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      26.08.2009 12:53
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      A good site to use to help you lose weight

      A few years ago when I started Uni I did what quite a lot of people do and started to put on weight. Probably a bit of a mix of drinking too much and suddenly being able to eat what I want. When the scales starting going towards being overweight I decided to do something about it.

      I can't remember how I came across weightlossresources but I did and it offered me the chance to have a free trial. The free trial basically allows you to use the website and get a feel for it before you sign up and hand any money over. All you have to do to sign up is put in all your details. This includes the normal: your name, e-mail address etc. Then you put in your height and weight details. This then shows on a graph where your weight in compared to the area it should be in. As I said earlier I didn't quite get to overweight but when I see myself up near that line it makes me want to do something about my weight. It does show quite a large area that you can choose to be in to be healthy in terms of your BMI. I like this as it isn't forcing people to go any lower than they need to. It also allows you to choose what your goal is. For someone like myself who is in the healthy category already, you can choose where within this that you want to be. For someone who has more to lose you can set youself a smaller target to begin if you want to make it seem more achievable. You can also use the site to help you maintain your weight. I like the fact that the site can be used for varying degrees of weightloss.

      You can also choose how fast you want to lose weight. This can vary from 1/2 a lb a week to 2 lbs a week. The site doesn't suggest you try and lose any more than this a week as it won't be sutainable. The site then tells you how many calories you can have a day to make you lose that much weight. The lowest the calories go is 1100 as it is believed that you will go into stravation mode if you eat any less than this. There is science behind how many calories they give you to eat , which included you telling them how active you are. You can also earn yourself more calories to eat by doing exercise.

      As the name of the site suggests it holds resources for weight loss. This includes a massive database of pretty much every food product you could imagine. It is here that you can either look up how many calories something is going to be or you can record what you have eaten. I have only struggled a few times using this to find what I have eaten, this is usually when I have eaten out somewhere. I usually just find a shop version of the meal and then times it by 1.5. Personally I am not as religious as some people when it comes to weighing food etc to try and get the exact right amount of calories but I still find it works for me.

      As well as the resource to count how many calories you have eaten, have left etc there are also other resources. One of these is the forum. This is split into a number of sections to suit different people. The forum is really good if you have a question or if you just want to chat to people. Everyone on there is really friendly and there are no stupid questions. I don't personally post much on here but I read it quite often and is quite motivating to see how well people are doing. You can create your own profile as well and add pictures etc to chart your progress.

      Weightlossrecources also has many stories and articles about weight loss, exercise and other related things. I don't read many of these unless it is something that interests me but these could be very useful to some people.

      To join up as a full member you need to pay. The price currently is £9.95 a month if you want to pay monthly. For a quarterly subscription it works out at £8.95 a month. Although this may seem a lot just to pay to use a site I think it is worth it. You would pay more to join an actual slimming group and this fits in more with your life as you can use it when and where you want.

      When you are signed up as a full member you also get sent to you some jotters to write what you have eaten in if you aren't near a computer. You also get a booklet with some tips and hints in as well.

      The first time I used this site I managed to lose over a stone and get to just where I wanted to be in terms of weight. Unfortunately in the last few years the weight has come back on and now I am back on the site but I know it will work if I put the effort in.

      Overall it is a good site to use to lose weight if you can trust yourself to fill in your food diary and keep within the calories that you have been set.

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        20.07.2009 02:40
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        Log on and start losing!

        After trying the Cambridge Diet, Atkins, Lighterlife, Slimming World and Weight Watchers to no avail I stumbled across WeightLossResources.co.uk
        I skeptically signed up for the 24 hour free trial (no credit card details required).

        Once I logged in I was asked some questions about my weight and height, how active I was and how much weight I wanted to lose each week (you have the option of choosing between .5lb to 2lb per week), and your target weight. After inputting this information you are then given your own little graph which shows where you are with your current weight and then shows you your target. Everytime you have lost you simply input your new weight and it updates your graph. It's really positive to see it it decrease. It also keeps a check on your BMI and lets you know what your new BMI is every time you put in your new weight.

        It will allow you a certain amount of calories (depending on your height, weight and rate of weight loss) per day. You then input everything you eat into their extensive database and it puts the calories in for you... so for instance if you eat Hovis medium cut white bread then that is what you type into the database and the amount of slices you have eaten and it will give you the amount of calories you have consumed by eating that bread.

