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50 Best Free Weight Loss Tools on the Web


November 9, 2009

Everyone who has tried to lose weight knows it isn’t always easy. Between finding the right caloric intake, cooking instead of eating out, remembering to take the stairs instead of the elevator, and going to the gym after work, a healthy and fit lifestyle is quite difficult to get used to. That’s why these awesome fitness and weight loss tools were created–to help the world get into shape! You’ll find a community, calculator, weight loss diary or blog that’s right for you, and with it, you’ll find all the motivation and inspiration you need to devote your body and your mind to the new, healthy you.


These bloggers have been where you are at this very moment–wondering “Is it worth it?” Their answer is yes, so follow their stories and learn their weight loss tips and tricks.

  1. Pasta Queen: This blogger lost half her body weight in two years–find out how.
  2. Token Fat Girl: This small town gal shares her weight loss journey with the world.
  3. Weight Ladder: Get exercise tips and healthy eating advice here.
  4. Former Fat Guy: Learn from this blooger, who isn’t ashamed of his past–just proud of his current physique and bright future.
  5. Skinny Habits: Great recipes and ideas for weight loss and maintenance. References the Weight Watcher’s system.
  6. Living a Whole Life: Two sisters provide practical suggestions for a healthy, disease-free lifestyle.
  7. Heart & Style: From heart health to green living, this blog covers all aspects of wellness to help readers live a healthy life.
  8. Veggie Venture: Whether you’re looking for a vegetarian community or just need a recipe for a delicious side dish, this site has it all.
  9. Running Around Nowhere: A food blogger with a passion for health and nutrition shares her daily routine with her readers.
  10. The Weigh I Am: Another food blogger finds peace with herself but still strives for wellness through healthy eating.
  11. Itzy’s Kitchen: Recipes so good, you can taste them as soon as you read them.
  12. Our Bodies Our Blog: Health and medical news just for women.


Your weight is a number, so it makes sense that reaching your weight loss goal will involve some number crunching. You’ll need to know where you’re starting, how many calories to keep and burn each day, how much exercise to do every week, and how to sustain your healthy weight once you get there. Use these fabulous free tools to find all this out, and more.

  1. Calories per Hour: Find out how many calories you burn for a variety of different exercises and activities.
  2. Weight Loss Calculator: Three different calculators all track your goals and progress.
  3. BMI Calculator: Calculate your starting point BMI and watch it drop as you pick up a healthier lifestyle.
  4. Calories in Alcohol: Like it or not, calories consumed in alcohol are a dieter’s worst nightmare. So use this tool to choose wisely before you booze, and make sure you’re not drinking your diet off track.
  5. Caloric Burn Rate: How many calories do you burn each day just by living? Find out here.
  6. Target Heart Rate: Burn fat like wildfire by reaching your target heart rate, then slowing down, then reaching it again. This type of exercise is called interval training and is a sure way to reach your weight goals quickly.
  7. Weight Loss Timetable: Want to lose weight by a certain date? Find out how many calories you have to burn each day to reach your goal.
  8. Caloric Needs: Thought it seems counter-intuitive, starving yourself or skipping meals is one of the worst dieting habits one can form; it often leads to eventual over-eating, which can destroy your diet all together. Make sure you’re getting adequate nutrition with this calculator.
  9. Calories Burned: See if your exercise is up to par with your goals.
  10. How Long Does It Take?: If you’re wondering how long it will take to reach your goal if you cut X-amount of calories each day, this calculator has your answer. 

Nutrition Info

Make sure you have all the data you need about your meals before you put another spoonful into your mouth.

  1. NutritionData – Has comprehensive information on most foods.
  2. DietFacts: As well as the standard foods, has manually-entered data from many restaurants.
  3. CalorieKing: Has comprehensive nutritional info, but their Portion Watch tool is unique – it has photos of different portion sizes of many popular foods.
  4. CompuFoodAnalysis: Your source for nutrition label data.
  5. FDA Nutrition Label Know-How: Understand nutrition labels and what they mean for your diet.
  6. The Nutrition Data Blog: Get little-known nutrition advice from this expert blog.
  7. The Daily Plate: Track your goals, and this site will hold you accountable for them.
  8. Nutritioin Data Lab: If knowledge is power, you’ll be king (or queen) of your diet. This database compares foods so you know what you’re eating and what it does to or for your body.
  9. NY Health Department Food Stats: Find out everything you need to know about the food you eat with this awesome database.
  10. CalorieCounter: Compare sandwiches, burgers, and sides from 12 different fast-food chains.

