When I lost 50 pounds over 25 years ago, there was no app, no website, no computers, I had to do it the old fashioned way, motivate myself. I stopped eating junk food and started exercising. I gave up anything fried and took every opportunity to be active. Today, weight loss efforts are very different. Between internet resources, an abundance of diets and apps, if you can’t figure out weight loss, the answer is simple, you’re not ready. But if you are, 2013 has some pretty great tools to help you be your healthiest yet!

fit tool 2013Dietbet.com – “Lose weight. Have fun. Win money,” is their tagline. If you’re a gambler, this program may be the best incentive to lose weight once and for all. The site gives you the option of joining in on an existing group, or starting your own weight loss group. Whatever you choose, DietBet gives each participant 4 weeks to lose 4% of their initial weight. Players put money in a pot, and whoever hit’s their goal of a 4% decrease splits the pot. If you’re someone who is motivated by cash, this may be the answer to your weight loss woes. I’d say it’s definitely a unique weight loss approach and worth a try. Great for those seeking weight loss.

Athleteinme.com – This site makes it clear that it is not a weight loss site. It differentiates itself from a typical weight loss program by focusing exclusively on exercise. According to their website, “AthleteInMe.com® is a comprehensive source of information on exercise and fitness, fitness gear, and sports nutrition. Quite honestly, we believe it is the best exercise resource on the net.” They do a solid job of detailing the effects of exercise on your health, disease and performance while also addressing fitness and training issues. Because they focus solely on exercise, they’re able to dig deeper with science based studies and interesting articles. Though it’s not completely free of diet and nutrition info, when discussed, it’s typically from a sports nutrition perspective. This site is ideal for any health and fitness professional, recreational or serious athlete.

LoseIt.com – This user friendly program helps you set goals for weight loss, exercise, blood pressure, sleep, and more. You set the goals, and they help you lay out a plan to realize your healthy living goals. Lose It! offers a simple, intuitive tool for tracking what you eat and do. Their expansive food database has thousands of restaurant, grocery store, and brand-name foods, all researched and validated by the Lose It! team. Simply log in and record your food and activity on your smart phone, computer, or tablet device. Great program to keep you on task and focused on better habits. A solid resource for weight loss and lifestyle.

MyFitnesspal.com – This site is for those that want to track calorie intake. The more consistent you are inputting the foods you eat, the easier it becomes to use the program. In other words, your history is stored so you don’t have to start from scratch every time you input information. A searchable food database of over 2,327,000 items makes finding the foods you consume easy to track. MyFitnesspal has a large online community which users feel is part of their success. Research consistently shows that tracking your daily food intake is key to weight loss or maintenance success. MyFitnesspal.com has apps available for iPhone and Android. Good for weight loss.

Endomondo.com – If you’re an athlete, this site is worth a visit. Whether you’re a runner, cyclist, walker, skier, kayaker, or any sport that involves movement across a distance, Endomondo.com makes the experience more exciting. You’re able to automatically track all of your sports data and monitor your performance over time. You can also connect with and be inspired by others using the program. Your best bet is to use the program with a GPS mobile phone or a Garmin GPS watch. Free of charge, you can download the software to most common GPS phones directly from the website. Their site lists the phones they support and they keep it up to date. Great for athletes or those wanting to take their fitness to the next level.

FitBit.com – The One™- If developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is your goal, The One™ just may be your ticket to success. You can wear The One on your belt, pocket or running bra. It’s small enough and easy to secure. During the day, it tracks your steps, distance, calories burned, and stairs climbed. At night, there’s a wristband to measure your sleep cycle so you can learn if you’re getting the sleep you need to perform optimally. The One automatically syncs your data to PCs, Macs, the iPhone 4S, 5, the 3rd generation iPad, iPod touch, (available soon for Android). Stay motivated through their badge reward system. Great for all levels of fitness!

Though there are literally hundreds of tools available to help you get healthy and fit, the secret to success is finding the one that is user friendly, consistently motivates you and keeps workouts interesting. All the above fit the bill and might be just what you need to develop and maintain a healthier you!