        If for any reason the food you have eaten is not in the database then you can add it yourself by inputting the information from the packet into the database.

        You can also keep track of your exercise too, and for any exercise you do, you earn extra calories to eat. The amount of calories you earn for exercise again depends on your weight, height and rate of loss. For instance, I would earn 270 cals for 30 mins of cross training.

        It's great for if you are going out for a drink at the end of the week as you can earn your calories in advance and not feel guilty for "binging".

        It works out how much protein, fat, carb etc your food has so you can really keep track on what you are eating.

        The other great thing about Weightlossresources is the forums/boards. They have hundreds of other members on there to provide motivation and support for when you are having an off day etc and it's a really great atmosphere. The boards are usually busy from 7.30am until about midnight. I have made friends on there and even gone to some of their birthday parties!

        They also have a Helpteam which are available from 8-8 (from memory) and also able to answer any queries you may have. The longest I have ever waited for a response from the Helpteam is about 1 hour.

        They even have things like Mcdonalds and Domino's Pizza in their database so if you want a treat you can have it and still keep track of your diet. It tends to go by the theory of everything in moderation, which is superb and stops you feeling like you are actually ON a diet.

        I have never managed to lose weight on any other diet but on Weightlossresources.co.uk I have lost two stone in less than 3 months without punishing myself and made lots of friends.

        It works out quite cheap too at £9.99 per month (if you think some slimming clubs charge £5 per week so you are actually saving money)

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        Log on and have a look!!!

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          06.06.2009 10:40
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          It will change the way you look at food

          I began using this site when I realised the two stone I had put on in pregnancy was going to multiply rather than subside unless I did something proactive. My partner was so pleased with how useful I found it that he agreed that £9.74 a month was a fair amount to pay to use it. There are better deals if you sign up half yearly (£7.78 per month) or quarterly (£8.76 per month) and cancelling is very straightforward if you need to. The free 24-hour trial is useful as you can use all the tools and decide if it suits you.

          You begin by entering your age, sex, height, weight and measurements. Then you can get a body fat and weight report telling you what the healthy range is for someone of your age, sex and height. Then you can set a goal weight and the site will calculate how many calories you need to be consuming daily to achieve that target. The lowest it will go is 1100 calories as any lower is considered unhealthy and unsustainable. A graph then appears showing where you are and how long it should take you to get to your goal weight. This is updated every time you enter new results.

          The site works by allowing you to keep a food diary using the calorie and nutrition database which has most packaged foods and other average nutritional information for stuff like vegetables and meat on it. A word of warning here though: members can add packaged food onto the database and sometimes errors occur so you should double check calories against the pack of what you're eating the first time.

          You can also keep an exercise diary, which allows you to earn extra calories. You simply pick an activity and time spent doing it and then it tells you how many calories were burned. I find a long bike ride feels even better when you know exactly how many calories you are burning!

          There is also a forum for advice and articles about weight loss plus low fat recipes.

          The proof is in the pudding and despite some slip-ups since I joined in February I am 4 pounds off my target and can wear my pre pregnancy clothes again. I like the fact it is not a restrictive diet - you can eat whatever you want (although the nutrition report will tell you if you are eating too much or too little fat, carbs or protein) and that makes it realistic for me in the long term. It can get tedious sometimes entering stuff into the food diary but once you have favourites, food plans and recipes saved it gets quicker to enter. I think calorie counting with a book on my own would be much harder and I wouldn't last a day!

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            12.05.2009 19:20
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            Try it and see if it works for you!

            I wanted to lose a couple of stone that had slowly crept on over a few years, and needed a bit of extra support. I'd tried the weight watchers plan but was unable to go to the meetings on a regular basis so decided to join this site after finding it on a web search.

            The site is very easy to use and has many useful features. You can sign up for a free 24 hour trial, you don't have to enter your card details for this so it is genuinely free. Its a good way to get an idea what the site is like and gives you access to all the features.

            When you register it asks you to enter details such as your current weight, age, height and level of activity (very sedentary, moderately sedentary, moderately active, very active) and your measurements can be inputted, but these are optional. It displays all your statistics in a graph which is great when you're losing weight as it gives you extra visual incentive.