Weight Loss Diaries

Keep track of your strengths, weaknesses, and progress with these made-for-you tools.

  1. My Weight Loss Diary: Learn how to track your daily routine for stray calories and missed exercise opportunities.
  2. 23 Pounds: This weight loss tool will show you how to keep a daily food diary.
  3. Weight Loss Diary: Use Shape’s free online weight loss diary and share with others who are in your shoes. Great motivational tool.
  4. My Calorie Tracker: Don’t let one bite go unnoticed. Keep everything together here.
  5. Weight Loss Tracker: Here’s some free software to keep you ahead of the game in your weight loss journey.
  6. 21 Days: Watch Jasmyne reach her fitness goals, and learn from her dieting strengths and weaknesses.
  7. My Weight Loss Diary: If you’re wondering whether you should spend time keeping a food diary, read this article that shows food journals are linked to increased weight loss.
  8. Your Food Diary: This popular lifestyle tool tracks your eating and exercise habits.
  9. Wynonna Judd’s Weight Loss: Learn the psychological truth behind overeating and food addictions. Wynonna Judd shares her battle with weight and anxiety, and empowers readers to follow in her footsteps.
  10. FitDay: Have the healthiest day of your life–starting today.
  11. Slim Tracker: Stay in charge of your diet and exercise routine with this awesome tool.

Miscellaneous Tools

These either don’t fit into our other categories, or they fit into all of them. In any case, they’re sure to help you reach your goals.

  1. GlobalRPH: A popular on-line diet tracker.
  2. NutriDiary: Tracks food, calories, and weight.
  3. ExRx: Animations of hundreds of exercises by muscle group.
  4. SparkPeople: Free diet and exercise program.
  5. PeerTrainer: Group dieting and exercise program.
  6. Weight Loss Calculators: BMR, BMI, RMR, and more.
  7. Weight Loss Calculators: Macro-nutrient ratios, daily caloric needs, body fat percentage, and more.

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How I Travel: Anthony Bourdain

By Katie Hammel   |   September 7th, 2010

How I Travel


Any traveler who lives to eat (or foodie who loves to travel) knows Anthony Bourdain. Host of the Travel Channel show known for copious amounts of food porn, “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations,” Tony is an opinionated author and former professional chef with a penchant for pork who delivers delicious doses of snark in every episode.

Over the course of six seasons and 100 episodes (the 100th episode aired September 6, 2010), we’ve watched Tony explore cultures around the world through food and drink and have fallen in love with his refreshing tell-it-like-it-is style. From referring to deep-dish pizza as “pizza for people who just aren’t fat enough,” to declaring that vegetarians are “the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit,”  it seems Tony’s got an opinion on everything, and he’s not afraid to share it. This week, he gave How I Travel a little piece of his mind…and we happily ate it up.

Where have I been?

Three quarters of a million miles around the world since 2005. Which is to say, lots of places.

My first travel memory is the Queen Mary from New York to Cherbourg.

A long drive across France. I was about ten years old. The highlights were French comic books. Crusty French bread with Normandy butter, dipped in hot chocolate.

These are life changing experiences.

If you see how other people live – particularly when people who come from very different backgrounds, with very different belief systems are kind and hospitable to you, particularly when they have few means to do so – or their generosity comes at great cost. To be the recipient of random acts of kindness from strangers, to see how other people live, how hard their lives are…how different – and how similar.  To see a Saudi family behind closed doors…to get drunk with Vietnamese rice farmers…presumably expands one’s horizons and level of tolerance.

I have become, regrettably, over time, an elite traveler.

