Sites that Help You Lose Weight for Free
By Shannon M. Medisky
Now that the new year is upon us, it’s time for all those well-intended resolutions. And for many of us that means trying to drop a few pounds or just making an effort to eat healthier. If you fall into one of these categories, keep reading!
As with nearly everything else, even the business of losing weight has gone online. Want to count calories and design a plan to help you make better food choices to help you reach your ultimate goals, then arm yourself with the guidance, encouragement and support of a virtual dietician. Even better, there’s plenty of sites out there that won’t charge you a dime either! Here are 5 good choices to get you started:
ShapeUp.org is great for starting a new diet. This site offers advice from experts in the field as well as yummy menus to try. You can even email your questions directly to their diet experts for free. Something else worth sharing, this site also has a section specifically designed to help children shape up, too.
FoodFit.com is a good choice if you love to cook. It features exercise plans, interact tools and recipes from more than 100 chefs. While there are ads on this site, it is easy to navigate and is jam-packed with everything fit and good for you from a culinary perspective.
TrainEO.com features a simple and fun approach, making it great for anyone who doesn’t like to complicate things. Work together in groups of four “motivators”—people who have also signed up to use the site to reach their health goals—in order to help encourage and support each other. Additionally, this site can help you count calories and provides workout logs. Minimal and unobtrusive ads on this site, it also boasts lots of quick-read articles to keep you both motivated as well as educated to make changes so you can see more results faster.
SparkPeople.com is best designed for those who don’t want to go it alone. You can form or join a team and chat with others who share the same goals. This site will also generate meal ideas based specifically upon your own preferences. You can even earn points along the way as you work towards your goal and earn virtual trophies. This site boasts a membership of over 11.5 million and tries to lose the boring, drab diet stigma by selling it as an adventure. You be the judge as to whether or not it works!
MyPyramid.gov is for those who are resolving to achieve better health courtesy of a more balanced diet. No ads here, only tools to help you get to where you’re going. Tracking tools help you monitor your food and calorie intake as well as your exercise and overall physical activity. You can also find additional resources and more helpful links here. This site also features a new tip each day, different sections for specific audiences such as children and pregnant women and has a well-organized site map right at the bottom of the homepage, providing a ton of information literally at your finger tips.
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