So you have made the big decision to shed some excess pounds. You are not sure you can do it alone, but you cringe at the thought of weighing yourself in front of strangers, or you dont have time for meetings. Thanks to the Internet, you dont have to.
So you’ve made the big decision to shed some excess pounds. You’re
not sure you can do it alone, but you cringe at the thought of weighing
yourself in front of strangers, or you don’t have time for meetings.
Thanks to the Internet, you don’t have to. With weight loss apps, social
networking sites and other online tools, you can get the support you
need and preserve your anonymity or limit your exposure to just
friends. What’s more, weight loss apps and online tools provide
resources 24/7, making it easier to stay on track, no matter the time or
What types of help are available online?
- Weight Loss Apps The
big move right now is to make weight loss tools mobile. You’ll find
apps that help you count calories, monitor exercise and share progress
with friends. One of the highlights for me was Jenny Craig’s Dining out Guide,
an app that gives you restaurant-specific calories and fat for each
menu item, portion guides and tips (e.g., “You can eat this at
Restaurant X, but don’t even think about ordering that.”). And many apps
combine diet and exercise in one place, which makes things especially
simple. A few weight loss apps worth looking at: MyFitnessPal, iPump and Lose It!
- Online Tools Big-name
diet programs, like Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem, all
have a strong online presence and offer tools on their Web sites for
tracking exercise, food intake and weight loss. Message boards allow you
to get as much, or as little, social support as you want — and you can
do so at any time of day or night, since someone is always awake on the
- Social Networks and Blogs Let’s not
overlook social networking sites, like Facebook and Twitter, as well as
blogging platforms, like Tumblr. Declaring your goals online and then
posting your progress can serve as powerful motivation and provide a
virtual cheering squad, whether it’s made up of friends or the public at
Granted, some people fare better when help is provided in person. But
for others, weight-loss apps and online tools can provide support
similar to that offered by standard group therapies, such as not feeling
alone with a problem and being able to emulate people who are further
ahead with a program than you are. So if you’ve tried unsuccessfully to
lose weight on your own and don’t want to deal with a face-to-face
group, these technological solutions might be perfect for you.
Richard “RJ” Jaramillo, is the Founder of SingleDad.com,
a website and social media resource dedicated to single parenting and specifically for the newly divorced, re-married, widowed and single Father with children.
RJ is self employed, entrepreneur living in San Diego and a father of three children. The mission of SingleDad is to help the community of Single Parents
“Make Life Happen…Again!”