Can the Internet help me lose weight?

Judy Caplan
Nutrition & Dietetics
Yes it can, but only if you follow the advice given! There are a multitude of weight loss sites on the internet with solid nutritional advice. One of the best ways to use the Internet is to go to and find a registered dietitian (RD) in your area who can plan a personalized program just for you. RD's are trained weight loss professionals and can direct you to many reputable resources.
Sure, the Internet may keep you glued to your computer longer than you planned, but it can also help you reach your weight-loss goals. A study funded by the National Institutes of Health found that dieters who used online tools to keep track of their efforts were much more successful at maintaining their weight loss than those who didn't. Logging on consistently helped participants keep off almost half their lost weight after two years, while minimal users regained all their lost weight. Clearly, feedback and information available 24/7 can be a big help in your fitness efforts. 

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