New Year's Resolution to lose weight? Looking for the magic pill?
There are many online resources for weight loss. They all promise FAST, EASY, TURBO weight loss, provided that you either buy their product, pay to download a program, or pay a fee to join a support forum. They typically use pretty pictures with slim women that allegedly lost weight on their program, and there is very little information available until you have parted with your money.
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
Before shelling out money for any of the online programs, it is a good idea to do a little research. Just using Google to look into what other people say about the program can save you money and prevent physical and mental ill effects from a dangerous diet, promoted by unscrupulous people.
Also be aware of the many, many FREE resources available on the internet. There is something for all preferences, and they are FREE.
Kimorexia has really good advice on what to look for when choosing a diet forum.
FREE support forums are available in all shapes and forms.
Diet specific forums like Atkins offers FREE information and support.
"General" lowcarb forums offer a great variety, FREE. Details of all the popular plans are provided FREE. There are also members on these sites that willingly share their extensive knowledge in nutrition and of dieting FREE. Challenge groups and journaling are provided FREE. And if nothing else, go there for all the wonderful recipes provided FREE by members.
The larger forums are typically FREE to read for anybody. Registration is required to post and ask questions but registration is FREE.
Smaller forums offer a more intimate setting, and may be focused on a more limited selection of plans. They may require FREE registration to access the forum.
Yahoo groups exist for any type of diet imaginable. It is easy to make a search for a group that follow the diet of your choice. Some are private while others are public but they are all FREE to join.
I follow a lowcarb plan and these are my two favorite FREE sites:
Active Low-Carber Forums
Low Carb Friends
FREE to read. FREE registration required to post and ask questions.
Oh, and the pretty girl in the red dress used to promote Kimkins was fake. Well, the girl isn't fake. It's just that it wasn't Kimmer and she had nothing to do with Kimkins. It is a Russian girl on a bride web site. This is how Kimmer of Kimkins actually looks: