Fit Day

PC version 19.95 download, 24.95 CD-ROM (Windows only) http www.FitDay.com Pros Nice product, low price, has everything that most people need in a nutrition software product. Although NutriBase boasts a plethora of features and DietPower offers basal metabolic tracking, FitDay is more plain vanilla. It does what you need, but it doesn't offer nearly the power of NutriBase or DietPower. However, it represents an excellent value as a diet diary. For one thing, the online version is free It's very...

Nutri Genie Optimal Nutrition

Windows only. http www.nutrigenie.com The folks at NutriGenie have been developing software for more than a decade. Their software is used primarily by colleges and universities, and there is a dizzying array of products available, which probably explains why they haven't made much of a splash on the PC side. Unique features of the software include on-the-fly meal plans, a glycemic index for all foods, and a weight-projection feature that estimates your weight one month and or one week...

The Walkers Warehouse

Summary Lots of great walking-related products. In the late '80s and early '90s, when Spike Lee was making those marvelous TV commercials for Nike, his character insisted to Michael Jordan that it had to be the shoes. The Walker's Warehouse helps you get the right shoes for your fitness program and offers lots of other walking and exercise equipment to go along with the shoes (see Figure 7.30). They offer shoes and fitness socks from all major manufacturers, fitness clothing, a wide range of...

Shape Up America

Free sponsored membership http www.shapeup.org Summary Great nonprofit site with lots of content in a no-frills package In 1994, former surgeon general C. Everett Koop founded Shape Up America , a nonprofit Web site dedicated to raising awareness about the health effects of obesity and providing responsible information about weight management to the public, as well as health care professionals (see Figure 3.45). FIGURE 3.44 Walk off Weight home page FIGURE 3.44 Walk off Weight home page FIGURE...

Pedometers

A pedometer can help you lose more weight than the foods that you eat. Pedometers count your steps, and some track the distance you go, the speed at which you walk or run, and the calories you burn. Used along with a fitness tracking spreadsheet or other journal, a pedometer can get you motivated to keep moving. You wear a pedometer along your waistline, usually along your dominant leg. Pedometers are built to clip there some also include a safety strap so that you don't lose them. In general,...

EDietscom

1.99 per week to 6.99 per week, depending on how many options you choose http www.eDiets.com Summary Tons of content and excellent community-building features make eDiets a great site for weight loss and healthy living. eDiets.com is literally filled with support activities. It's easily one of the best support sites on the Internet. It features 13 newsletters, 20 diet plans, more than 100 message boards (eDiets calls them Support Groups), a mentoring program, a recipe club, a store, special...

Step Three Eat Right

The world is a minefield for dieters. Pick up any women's, fitness, or health magazine, and you'll see a major discord. On the one hand, there are articles about eating right and getting into shape. On the other hand, there are ads for foods that aren't healthy. To be successful at dieting, you have to be vigilant. You have to work hard to eat the right foods in the right quantities. But you can't totally deprive yourself or you'll set yourself up for failure. You can't really tell how much...

Costcocom

Summary Shop early and often at this superstore. They provide great deals, if you move fast. I'm the kind of customer that Costco doesn't like. I hate long lines, I don't like to bag my own groceries, and I can't figure out why I'd need a bottle of ketchup that can barely fit in my car. I've never been of fan of warehouse membership clubs, such as Costco. Costco.com, however, is another story. Costco.com offers a wide variety of products at the same or better prices than its stores (see Figure...

Cardiosport

Summary A nice variety of excellent heart rate monitors. Cardiosport is a UK company with excellent distribution in the US. They feature several excellent heart rate monitors at affordable prices that provide accurate readings without a lot of features. For example, the Cardiosport Go provides the time of day and your heart rate. It allows you to set your target zones with an alarm function that tells you when you've reached your zone. And, it includes an exercise session timer and tells you...