payment for lifelong fitness benefits. Elevate your fitness journey with Treeceps.

DanceFitme

DanceFitme offers dynamic dance workouts and cardio sessions for weight loss, accessible from anywhere. Stay motivated with Zumba fitness, cardio routines, and 4-week workout plans. Get in shape while having fun with DanceFitme, suitable for all fitness levels from beginners to advanced.

Fitness RPG

Fitness RPG app icon with illustrated sneaker and sword on a yellow background.

Train your heroes through exercise, with more activities making them stronger. Face challenges and embark on a journey to become your best self. In a world ruled by the Dark Force for 12 years, will you lead a team of heroes to save the villagers of Fitland? Get fit while saving the kingdom!

Hops

Hops Journey of the Tree Spirit app icon with blocky cartoon character on a grassy background.

Hops is a fun activity tracker that turns your daily activities into a game. Help the forest-dwelling Hops spirits grow by being active in the real world. Activities like walking, running, or climbing stairs become energy for exploring new areas and crafting items. Get active and have fun with Hops!

Playfitt

Playfitt is a motivating fitness tracker game that rewards you with real-world perks like Amazon and Starbucks vouchers or contributions to environmental causes. Playfitt features automatic rep counting, progress reports, leaderboards, and Apple Watch and HealthKit integration. Get fit, have fun, and enjoy the rewards!

Video Games

Just Dance

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Just Dance offers a mobile dance experience with daily free songs and a vast library of over 700 global hits, including tracks from Just Dance 2022. It’s not just a music app; it’s a dance and workout app that lets you groove to your favorite tunes and become a dance star.

Nintendo Switch Sports

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Experience the thrill of seven sports, including Golf, Soccer, Volleyball, Bowling, Tennis, Badminton, and Chambara, with intuitive motion controls for local multiplayer fun or online matches. Compete with friends and family, or challenge distant pals and random opponents. Get ready to swing, kick, spike, and bowl your way to victory!

Pokémon GO

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Embark on an augmented reality adventure with Pokémon GO! Explore the real world to catch and evolve Pokémon, strengthen your Pokédex, and engage in thrilling PvP and Raid battles with fellow Trainers. It’s an immersive open-world experience that brings the Pokémon world to life in AR. Become the ultimate Pokémon Trainer!

Ring Fit Adventure

Ring Fit Adventure logo with white text and fire icons on a red and orange background.

Embark on an adventure that doubles as a workout! Conquer 100+ levels across 20 colorful worlds as you battle a bodybuilding dragon and minions with real-life exercises. Jog in place to navigate grassy plains, use overhead shoulder presses to defeat foes, and recharge your health with yoga poses. Get fit while having fun!

Books

Gamify

Book cover of Gamify by Brian Burke with arrows between the multi-colored letters on a white background.

“Gamify” explores the effective use of gamification in organizations facing an engagement crisis. It highlights that while many organizations fail due to poor gamification design, some succeed by aligning business and player objectives. The book provides leaders with insights from successful initiatives worldwide, guiding them to employ best practices and avoid common pitfalls in gamification, emphasizing the need to engage and motivate people on an emotional level to achieve both player and business goals.

Actionable Gamification

Book cover of Actionable Gamification by Yu-Kai Chou with white and blue octagons on a beige background.

In “The Octalysis Framework,” Gamification Pioneer Yu-kai Chou combines game mechanics and behavioral psychology to optimize for motivation and engagement. Drawing from twelve years of research, he introduces the Octalysis Framework and demonstrates how it can be applied to design engaging and successful experiences in various aspects of life, from products and workplaces to marketing and personal development.

For the Win

Book cover of For the Win by Kevin Werbach and Dan Hunter with a red dart on top of blue text on a white background.

“For the Win: The Power of Gamification and Game Thinking in Business, Education, Government, and Social Impact” by Kevin Werbach and Dan Hunter explores gamification’s potential across diverse fields. It shows how games can be effective tools in marketing, education, innovation, and more. Analyzing successes and failures, the book offers insights into well-designed game-based approaches. It demonstrates gamification’s real-world impact, aiding stroke recovery and addressing mental health when used thoughtfully and ethically.

Drive

Book cover of DRiVE by Daniel H. Pink with red and black text on a white background.

