6 Great Free Weight Loss Resource Sites

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choccakeAs I’m watching television, eating chips and writing, I notice that the new season of The Biggest Loser has just started. I empathize with the contestants. At one time, I was seventy pounds overweight. I slowly lost twenty pounds over three years. Then, three years ago, spurred on by the show, I got serious. In six months I lost over forty pounds through diet and exercise. A lot of both. My wife (and weight loss partner) lost over thirty pounds.

Now, I’ve gained some, but not all, back. I’ve become a little more serious lately and hope to work my way closer to my ideal weight again. As I’m about to doze off into a carb-induced coma, I realize why I’ve gained some of my weight back.

No matter the amount you want to lose, it can be very difficult. A “weight loss” search is likely to yield a myriad of websites trying to sell you gimmicks, pills, powders, or exercise equipment. You rarely find free weight loss sites that are actually free and helpful when it comes to weight loss.

After scouring the internet, here are some of the best free weight loss sites to help you on your weight loss journey. Remember to consult with a doctor before beginning any special diet or exercise regimen.


The Mayo Clinic weight loss website provides some basic, yet useful information. Count on this medically oriented site to guide you reasonably and safely on your journey. If you are a beginner, this is a key place to start. If you have hit a brick wall in your weight loss, this is a place to return to the basics. Sometimes just doing that will spur your weight loss once again.

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WebMD has a Healthy Eating and Diet Center, which much like the Mayo site, provides doctor approved tips and tools. There are calculators, galore and a “Diets A-Z” section that includes the low-down on various diets like the Cookie Diet, the Atkins Diet, and the Cabbage Soup Diet (never mind that retching sound in the background ““ just gimme a sec).

A cool feature of this site is their free Food and Fitness Planner. You enter the basics and the Planner takes you step-by-step through providing a meal and exercise plan to reach your goals. The Planner’s settings only allow you to pick modest goals, but research has shown that slow weight loss equals longer term success.

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As a huge (no pun intended) fan of “The Biggest Loser”, I am disappointed in their “official” site. It appears simply a sales and marketing tool. Almost any selection will take you to products you can buy. There are a few free resources, like an occasional recipe here and there, but nothing substantial. However, going to NBC’s Biggest Loser website will provide better results. The site has video, blogs, recipes, exercises and tips ““ all free!

If you think you need community motivation, try The Biggest Loser League. This is free to join, and requires a simple registration. Complete your profile, set your goals, and track your progress. There are League challenges that you can sign up for and earn points. You can set up your own individual challenges or form a team with family or friends and create challenges for the team. Points simply allow you to move up in rank in the League, but earning points may keep you losing weight. The variety introduced through the challenges will keep your journey fresh.

You can upload your photos, and view a weight loss time-line. The site’s targeted feature is that of creating community, or building a team. The added accountability of partners may be all you need for motivation.

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Prevention Magazine is a Biggest Loser partner, so it’s no surprise that their sites are linked. However, Prevention itself offers some additional resources. The coolest thing I found was their Weight Loss Simulator for women. This offers a 3-D comparison of your “virtual” body now versus what you might look like when you lose weight.

You enter specifics about your body, including height, current and goal weight, and you can even change your avatar’s look. To save the profile you have to register with My Virtual Model, which is a free process. Since Prevention is primarily targeted for women, many of the tools, like the Simulator, are geared for women, but there are charts, calculators, food diaries, and many other free resources anyone can use.

Weight loss is about the basics ““ intake versus output; keep your online weight loss tools basic and you will see results! Remember, when using weight loss tools like calculators, be honest! You have to have a true assessment of where you are now to accurately measure results.

Which weight loss tools or free weight loss sites do you use to plan and track your diet progress? Let us know in the comments.

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Shirley Bovshow “EdenMaker”

You mentioned some great resources..hmm, it seems I’ve referred to one or more of them a little to often.
My work as a gardening blogger and writer has me pinned to my desk for 8-10 hours at a stretch. I couldn’t help but gain weight! 20 lbs in 11 months. I finally got to the point where I didn’t look forward to blogging anymore because I equated it with “gaining weight.”

I got rid of my desk chair and replaced it with a recumbent bike. Now I peddle and blog all day and have been losing about one pound per week! I don’t even have to work up a sweat, easy peddling is good enough.

I call this activity “Blogger’s Butt Boot Camp” and I’m sharing my ride with my readers.

http://bit.ly/2agrYA

Hope it inspires you to come up with an idea that keeps you active, while at your desk that you like.
Shirley Bovshow

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Abel Magwitch

This list is rudimentary at best. Whoever created it did cursory search at best. I have personally lost 50 pounds with the help of caloriecount.about.com/. A great site with a huge and supportive community. I know someone who found the same thing at sparkpeople.com/, This too important a topic to treat so casually. Anyway, still a big fan of MakeUseOf.

