Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Check Out 'The Google 15' Weight Loss Tool

"The Google 15" lets you accurately track your weight loss progress

I'm all for using anything to help you feel confident about reaching your weight loss goals. Whether it is creating a big poster of the pounds coming off of your body or keeping a journal of your carbs, exercise and water intake daily, these are tools that will help you become the eventual weight loss success that you dream about.

There's a relatively new online weight loss tool that I found while surfing the Internet and it's actually pretty neat, too. It's a Google Module from Google software engineer Brian W. Fitzpatrick (aka Fitz) called "The Google 15." When newbie techno-nerds first start out working for Google, the common belief is they generally gain at least 15 pounds from all the free food at their fingertips compliments of the great Google empire (Google denies this is true, but it makes for a good story).

As a result, Fitz wanted to provide a tool that would help encourage people to track their weight loss. Thus was born "The Google 15."

Unlike traditional trackers which go up and down fluctuating and frustrating even the most devoted dieters, "The Google 15" implores a moving average so it is much more realistic about how you are doing by seeing the trend from the previous two weeks. You weigh yourself at the same time every single day (preferably in the morning) and input your weight online.

While those of us who have lost weight can attest to the thrill of seeing the scale drop several pounds in one day, we've also been hit with the dreaded several pound weight GAIN in one day as well. Too many people start kicking and screaming when this happens and they allow that scale to dictate their attitude about their weight loss.

That's where "The Google 15" comes in.

Looking at the most current trend of your weight loss as you move towards your goal weight, this tool will help you see exactly where you have been, where you are, and where you are going. Most people who are eating right and exercising will benefit from knowing they are doing very well despite a few bumps every once in a while with the scale. It's not a reason to give up on losing weight like so many people do.

Within a week of submitting your daily weight information, you will start seeing a graph of your progress that will compute how much weight you have lost or gained over the past week as well as how much further you are from your goal weight. This can be an invaluable tool for you to use if the constant ups and downs freak you out. "The Google 15" brings it all down to a mathematical equation that equals ultimate success.

Then, even after you hit your weight loss goal, Fitz encourages people to keep using "The Google 15" to serve as an "early warning if you start to pack on the pounds!" What a great idea and it will keep you accountable even if nobody else is watching.

Wanna take advantage of this exciting new weight loss tool? Click on the "Add to Google" button below (or CLICK HERE) and "The Google 15" will automatically show up when you visit Google.

Add to Google

Don't be concerned about your information being stored anywhere because it uses Google's public Homepage API and simply stores your daily weights and your goal weight in your preferences. However, if you are using a shared computer like at the library, then disable cookies before exiting and nobody will have access to your information.

If you have any comments or questions about "The Google 15," then just e-mail Fitz.

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Blogger KPG said...

Pretty sweet. I've been using it for the past 10 days or so. Its good because it keeps those bad days in perspective. You know, the days when the scale jumps a pound or two (or more). It took a couple days in a row of moving up before it said anything about losing ground. This morning I was back on track, so all is well.

I will point out that I think it only keeps 15 days, so if you're like me and want to actually track the data, you'll have to keep it in a second place.

12/18/2006 11:57 AM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

It's an excellent idea to keep your own running total of your weight loss/gain. But Google 15 is not for that purpose. The former is the actual data while the latter reminds you of reality in your weight loss. I'm glad to see it is helping you, KPG!

12/18/2006 2:16 PM  

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