In “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us,” author Daniel H. Pink challenges the conventional belief that rewards like money are the best motivators. Instead, he argues that true motivation is driven by our innate desire for autonomy, mastery, and purpose. Drawing on extensive scientific research, Pink presents a compelling case for rethinking how we approach motivation in all aspects of life, offering practical strategies for harnessing these intrinsic drivers to enhance performance and satisfaction in work, education, and personal development.

1. Digital health tracking tools help individuals lose weight, study finds, Stanford Medicine, February 24, 2021: https://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2021/02/digital-health-tracking-tools-help-individuals-lose-weight-study-finds.html.

2. Bibin Varghese, MD; Erin Chew, MD; Francoise Marvel, MD; Roger S. Blumenthal, MD, FACC; Seth Shay Martin, MD, MHS, FACC, Key Takeaways Regarding Gamification to Increase Physical Activity, American College of Cardiology, November 26,2019: https://www.acc.org/latest-in-cardiology/articles/2019/11/26/08/23/key-takeaways-regarding-gamification-to-increase-physical-activity#:~:text=In%20other%20words%2C%20make%20physical,strategy%20in%20non%2Dgame%20contexts.

3. Hamari, Juho and Koivisto, Jonna, Social Motivations To Use Gamification: An Empirical Study Of Gamifying Exercise, 2013, ECIS 2013 Completed Research,105: http://aisel.aisnet.org/ecis2013_cr/105, https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/301361018.pdf

4. Jenae Sitzes, Best Fitness Games in 2022, Game Spot, May 20, 2022: https://www.gamespot.com/articles/best-fitness-games/1100-6475818/

5. Kris Wouk, 7 Fun Apps You Can Use to Gamify Your Fitness and Health, What Nerd, November 15, 2020: https://whatnerd.com/apps-gamify-fitness-and-health/

6. Kappen DL, Mirza-Babaei P and Nacke LE, Technology Facilitates Physical Activity Through Gamification: A Thematic Analysis of an 8-Week Study, Front. Comput. Sci.,2020, 2:530309. doi: 10.3389/fcomp.2020.530309: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fcomp.2020.530309/full

7. Shameli A, Althoff T, Saberi A, Leskovec J, How Gamification Affects Physical Activity: Large-scale Analysis of Walking Challenges in a Mobile Application, Proc Int World Wide Web Conf, 2017 Apr;2017:455-463. doi: 10.1145/3041021.3054172. PMID: 28990011; PMCID: PMC5627651: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5627651/

8. Mazeas A, Duclos M, Pereira B, Chalabaev A, Evaluating the Effectiveness of Gamification on Physical Activity: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials, J Med Internet Res, 2022;24(1):e26779. doi: 10.2196/26779: https://www.jmir.org/2022/1/e26779/.

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Dr. Libby Weaver

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Dr. Libby Weaver is a best-selling author, keynote speaker, and nutritional biochemist from Australia. Her passion is to revolutionize the wellness, nutrition, and holistic health industries by inspiring people to make informed and healthy lifestyle choices.

As the founder of Bio Blends, a company that specializes in plant-based food supplements, Dr. Weaver offers a range of supplements that complement a healthy diet and provide extra nutrition. Her speaking engagements include prestigious events such as Ted Talks, Soul Sessions Event, and SOUL Festival. Additionally, she owns Dr. Libby Ltd, which offers coaching and consulting services to individuals, corporations, universities, and media organizations.

Dr. Weaver has been featured in various media outlets, including Breakfast TV, The Project NZ, Studio 10, The Daily Mail UK, and Vogue India. She also shares informative content on her social media platforms, such as YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram, and has been a guest on several podcasts.

Davinia Taylor

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Davinia Taylor is a versatile English actress who has also gained popularity as a fitness expert, best-selling author, wellness leader, and health biohacker. She is best known for her portrayal of Jude Cunningham in the long-running soap Hollyoaks and has also appeared in Soul Patrol and Dark Realm.

Apart from her successful acting career, Davinia is an ardent health enthusiast. She is the founder of WillPowder, a company that offers natural supplements and a supportive community to address brain fog and poor eating habits. WillPowder’s range of biohacking supplements helps to boost energy, reduce inflammation, and improve mood.

Davinia has authored books on holistic health and lifestyle hacks for balancing hormones, which have earned her recognition from various media outlets such as Glamour Magazine UK, The Daily Express, London Business Magazine, and The Sun. She hosts the “Hack Your Health” podcast and also shares her expertise on Instagram.  

