One-on-one diet coaching app teaches healthy eating habits on the cheap


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When it comes to weight loss, following a healthy diet is just as important as exercise. The question many people face: What exactly do we put in our mouths for optimal results?

Having a registered dietician guiding you every day is a pricey solution to this conundrum, and not a realistic one for most of us.

Fortunately, there is an easier way.

Rise was created by Suneel Gupta, former VP of development for Groupon. Gupta struggled with childhood obesity, while his parents had health problems that would force them to change their diet. Luckily they found a nutritionist who showed them how to make lasting changes to their diet. This positive experience with the nutritionist is what sparked the idea for Rise, a mobile platform that offers members 24/7 access to registered dietitians who work with you to customize a program based on your lifestyle and dietary preferences.  

Rise costs $48 a month or $15 a week. Not bad considering that one-on-one coaching can be over $300 a month.

How it works

Unlike those annoying diet apps that make you dig through an extensive library of foods to select, Rise members simply snap a photo of their meal, upload it to the app and write a brief description of what it is. Then, the coach will review the meals and respond with feedback and guidance at least once every 24 hours during weekdays.

Your access to daily, personalized nutrition coaching will teach you how to make better food choices throughout the day for lasting results. After all, changing the way you think about food and learning new, healthier habits is a lifestyle change that is more sustainable than any fad diet.

And you can forget about cold quantitative data and statistics; your coach will let you know how you are progressing. This constant personalized, human interaction will also keep you on track, hold you accountable and motivate you to stay the course.

Being equipped with the right tools to be the healthiest you can be very empowering. The Rise mobile platform is an example of the increasing ways on-demand care services can help people get the care they need at an affordable price.

"There's an incredible opportunity here to finally bring the very best care to everyone," Gupta told the San Francisco Business Times. "We finally have a tool that lets us tackle problems of affordability and access what we've been talking about for decades."

Special offer for HellaWella readers

Download Rise on the Apple App Store. (Rise for Android will available soon.)

The first 100 readers to sign up can save 20% off their first payment by entering RISEH25 in the gift card section.