Weight Loss Websites that Help You Succeed
Here are three of our favorite weight loss websites — and they’re all absolutely free and from trusted sources! But before you go off on a do-it-yourself weight loss program via the internet, be sure to consult with a physician, nutritionist, or dietician. Proper weight loss should be the goal, not just losing as many pounds as quickly as you can!
A successful weight loss program requires patience, discipline and perseverance. Weight loss is not a sprint. It is a marathon.
Three tips for healthy, sustainable weight loss: It’s best to, 1) include a healthcare professional for guidance, 2) choose a weight loss program that is best-suited to you, and 3) put patience, discipline, and perseverance into practice. Read: Evaluate Eating Habits For Weight Loss
The internet can be a good supplemental resource once you have an idea as to how you are going to proceed. You’ll find support groups, research and anecdotal information, and helpful tools and apps to make your goals that much more attainable.
Weight Loss Websites: Choose My Plate
A good place to begin your online research is ChooseMyPlate.gov.
ChooseMyPlate.gov is a website of the United Sates Department of Agriculture (USDA) that provides education on healthier diets. The purpose of the website is to help America create a healthy diet with the website’s nutrition education and tools for dietary assessment. The website is friendly, not only for the general population, but also for healthcare professionals, nutrition educators, and the healthcare industry.
One of the tools offered is the USDA’s MyPlate diagram. MyPlate is a simple visual designed to make memorable how to build a healthy plate. Also provided are lots of downloadable tip sheets to accomplish that goal — and they’re all free. For another viewpoint, check out RD Elizabeth’s idea for making a healthy plate, read: Bariatric Eating: Getting Back on Track.
Further, the Harvard School of Nutrition made MyPlate into an infographic that includes more information on building a healthy plate. You can download Harvard’s Healthy Eating Plate and hang it on your refrigerator for a handy reference.
Along this same line, check out Livestrong’s free MyPlate calorie tracker for desktop and mobile.
Both of these websites offer a load of resources too numerous to list here. So be sure to explore them on your own!
Weight Loss Websites: Nutrition.gov
Another good website for weight loss and healthy living is the USDA’s National Agriculture Library nutrition.gov website. The website provides and reliable information about nutrition, healthy eating, physical activity, and food safety for consumers. Specialized information for infants, children, teens, adults, and seniors is also provided.
The site allows the consumer to browse through subject matter such as What’s In Food, Smart Nutrition, Life Stages, Weight Management, Nutrition and Health Issues, Shopping, Cooking and Meal Planning, and others.
Each subject is then broken down into sub-topics. For instance, Weight Management is divided into Strategies for Success, What You Should Know About Popular Diets, Physical Activity and Body Image to name a few.
And be sure to explore these sub-topics on MyBariatricLife! Scroll through the articles under INSPIRATION, STRUGGLES, and GET FIT. Or use the drop down menus in the blue ribbon to view the sub-topics, such as Body Image, Diet Reviews, and Getting Active.
Weight Loss Websites: The Weight-Control Information Network
Our final suggestion is the Weight-Control Information Network, an information service of the National Institute of Health and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. The website offers evidence-based information and resources on nutrition, physical activity, and weight control for the general public and for healthcare providers.
A good place to begin your research is Choosing a Safe and Successful Weight Loss Program. This web page offers suggestions on getting started, what to look for in a weight loss program, and what questions should be asked when making a program. Read: Meal Planning Tips for Weight Loss
I hope these weight loss websites prove helpful to you!
Living larger than ever,
My Bariatric Life