Biohacking Weight Loss FAqs

Biohacking Tech for Weight Loss

Dive into the world of biohacking technology and uncover methods to optimize weight loss.

  • How can wearable technology contribute to biohacking for weight loss?

    Wearable devices, such as fitness trackers or smartwatches, can monitor metrics like heart rate, steps, and sleep quality. These devices provide valuable data for tracking progress, optimizing exercise routines, and promoting accountability in weight loss efforts.

  • What smartphone apps are recommend for biohacking weight loss?

    Biohackers recommend apps like MyFitnessPal for tracking nutrition, meditation apps for mindfulness, and fitness apps with guided workouts. These apps offer convenience, guidance, and data tracking capabilities to support weight loss goals.

  • How can measuring tools be utilized for biohacking weight loss?

    Measuring tools such as body composition scales, tape measures, or skinfold calipers can help track changes in body fat percentage, waist circumference, and overall body composition. These tools provide objective data to monitor progress and adjust biohacking strategies accordingly.

  • What is the role of infrared saunas in biohacking weight loss?

    Infrared saunas use infrared radiation to penetrate the skin, promoting relaxation, detoxification, and potential calorie burn. Regular use of infrared saunas may support weight loss efforts by improving circulation, aiding in toxin elimination, and potentially boosting metabolism.

  • How does full body cryotherapy tie into biohacking for weight loss?

    Full body cryotherapy involves exposing the body to extreme cold temperatures for a short period. This technique may increase calorie burn, reduce inflammation, and enhance recovery from exercise. Incorporating cryotherapy sessions can complement a biohacking approach to weight loss.

  • What are typical views on exercise gamification for weight loss?

    Biohackers recognize the benefits of exercise gamification as a motivational tool for weight loss. Fitness apps or wearable devices that gamify exercise by setting goals, providing rewards, or enabling social challenges can enhance engagement and adherence to fitness routines.

  • Can biohacking technology help optimize sleep for weight loss?

    Yes, biohacking technology like sleep trackers or smart alarm clocks can monitor sleep quality, track sleep stages, and wake users during their lightest sleep phase. By optimizing sleep, biohackers can improve hormonal balance, enhance recovery, and support healthy weight management.

  • How can biohacking technology aid in tracking caloric intake for weight loss?

    Smartphone apps or wearable devices with food tracking features enable users to monitor caloric intake, macronutrient distribution, and micronutrient balance. These tools provide insights into dietary patterns and help create awareness around calorie consumption, supporting weight loss goals.

  • Are there biohacking devices that can assist with stress reduction for weight loss?

    Yes, devices like biofeedback tools or heart rate variability (HRV) monitors can help measure stress levels and guide stress reduction techniques. By incorporating stress-reducing practices like deep breathing or meditation, biohackers can manage stress and its potential impact on weight loss.

  • How can biohacking technology enhance accountability in weight loss efforts?

    Biohacking technology, such as fitness trackers or social health platforms, can provide real-time feedback, enable goal setting, and facilitate community support. These tools enhance accountability by tracking progress, providing motivation, and creating a sense of connection in weight loss journeys.

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Fitocracy

Fitocracy is an innovative fitness app that combines workout tracking, gamification, and community support to help users achieve their fitness goals. With Fitocracy, users can easily track their workouts, whether using pre-built routines or creating their own.

The app features an active community where users can connect with like-minded individuals. By earning points, unlocking achievements, and completing quests, Fitocracy turns exercise into a fun and motivating experience.

Fitocracy has received accolades and praise for its unique approach to fitness, and it biohacks the traditional fitness tracking concept by incorporating game-like elements to enhance motivation and engagement. The app is available on iOS and is known for its user-friendly design and intuitive features.

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Withings

Withings is a technology company that aims to revolutionize health and wellness. They create innovative products designed to make better health a part of daily life.

Withings offers a range of devices, including smart scales, blood pressure monitors, smartwatches, and sleep analyzers. Their technology provides precise and accurate data, allowing users to track their health trends and gain powerful insights.

Withings has been a pioneer in the field of biohacking since its founding in 2008. The company focuses on the benefits of daily care and prevention, providing proactive and long-lasting solutions for improved health.

Withings is committed to privacy, sustainability, and introducing their technology to healthcare professionals worldwide.

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