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diet tipsPeople diet for many different reasons.  It could be that they have an illness such as diabetes that would require a special diet.  It could also be that in order to be healthy, some weight loss could be in order.  Whatever the reason for the needed diet, we all would love to do it without spending a huge amount of money.

The Internet is good at helping us to save money.  We used to have to buy books (and other information sources) in order to learn about dieting and cooking healthy food. Now we can now hit up the ol’ Internet and find stuff for free!  We can also find free online diets and diet tips to keep our costs low.

You will find four different categories of links in this article that should get you well on your way to dieting on a budget: nutritional guides, recipe sites, counters and calculators, and journaling.

Nutritional Guides

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In order to begin eating healthy, you’ll need to figure out what foods are good and what foods are bad.  Some of these guides will help you see what is in some restaurant foods while others will offer some overall good nutritional information on many different foods.

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Recipe Sites

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Cooking at home can be a great way to control your diet.  This way you don’t have all of that junk that restaurants put into their food.  True, you could hit up one of those bookstores and find some good healthy recipe books but isn’t it easier to find recipes for free online?  There are sites that will help you avoid eating out, sites that will help you cook on a budget, and sites containing healthy recipes.  Any of these sites will help you eat healthier and keep your costs low.

Counters & Calculators

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While on your journey to dieting, you’ll want to make use of some tools that will help you “see the numbers.”  Use some of these tools in order to find your target weight, count calories, and even map an exercise route.

Journaling

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What better way to keep an eye on how you’re doing and to get back on track than to keep a journal?  This list of links will give you instructions on how to keep a journal and one even has a free online journaling tool for you to make use of.

Sure, you can go out and buy books, pay money for those diet tips and plans, and even spend money on tools to help you diet.  The purpose of this list of resources is to help you get it done on a budget.  The tools here are free and many of the recipes are inexpensive to make (avoiding restaurants alone will help your diet and your pocketbook).

What tools and sites can you suggest to help someone dieting on a budget?

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  1. timmyjohnboy
    April 13, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    I am so offended someone liked an article I wrote enough to link to it! Nah, just kidding. That's cool! Thanks!

  2. David Duizer
    April 13, 2010 at 7:32 am

    Hi Tim! I liked this post a lot and I thought it provided a lot of great information. I wrote a post and linked your site today! Hope that is ok! http://damystrength.blogspot.com/2010/04/be-resourceful.html

  3. timmyjohnboy
    April 9, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    A friend of mine, @traek, sent me this link:

    Daily Plate

    She says she joined the community and lost 30lbs! Thanks Trae!

  4. Tim Lenahan
    April 9, 2010 at 6:59 am

    A friend of mine, @traek, sent me this link:

    Daily Plate

    She says she joined the community and lost 30lbs! Thanks Trae!

  5. timmyjohnboy
    April 8, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Oh, and I'm afraid I spelled "coach" wrong! LOL!

  6. David Duizer
    April 8, 2010 at 9:46 am

    Social networking is great but sometimes it can be like the blind leading the blind...Friends aren't the best at keeping us accountable and when it comes to staying fit issues of motivation or lack there of are usually kept private. Being able to share with a coach or trainer (someone to vent to who will actually listen and respond with some knowledge) is by far going to be more beneficial. If someone on your social network has time and is willing to put up with your struggles (and actually has some ability in keeping people on track) then it could be useful!

    • Tim Lenahan
      April 8, 2010 at 10:43 am

      Your latest blog post is a good link to leave on here. Thanks for the tips!

      A couch is better but I know through experience that a friend with similar goals can be good for both parties.

      • David Duizer
        April 8, 2010 at 10:51 am

        Thanks so much for the link! You make a good point about friends with similar goals! I forgot to mention...from your list FitDay is incredible! I just discovered it this year. It really is an amazing way to keep a food diary. It is especially great for athletes or fitness competitors looking to follow their macronutrients. They have a huge list of foods and with the ability to add in custom foods nothing in your diet will be missed!

  7. timmyjohnboy
    April 8, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Good point! Accountability is key when it comes to lifestyle changes. Keeping the theme of online resources, what about social networking sites for finding some accountability?

  8. David Duizer
    April 7, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    These are great sites. Free is great however when it comes to a diet or beginning a healthy lifestyle one of the biggest factors that free online programs don't supply is motivation...someone like a coach, friend, or trainer with knowledge and the ability to get you through the tough times. Having someone to keep you on track and accountable will really be beneficial especially with those first few pounds!!!

  9. jessca
    March 20, 2010 at 6:41 am

    I've tried various low-calorie diet plans for past 2+ years. The majority of the diet plans I’ve tried usually make me feel weak and tired. Based on a friend’s recommendation, I started trying the Medifast Diet. It’s a portion-controlled diet plan where you eat 5 nutritionally balanced meals and 1 lean & green meal per day.
    It is somewhat expensive compared to other diet plans, but I don’t mind paying the extra buck if I see results. Also, you can find coupons on the internet (i.e. http://www.swoopup.com/stores/...
    Good luck everyone and I hope you reach your weight loss goals!

  10. Cammy@TheTippyToeDiet
    March 12, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Great list! When I first started losing weight, I used sparkpeople.com . It's a free online application that incorporates journaling, food tracking, exercise & nutrition articles, recipes, and community in an easy-to-use format. Nowadays I rely more on my own blogging community (there are bunches of us out there!), but I still visit sparkpeople from time to time.

    • Jennifer Stewart
      April 8, 2010 at 9:46 am

      I've heard a lot about sparkpeople...haven't visited their website, although I have done a few of their Pilates videos from YouTube. I liked the videos, so I will definitely have to add checking their website out to my to-do list!

  11. Cammy@TheTippyToeDiet
    March 13, 2010 at 1:25 am

    Great list! When I first started losing weight, I used sparkpeople.com . It's a free online application that incorporates journaling, food tracking, exercise & nutrition articles, recipes, and community in an easy-to-use format. Nowadays I rely more on my own blogging community (there are bunches of us out there!), but I still visit sparkpeople from time to time.