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honesty is the best policy
Member Name: slide_away_
Advantages: great way to diet, actually works as i've lost a stone using it
Disadvantages: have to be honest with it
When you first sign up and create an account it asks for your current weight, your desired weight and other important pieces of information such as your height, gender and age. It also asks how you'd describe your everyday activities and gives 4 options from sedentary to very active. Finally it asks how much you expect yourself to exercise in an average week and how much you'd like to lose in an average week in pounds. It recommends that you aim to lose 1 pound a week but you can pick other options such as maintaining your current weight or even gaining weight: I find the fact that it recommends you to stick to losing 1 pound a week instead of going for a higher goal as proof that, even though it is a website to help people diet, it is definitely focused on people's health. After you have filled in all this information it creates your fitness profile and gives you a recommendation for your daily calorie limit. You can update this profile at any time if you want to lose less or more a week or whenever your height/weight changes. The fact that this site is so easy to use and update is definitely one of its best features.
-Using the site-
Once you've made your profile you can 'track food' and 'track exercise'. In both of these categories there are pretty much every type of food and exercise that you can think of: I don't think I've ever tried to type in an item of food that it hasn't had in its massive database. If you come across something that isn't on the site, however, you can add it to the database as long as you know the relevant nutritional information.
It is important to note that this is an international site and therefore some foods will be stored in the database in portions in grams or cups: make sure you look at what the portion is stated as as it may be much less or more than what you've actually eaten and you could be mistakenly filling out your food diary for the day.
Once you've been using the site for a while it logs which foods you eat the most and makes a shortlist for you so you can pick food without having to type it in every time. It also has tabs for recent foods, meals, recipes and my foods. I personally don't really use the meals or recipes features but I reckon I will be doing so when I am actually cooking my own meals, since I've been in catered halls at university.
In the exercise section it shows the calories you expect yourself to be burning (calculated from how much exercise you expect yourself to do in a week) and as you do this it fills itself in. When you put in exercise it adds the calories burnt to your daily calorie limit so you can eat more food if you wish - or it'll bring you down to your limit if you've gone over.
On the main page of the website it shows you your 'daily summary' where you can see your calories limit for the day, what calories you've had and what exercise you've done. It also has some features akin to Facebook in that you can friend people and each person has a wall on their main page where their calorie intake and exercise undertaken appear as status updates: you can keep your diary private or make it public, meaning that your friends or people visiting your profile can see it. There is also a forum on the website where you can discuss dieting or anything really with other members: it certainly feels like a community on there.
I've never had any problems with this website and for anyone thinking of dieting, I would definitely advise them to use it since you can customise so many different things and definitely make your own personal fitness profile.
It also has a mobile app so you can add food and exercise on the go: this is great so you can't forget to add something later!
I would say that it acts as a sort of conscience in that, whereas before using it, I wouldn't have thought twice about snacking, now I tend to see whether I really need it and what sort of exercise I'd have to do to make it back to my calorie limit.
It's completely free - even the mobile app!
As I said in my title, honesty is the best, and only, policy with this website. If you eat something, make sure you log it into your diary instead of saying 'if I don't log it down it doesn't count' and if you eat a lot of something, put down the amount you eat instead of a smaller one. At the end of the day, this website is trying to help you so if you're lying to make sure you're always under your calorie limit you may as well not bother. This website only works for you if you're honest with it.
Personally, I love this website and would recommend it to anyone - people who have started using it on my recommendation have also been equally as pleased.
Summary: a great and free website for dieters!