Weight loss is a billion dollar industry. There are people around every corner trying to sell gimmicky weight loss products and get-thin-quick tools. There are some weight loss tools that aren’t gimmicks, but how does one navigate these treacherous waters? Well, you need an adventure guide; Healthy Weight Loss Club!
Each item listed on this page is something I personally use regularly. I consider these items to be essential to weight loss success. I have included links where you can purchase or download them and a short review and explanation of why I find it useful. I hope these tools will help you as much as they have helped me in losing over 70 pounds!
I got my Fitbit Charge 2 HR for Christmas, after doing some careful research and asking around for recommendations, and putting it on my Amazon wishlist… Thanks sis! I’m so glad I have this! After wearing it for a full month, the scientist in me decided to calculate the accuracy of the device based on how much weight I had lost over the same period of time, how much I had consumed, and compare that with what Fitbit thought I had burned.
total calorie intake + (weight lost x 3,500) = calorie burn according to the Fitbit
It was exactly right! (within 0.2 lbs) I was actually very surprised at how close Fitbit was to reality. I was very impressed. This is not only a weight loss tool, but this will be extremely handy for weight maintenance. Don’t forget, once you lose the weight, you have to continue using the skills you’ve learned to keep that weight off! Fortunately, technology like this Fitbit are making it much easier! It is a really powerful tool to know how many calories you burn, so that you can reduce your calories to lose weight consistently! Additional features include a food tracker, and fun challenges and adventures to encourage you to exercise and move more!
I’ve been using this website/app to track everything I eat, drink, lick, chew, taste, and bite for several years. It is an exceptional food tracking system! I highly recommend it, especially if you’re not using a food tracking app already! MyFitnessPal has a website, and apps for your phone. I have the app on my iPad and iPhone so I am never too far away from a tracker. I also use this to track my weight, and doing so allows the app to create lovely motivating progress graphs! It’s always so nice to see that number go down! This app is of the free-mium variety. There is a “premium” option that costs money and removes adds and adds a few extra options. I only use the free version. It has everything I need, including a recipe builder and barcode scanner. If there’s one thing you can do to start on the road to weight loss, it’s downloading this free app and start tracking! Just do it! 😉
I have had a couple of different food scales over the last couple of years, but let’s say this first: YOU NEED ONE! Estimating portion sizes, and even measuring solids with a measuring cup, is a recipe for disaster; namely you’ll think you’re eating at a deficit, but your measuring cups and your eyes will lie to you! The important features that your food scale must have are: a zero or tare button so you don’t accidentally count the weight of your plate instead of just the food on it, grams and ounces so you can weight anything regardless if the serving sizes are listed in g. or oz. Trust me, this makes so much difference. With a food scale, you can be confident that what you eat is what you log in your food tracker. Accuracy is important here.
If our goal is to lose and eventually maintain our weight, we must be able to measure it! This bathroom scale helps do that extremely well. It can weigh up to 400 pounds, which is rare for a scale, and you can be certain it will hold you! I weight myself every morning, after I go to the bathroom, before I eat or drink anything. I have become used to the fluctuations of my weight (due to water, PMS, chinese food, etc.) but the long term graph in MyFitnessPal or Fitbit always shows a downward trend. If you don’t have a bathroom scale, you need one! Keep in mind that losing “weight” on a scale is different than losing fat, so if you feel you’re doing everything right and the scale isn’t playing along, check out this post: I’m Not Losing Any Weight!
I contemplated not putting these in here, but here’s why I recommend a good set of stainless pots and pans: Cooking (even just a little bit) will help you stick to your goals in the long run! I got these pans for two reasons: exceptional heat distribution, and the clear glass lids. These are pans that will last a loooooong time. The clear glass lids make a huge difference for me when I cook. Not having to open the lid to check if something is boiling or simmering or about to overflow is a game-changer. This particular set is also dishwasher and oven safe, as well as compatible with induction stoves. They are easy to clean, and just awesome! I use them all the time! Of course, if you’re not in the market for a whole set, you could get one or two individual pots/skillets that you use the most. I use the skillet with lid, and the 2.5 quart the most (like in my cheesy hamburger soup… yum!). Totally worth it!
No fad diets. No weigh loss pills. No embarrassing meetings. No punishing exercises.
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