            You need to input your food every day which is a bit annoying but necessary and they make it very easy. You can search on a huge database of pre made and brand name foods, or basic individual foods. You can save these to your favourites so you can find the things you eat a lot, quickly. You can also input recipes and it will calculate the calories for you. There's a huge database of recipes you can use as well, good for when you need inspiration.

            You also input the day's exercise in the same way, you can search on the database and it will calculate the calories automatically, or it gives you the option to input the calories if you know this already (for example if you're on equipment in the gym that calculates it for you). It deducts the calories from your food intake which gives you extra incentive to exercise more, so you can enjoy more food!

            Another great feature of the site is the message board where you can get extra support and talk to other members who are also trying to lose weight. The 'before and after' stories are very inspiring, you can read members successful weight loss stories and even see before and after pictures, many of which are amazing and very motivating.

            There are lots of news and articles about weight loss and health, plus 'challenges' you can take part in, to lose weight by Christmas for example.

            If you want to join the site after your free trial the charge is £9.74 a month, £26.28 a quarter or £46.69 a half year. If you use the site properly this is very good value. They accept credit and debit cards or you can send them a cheque. You can cancel at any time as there's no contract. When you sign up they send you some notebooks so you can keep a note of your calorie intake and exercise when you're on the go.

            I lost 2 stone 4lb last year using this site. I must admit, some of the weight has crept on since I stopped using it but it would be fairly easy to keep using the site every day, as it has a 'maintain weight' option.

            If you're looking to lose weight give this site a try, you'll love it. Good luck!

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              22.03.2007 15:26
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              Excellent website for calorie counting in order to lose weight

              Fighting the Battle of the Bulge

              Ten years ago I was a 5'7", 29-year-old heavy smoker, weighing maybe nine or nine and a half stone. I was a reasonably active young mum. Like many smokers, I often substituted fags for food. I paid little attention to my weight, and though it was slowly creeping on from my post-baby low of eight and a half stone, it wasn't really a worry.

              It's now ten years later, and I'm ten years older. My young daughter is now a teenager, and I am now a non-smoker. I'll be 40 this year (but I don't look a day over 39). I am also (at the moment, but read on) around two stone heavier than I was one paragraph and ten years ago. I allowed the weight to gradually creep on…and then pile on once I stopped smoking. I let things slide for a bit, and then realised that I had to do something. I was unhappy, unhealthy, and 'unpretty'. Action needed taking.

              Looking for information on the calorie content of various foods, I ran across a few weight loss websites. Weightlossresources.co.uk (known hereafter as WLR) caught my eye - partly because it came up first in my Google search, but also because of its ease of use and functionality.

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              Initial views and sign up
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              When you first visit http://www.weightlossresources.co.uk/, you are confronted with a welcome page with two main links - the 'enter' button and a link to the 'calorie counter' (a list of popular items products and their calorie contents). If you press the 'enter' button, you'll be invited to sign up for the free three-day trial.

              Unlike many other 'chargeable' sites, the three-day trial allows you to access all areas of the site, exactly as if you were a member. Furthermore, you do not need to provide credit card details in order to sign up for the free trial. The sign up process is simple - you need to provide your name, postcode, country, email address, a user ID and a password. Once you've done that, you'll be asked for information so that WLR can calculate your calorie allowance: your height, weight, gender, activity level, and your goals. You are now ready to go.

              Should you decide after the three days to continue using the resource (and the site will save your diary and other details for a week), it'll cost you between £7.50 and £9.50 per month, depending on how often you pay. I pay quarterly by credit card, so pay £8.50 per month (were I paying half yearly it would be cheaper; and if I were paying monthly it would be more expensive). You can also pay by cheque, but only if you are paying half yearly. You can cancel at any time, either by phone, email, or on the helpteam forum. (If you cancel, your membership ends the day before your renewal date).

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              Members Only - using the site
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              You'd think, upon logging in, you'd find yourself at 'members home.' You'd be wrong - instead, you find yourself at a welcome page, which says 'welcome' and has the logo and a bunch of tabs at the top. Let's look at these.

