Best nutrition and fitness websites

March 10, 2009 8:28:57 AM PDT
Getting a trainer or nutritionist to help you stay fit can be a good idea. But for those trying to stretch the dollar, using a good website may be a cost effective alternative. 7 On Your Side's Michael Finney shows which sites pulled their weight in a recent Good Housekeeping review.

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Losing weight and staying fit may be right at your fingertips.

"At the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, we evaluated eight fitness websites and 7 diet sites. While some of these sites may charge a minimal fee for their memberships, others charged thousands of dollars for yearly subscriptions," said Charmaine Gillespie, Good Housekeeping Institute.

Good Housekeeping reviewed those sites to see which ones provide the best value for your money. The testers did somersaults over the fitness site, www.deniseaustin.com. They liked the layout of the site, along with the diet tips, menu suggestions and weekly e-mails.

Weighing in as the best diet site - www.southbeach.com.

"Their program was science-based. It was easy to use. The menus were inspiring and included a daily dessert and snacks. The members can pay three dollars a week, and get additional one-on-one support from a dietician," said Samantha Cassetty, Good Housekeeping Institute.

Another notable includes the free web site, www.sparkpeople.com. It has a customizable meal plan that lets you enter special health requests like low sodium foods.

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