01.Weight loss on the web
When it comes to weight loss, web-based weight loss programs claim to offer easy access, support and flexibility. And sure enough, studies have shown they can be effective. Features associated with success include food journals, graphs that track your progress, body mass calculators and web chats, as well as interaction and feedback.
CHOICE decided to put these claims to the test by assessing five popular online programs available in Australia. A CHOICE shadow shopper signed up to each program, using her own stats and weight-loss goals. The programs were then assessed with the help of two experts.
The programs we assessed are:
Meet the experts
Dr Kellie Bilinski is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) and an Accredited Nutritionist (AN). She is also a media spokesperson for the Dietitians Association of Australia.
Dr Nathan Johnson is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and senior lecturer at the University of Sydney. Nathan is internationally recognised for his research in exercise, obesity and diabetes.