Eric

I agree, it’s a rudimentary list. You didn’t include some great fitness/weight loss sites… Like DailyBurn.com, SparkPeople, Weight Watchers, etc. I personally have lost 27 pounds in 5 months using DailyBurn, MapMyRun, and DailyMile.com.

Paul

I purposefully kept the list basic. During my initial “20 pounds in three years” I found myself trying to use every resource available and the weight loss was slow and agonizing. I think too much information and variety hampered me. After returning to the fundamentals and keeping it simple and rudimentary – calories in versus energy used – my weight loss took off. 40+ pounds in six months versus 20 pounds in three years just from getting back to the basics! I wasn’t trying any harder – I just got more serious because I’d learned it was a simple formula. A pound of fat equals 3500 calories. If you cut and/or burn 500 calories a day (easier than you think) you can lose 1 pound a week.

The sites I wrote about are basic, safe and provide some motivational sources, but don’t clutter up the issue of weight loss or try too hard to sell you something.

Different things work for different people and the simpler I kept it (probably saying something about myself) the better for me. Thanks for your comments and suggestions!

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Paul

I purposefully kept the list basic. During my initial “20 pounds in three years” I found myself trying to use every resource available and the weight loss was slow and agonizing. I think too much information and variety hampered me. After returning to the fundamentals and keeping it simple and rudimentary – calories in versus energy used – my weight loss took off. 40+ pounds in six months versus 20 pounds in three years just from getting back to the basics! I wasn’t trying any harder – I just got more serious because I’d learned it was a simple formula. A pound of fat equals 3500 calories. If you cut and/or burn 500 calories a day (easier than you think) you can lose 1 pound a week.

The sites I wrote about are basic, safe and provide some motivational sources, but don’t clutter up the issue of weight loss or try too hard to sell you something.

Different things work for different people and the simpler I kept it (probably saying something about myself) the better for me. Thanks for your comments and suggestions!
Should add excellent post. Can’t wait to seeing the next post!

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Katie

There is no substitute for commitment and hard work. I have tried the pills and fad diets without any results. I found realfitfast.com and they gave me a step-by-step plan to follow and it has become my lifestyle! There are no easy ways out–if you want it you can get it with help!

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Rona

A couple of others that I have used over the years are http://www.sparkpeople.com and http://www.fatsecret.com

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Tatiana

I think the article is good. But for all individuals thinking about starting a diet, I highly recommend engaging the services of a professional health coach to actually plan your program with you and based on your pace, preferences, priorities and lifestyle. I am a health coach and just about every new weight loss client comes to me after trying this and that diet and failing again and again. Self esteem low, out of ideas, feeling out of control, having paid money, time and effort into a diet or diets that didn’t work. We have to think of health as a foundation of great things, not a race to the finish. We have to connect health to what we value the most, we have to formulate a very, very detailed and step by step plan with and for the client. Then, if we include an online program, or calorie counter website, or an incredibly creative idea such as a bicycle desk chair (see above, congrats!), then that is PART of a well thought through program. Many of my clients already have the Glycemic Index memorized and use it, or remember a ‘points’ program they used in the past. No problem! But all of that is part 2 of an integrated health plan for you. Don’t try to go it alone if you are not really sure you know what you are doing!Believe me! if I can be of any help at all, please feel free. from Tatiana. Founder, owner, BodyVision SL

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Shirley Bovshow “EdenMaker”

I agree with all of the above regarding weight loss and life-long fitness:

1.Exercise ( I peddle at my desk on a recumbent bike)

2. Eat healthfully

3. Use support tools- there are so many online as outlined in your post.

4. Find a support community- This is extremely important for some people more than others!

5. Don’t give up!

Shirley Bovshow
http://bit.ly/2agrYA

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toni

yup i agree, and bye the way this is a very interesting topic, i like it.. keep up the good work!!

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relator

Haha ! Do write an article discussing about gaining weight too :)

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Why Protein

This sites are good and very informative. The sites you mention is great but there are another sites too who provides best resources to reduce the weight.

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herbalife

I lost 25lbs. in 6 weeks and I had a journal to log every thing i ate it was the most effective thing i have found for me.

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Katlyn

Apparently, the Prevention 3D model thing is no longer available :(

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geoff

Hi. Have to agree on the back-to-basics, K.I.S.S. approach when it comes to weight loss. If you cut out sugar and alcohol you’re pretty much on top of your calorie intake. Get off your butt and get active enough to break sweat and get out of breath for half an hour every day, you’ve got excercise licked.

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