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              Home Page
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              If you press 'continue' or the Member's Home tab (or, indeed, the logo at the top left) you WILL find yourself at the home page. You'll see testimonials from successful members, links to various articles (these change - at the moment, they include articles regarding Nordic Walking, a review of the Japan Diet, a link to a cake recipe competition, reviews of food and exercise products and more. In addition, there are links to FAQs and help down the left (amongst other things), and a prominent link to the current challenge (there always seems to be one - as of this writing, it's 'Walk the Weight Off.' The site also sells stuff, and there is the obligatory link to something it sells (in this case a book).

              The homepage is really just a springboard, and if I'm honest, I rarely visit it. I have read some of the articles, particular on severely calorie-restricted diets (don't do it - you'll enter 'starvation mode'), Diet Coke (bad, but I still drink it), and breakfast bars (tasteless; I knew that).

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              Goals and Results
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              Now we're entering WLR's 'raison d'etre.' Here's where you keep track of your weight loss, and, if you're so inclined, inches and body fat lost. You can find ideal weight charts, and it'll tell you how much weight you've yet to lose to achieve your goal (which can be either a final goal or an interim goal), how much you've lost, what your start, current, and goal BMI (Body Mass Index) is and more.

              The engine works out how many calories you are allowed. It does this by taking your starting weight (along with your height, gender and activity level) and how much you wish to lose (you can chose to maintain your weight, lose half a pound, a pound, a pound and a half or two pounds per week). I am on 1100 calories a day - it will never go below that. The thing is though; the less you have to lose (the lighter you are to begin with) the lower your calorie allowance. This is because there are a certain number of calories needed just to tick over - to keep your heart beating, to keep you on your feet. The more you weigh, the more you need to keep yourself going.

              It will calculate, if you wish, your body fat from your hip measurement, and give you nutrition and weight loss reports (both text and graphic). This is where you discover how successful you've been, in data, graph and text forms. You can see how well you've been eating (there are nutrition reports, so you can even see how much you've been drinking), and how your calories have been distributed between meals.

              I update my weight results weekly (every Sunday morning - post tea, pre pee, as it were - I'm giving myself the best chance I can). It does seem that most folks update weekly (though a few do so less frequently, and others weigh themselves daily, though only update weekly). I've seen, thus far, a 19-pound loss since mid-December.

              You should give yourself interim goals - if you have 50 pounds to lose, you don't need to make that your final goal. I am nearing my first goal (11 stone) - once I hit that, I can create a new goal, so that I always have an achievable target. Otherwise, you can get disheartened, and give up.

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              In some ways, dieting is harder than quitting smoking, because you simply cannot (safely) quit eating. The food section of WLR is, unsurprisingly, the place where you log your food intake. There is a substantial database of foodstuffs and their calorie contents. They have both 'average' products (say carrots or pistachio nuts) and branded products. Furthermore, if the product you are consuming isn't on the database, so long as you have the nutritional information, you can enter the details yourself.

              There is a favourites area, so that you can store the stuff you're eating frequently without having to constantly re-enter it. The downside, however of the favourites area is that items are by default added to it. This can make for a very cluttered favourites area, with lots of stuff in there that isn't actually a favourite (you'll never find, if I can help it, Brussels sprouts or marmite in my favourites)

              You can also enter your own recipes, or use recipes that either WLR have provided, or that members have shared. Again, this allows you to accurately track your intake, and removes the guesswork. Having said that, though, it can get tedious entering every recipe that you use, especially in the early days (before you've built up a database). Also, for it to be accurate, you need to weigh your ingredients, and don't take it on faith that you know how much four carrots weigh (or whatever). Many people search the database for something similar to what they are making. I, however, faithfully enter everything.

              I am quite anal about entering my intake - I include nearly everything (including single boiled sweets - they weigh about 7g - I weighed it on a postal scale) both stuff I feel guilty about (beer - bitter - about 185 calories) and drinks with very few calories (Diet Coke - 1.3 calories per can).

              WLR promise that if you accurately enter your food into your food diary, and stick to your calorie allowance, you will lose weight (or your money back). This is true - you will. However, many people (judging from the forums) are not quite so diligent when entering their food and drink intake. Just because you don't enter that cream cake or bottle of wine doesn't mean that it wasn't there. Just because your diary says you've eaten 1000 calories doesn't make it so! Like with any aid of this sort, it is only as good at the user. Garbage in, garbage out, as they say.

