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As a weight loss blogger, I am often on many different social media channels researching information and supporting the followers of this blog. Currently, as I spend time online, I am inundated with various weight loss programs advertising their programs to help people lose weight. Most of these programs are subtle variations of counting calories and logging your food in an electronic diary (food tracking). Food tracking doesn’t have to cost you money. You can lose weight for free by counting calories!
When I lost 70 pounds by counting calories, I did it for free. I joined a free website (apps weren’t yet available when I first started) and I logged my food and tracked my calories. I did a 30-minute daily fitness program on TV. I learned how to become a food tracker and nine months later I weighed 70 less pounds. Ok, I did buy a $20 food scale and lots of new clothes, but that was it!
Weight Loss Programs Are Bringing In LOTS of Money
Weight loss programs have become big business! At the time of writing this article, The popular Noom program’s lowest fee (if paid all upfront as an auto yearly recurring) is $199. Weight Watchers Digital and Studio (meetings) is $499 a year! These prices may change so I included the links so you can get the most up to date pricing. You can even go online and set bets and wages to lose weight. Listen, you don’t have to pay money to lose weight! I can show you how to lose weight for free.
The Food Tracking Momma
Allow me to briefly introduce myself. I’m Andrea and I’m the Food Tracking Momma. I have proven experience losing weight by counting calories and logging them into a food diary (food tracking). My weight loss is not a fluke. Counting calories generally works for most people (barring medical or metabolism issues) and the method is straight forward. Track and log all your calories and burn more calories than you consume. For more information, please read How I Lost 70 Pounds by Counting Calories.
I understand that a lot of us will do almost anything to lose weight. Well, let me assure you, you can do this. I will help you. But a pricey weight loss program will not assure you success. Let me show you how I did it and how I can help you now on your weight loss journey. Below are some tangible ways that I can help you.
How I Can Help
The Food Tracking Momma blog– This blog is committed to helping others lose weight by counting calories and logging them. I provide you information that supports this method of weight loss. This is not a diet. This is a lifestyle change that is slow and lasting. You will learn what a serving is, how many calories are in different foods, and how to take accountability for the calories you consume.
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Recipes– I post recipes that are low calorie and fit into a food tracking lifestyle. With food tracking, you can eat whatever you want, but you need to know and log the servings and calories.
Coaching/Support– I want to help you. It’s why I started this blog. I won’t be charging you money to call myself your coach. I just want to show you a way to lose weight that works (and will also allow you to maintain that weight loss). So, the best way I can support you is for you to join the Losing Weight with Food Tracking Facebook group. All of us in the group are using this method to lose weight and we all want to help.
Food Tracking Primer
Let me give you a quick primer that will get you started with counting those calories. Here are the steps that will get you tracking:
- Choose a food diary– The first thing you need is a mobile food diary. If you use FitBit, they have a very good database and I recommend you use their food diary. If you don’t (you don’t have to) you can use one of the many food diary apps that are free and available on the Internet. Just do a search for “food diary”. I have used FatSecret.com and FitBit. I’ve had friends also recommend MyFitnessPal.com and LoseIt.com.
- Calculate your Recommended Daily Intake– Create an account (in your food diary app) and then use its calculator to figure out your RDI. I recommend you only try to lose 1-2 pounds a week so that the reduction in calories is doable.
- Now track those calories! All food and drink calories should be entered and your goal is to eat as close to your RDI as possible without going over.
Those are the basics. If you start with that, you have the foundation of food tracking and you are ready to start losing weight by counting your calories.
I recommend increased activity and exercise with this new lifestyle. But you don’t have to pay for expensive gym memberships or personal trainers. Take a walk or ride your bike!
There are many great YouTube fitness channels you should check out. Paste Magazine has a great article on the Top 10 YouTube fitness channels.
To summarize, you don’t have to pay to lose weight. I’ve given you the basics in this article to losing weight using the food tracking method (remembering that it’s free!). You can do this. I can help you. I look forward to updating my subscribers list and talking to you on the Facebook group. This blog is not about big business. I’m just a mom who lost weight and I want to help others do the same.
Happy Food Tracking! Thanks, Andrea
The Food Tracking Momma