SW's Site of the week: Losing Weight Zone.

With SW’s Site of the week: We’ll describe a relevant website or blog that caught our eye.

Losing Weight Zone - Celebrity Weight Loss Updates

This week, I ran into Losing Weight Zone.

I don’t read People magazine, watch The View, Barbara Walters, or much TV at all really. I know that many people do, and I realize that we all have our own influencers and for some of you that is Celebrities.

Now, I am not making a distinction whether that is good or bad. It is what it is. Influencers can be strong motivators. For me, watching my brother make great decisions with his eating and exercise habits has really motivated me. Finding your influencers will make an impact on your weight management success. We’ll delve into influencers in a future blog post.

If your influencers are celebrities, I recommend you read Losing Weight Zone’s Celebrity Weight Loss category.

From what I can tell, Losing Weight Zone is a new blog that is building a nice niche of weight loss articles. Don’t get me wrong, they are not just about celebrities. They’ve done some good research gathering different press releases and news articles that people losing weight might find interesting. Of course, you will often find some of the same exercise, nutrition, diet, and weight loss content on our Simpleweight Blog, but I really like the way they mix different content together. The site has a clean open wordpress theme.

The thought I leave you with is who are your influencers? Find them and use them to help your motivation, and I’ll have to watch Losing Weight Zone for a bit to see if they become a permanent member of my daily reading.

Dieting with Pareto’s Principle

Scott Young wrote a great tip on applying Pareto’s Principle to your Diet.

Food – Record your eating habits for a week. Calculate up the calories of the different items of food. I’ve done this before and I’ve found it surprising how some treats contribute a high percentage of your calorie pie for no nutritional value, when other vices consumed in smaller portions take up only a sliver but still offer a tasty treat.
Source: Scott Young, Twenty unique ways to use the 80/20 rule

Just in case, Here is Wikipedia’s definition of Pareto’s Principle:

80% of the effects comes from 20% of the causes
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pareto_principle

How do we apply Pareto’s Principle to our diet?

Continue reading Dieting with Pareto’s Principle

Why Build Simpleweight – Defining Simpleweight Success

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Back stage, the building of Simpleweight.com. Why did we build Simpleweight?

With any project or goal, we personally like to define our own success. Yes, we are human, and of course we value other people’s opinion, but we really try to rely on our own internal value system.

Consequently, before we started creating simpleweight, we defined how we would know our project was successful. If you look at our pricing structure (only $18/year), you already know we’re not out to make a fortune. In fact if you take into account our referral system ($5 per referral), you are certain we’re not going to make a fortune!

So you ask, why did we build simpleweight.com? Here are our goals for success:

Continue reading Why Build Simpleweight – Defining Simpleweight Success

Weight Management Checklist

Ian McKenzie wrote a great self management checklist that we can apply to Weight management.

Ian Writes:

Some people look at self-management techniques as cumbersome, getting in the way of productivity. The truth is, if you look at successful and productive people, you’ll find some type of system guiding them. Give it a try.

1 ) Set Specific Goals, 2 ) Set Specific Times, 3 ) Track your Progress, 4 ) Set Rewards or penalties, 5 ) Take small steps, 6 ) Break it down into pieces, 7 ) Monitor time increments, 8 ) Share your Goals, 9 ) Have a work buddy, 10 ) Review with your buddy, 11 ) Eliminate distractions, and 12 ) Review and rework your system.

How can we apply this to weight management? Continue reading Weight Management Checklist

You Don't Diet?

Ever looked up the meaning of the word diet? Well here it is from Websters dictionary

Main Entry: 1di·et

1 a : food and drink regularly provided or consumed b : habitual nourishment c : the kind and amount of food prescribed for a person or animal for a special reason d : a regimen of eating and drinking sparingly so as to reduce one’s weight <going on a diet>
2 : something provided or experienced repeatedly <a diet of Broadway shows and nightclubs — Frederick Wyatt>

I used to say that I don’t diet. Really? How could that have been? I didn’t regularly eat food and drink? Well, if that’s the case, where did the extra 20 pounds come from? Continue reading You Don't Diet?

Salad vs. Burger, What Should you pick?

I am amazed how much calories can be added to salads.

The Consumerist wrote about the myth of salads.

The salads didn’t seem to be a whole lot healthier than some of the regular sized sandwiches. Who knew that eating a full portion of, say, the BK Tendercrisp salad would result in consuming 210 more calories than if you’d simply ordered a Whopper Jr.?

It’s a great reminder to us all that we have to be mindful of what we eat. A Huge Cheesecake Factory Salad with bacon, cheese, eggs, oil dressing is still a huge amount of calories. The one benefit, is the salad hopefully has more nutrients with other vegetables, but not always. So, What do you pick a Salad or a Burger?

Simpleweight update released

We’re pleased to announce a bug release. We’ve added a few new features as well. For example, we simplified the Simpleweight Try It page. We added Resting Metabolic Heart-rate to our Daily Summary and Food in = Food Out equations. A whole bunch of small minor bug fixes. Thanks for using Simpleweight, and let us know what you think. If you have further requests, let us know.

New Release coming soon.

Ryan and I are putting the finishing touches on a new simpleweight release. We hope to release it very soon (no later than the end of May). The release contains both bug fixes and a few new features. We’ve added some more quick help content. Adjusted some of our pages to be more consistent. The release will also connect and release this Blog officially. Let us know what you want in your simple weight management toolset.

Time to start blogging

Welcome back blog.

What’s a web application these days without a web blog?

We’ve had our blog on the list of to do items for a while. As you can tell from our archive, we actually posted some articles. However, we decided to delay blogging simpleweight until we released a stable application. Well, simpleweight is stable and working. In fact, Ryan has lost 8 lbs and Scott has lost 4 lbs since starting to use simpleweight. We’ve got a few more items we want to complete, but as simpleweight version 1 becomes more stable, we will begin blogging more regularly. We look forward to everyone’s comments.