              As in the Results tab, you can generate reports. You can look at a history report, which tells you how many calories you've eaten since your last weigh in, against how many you were allowed (plus your calories earned through exercise, which you are supposed to eat), you can see a nutrition report for either the day or a given amount of time, which tells you how balanced (fat v carb and so forth) your diet is. There is also a favourite foods report, so you can see how many calories you are taking in from your most frequently consumed items.

              This section is the section of the site I use the most. Since I really do enter 99% of what I eat and drink, I usually have this open if I'm near a computer. If you're a member, WLR will also send you a jotter, so that you can write down what you've eaten to enter into your diary later.

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              Exercise
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              You can 'earn' calories. Simply exercise more than you normally do (keeping in mind that, for example, 'moderately sedentary' (which is defined by WLR as "For example – an office worker, who is mainly desk-bound and who sits watching TV most evenings.")

              WLR calculates both your calories needed to maintain your weight, and how many calories your exercise burns by your activity level, height, weight, age and gender. They take into account your base activity level, so the calories they say you've burned is likely to differ from that on a heart rate monitor or gym equipment.

              There are all SORTS of activities listed in the exercise database. You can include the calories burned whilst dusting, hovering, floor scrubbing. You can even select 'sex' - an you have a choice of how vigorous your sex was - Slow, Medium or Fast and Furious (which burns around 400 calories an hour, since you ask. I had to look in the interests of research, you understand).

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              Research & Member's Guide
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              I don't tend to use either of these tabs much. The Research tab allows you to search for topics that interest you. Are you curious as to the importance of water in your diet? Type 'water' in the search box and you'll get eight results - from drinking water, to drinking alcohol, and how they affect your diet.

              Member's Guide is essentially the help pages. Here you'll find the FAQ, along with links to your profile and its settings (including payment dates).

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              Message Boards & Chat
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              The final tab has WLR's message boards. The boards are split into categories (help & advice, off topic, maintenance and so forth). These are not php boards, unfortunately, and contain simple lists of topics.

              I find the boards quite difficult to navigate. Topics with new replies do not get bumped up the list, and replies to replies (as it were) are nested, and so takes extra clicks to see all the replies.

              Whilst the forums can be useful, and are a good place to get general advice ('my partner's not supporting my diet') or to crow (or commiserate) about your latest results, there can, as you might expect, be trolls. A few members are a bit smug for my tastes, whilst others have … creative spelling, grammar and sometimes even content. But that is to be expected.

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              I've lost weight using Weight Loss Resources. I've lost a fair amount of weight - 22 pounds as of this writing. I find the calorie database invaluable, and get more than my money's worth from the food database and the exercise database alone. I love being able to track my results, and the day my body mass index (BMI) reached the 'normal' range was a great day.

              I do use the forums, although not THAT much. I like to brag when I've lost the weight, and I've asked for (and mostly received) advice (of varying quality) on everything from restaurant food to bowels.

              Annoyingly, the site will time you out of you are inactive for any length of time. The problem is, it doesn't tell you it's timing you out, so that if you try to navigate around the site after it's logged you out, you'll just get a page not found. You then need to revisit the login page to re-login. This isn't the end of the world, just irritating, if you've (for example) started entering a recipe, gone to eat, and then you go to finish entering the recipe, only to discover you've been logged out.

              In sum, though, Weight Loss Resources does it for me. It helps me keep track of how much I'm eating, how much exercise I'm getting, and how much I'm losing.

              Recommended.

