The prize: One lucky winner will receive three months membership to Weight Loss Resources.
Available to readers from: UK only.
It may seem odd to offer mindful eating gear one day and a weight loss website membership the next. But as I've said before, I'm not a card-carrying member of any method, regime or philosophy. I find it more helpful to experiment with different things and nick the bits that work for me. Read on and I'll explain 🙂
What the heck is it?
Weight Loss Resources is a set of online tools that can help you bust some lard. Features include:
- The biggest UK food database
- Food diary and analysis tools
- Calorie requirements calculator
- Goal setting facilities
- Monitoring of weight, body fat and BMI
- Reports and charts on weight and nutrition
- Add your own recipes and automatically calculate nutritional information
- Exercise activity database
- Members forum
- Mobile-friendly version of the site so you can update on the go
Why I dig it
Despite the interest in mindfulness I've kept my Weight Loss Resources membership. I find the no-nonense, non-shouty site to be very useful. While my food diary is the shared Google spreadsheet these days, I still like to enter my food on WLR now and then just to see how the combo of planning tasty meals and paying attention to hunger levels is balancing out. It's been really encouraging to see that the numbers add up to a slow, steady weight loss. It's giving me the confidence to keep on trusting myself.
I also wanted to offer this prize because I know people out there are in different stages of a Gettin' Healthy journey. If you are confused about nutrition and have no idea what is in the food you're currently eating, I reckon keeping a food diary is great way to get started. Sometimes seeing the numbers can help you make changes – for example if you see that one of your favourite foods has a gazillion grams of fat, you could change the portion size or find a different recipe. The trick is to view the numbers as data and feedback, and try not to get obsessive.
The WLR site has a simple, clean design and is easy to use. To get started you enter your height and weight, decide how much you want to lose each week (from 0.5 -2 pounds) and it tells you how many calories a day to eat. It also tallies up carbs, protein, fat, fibre and sodium. You can get as much or as little involved in the rest of the site has you like – potter your way through the articles or dive into the community forum. A very helpful site for UK folks.
There is one three-month Weight Loss Resources membership to be won. Leave a comment below to enter! UK residents only. Entries close Monday 31 January 2011 at 12PM GMT. Winners will be drawn at random. Click here to view terms and conditions of the Sell Out.
Edit: Apologies to any RSS readers, I accidentally put six months membership when I first wrote the post then realised it was three. Still a kickarse prize though! 🙂