Online diet programs

We check out popular online diets - can a virtual diet program give you real-world results?
 
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06.The Biggest Loser Club

The Biggest Loser website screen shot

biggestloserclub.com.au

 $39.95 per month for three months

This program, which sits under the banner of the popular reality TV show, provides a personal daily calorie target based on your current and goal weight, as well an exercise guide. The program also has an option to lose “six kilos in six weeks or your money back”.

The program includes:

  • Options for exercise levels – beginners through to advanced
  • Forums
  • Weekly email
  • Weekly weigh-in and measure

Kellie says The eating plan is prescriptive (in terms of being told specifically what to eat every day) rather than adapting to lifestyle and habits. Like the Michelle Bridges and Ashy Bines plans this is also a 12-week program, and may create the impression that once the 12 weeks are over a person can go back to "normal".

There’s good support information, and although the advice to follow a low-fat diet is generally OK, it doesn’t mention that you can eat too many calories on a low-fat diet and gain weight (low-fat doesn’t always also mean low-kilojoule).

Nathan says The recommended “dose” of exercise for the shadow shopper was quite low at 150 minutes per week. For weight loss we’d recommend 250 minutes a week.

 

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