That doesn’t mean I don’t sleep on my share of insect infested jungle floors, or in cold tents in winter..or crummy bed and breakfasts, ludicrously dysfunctional “hotels” or longhouses. But these days, there’s generally a hot shower and a comfortable bed waiting for me somewhere within a few days travel.

William T. Vollman is an intimidating role model as both traveler and writer.

Non judgmental, accepting and absolutely fearless. He’s done everything from camping out alone on the frozen tundra above the Arctic circle, submersing himself in the low life of Thailand, hung with the mujahadeen in Afghanistan during the war against the Soviet Union.  Graham Greene, Norman Lewis, Somerset Maugham all made big impressions on me at a young age – making travel seem all the more romantic. I love novels that are set in faraway places -if the details are right – and if the setting is based on real life experience. Greene was particularly good at this, I think. Malcom Lowry. Paul Theroux is a great – if occasionally cranky- travel writer. I tend to like novels by former war correspondents or intelligence officers where they get the atmospherics of Beirut or Saigon right.

I choose locations based on books I read, movies I’ve seen, the recommendations of chef friends, idle bar room conversations…

If you meet someone who’s been living abroad and traveling for decades at the Heart of Darkness Bar in Phnom Penh and they tell you that Belem de Para is the most awesome place they’ve ever been – that’s worth making note of. Of course, my motivation is professional. I make travel television after all. But really? It’s all about me. The TV show is just an excuse. My network enables me to do what I always dreamed of doing. Often, I choose locations based on the “look” of a place – the notion that I can copy the cinematography of a film I loved – and return home having helped “make” something beautiful.

I’m a big believer in improvising and getting lost.

Given the demands of organizing a television show, we improvise to a surprising degree. I enjoy it. Famously, when confronted with a disappointing location, I prefer to quickly move to “Plan B” – even if there is no “Plan B”. It makes my crew very nervous – but some of the best scenes for our show – and the best times on the road, came from winging it at the last minute. Seeing something and saying, “fuck it…let’s just go there and see what happens.”

Research. It’s useful and polite to read up [on a place] as not doing so can lead to embarrassment.

Try giving the “A-okay” circled finger and thumb gesture in some parts of the world and see what happens.

I don’t carry a guidebook, but I’m a rather unique case.

I usually have a few novels set in whatever country, the CIA world Factbook, and a briefing packet.

Often, in fact very often, my itinerary has been constructed after consulting with local food bloggers.

They tend to know everything – and have a unique perspective on their culture that crosses boundaries and gets you away from the hotel concierge-style program.

My favorite destination to visit is…

Viet Nam? No. Spain? No. Italy? Japan? I love Saigon, Barcelona, San Sebastian, Venice, Rome, Tokyo, Osaka.

Next I’m going to Vienna.

For the pork.

How do I stay healthy and fit on the road?

I don’t.

If you miss the street food experience? You’ve missed everything.

Street food is the best of a country – and strangely, much safer for you than the spaghetti bolognese at the Hilton.

Drink. A lot. With everybody.

Be grateful and appreciative.

Don’t eat on the plane.

I generally knock myself out with Valium and try and sleep through the flight. Seems to work for my crew also.

The key to really get the feel of a place – hit the central food market early in the morning.

Gadgets I won’t travel without are: iPhone (with music downloaded) and Skype-enabled laptop.

One needs a playlist when alone atop a dune in the Empty Quarter.

Eat everything offered.

Pretend it’s Grandma offering – whatever it is that’s being offered.

I travel with a wheelie. Unfortunately, a backpack sends a bad message in a lot of the world.

Others who’ve come before you have sent a bad message.

I love Uruguay.

And Colombia is awesome. It gets a bad rap, but that’s a fantastic place to go these days.

If you handed me plane tickets to anywhere in the world, right now I’d go to Tokyo.

I’m in the mood for some sushi – and Tokyo is so fabulously confusing, challenging, exciting.

What I miss most when I’m away: My wife and daughter. And Mad Men.

The first place I eat when I get home is Katz’s Deli or Russ and Daughters.

The cheapest hotel or hostel I’ve ever stayed in was probably a horrifying combination “hotel” and brothel in Pailin, Cambodia.

