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Open Thread: The "43 Folders" of health and fitness sites?

Over the last six months or so, I've gotten a lot of requests via email from people looking for (yes, thanks, more than one person called it this) "the 43 Folders of (health|exercise|fitness) sites."

Naturally I set my Google fu in motion, fully expecting to turn up dozens of excellent sites on how to stay motivated about workouts, how to eat properly, and how to psych (or "hack," if you prefer) yourself into straightening out, losing weight, and getting that fat ass in motion.

Funny thing: I came up pretty thin -- and not in that good, healthy, slender kind of thin way. In at least three sittings of searching over the past few months, I just did not turn up more than a couple of independent sites that really blew me away. Really surprising, and maybe I was just looking in the wrong places. Like under a 12-pack of beer and a rib roast.

BUT. I'm sure they're out there, and I can't think of smarter people to ask than you, so you tell me: what's your favorite website or blog about getting healthy? What are your favorite apps for tracking progress and watching a diet? Who's got the best "health hacks?"

Post your faves in comments and help your geeky friends get as theoretically fit as they are theoretically organized.

TOPICS: Links, Vox Populi
vicki's picture

all diets really come down...

all diets really come down to eating sensible amounts. once you have a sense of how much calories, protein, carbs, and fat you should be eating a day (lots of sites have advice on this, or one visit to a dietician should do it for you - it's good to get advice specific to your body type and activity level), the hard part is tracking it.

the best way i've found to really do that is fitday: http://www.fitday.com/ it does one thing, and it does it well (and for free): keeps track of everything you put in your body (calories, fat, carbs, protein, and a whole bunch of nutrients)

if you are going to use it, there's an initial annoying phase of manually entering in nutrition info for foods not in the database, but after a while pretty much anything you eat will either be in their system or in your "custom foods." nice features to get averages over time and such too.

food diaries keep you honest. this is an easy way to do it.




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