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Join the 50 Million Pound Challenge

Thursday, March 19, 2009 Posted by Peter Janiszewski, PhD

It is often said that keeping track of your progress towards a given goal increases the probability of reaching that goal. In the case of obesity, it is recommended that people keep track of the calories they consume, the types of foods they eat, the calories they expend through exercise, and measure their weight and waist circumference as they progress.

Just under 2 years ago, Dr. Ian Smith launched the 50 Million Pound Challenge website to help people monitor their progress. While Dr. Smith has been on TV shows such as Celebrity Fit Club and authored poorly titled books such as Extreme Fat Smash Diet, which make me a tad skeptical regarding his intentions, the website itself is actually quite neat – and more importantly, it is free!

The site includes a weight tracker, a food journal, and an activity tracker in which you can record your daily pedometer count in addition to other activities. You can also create a team along with your friends, family, school mates or co-workers and keep each other on track as well as compete with other teams. I have actually just joined the Challenge and created an Obesity Panacea team which I encourage our readers to join (just search for “Obesity Panacea” in the “Search Teams” tab once you've signed yourself up). Note: If you are one of our Canadian readers you will have to make up a US address as I did.

To date the participants of the 50 Million Pound Challenge have lost a total of 3,772,105 pounds – if you have a few pounds to shed, you can contribute to the cause. If you care less about the pounds but want to keep track of your activity and diet, as I plan on doing - also check out this useful and free resource.


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