I’ve been on a weight loss journey for what seems like my entire life. Up, down, staying the same… it’s all happened to me. I was a heavy kid, then lost a lot of weight in college. I gained some back after graduating and developed a thyroid condition. I had Abbie and dropped that weight, but I’m still battling the weight I had before even getting pregnant with Abbie. It’s always been a slow process for me.
Since I’ve been working on it for so long, I do have a few favorite tools up my sleeve that I’ll be sharing, but I thought I’d start with websites. Sure, you can read books and go to the doctor, but a good, informative website is so helpful. Here are my top five!
Weight Watchers (www.weightwatchers.com)
I figured I’d start with the obvious. There’s a reason Weight Watchers has been one of the best ways to lose and maintain a healthy weight for decades – because it works. Obviously, to get all of the features of the program, you need to be a member. There are two options – meetings or 100% online. I prefer the meetings, but I know many people have success doing it online only. Once you’re a member, you have access to the program, online live chat support (which is fairly new and AWESOME), success stories, workout ideas, and a community of message boards. There’s also a section of the site called the Science Center, where it’s just that – the science of weight loss. It’s a great program and one I always recommend.
My Fitness Pal (www.myfitnesspal.com)
I know, super weird that I rave about Weight Watchers and then go into a competitor, right? Not weird at all. I often use MFP in conjunction with WW. It’s a comepletely free option and super easy to use. It also has the advantage of linking with your Facebook account, letting you connect with friends to cheer you on and build a community, and linking to other apps so your exercise flows right in as calories burned. I also find that it gives me a great breakdown of information – I can see how much protein I ate in a single day, for example. Since it allows user submissions, it also has nearly every food you can think of…. and if it doesn’t, you can add it very easily. Love this one!
Well, you know I’m obsessed. I love fitting activity into my day rather than planning my day around it. I love the challenges. I love how Fitbit links right into MFP or WW to input my activity. Basically, I’m obsessed with my Fitbit, the Fitbit community… everything about it!
It may seem a little crazy for Youtube to be on my list, but do you know how many workout videos are on youtube? More than you can imagine. You can find almost anything – 30 day Shred, Yoga, Pilates, and Dance workouts just to name a few. Some of my favorites are from Cassey Ho of Blogilates.
I found Greatist about a year ago, and they’re continually publishing great stuff – everything from sleep to exercise to recipes. It’s the one email I actually let through my spam filter every day. Check them out – you won’t be disappointed!
Now I know I’ve missed some so I want to know – what are your favorite websites for weight loss?