If you’re reading this post I imagine you’re at least ‘mildly‘ computer literate, which means if you’re trying to lose weight you already have a distinct advantage.
Research has shown that people who use computers in conjunction with a weight loss programme lose three times more weight than people who don’t.
So, how can you maximise this weight loss potential while sitting at your computer desk?
Here are 7 ways you can use your computer to lose weight:
#1 To get more info
Search online for articles, recipes, cooking demos (Start Cooking), quizzes, case studies, and weight loss programmes to suit your personal needs.
There is such a wealth of info out there, and if used correctly the Internet can be a great resource…just remember to sift out the rubbish!
Sites I enjoy:
#2 To download ebooks, fitness videos, and audio programmes
For some of the best ebooks around, check out Clickbank, or do a Google search for ‘weight loss ebook.’
For fitness videos I think Exercise TV do a great job. They have a range of different videos to download, or you can purchase their DVDs to use offline.
For high quality audio programmes iTunes rock! Check out iTunesU for educational downloads, or search through the categories to find ‘podcasts’ or ‘audiobooks’ on the topic you’re looking for (note: you will have to download iTunes)
#3 To subscribe to email newsletters
If you don’t already know, when you sign up for my free ebook, “The Lifestyle Makeover Guide,” you also receive a newsletter.
It normally goes out once each week, and contains many tips, such as the secrets of skinny people, or how to fit exercise into a busy schedule.
So, if you’re after up-to-date, reliable info to encourage you, and help you stay on track, I urge you to subscribe…what have you got to lose, it’s completely FREE!!
#4 To visit weight loss forums
This is a great way of meeting people who know exactly what you’re struggling with, and you can learn so much from others who are already losing weight successfully.
Weight loss forums are also a good way of creating accountability for your actions, because the other forum members will take an interest in how things are going for you.
Check out Wellsphere and join the groups you’re interested in, such as the weight loss community, or the healthy eating community.
#5 To meet a weight loss buddy
This is one of my favourite ideas!
Visit the site weight loss buddy, where they will hook you up with a weight loss partner for free.
The idea is that you motivate each other to lose weight, and hold each other accountable for your actions.
#6 To use a spreadsheet
You can easily record the calorie intake of your meals, snacks, and drinks using a spreadsheet.
Try to do this for at least 3 days to get a good idea of how you can make improvements.
Use Calorie King to calculate the calories and nutrients in your food, and then enter the data into your spreadsheet, to give an overview of how healthy your diet is.
If you want to organise all your info in the one place, I’d suggest using the same spreadsheet to track your weekly weight measurements, exercise times, and your weight loss goals.
Research suggests keeping a food diary can double weight loss, so keeping track of your meals really is worth the extra effort.
#7 To get help from an online weight loss expert
With more and more people using computers, email coaching is becoming a very popular option.
The big bonus is that you can get personalised information at a fraction of the cost of a face-to-face meeting, and it’s all from the convenience of your own home.
However, please do be careful to check out the credentials of the person, don’t assume that just because they say they’re a ‘specialist’ that they are!
Here are 5 useful resources I’ve discovered:
#1 Gyminee – sign up to track your workouts, monitor your food intake, set goals, and meet new friends.
#2 Nutrition Data – track your food intake, analyze recipes, or estimate your personal nutritional needs.
#3 Journal to Success – there are several calculators to help you lose weight on this site, including BMI, ideal body weight, and ideal weight range.
You can also track your progress using the online journal to record food intake, weekly weight, and fitness activities.
#4 Free weight loss calculators – this site provides lots of free calculators and tools to help you lose weight.
Alternatively, you could try Tweight - simply tweet your weight loss goals, and send your updates. You can then check your history to see how much progress you’ve been making.
Have you discovered any great weight loss tools? Please share them with us.
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*works with PC too!! ;-)