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The Best Food Tracker Just Landed Right In Your Own App on BodySite!

The food tracker your patients want and that your practice needs for better patient compliance is available to you right inside your own BodySite provider account and app. You already know BodySite guides your patients through care protocols and lifestyle changes. And we’ve always had a food tracker for patients to log and journal meals.

Today, we are happy to unveil a new food tracker to further enhance compliance, patient engagement and guidance. There are a hundred little tweaks and improvements throughout the new food tracking and meal building functions, but here’s quick overview of the most important new stuff that’s live, and what’s coming in the next 3 weeks.


New Food Tracker Has Largest Food Database and Natural Language Search on web and in native iPhone app.

The BodySite food search now consists of nearly 631,000 grocery items, 137,000 restaurant items and 26,000 common Foods, with photos and user-friendly ordering of results. And you can simply type in whatever you like, and we’ll find it, like  “I had strawberries for breakfast.”

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Patients track food in a completely intuitive  daily tracking interface for easy food logging to match the BodySite native iPhone app.

Easily add foods with the +Add Food prompt in each meal and then view your entire day at a glance, including macro breakdown to see percentages of each macronutrient consumed so far, including a net carb calculator and nutrition facts label for the daily consumption. Use quick tools to create a saved meal from the foods already tracked or to delete all foods in a meal.

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View the same macro breakdown for each meal where food is tracked with a quick view of what foods are already in that meal . . .

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View the same macro breakdown for each FOOD too . . .  

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Recent and Favorite Foods and Saved Meals make tracking of frequently tracked foods a breeze . . .

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Calorie Goal – set manually or calculate automatically

Not everyone wants to count calories or set a calorie goal, but it should be easy to do if someone wants to, so we added it! Using the updated Harris Benedict calculation, we can calculate the calorie goal based on age, sex, height and weight or patients can override it and set their own calorie goal both on the web and in the app.

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Coming in a couple of weeks, we’re adding a set of features that will make your BodySite food tracker your patient’s new favorite food journal. They’re literally going to stop using the other apps, which is great for you and your ability to guide them and monitor what they’re doing.

Track by Photo – Add photos and notes to each meal to show what you actually ate

Let’s face it. Your clients are always holding a camera (phone) in their hand at every meal.  If they can share it on Instragram, they ought to show their doctor or coach too, right?

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And there’s more on the way:

  • Add Your Own Foods – Can’t find it in our database of of 800,000 foods? Add your own!
  • Macro Goal – set manually and compare to actual consumption
  • Quick Add Tools – add yesterday’s breakfast or anything usually eaten, in a click
  • Meal Creator – patients can create meals to track later
  • Recipe Builder – scrape recipes from across the web, store them and track them

BodySite has every feature you need to effortlessly and comprehensively guide your patients between office visits and monitor everything they’re eating, doing, and even thinking. Guidance, tracking, monitoring, management. All in one.  Try it free today.

Better Patient and Practice Marketing Needs to Be Engaging to Be Effective and to Attract More Patients

After working with doctors, wellness and weight loss practitioners for the past 15 years, I’ve learned that most medical professionals are terrible at marketing to new and existing patients. And I’m qualified to say this because I practiced law for quite some time and now realize that only lawyers are worse at marketing than doctors. Why is that?

We recently held a very popular webinar about some of the very basic concepts around better patient and practice marketing by leveraging your website and the knowledge you already have.

Watch this video and then let’s unwrap what might be effective and engaging about this marketing message.

To effectively reach more clients, customers, patients, your message has to be engaging and it needs to engage patients on their level, where they are. As professionals, we often get this wrong because we’re too smart (or think we are) for our own good. So we talk to clients and patients about what we think they should want (way over their head) without regard to what they really want OR we speak down to them as if we need to bridge a gap between our knowledge and their knowledge.

Stop. You’ve been a client of a service outside of your expertise. It doesn’t matter if you’re the best (and smartest) doctor in the country. Even if that were true, there are things you need to buy that you’re not an expert in and the provider needs to engage you.  Picture how you want that service provider to speak to you. You want to learn how the service being offered can change your life for the better.

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Most doctors’ websites primarily highlight all of services that they offer along side lists and lists of accomplishments and curriculum vitae.  This is all very important practice information that patients should see. But before you can expect patients to compare your offering and bio and experience to the practice down the street, you need to first engage the patient about what THEY care about. And its not your extensive list of publications or educational resume. At least not at first. So you only have a few seconds to grab their attention and like it or not, you need a leading message, a hook.

What is your leading message? Does it speak to the patient’s need? Does it cast a vision for how you’re going to change the patient’s life or does it just tell them what you do?

“We Offer Weight Management Programs” is far less effective than “How Would You Like to Look and Feel Better?”   The first message tells patients about a service but doesn’t really speak to the change or result you’re offering. When you list a service feature only, the first reaction is usually, “how much will that cost.”  On the other hand, listing a result tends to evoke thoughts of how much value that would bring, and the value to the patient is probably 10 times what you’re charging.  So start there.

The video featured above is offered as part of the services built into the BodySite Wellness platform.  We help hundreds of doctors, medical and wellness professionals and weight loss providers to provide better care to their patients through our unique platform and being able to use that as a marketing tool is what makes the entire offering so compelling.

Watch for a follow up to this article where we’ll address patient retention through patient education rather than simply pushing promotions to your patients using your CRM. Patients are busy, and smarter than you think. Treat them accordingly and you’ll have more of them, longer.

To use BodySite.com’s unique patient education and marketing solution, click here for information about a free demo and free trial about our platform.