Kick-start your healthy eating plan with Skype

With summer on its way, it’s the perfect time to get into shape with a healthy eating plan. And whether you just want to increase your energy levels to keep up with the kids or get the perfect body for the beach, using Skype can help.

Get expert tips, with Skype
If you’re thinking about making any major changes to your diet, it’s a good idea to talk to your primary care physician first, to make sure that your new eating plan won’t be likely to have a negative effect on your health. It’s particularly important to do this if you have any ongoing medical conditions, but it’s sensible to get medical advice even if you’re in good health.

And if you don’t think you have time to stop by the clinic for an appointment, check to see whether your doctor provides video call consultations.

Last year, we told you about how doctors at the Tug River Health Association, McDowell County, were using Skype group video calls to stay in touch with their patients and share knowledge with their peers. And more and more medical practices are starting to offer Skype video call consultations to their patients.

It’s not just doctors who are offering virtual consultations either – there are now many dieticians who can help you to plan your new health eating menus via a Skype video call too. When you’re trying to eat a healthier diet, consulting a dietician is a great way to make sure that you’re eating the right food at the right times of day, and that you’re eating a balanced diet containing the nutrients you need to stay on top form.

Encourage each other, with Skype
Sticking to a healthy eating plan is always easier when you’ve got some support – particularly if your friends or family members are trying to change their diet at the same time. And you can use Skype to help and encourage each other while you’re changing your lifestyles.

Try setting up a group video call to discuss how you’re going to work together to support each other, and schedule in further calls for updates at regular intervals.

You can share your diet tips using Skype instant messaging, and send each other menu plans, weight loss targets and ‘before and after’ photos using its file transfer feature.

And, if you’re the culinary expert in your group, you could show your friends and family members how to make some healthy meals and tasty, guilt-free treats in your kitchen and doing your very own live cookery demonstration via a Skype group video call. You and your friends could even cook healthy recipes and sit down to dinner with each other over video call.

Add in some exercise, with Skype
If you’re about to embark on a healthy eating plan, don’t forget to make sure you’re including some exercise in your schedule too. It’s not just important for people wanting to lose weight either – regular physical activity has been scientifically proven to make us feel happier, increase our energy levels, help us to sleep better and decrease the risks of getting a range of medical conditions, including coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes and osteoarthritis.

You could set up a series of Skype video call sessions with a personal trainer to help you to learn about the best ways to work out and get yourself into the habit of exercising. And you could also use Skype to help you exercise with your friends and families – call each other to design workout schedules together, send each other details of the exercises you do via Skype instant messaging or even set up a group exercise session via a group video call.

Whichever method you choose, remember that exercising should be fun too – and one of the best ways to make it less of a chore is to share the pain and the gain with others using Skype.

How have you used Skype to help you stay healthy? Have you set up a Skype video exercise group? Do you have any tips for using Skype to help you when you’re trying to change your diet? Please leave a comment and let us know…