Think of the Web as your personal nutritionist. On it you'll find weight loss tools for evaluating your current food intake, exercise patterns, and health and weight status, along with weight loss plans, tools, and techniques for improving your weight and overall health.
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The best way to choose a diet plan is to take a look at a wide range of plans so that you can choose one that best suits your lifestyle and health needs. Online you'll find a variety of sites that list the different plans available.
- Since there are many online sites to choose from and their prices vary significantly, you should choose a site that offers you the most customized diet possible for your money and time investment. If you are simply looking for a place to review nutrition information and evaluate your current diet and log your intake, you may not need a site with sophisticated features.
- Even fee-based sites usually allow the customer a trial period during which you can test the plan or program for free. Take advantage of these if you are "diet shopping." You can try a few different sites and then purchase the tool from the site that you found easiest and most helpful.
- Many popular diets have online counterparts. For example, if you pay to join Weight Watchers, you can use its Web site to access support and information or as a supplement to the in-person meetings.
helps you choose a diet to fit your tastes and lifestyle. Use the "DietFinder" by adjusting the importance of certain parts of your diet (like eating red meat or the ease of eating out). It will return results based on your answers along with user reviews of the diets. Knowing what other people say are their most and least favorite aspects of certain diets can help you choose if it's right for you.
is a gateway to a number of different diets, some more nutritionally sound than others. Each diet is described with its basic philosophy or approach, foods that aren't allowed, risks, and a sample meal plan. Visit the "News" tab for interesting articles on topics like metabolism, dieting as a couple, and the health benefits of olive oil.
offers diet news and advice and a number of blogs (some more credible than others) on nutrition topics. Its creator, Charles Stuart Platkin, is the author of the Diet Detective, a nationally syndicated column, and holds a Master's of Public Health. The Diet Detective site offers free access to its articles and database but a customized diet plan costs $49.95 a year.
is a free resource for planning and tracking your diet, participating in an online community, and learning about nutrition and exercise topics via articles and podcasts. The site is quite busy with advertisements for commercial diet plans that require the purchase of special foods and supplements, and it offers meal plans and workout videos for sale. However, there is plenty of free content available so take the time to browse before you purchase anything here.
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