How can I purchase the iSavor app?

iSavor was designed for the iPhone and is sold through the app store.

How long does it take to establish a lasting habit?

Although there is no magic number, current research indicates that it can take 60 days or longer to establish a new habit, contrary to the widely held belief that a habit can be permanently established in just three weeks.  It will vary by person, but for most the level of effort and focus required to maintain a new pattern of behavior will not drop off until it has been practiced for a couple of months.  The good news is that if you make it to this point, these new habits can change your life for the better for years to come, making the initial two-month investment seem short by comparison.

Do I have to use iSavor with every meal for it to be effective?

No, but it is easier to establish lasting habits with consistent use, so we encourage you to use it as often as possible for the first several weeks.  If it is not possible to have iSavor with you at certain meals, try to practice mindfulness of your emotional state and level of physical hunger on your own, and remember to pace yourself and to stop at 80% full as you would if the
app were running.  In the long-run the goal is for these habits to become part of your routine whether you are using iSavor or not.  Remember, the goal is lifelong habits that result in lasting change.

What research supports eating to “80% full”?

Studies of people who are over 100 years old have shown that the occurrence of this phenomenon is not scattered randomly throughout the world’s population, but tends to be concentrated in certain groups of people.  When looking for commonalities between these groups, several factors seem to be shared, including moderate daily exercise, a largely plant-based diet, and a tendency to stop eating well before the point of total satiety.  The people of Okinawa, where there is a particularly high concentration of centenarians relative to the size of the population, even have a term for this – “hara hachi bu” – which means eat until you are 80% full.  Importantly, this contributes not only to longer average lifespans, but also to a higher quality of life in old age.  For more information, visit: http://www.bluezones.com/live-longer/education/expeditions/okinawa-japan.

What are the benefits of a slower pace of eating?

Research has shown that it takes about 20 minutes for your brain to register signals of fullness.  Eating at a moderated pace gives your brain more time to process these signals, allowing you to feel full after consuming fewer calories than it would take if you had eaten quickly.  For more information, visit: http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/slow-down-you-eat-too-fast.