You got what you paid for: fear and squalor. The nicest was Cambodia again. The Grand Hotel D’Angkor. Hotels in Asia tend to make ours look third world. Though the hotel I love most is the Chateau Marmont  in LA.

Medellin deserves to be more popular than it is.

Really. Also Cartagena. Montevideo. Beirut.

The most interesting character I’ve ever met on the road? Oh man..so many. Usually characters in that netherworld of ex-military, ex-spies, expats who long ago have gone native.

You find them sprinkled around Southeast Asia and Latin America.

If everyone goes there, I’m automatically hostile to the idea of going myself.

That said – some things are just too good to miss. Angkor Wat. Macchu Pichu….the Hermitage Museum…and some places even hordes of tourists can’t kill. Like Rome..Venice…there are always strategies to avoid the madness and find the local places. (See earlier point: drink heavily with locals whenever possible.)

Who wouldn’t travel if they could?

I plan to keep traveling as long as they let me. As long as I can. And when they won’t? I’m thinking Italy.

Be sure to check out No Reservations on the Travel Channel, follow the show on Twitter, and pick up Tony’s books on Amazon. Special thanks to Jennifer Heigl of Daily Blender for facilitating our interview with Tony Bourdain.

“How I Travel” is a new BootsnAll series publishing every Tuesday in an effort to look at the unique and diverse travel habits of some of the world’s most well known and proficient road warriors. Got ideas for who we should talk to? Drop us a note.

You’ll find links to all the “How I Travel” articles on the How I Travel archive page, you can become a fan of “How I Travel” on Facebook, and you can follow the @howitravel profile on Twitter to get updates as soon as new features in this series are published.

all photographs provided by the Travel Channel and may not be used without permission

Comments on How I Travel: Anthony Bourdain

Cristina Dima

Cristina Dima
07 September 2010

OMG finally THE man I wanted to read about :) Way to go! :)

07 September 2010

love you ,and your books and show …. too bad your married…..

jim humberd
07 September 2010

See the thousands of pages, thousands of photos, and eleven books we wrote at BootsnAll created Web Site at


For both of us, especially for me, food is a means to an end, not an end in itself. We eat to travel, we don’t travel to eat. Hotels and restaurants are occasional tools of travel for us, never our destination.

In our nearly 6 months in France, I had an omelet in two places you might call a restaurant. We find that grocery store, and bakery clerks are thrilled to meet Americans, the waiter and bell hop are thrilled to get a tip.

If we have no schedule, we aren’t late.
If we don’t care where we are, we aren’t lost.
If we have no itinerary we’re exactly where we ought to be.
If we can’t see IT this trip, we’ll see IT next time.
In the RV our clothes are on a hanger. There are goodies in the refrigerator. We know who used the toilet last.
Our vacation is not a destination, it’s the Journey.
Turn here, explore there, relax and enjoy.
We have traveled 87,000 miles in an RV in nine trips, and spent over 600 nights in 28 European Countries, in our RV.

Anonim Bogdan

Anonim Bogdan
09 September 2010

I’m not a big, but a huge fan of you, Anthony. Great article.

09 September 2010

I love it that he sometimes picks a place by saying “fuck it, let’s go there!” Reminds me of someone else I know and love.

Don Halbert

Don Halbert
12 September 2010

Sweet!!! Ever been to Costa Rica? I have a great Costa Rica news site here: http://www.costaricanewssite.com

Pura vida!

Heather on her travels
19 September 2010

How do I travel? – Easyjet or Ryanair and the best hotel I can afford or blague a free night from.

Where I’m with you all the way – love South America, prefer to avoid tourist traps and crowds, a street-food stall with a queue is the best way to avoid tummy trouble.

Where we part company – I have to read the guide book if only to find out what are the must see bits I’m missing and I dodn’t do Valium or drink with strangers.

21 September 2010

Great article, love Anthony. I would definitely like to meet up with him in a dive bar somewhere and have a few beers and discuss travel!

Alicia Fernandez

Alicia Fernandez
22 September 2010

I love your show and as well as you I love to travel, travel to my native Uruguay, Montevideo wow love to have some asado and chorizo right now. Once again love your article and your show keep it up!!

