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Online Dieting

February 9, 2009

Dieting has reached a new level, as more people go online to get healthy.

A recent New York Times article looks at the growing popularity of websites like StickK or Make Money Losing Weight, where people join with their friends, family and coworkers betting money to see who can lose the most weight in a set amount of time. People who have tried these methods have found that when money is at stake, they are more willing to put in the effort.

For some people it’s not about the money at all. Some find that they are more motivated to eat well when everyone around them is doing the same. Maybe you are not the type to bet money on losing weight, but instead you get a few friends together to make a healthy whole grain dish or salad.

The important thing to realize is everyone is different. While some people might prefer to be closet dieters, others would rather get support from a friend, spouse or coworker.

About the author

Joshua Rosenthal is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He has worked in the nutrition field for more than 25 years, teaching at the school alongside health leaders including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra and Barry Sears. At Integrative Nutrition students are trained as Health Coaches, receiving the holistic nutrition education necessary for them go out into the world and help others improve their health and happiness.