I think perhaps TechCrunch should have suggested forget the computer “friends”, and “simply get out and exercise” with some friends… was in order for this recent post from my much loved TechCrunch.com entry below:
Posted: 25 Dec 2007 02:00 PM CST
is often a time of gluttony for many. From a traditional roast through
to too much alcohol, many will be suffering long Christmas hangovers,
particularly those not fortunate enough to live in a country with a
gazetted post Christmas recovery public holiday (Boxing Day on
Even if you do have December 26 off, with January 1 around the
corner it’s time for resolutions about getting fit and healthy. Here’s
a few sites we’ve reviewed that will help you along the way.
(review: April 2007)
Fat Secret is designed to help overweight people leverage a network
of friends and online resources to lose weight by building a support
network around you to monitor your progress.
Users first state their current and goal weights, and are urged to
report in daily with their updated weight. This data builds a graph
that is included on their profile page showing progress over time. Each
user is also provided with a blog/journal and can add other Fatsecret
users as friends.
The site is a directory of diet plans that combines user ratings and
professional nutritionist analysis of various factors like ease of
implementation, speed of weight loss and allowable alcohol consumption.
The company says it is based on two ideas: that dieting is hard and
that community is one of the biggest factors in successful weight loss.
There was information available on 47 different diets when we first
reviewed the site. To search for a diet, users move 12 sliders to
indicate which diet and food factors are most important to them. The
site recommends which ones could best fit their needs. Users can also
contribute off-site links related to any diet.
Traineo is a health and fitness support site where users report
their weight, diet, and exercise daily to a group of friends who help
monitor and support one another….Instead of inputting how many ounces
of cheese you ate in your burrito, and how much cream you put in your
coffee, Traineo allows you to just give an estimation of how you think
you ate each day. Based on your age, weight, and goal, it tells you how
many calories you should aim for and, at the end of the day, you tell
the program if you ate poor, average, fair, or great.
If you’ve spent Christmas alone, or you need some more rounded/ broader help, here’s a few sites that may help as well:
Wellsphere is concerned with day-to-day sorts of health choices that
make up “wellness”, the kind you don’t ask your doctor, but consult
your peers about. Wellsphere is meant to help people with these choices
and motivation by providing users with access to similar people and to
health-related resources in their area. These resources are split
between personal profiles and databases of health-related locations
they’ve put together.
(review November 2006)
A social network that provides a space for people with a wide variety
of medical, psychological and life conditions to discuss their
struggles and the treatments they are undergoing.
The highlight of DailyStrength is that users are asked to describe
medical and psychological treatments they have undergone. They indicate
what conditions those treatments were for, whether they were effective
and provide a narrative about the experience. That information is then
aggregated by condition and treatment – so it’s easy to see what a
large number of people have done in response to a condition or what
it’s really like to undergo a certain treatment.