March 20, 2008 1:36 P.M. Weight: 360.0 lbs.
Discovered StartYourDiet today, and thought I would give it a whirl.
A couple of years ago, I was using Weightwatchers Online (UK) quite successfully, but it was expensive and certain aspects of their site really annoyed me. Foolishly, I decided my diet was going well, and thought I could manage without them. I did for a while, but not for long!
More recently, I have tried a couple of other sites:
Tesco’s Healthy Living Tracker – claims to be a free diet tracking site, but turned out to be very limited – predictably the foodstuffs are largely limited to Tesco’s own (although they claimed otherwise); nutritional details for their own products were frequently wildly different from those printed on the actual packets; and there was no way to manually input anything – if it wasn’t in their database, you couldn’t include it in your diet, and if you cook your own food, forget it!
Nutridiary – a free US site that looked quite promising at first, but after initial login, my password stopped working; the “lost password” facility said it was no longer available; and their support email address bounced mails. That didn’t impress me.
This site looks more promising. Although it is obviously based in the US (I’m a Brit), so the Food Database will contain mainly US products, this doesn’t bother me too much. My main beef with the previous sites was how hard they made it to set up your own foods and meals – rather than off-the shelf products – I like to cook a lot, from basic ingredients. It is easy to do that here, and even better, they allow you to add foods to the “Community Database”, which I will be definitely doing – marking any branded products with a “(UK)” to avoid any confusion.
Also, even for the “premium membership”, the price is good, especially with the current dollar exchange rate. A month and a half’s payment for Weightwatchers online will pay for my whole year’s subscription here.
So here I go again – wish me luck.