How to Find the Best Websites for Weight Loss

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There is a wealth of diet help online. But most dieters don't have hours to sort through thousands of web pages to find quality information.  So how do you find the best weight loss website?  Thankfully, a new study has investigated the accuracy of weight loss help on the web. You can use their findings to get the best weight loss information for you.

5 Tips to Find The Best Weight Loss Websites

When researchers evaluated over 100 weight loss websites they found that many provided poor quality information.

According to their findings, published in The American Journal of Public Health (AJPH), only a small percentage of sites accurately provided current information about important weight loss topics like diet, exercise and lifestyle. That's bad news for dieters.

But in developing their research they came up with a list of things to look for when you're trying to get diet help online. The study did not provide a list of perfect weight loss websites, but you can use their guidelines to get the best weight loss help on the web.

  • Go beyond the first few search results. Researchers said that there were plenty of sites that provided solid information, but they were not always the first sites listed after they searched for a weight loss topic. Many sites, such as  government, university or non-profit sites, were listed on the second or third page of Google's search results.  So when you are searching for an answer to your weight loss question, don't be afraid to scroll down the page and even click to the second or third page of your search results to get a quality answer.
  • Look for an identifiable expert. Researchers gave higher quality scores to weight loss websites with articles written by an identifiable and authoritative expert or entity. That means that you know who is providing the information and you rely on the author's credentials to get trustworthy advice. When you visit a weight loss website, make sure that the author's credentials are listed as well as contact information for the source.
  • Check for high quality sources.  You'll see many websites that offer diet tips and facts about supplements or devices. But often those facts aren't backed up by legitimate sources. In the AJPH study, weight loss websites were given higher scores for providing links to studies published in peer reviewed journals or other authoritative sources. At Weight Loss for example, you might see links to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition or Medicine and Science in Sports & Exercise. These are all peer-reviewed journals that provide information that you  can investigate if you choose to learn more about a topic.
  • Find the most recent weight loss tips. When you find an article that provides an answer to your weight loss question, look for a date on the page that says when the article was last updated.  When a website provides this information, it helps you know that the weight loss advice is monitored on a regular basis to provide the most current and accurate information.
  • Be wary of tips that are too good to be true. Researchers gave higher scores to websites that provide weight loss tips that follow current guidelines for healthy eating and daily physical activity.  So weight loss websites that address ways to manage energy balance and getting the right amount of moderate exercise fared better in the study than those that depended on trendy fads.  Scientists also preferred sites that gave readers information about medical solutions for weight loss, including surgery and prescription medications.

It can be tedious and time consuming to find the best weight loss website when you're trying to lose weight. But taking a few extra minutes to get accurate information can save you time, money and frustration in the end.

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