Weight Loss with MyNetDiary
At MyNetDiary, we are passionate about healthy weight loss! In addition to looking and feeling our best, we also know that losing weight is important for basic health.
In fact, research shows that losing even a modest amount of weight, even 10 lbs., is beneficial. Overweight people are at greater risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure.
We firmly believe that there is no better way to lose weight and keep it off than to simply consume fewer calories. This idea is not just opinion, but is actually based on scientific studies that have tracked participants over a several years.
You can lose weight with any diet - low-fat, low-carb, or any other type of diet - as long as your intake of calories is less than the number you burn. This concept is very important - you can eat the foods you enjoy, so you'll have the best chance for long-term success.
MyNetDiary does not prescribe any diet plan; it merely helps you to learn how to eat more healthfully and achieve both short- and long-term weight goals.
The very act of recording your daily food intake makes you more aware of your eating habits and helps you make better food choices. A recent study has shown that people who keep a daily food diary lost more than twice as much weight as compared to those who did not record their food intake while dieting.
To lose a pound of fat, you need to lose 3,500 calories
This does not mean starving yourself or going hungry. You can burn 500 calories a day by eating less and exercising more, burning these 3,500 calories in about a week. Or, you may prefer to lose weight more slowly, losing 200 or 300 calories a day.
This raises the issue of the dreaded calorie counting.
Manual calorie counting is quite boring and requires a lot of time and willpower. Most of us simply can't do it manually. Typical diet software and the online food logs are not much better. Most of them are slow, cumbersome, and equally time consuming. We believe calorie counting got all the bad press because of these issues and not because it doesn't work!
MyNetDiary is different. MyNetDiary was created by some of the best programmers used to work for largest U.S. companies, designing state-of-the-art software. Yes, we know our craft. And we made sure to create the best calorie counter and food diary in the world. Our system is so easy to follow, that it takes almost no time to use it. In fact, it makes calorie counting painless. As the cliché goes, you have to try it to believe it. See also MyNetDiary efficacy report.
Best Tools to Help You
We all see and know about the never-ending stream of diet books, fad diets, diet pills, and diet scams. MyNetDiary is different. Our approach is based upon academic research, scientific studies, and advice from practicing dietitians. We don't promise any miracles, but we promise to provide you with the best tools to help you lose weight healthfully and safely and, at the same time, establish a new healthy lifestyle.
We've spent several years creating the best food database that lists over 620,000 foods from the U.S., UK, and Canada, ensuring that you rarely need to enter food labels. With our unique food entry, searching as you type, you can enter your daily foods in a matter of minutes.
Many people who lose weight eventually regain it. As recent research has shown, group counseling not only helps you lose weight faster, but also helps you keep the weight off. So, we have created an online MyNetDiary Community to connect you to other people who understand what you are going through. MyNetDiary Community gets you the support and motivation to help you stick to your goals. The Community Forum is supported by a Registered Dietitian. There is no need to drive to a meeting or weekly weigh-in since the Community and your support group are online and always available when you need them.
We provide free, full-featured, and very easy iPhone and BlackBerry® applications that sync with the website, giving you the flexibility of using a computer, or iPhone or BlackBerry on the go. Additional mobile software is coming to MyNetDiary very soon!
Calories are most important for weight loss, but to eat healthfully you need to keep an eye on other nutrients such as sodium, cholesterol, saturated fats, calcium, and so on. Unlike various point systems, MyNetDiary keeps an accurate track of 36 nutrients without lumping everything together and calling it a "point." Point systems used to be easier than actually calculating calories and nutrients, as it simplifies the math. This is no longer true. With MyNetDiary, you can easily keep a tab on all nutrients, without any extra effort at all.
Take a look around our website, test drive the website, or download and test drive our iPhone and BlackBerry applications. You can check out our videos and read testimonials of some of the thousands of people we have helped to lose weight. Read some of our articles below and find out for yourself.
MyNetDiary can help you turn a new page in your life. We'll do everything possible to empower you on your journey to a healthier lifestyle.
Weight Loss and Diet Articles
MyNetDiary nutrition and dieting advisor Katherine Isacks, MPS, RD, CDE answers common diet and weight loss questions in the Community Forum. One of all-time-favorites in the Forum is the Ask a Dietitian topic, where Katherine answered dozens and dozens of member questions.
Katherine is a Registered Dietitian helping individuals achieve wellness and disease risk reduction through Nutrition Education. Katherine has a special interest in weight control since it affects risk as well as management of multiple chronic diseases.
Katherine also writes articles about healthy nutrition, food diaries, prevention, and calorie counting.
The articles below address some of the most important topics in losing weight healthfully and managing your diet with food diaries. Let us know in the Forum, which topics you would like to see discussed in the articles!
- Why Keep Diet and Exercise Records — discusses benefits of keeping a food diary, and other helpful behaviors.
- Diets — which one is best for you? — lists diet selection criteria, helping to select the right one for you.
- Foods to Meet Nutrient Needs — it does matter where calories come from!
- Meal Plannning — it does matter where calories come from!
- What is the Food Score? — explains the Food Score and provides tips on using it.
- Measuring and Estimating Portion Size — provides practical tips on portion control, both planning and estimating portion sizes.
- Physical Activity — it's all about moving! The article discusses types of physical activity and how to get started.
- Hidden Cues To Eating — what drives us to overeat?
- The Dreaded Weight Plateau — discusses the underlying reasons for not losing weight, and offers several tips and guidelines on breaking it.
- Customizing Your Calorie Goals — helps you plan your diet and customize your calorie goals with MyNetDiary.
- Customizing Your Nutrient Goals — helps you plan and enter your macronutrients, sodium, and vitamin D goals in MyNetDiary.
- Planning Tips for iPhone Users — how to build a good diet plan on the iPhone.
- Carbohydrates: Sugar, Starch, and Fiber — discusses carb types, provides tips for getting more of good carbs.
- Protein Foods — good, healthful protein sources.
- Fats — we all need fats, but how to eat healthfully?
- About Low Carb Diets — discusses pros and cons of low carb diets, and nutrition tips.
- Vegetarian Diets — how to eat well for vegetarians.
- Water Needs — explains why we need water and approximately how much of it we need.
- Sample Menus — ideas and suggestions for your menu planning.
- Weight Maintenance — congratulations, you have achieved your weight goal! What's next?
- Dietitian's Personal Account — a dietitian also needs to control weight and shares some personal strategies.
MyNetDiary provides online tools for tracking blood glucose, insulin, and medications, as well as a special Diabetes Tracker for iPhone mobile app that can sync with the website. The following two articles provide background information on diabetes, and an overview of tracking diabetes with MyNetDiary — how to get most out of it.
- Diabetes Basics — discusses diet aspects of diabetes management.
- Tracking Diabetes with MyNetDiary — overview, tips, and recommendations.
Katherine is working next on an article about meal planning, with sample menus.
This article can be found at http://www.mynetdiary.com/whyDiary.html