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                I have had problems controlling my weight all of my adult life, and must have tried every sort of diet there is. My battle of the bulge is not helped by my career choice – I am a chef. I do have a BSc degree in Food and Consumer studies, and studied nutrition as part of this so I can’t plead ignorance as an excuse for being overweight. It was sheer apathy and laziness. ~~ My dieting history ~~ I don’t want to appear too self-absorbed at this point, however I do think many people will have made similar errors trying to lose weight. So I would just like to briefly examine some of my past mistakes as a basis for comparison, because I think many other readers will have been there too. I have tried crash and fad diets of all sorts. These have included the famous “Cabbage soup” diet, nothing but fruit for the weekend, and outright fasting. The short-term results are fabulous but the weight soon came back plus some more, because by the time I had starved for a while I was so hungry I ate more than ever once I resumed eating normally. These diets deprive the body of essential nutrients and vitamins, and the weight loss consists of mostly water rather than fat, so they are not a good idea. I have been a keen member of Weight Watchers a few times, and while I find them very good I have always fallen by the wayside. Group leaders have all been very kind, but when I have slunk in after a weekend of partying and it showed on the scales, it was awful. The other problem with Weight Watchers and other similar groups is that if you miss a meeting, unless you have said that you are taking a holiday, they will charge you the meeting fee. Even though I do seem to remember that you can turn up at any Weight Watchers meeting in that week, for anyone doing shift work it can be sometimes be very hard to do. I am also fortunate enough to have visited a health spa about ten years ago. I loved it there, lost quite a lo
                t of weight, and looked great due to all the self-indulgent beauty treatments I had during my stay. However guess what? Within a couple of months the weight was back, so it was just another expensive crash diet that didn’t work in the long-term. After some health problems last year I managed to lose a little weight, but got lazy in the end. Although that weight had not come back on, I was still pretty big. As I am going to a wedding in the USA this autumn I had been feeling pretty worried about what I am going to wear and indeed if I would be able to get into anything remotely decent. After reading an opinion by Cazz on Weightloss Resources I had a look at the site and decided that it was worth giving a try. ~~ The Website ~~ The layout and design of this site is simple and uncluttered and it has none of the distracting pop-ups or banners that drive me wild. This makes navigation to the various parts of the site an easy matter. You will find that using the back button or inactivity whilst on the site will result in you having to log on again. For anyone who is sharing a computer this offers some degree of protection from prying eyes. Apart from one or two hiccups the site has always been easily accessible and fast loading. ~~ Joining Weightloss Resources ~~ This company offers a three-day trial before asking you to part with any money. A couple of days after I joined, I received a welcoming letter, some food jotters and a direct debit form. The membership fee is a modest £7 a month. ~~ What you get for your money ~~ Goal Setting and Results: After inputting details on relevant factors such as sex, age, height, and current weight, a healthy weight range is recommended, and you can then set the goal weight you wish to achieve. Then you decide how much weight you want to lose each week and a daily calorie allowance is calculated according to how active your lifestyle is. As I have a very active job a
                nd rarely sit down during the course of a working day, my calorie allowance is much higher than that of someone with a sedentary lifestyle. The beauty of this is that as you lose weight and input your results, your calorie allowance is recalculated. Unfortunately the more overweight you are, the more calories you need to maintain your weight. This partly explains why in the first couple of months of consuming less food, many people will achieve a spectacular weight loss, only to hit a plateau that can be very disheartening. Although I’ve found having my scoff cut back bit by bit hard, my weight loss has stayed at a steady 1-2lbs a week, even after three months dieting. You are recommended not to record your weight loss more than once a week, although I have found this hard to keep to, especially when I first started. You can see your progress in graph form and a nutritional breakdown of your week’s food intake. If you wish to measure your body fat loss you can do this by measuring your hips every couple of weeks. Inputting the results will again result in them being illustrated in graph form. Food Dairy: As I said earlier, once you have become a member of Weightloss Resources, you will be sent some food jotters. I don’t have access to a computer at work, or sometimes I am away from home for a few days, so I find these invaluable to keep track of what I am eating. One useful feature of this section is that if perhaps you are away, and are unable to access the site, you can still fill in your diary for the days you have missed. Searching out food items in the food database, (more on that in the next section) and adding them to the diary is a simple matter. If you wish, you can see a nutritional breakdown of your food consumption for the day, illustrated in the form of an easily understandable pie chart. Guidelines on the right amounts of fat, protein and carbohydrate and so on that should be consumed are given alo
                ngside in another chart. The most useful feature of the food diary is if you change your mind it is easily altered. Items can be added and deleted at a whim, and the weights of foods can be adjusted. When I first signed up with Weightloss Resources, and was brutally honest with myself when filling out my diary, I was horrified with my calorie consumption. It was simple and obvious why I was so overweight, but before that time I couldn’t really see it. If you do join the site, try it and see! I promise you will be appalled. Nutritional Database: This consists of over 15,000 food and drink items. Many of these are branded and the database includes many items from chain restaurants such as McDonalds. If you can’t find what you are looking for, if you have the nutritional information on the packet, you can add it yourself. However if you don’t have the packaging to hand then you can email the site administrators and ask them for help. Standard portion sizes are suggested but it is an easy matter to input the actual weight of the food item you have consumed. Favourites: This area records the foods that you eat most often. This is a great timesaver as it saves constantly wading through the database to search for items to add to the food diary. Exercise Database and Diary: This includes every sort of exercise you can think of. When you add your activity into your exercise diary, the software calculates how many calories you will have burned up and adds this to your daily calorie allowance. Again as you lose weight you will burn up less calories taking exercise, and this is allowed for in the calculation. Still, anything that can let me eat more is in my opinion a great idea, and just a bit of walking a day can mean an extra 170 odd calories in food, and it is good for you! Recipe Storage: If you have a favourite cake, you can input the details here and find out the damage! This is a great time saver if
                you have recipes that you use all the time, as you can input them here and just add them to your food diary rather than having to add the ingredients individually every you use them. Say if you always have the same breakfast, you can list the items you consume and save them as a recipe, then just add that into your food dairy each day. You can also share your recipes with other site users if you wish. Information and Support: Amongst other things there are features and gossip on the latest research pertaining to weight problems, food items, top chefs’ recipes and profiles on members brave enough to allow their weight loss history and problems to be shown on the front page. The members’ forum is a wonderful place, to share good and bad news. My naturally thin friends don’t want to hear my self-obsessed ravings about my diet problems, so occasionally I do it here. Everyone is very friendly and non-judgemental and I have posted details of my falls from grace, only to back on track by my new best friends on the site. ~~ Conclusion ~~ In conclusion I am going to say what most dieters know in their heart. Except for the lucky few, weight control has to be approached as a lifelong battle and short-term crash diets do not work. Getting enough exercise has everything to do with keeping slim and fit. The Weightloss Resources site shows the way to do this sensibly, if you do it their way, you will be less likely to give up. For example it won’t give a calculation of the calories needed to lose more than 2lb a week, as this rate of weight loss is not good for your health, and most people will slip back after a while. Nor do they advise eating less than 1200 calories a day for the same reasons. Shifting excess weight and changing bad eating habits is very hard, but doing it is down to you. No one else can do it for you, so like most others I need all the help I can get to achieve this. Thanks to read
                ing Cazz’s opinion on the brilliant Weightloss Resources site, I have now lost 23lbs and I heartily recommend giving them a try.

