Helpful Weightloss Tools

Below are a few tools I've discovered over time that have helped me with my journey toward accountability and weightloss.  Feel free to use any of the below tools to your advantage, or leave a comment with any additional tools you have found that you think might help me (or others) along the way.

1.  Calorie Counter: The calorie counter I use is My Fitness Pal. This is a free online calorie tracker (which can also be synced with your smart phone), in which you can input everything you eat during the day and any exercises you have done. This, therefore, not only tracks the calories consumed, but also your calories burned - allowing you to eat more than your allotted calories per day. Rule of thumb: the more calories you burn, the more calories you can eat! Additionally, it will help you to reach your fitness goals by telling you how many calories you can consume per day, and if you were to follow their regimen, how much you would weigh by a certain date!! If you're someone who cooks, which I frequently do, you can also build recipes and create portion sizes that work best for you and your family. Can't find the food you ate? Well there's no problem, you can manually input your item into the tracker by utilizing the nutrition facts on the back of your packaging! This tool is GENIUS! Did I mention it's free?!

2.  Meal Planning:

(a)  I have just recently subscribed to Emeals, which unfortunately is not free. I found a groupon for this though, which gave me 60% off of a year's subscription (only paid $39!), so I figured why not! This website takes all of the guesswork out of planning your meals for the week. You choose your family size and your meal plan (Paleo, Clean Eating, Low Carb, Low Fat, Gluten Free, Gourmet, etc.) and it kicks out a week's worth of recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner - depending upon your subscription level. It also gives you the option of changing your meal plan each month until you find the best one for you, or you can even add an additional subscription to a second meal plan to add variety. In addition to the weekly recipes, you will also get a weekly grocery list - which can be tailored to your specific grocery store (based on the grocery chain's weekly deals), depending on the meal plan you choose. This would be the perfect tool for you Paleo eaters looking for dinner recipes. If you have the extra time, then you could also browse the web for the many free recipes there are out there, and plan your own weekly menu. I would recommend meal planning each week, to prevent yourself from slipping up on last minute dinner/lunch ideas.

(b)  I have also found a free website, where you can find free recipes that other users have posted, add them to your weekly meal calender, and later print out a grocery list based on the ingredients listed in each recipe!  In my opinion, it's a better version of the above-listed service, since it's free, and you can actually chose for yourself what meals you would like to eat each day.
**Be sure to check back often for updates - as I will be adding new tools as they are discovered.**


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