Here you can find all the tools of the trade, so to speak, to help you effectively lose weight and improve your health as easily as possible. I will add to this page as I learn more and test out more products, so bookmark this page for future reference. I hope you enjoy!
Please note that this page contains some affiliate links to products that may earn myself a commission. All of the products that I recommend below I have either tried out or a close friend/family member has tried out and had success with. I do NOT recommend products on this page solely to make money, but rather to help YOU reach your goals. If you have a question about any of these products please feel free to contact me! Thanks!
Low Calorie Cookbooks
Hungry Girl: 200 Recipes Under 200 Calories – This must-have cookbook is a New York Times Bestseller that has over 480 positive reviews on Amazon.com!
Cook This, Not That! 350-Calorie Meals – From the writers of Eat This, Not That comes one of my personal favorite cookbooks!
Hungry Girl 1-2-3 – Another great recipe book from the Hungry Girl franchise. This time the focus is on super simple low calorie recipes that you’re sure to love!
Low Calorie Recipe Websites
Low Calorie Recipes – Check out our very own low calorie recipe section to find healthy, low calorie breakfasts, snacks, sides, lunches and dinners! Add your own recipes and rate the one’s you’ve tried!
EatingWell.com – Offers quick and healthy low calorie recipes and menus
I’m not a huge fan of taking a bunch of supplements and meal replacements, etc. Some people have success with slim fast drinks and advocare, for example, but I prefer real foods. With that being said, I do take a multi-vitamin, fish oil pills and occasionally a little protein powder. Here’s what I use:
Centrum Performance – I buy this and sometimes when I’m at Sam’s Club I will pick up their generic brand that is the equivelant of this. You can save some money if you use the Subscribe & Save option through Amazon.com.
Nature Made Fish Oil – I don’t eat a lot of fish…OK, hardly any…so, I take a fish oil supplement by Nature Made to make sure I get my EPA’s and DHA’s (omega 3’s).
Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Protein – Protein powders have come along way since they first introduced to the market. Long gone are the days of chalky tasting powders! I literally can’t believe how good some of the powders taste these days. My favorite is by far Optimum Nutrition because of the price as well as the taste. Check out my Optimum Nutrition whey protein review for a more detailed look at this supplement!
The Simple, Proven Plan For Weight Loss & Control – Be sure to download my very own strategy that isn’t so much a diet as it is a lifestyle. Small, simple changes to your lifestyle create lifelong results! And did I mention it’s FREE!
I do all of my working out at home or in the streets of my neighborhood so I have lot’s of experience with various pieces of exercise equipment. Below is pretty much everything I currently use:
Schwinn Elliptical Machine – I personally like elliptical trainers better than treadmills. They are low impact so my knees or ankles never hurt when I use them. This Schwinn model is one of the best ellipticals I could find for the money and what sold me on it was the over 450 reviews on Amazon that are almost all 5 stars!
*Tip: Before purchasing an elliptical and/or treadmill be sure to compare models using EllipticalsAndTreadmills,org to find the machine that matches your needs and budget.
Dumbbells – I workout alone so for safety reasons I don’t do a lot of heavy bench presses with a barbell. Instead, I almost exclusively use dumbbells for all of my weight training. I just use the standard star lock dumbbells though I am looking to get a set of the PowerBlock Elite 90 Adjustable Dumbbells…as soon as I can get myelf to spend that much money on them! :)
Resistance bands – Another low impact training tool that provides good resistance. Also, a great way to spice up boring workouts.
Pedometer – A very useful tool for measuring steps taken and calories burned when I’m out walking or running
Bike computer – I love riding my bike for exercise and even with the family. This is a great tool to measure how far you’ve ridden, calories burned and so on.
Weight Loss Communities
Low-CalorieDiet.com Forums– Discuss dieting, fitness, nutrition, healthy recipe ideas and more in our free forums!
Low-Calorie Diet Facebook Community – Join the conversation and interact with others over at our Facebook page!
ChooseMyPlate.gov – The USDA’s updated food guide which replaced the old food pyramid.
Nutrient Data Laboratory – Look up calories or nutrients in food.