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                  If you are or have ever been in the position that I am in needing to lose weight and having tried most things then you might be interested in this site, quite affordable at only £7 a month it gives you both food and exercise diaries and a goal weight and all the information that you already should know but forget from day to day. To start with they give you a 3 day free trial period just to try out the service to see if it suits you, so thats what I did and I liked what I saw, this is just the kind of thing I have been looking for. You see I hate weightwatchers and slimming world type clubs as I find them impossible to get to and they think that their way is the only way to lose weight, they also have only just started to encourage exercise and I believe that everyone should exercise however little every day. Also who needs someone else setting your menus or telling you what to eat or what not to eat?? I don't! DETAILS/DESCRIPTION FROM THE WEBSITE A comprehensive set of tools and databases tailor made for people who want to lose weight. • The biggest UK online calorie and nutrition database • A food diary and analysis tools • Computation of your energy requirements • Goal setting facilities • Monitoring of weight, body fat and BMI • Reports and charts on weight and nutrition • A calorie counted recipe database • The facility to include and analyse your own recipes • An exercise activity database • A food planner • An activity planner • A research database • Guidance to help you lose weight • The facility to communicate with other members • News, features and tips in WLR magazine. Full member service also includes: • A starter pack, including the WLR Guide booklet and our pocket-sized Quick Guide to calories in popular foods.* • Daily jotters - compact notebooks for jo
                  tting down what you eat. A new supply of jotters is provided to members every two months.* • Access to knowledgeable and friendly WLR staff members for help and guidance. * Not available on free trial membership There are also the usual warnings like consult your doctor and not to be used if pregnant or breastfeeding. I think that if you need the extra support that some people do look for then this could be the best place to go to as you sre still in control they are just giving you all the information that is required to make informed choices about food. At £7 a month its so much cheaper then Weightwatchers for example. All in all I think that this is a well run website with so many useful functions to the online dieter. I might actually consider signing up for the full membership. I will keep this opinion updated if I do decide to join up and keep you all posted on how my weightloss goes. Thanks for reading, Amanda

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