‘Eat, Shrink & Be Merry” – it’s the title of a fun cookbook by two sisters, Janet and Greta Podleski that I found on the 3 Fat Chicks on a Diet Web site (3fatchicks.com).
It’s a great thought, if a little impractical at this time of year. How on earth can anyone expect to stay on track with all those temptations lurking around the corner? Thanksgiving and Christmas are a comfort-food bonanza and it’s so easy to say, “Ah, to heck with it,” and give in.
Then January rolls around and none of your pants fit. Not good for the self-esteem.
Yes, in this case, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, forgive the expression. And while online diet sites can’t do the hard work for you, they can certainly help you get the information you need to make sensible choices over the next month. Some offer daily planning guides, calorie calculators and weight journals to make staying on track even easier. Others offer nutritious recipes and will even generate shopping lists for you.
Probably the best thing about online diet sites is the convenience and sense of community they offer. So, as you’re staring down those sugar cookies and eggnog this Christmas, you’ll have somewhere to turn for a little support and motivation. They give you waysto get started.
First, you need to pick the diet that’s right for you – no easy feat when you consider there are only about a zillion to choose from. The Diet Channel at thedietchannel.com has overviews of more than 60 popular diets to help you choose the one that suits you.
Personally, I like 3 Fat Chicks on a Diet at the aforementioned site. There is just something about the name that puts me at ease. What’s not to love about a Web site that pokes fun at itself? The discussion forums are the best part of the site, with dozens of topics on virtually any diet and body-related topic you can think of.
Finally, I have to give a shout out to the Weight Watchers site at weightwatchers.com. I’m a big fan of the Weight Watchers program because I think it’s sensible and sustainable. This site takes all the best parts of the traditional Weight Watchers program and combines it with the convenience of an online forum. The Restaurant Guide and recipes sections are especially helpful.
So while you may not eat, shrink and be merry this holiday season, maybe at the very least you won’t have to go up a pants size come New Year’s.
Romi Carrell Wittman is a business writer and the communication services director for Trico Electric Cooperative. E-mail her at: email@example.com.