As I’ve mentioned before, I work in IT, so I like gadgets and web services. However I am pragmatic. If it’s going to take me hours to setup a profile on a site and keep it up to date, then I probably won’t really use it.
In my quest to keep track of my dieting and weight loss (I prefer to refer to it as “change of lifestyle”) I sought out some online services to help me.
Weight Watchers have an online service, but as it’s pay to use I haven’t assessed it as yet.
Three other sites did attract my attention:
There were problems with all 3 sites.
Both Daily Plate and Fit Day are very American, while Traineo’s signup page was broken on my first visit. While I did eventually manage to signup a number of the site’s functions are not working correctly at present, which is more than a little annoying.
Of the three only two sent me confirmation emails after signing up. FitDay didn’t, so I had to search my browser history to work out the site’s name.
That is annoying.
Anyway, what about the site’s themselves?
All three offer very similar functionality. The main difference is in how you can access it and add your details ie. keep track of your eating, exercise and weight etc.,
Traineo would appear to be the slickest and simplest to use, as they give you a relatively simple “portal” to work from. Unfortunately, like the other sites, it allows you to enter data in lbs or kg, but then displays suggestions related to lbs only, which is really annoying.
Daily Plate is quite powerful by the looks of things, but to be able to access any of the more advanced features you need to upgrade to a paid subscription. It allows you to track what you eat by searching their database, but unfortunately it’s very American in its bias and the display of options when you search is confusing to say the least
Fit Day is quite easy to use and doesn’t seem to want my money to access any of its features. Unfortunately, while it allows me to set targets and enter data using metric values it provides all of its advice and graphs using Imperial measurements!
After playing around a bit with all three services I’m really none the wiser.
If someone were to launch a more Euro-centric solution I’d probably be a lot happier.