Losing weight can be an exciting time in a person’s life. The prospect of dropping down one or more sizes, having a greater selection of clothes to wear, and of course the numerous health benefits (such as the reduced risk of developing obesity-related medical problems such as diabetes and heart disease) are just some of the many benefits of gaining a slimmer figure.
There are all sorts of ways to help guide and encourage people to stick to a diet, ranging from groups of like-minded individuals meeting up on a weekly basis to update each other of their weight loss progress and offer support to others, to using gadgets such as GPS watches which help you to record times and calories burnt whilst out running.
But there is also a great deal of online resources to help you out with this task too. Here are some of the best websites that offer weight loss resources to people:
MyFitnessPal is a free membership-based website offers you all the tools you need to successfully lose weight, such as a daily food diary which helps you to keep track of what you eat, and a searchable food database of over 3.2 million food and drink items (with the ability to add your own foods and meals too).
There are also free smartphone apps available which help you to keep track of your food consumption whilst you are mobile!
Visit the MyFitnessPal website at myfitnesspal.com.
Calorie Count is a website similar in functionality to MyFitnessPal. It offers you the ability to log foods consumed on a daily basis, and boasts a membership of over 5 million users.
Smartphone and tablet computer apps are also available for the Apple iPhone and iPad, Android, and BlackBerry devices. This website is run by the same people that manage the popular about.com websites.
Visit the Calorie Count website at caloriecount.about.com.
The FlatStomach.net website aims to provide a comprehensive resource to men and women that want to tone their bodies and, as the website title suggests, achieve a flat stomach.
It is full of useful and handy guides on exercises (including abs exercises), diet tips, cardio workouts, and yoga.
Visit the FlatStomach.net website at flatstomach.net.
The Spark People website is a 100 per cent free online resource for both men and women looking to lose weight. It offers nutrition, health, and fitness tools, as well as support to people dieting and exercising their way to a slimmer figure.
It aims to help others beyond the realms of simply dieting and exercising. For example, there are comprehensive resources on how to continue eating and living healthily, as well as community tools which bring people together that share these common goals. Their sites boasts millions of members, and one of the reasons behind the website’s popularity is because they do not endorse any fad diets, extreme exercise regimes or the use of diet pills and supplements.
Visit the Spark People website at sparkpeople.com.