Today the savvy dieter can find online food journals, fitness programs, support forums, community boards, weight loss motivation tips, calorie counters and activity monitors. A world of information is available on weight loss online, from general sites that provide information on fitness and nutrition to specific sites devoted to particular diets. You'll find members-only sites that work like traditional diet organizations; a membership fee customizes the program to your body type, food preferences and weight loss goals.
Best general site:
Geared towards women, iVillage.com is a comprehensive diet and fitness site simply packed with weight loss information. Steer your browser here for articles such as 'Low-Cal and Low-Carb Cocktails,' diet plans, fitness and workout tips, nutritional advice, motivation, links to dieting sites and information on products and celebrity trends.
Best 'diet specific' sites:
WeightWatchers.co.uk lets you subscribe to their online site if you can't get to meetings in your community. With tips, strategies and recipes, it provides you with all the weight loss information you need to help you achieve your goals. You can join for a three month flat rate of £49.95.
Best customizable sites:
eDiets.com describes itself as 'a premier online diet, fitness, and healthy living destination,' and boasts over 1.9 million members. Offering 'professional advice, information, products and services to those seeking to improve their health and longevity', members register and sign up for a free 'diet profile,' then pay weekly membership fees to access their customised meal plans, fitness guidelines, online shopping, recipes and grocery lists that all tailored to your individual needs.
MyFoodDiary.com provides members with an online food journal that allows access into their extensive food database. After you enter your food choices, MyFoodDiary.com suggests several substitutions you can make in order to bolster your healthy eating habits and wave good-bye to problematic ones. Each month you get an online calorie counter that tracks your fat, carbohydrate and protein intake, the vitamins and minerals you've taken in, as well as any sugar, fibre and water calculations. Members also have access to an exercise log, fitness and nutrition charts and reports, a 'body log' and discussion forum.