Diet and fitness Web sites that pull their weight

Diet and fitness Web sites that pull their weight »Play Video
You want to get fit, but you don't want to spring for a personal trainer or nutritionist. Maybe you need a Web site.

Good Housekeeping magazine analyzed the top fitness and diet sites to see which ones pull their weight.

These days, getting help with losing weight and staying fit is just a click away.

Charmaine Gillespie, chemist at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, evaluated eight fitness Web sites and seven diet sites.

"While some of these sites may charge a minimal fee for their memberships, others charged thousands of dollars for yearly subscriptions. So we wanted to evaluate the sites to see which ones provide the best value for your money," she said.

DeniseAustin.com, which charges $52 for three months, is the magazine's favorite fitness site.

"We really like the layout of the Denise Austin Web site. It was very warm and inviting. It also had great diet tips, including menus and weekly e-mails," Gillespie said.

Good Housekeeping says SouthBeachDiet.com - $65 for 13 weeks - weighs in as the best diet site.

"Their program was science-based. It was easy to use. the menus were inspiring and included a daily dessert and snacks," said Samantha Cassetty, R.D., the institute's nutrition director. "The member can pay $3 a week and get additional one-on-one support from a dietitians."

The editors also liked SparkPeople.com. It's a free site. One nice feature -- it has customizable meal plans that let you enter special health requests, like low-sodium.

Two other fitness Web sites the institute recommends are MyExercisePlan.com and MyHomePersonalTrainer.com.

The first lets you by customizing your workout by choosing two to three exercises for each muscle group. The second creates a schedule for you with printable, illustrated routines.