Being of the technical sort, when I am working on a problem or project, I try to find solutions that take advantage of technology when-ever and where-ever I can.
Fitness and Weight Loss are no exception!
He was one of the co-founders of AutoDesk and AutoCAD. This book was basically written by a techy and he treats understanding and controlling your weight like any other business project. It really speaks to me, being that I'm another techy! ;)
I use the website and tools that John provides to store my daily weights and keep track of my overall weight trends. It’s basically a must have in my opinion, for anyone wanting to lose weight and have a basic understanding of weight loss.
I also use various bits of hardware for the same purpose. One of the newer hardware items that I recently started using is a Withings scale.
This is a pretty nice digital scale that records your weight along with your estimated fat mass and lean body mass. It also has a built in WiFi connection and will automatically send your daily weights to its parent website.
Normally, at a minimum, I have to deal with two websites that store my weight information, the Hackers Diet site and the Withings site. It’s become a common effort to visit the Withings site to get my actual weight and then visit the Hackers Diet site to enter my new daily weight for the day.
This week I was introduced to a brand new site that was developed by a co-forum companion that actually takes the Withings data and populates a custom-made interface that uses the Hackers Diet methodology. Since it pulls the data directly from the Withings site, you just need to weigh-in every morning and do nothing else! When you want to see your current weight trend, just pop over to the Trend Weight website and it will show the simple charts based on your Withings data. It even calculates the 20 moving average in the same manner as well. It doesn’t have any extra bells and whistles, however the new site is very clean and very easy to use. The only requirement to use it is that you need to have a Withings scale.
It’s called Trend Weight and was developed by Erv Walter.
It also allows you to share your data if you so choose. Here is a link to my recently imported data, just so you can see what it looks like: