Internet offers suggestions on everything from meal plans to work-outs
Mother’s medicine was tough, grandma’s recipes were so 1900. Fancy diet plans looked good, but soon giving up became easier than slimming down. Weight-loss routines, indoors or outdoors, happened to little effect. Maybe it’s time to go online – even as you add solid sitting weight – to look for fitness websites. A lot of people are doing it.
Nina (45), a Californian friend, swears by SparkPeople.com. “My battle of the bulge started at age ten,” she sighs. Clearly, she has tried a million diet-and-fitness programmes. “At SparkPeople, I found food/exercise tracking tools and a supportive community, for free.” Someone who habitually tore open a bag of chips to beat stress, she now logs on, and talks to a Sparkperson. Under a pseudonym, she accesses personalised meal/fitness plans, recipes and exercise videos.
“I love its directory of nutritional information, weight trackers and “SparkTeams” who help you with a whole lot of topics – from breaking out of a plateau to going vegetarian.” Info is accessible 24x7, PC or mobile. Panic!Button forum gives you advice, Woo-Hoo!Button board cheers you to succeed. “I've lost weight considerably, my life has changed,” Nina trilled.