Jaco Jordaan

Jaco Jordaan
13 October 2010

Great article, the details are well written.

Flavio Alvarenga

Flavio Alvarenga
13 October 2010

Great site and stories! Have you been to New Zealand?

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Powerhouse student loan provider Sallie Mae says layoffs are imminent as a result of President Obama’s new student loan overhaul. “This legislation will force Sallie Mae to reduce our 8,600-person workforce by 2,500,” Conwey Casillas, Vice President of Sallie Mae Public Affairs, said in a statement to Fox News.

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Green shock: CFLs more dangerous than first thought « Hot Air

Green shock: CFLs more dangerous than first thought
posted at 8:32 pm on March 19, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

The compact fluorescent lightbulb has plenty of supporters in the environmental movement, even while concerns have grown about their disposal. CFLs contain mercury, and when the glass breaks, it spreads the toxic dust in the area. Boosters had previously dismissed concerns over the issue, but now researches worry about the collective effect their massive disposal will have on landfills once they start failing in large numbers:

Compact fluorescent light bulbs, long touted by environmentalists as a more efficient and longer-lasting alternative to the incandescent bulbs that have lighted homes for more than a century, are running into resistance from waste industry officials and some environmental scientists, who warn that the bulbs’ poisonous innards pose a bigger threat to health and the environment than previously thought. …

As long as the mercury is contained in the bulb, CFLs are perfectly safe. But eventually, any bulbs — even CFLs — break or burn out, and most consumers simply throw them out in the trash, said Ellen Silbergeld, a professor of environmental health sciences at Johns Hopkins University and editor of the journal Environmental Research.

“This is an enormous amount of mercury that’s going to enter the waste stream at present with no preparation for it,” she said.

Even a single CFL could provide toxic levels of exposure for mercury. One contains five milligrams of mercury, which would be enough to contaminate 6,000 gallons of drinking water. Low-mercury models have about one-sixth of the amount, but that’s still enough to contaminate 1,000 gallons. It makes the CFL one of the most toxic components of a household, one that causes kidney and brain damage when people get exposed to enough of it.

What happens when an incandescent bulb hits the floor? Simple: sweep it up, and try not to step on a shard of glass with bare feet. Here’s how people need to handle a broken CFL:

1. Open a window and leave the room for 15 minutes or more.
2. Shut off the central forced-air heating/air conditioning system, if you have one.
3. Carefully scoop up glass fragments and powder using stiff paper or cardboard and place them in a glass jar with metal lid (such as a canning jar) or in a sealed plastic bag.
4. Use sticky tape, such as duct tape, to pick up any remaining small glass fragments and powder.
5. Wipe the area clean with damp paper towels or disposable wet wipes and place them in the glass jar or plastic bag.
6. Do not use a vacuum or broom to clean up the broken bulb on hard surfaces.
7. Immediately place all cleanup materials outside the building in a trash container or outdoor protected area for the next normal trash.
8. Wash your hands after disposing of the jars or plastic bags containing cleanup materials.
9. Check with your local or state government about disposal requirements in your specific area. Some states prohibit such trash disposal and require that broken and unbroken lamps be taken to a recycling center.
10. For at least the next few times you vacuum, shut off the central forced-air heating/air conditioning system and open a window prior to vacuuming.
11. Keep the central heating/air conditioning system shut off and the window open for at least 15 minutes after vacuuming is completed.

Er, that’s quite a commitment for a lightbulb. I have several of these around the house, and I had no idea that a break could require such an intense cleanup. Like others who bought these products, I hoped to save a little energy and drive down replacement costs.

And guess what — I can’t even throw these in the garbage, broken or unbroken. As MS-NBC reports, Minnesota requires that I take any CFLs to a disposal center certified to handle them. I didn’t know that until tonight, and I have no idea where such a center might be. It does make sense, though, considering the disposal issues involving mercury.

In other words, we have opted for a product that has much more impact on our environment and could turn households into toxic-waste sites to replace a product that uses a little more energy, a change driven ironically by environmentalists. What’s next — lead containers to replace Tupperware?

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