Web Spy: Daily Burn

The weather is finally starting to warm up, and summer will be here before we know it.  While I love summer and I’m excited to have the time off to relax and have fun, just thinking about the fact that sundresses, short-shorts, and bikinis are in my not-too-distant future makes me cringe. The fact of the matter is, my body isn’t quite ready for skimpy summer clothes just yet.  I’ve begun to slack off a bit on the eating and exercise goals I set in the beginning of the year, and it’s time to get back on track.

DailyBurn, a website that tracks your diet and exercise, is helping me do just that.  Once you login and create an account, DailyBurn asks you a few simple questions about your body, activity level, and health and weight loss goals.  It then creates a customized nutrition plan that tells you how many calories and grams of fat, protein, and carbs you should be consuming daily, and users log everything they eat into the database to track their diet.  This has really helped me make smarter eating choices; by logging everything I eat, I can see what I’m eating way too much of (carbs), and likewise what I don’t get enough of (protein).

The site also helps you create customized workout plans to follow. Users also record exercise into the database, which helps track your workout goals as well as shows them how many calories they burn in relation to how many they consume a day.

Every time you log back into the site, you’re directed straight to your online “Locker Room” homepage that shows your weight, eating and exercise progress on a chart.  This definitely helps keep me motivated because I can actually see my progress (or lack thereof, which only pushes me harder).  Another way that the site motivates me is that it’s a social network, too, so you can find “motivators” who create a sort of online support community to help you achieve your fitness goals.  There’s also “challenges” you can join (such as walking 500 miles or losing 10 pounds), which helps the more competitive-minded stay motivated, too.

The free membership lets you access the basic features (everything described in this article) and a limited number of workouts, which probably will work just fine for most people.  However, if you’re super dedicated and want access to a whole bunch of extra site features, you can also choose to upgrade to a paid “Pro” account.

And for those of you with iPhones, Daily Burn has two cool apps: one is basically just a condensed version of the website, so you can record workouts and what you eat on the go, and the other one uses the phone’s camera to scan the UPC label on any food item and automatically get its nutrition information.

So if you’re not satisfied with the way your body looks and you want to get fit before this summer, give DailyBurn a try.  With their help, I should be rocking my new bikini at the beach this summer with confidence, and hopefully you will be too!

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