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Google Health Launches New Design and Health Tools

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As if Google hasn’t cornered the Internet market on just about everything, one of its many children, Google Health, just enjoyed a serious makeover, making it one of the most comprehensive and integrated online health tracking tools ever.

In the past, Google Health allowed you to store and track your own health information online, but its recent partnerships with CardioTrainer and FitBit add more texture and tools to anyone wanting to stay more accountable of their health.

CardioTrainer is a a mobile app for tracking fitness activity and weight loss and FitBit is a wearable device that tracks not only how many calories you consumed at lunch, but also how many steps it took you to walk from your car to your office and how many minutes it took you to fall asleep.
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The Gruve is a Valuable New Weight Loss Gadget

The Gruve Solution™ is a new weight loss and weight management gadget that encourages you to increase your daily activity. It was developed by a medical doctor in concert with research funded by the Mayo Clinic.

Similar to the FitBit, GoWear Fit and BodyBugg, the Gruve is a healthy living tool that encourages you to be more aware of behaviors like what you are eating, how much you are eating and how much you are moving.

But the Gruve is also very different.

It was created on the principle of NEAT, or Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis, the concept of burning calories and expending energy aside from clocking 30 minutes on the treadmill. Given our desk jobs and overall sedentary lifestyle, the lack of NEAT in our lives is a large contributing factor to the obesity epidemic.
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The FitBit Gets More Fit

Maybe you have already seen this latest device in fitness technology, but for those of who haven’t, the FitBit is a small device that clips onto your clothing and tracks how much (or how little) you move during the day. As anticipation ramps for its release, the FitBit seems to be getting bigger, however, not in size, but in popularity. The FitBit just recently received a cool 2 million dollars in venture capitol funding. Not bad for a device that hasn’t even started clocking calories burned on people. The FitBit isn’t due for release until late 2008/early 2009.
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500 Diet Reviews Now Published at DietsInReview.com


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It’s been a big week around DietsInReview.com. As our regulars have noticed, we unveiled a completely new look to the site, making it easier than ever to navigate and find the diet and health information you want.

We marked another milestone this week- We’ve published 500 diet reviews! They’re what made us famous, and we’re not slowing down here. We’re constantly seeking out the newest weight loss programs, diet books, diet pills, fitness products, diet-friendly food and even programs that promote the wellness of kids. Amongst the newest reviews that pushed us into the 500 mark, you’ll find:


WeightView - a free service providing a digitally altered photo of what you’ll look like 10, 20 or even 50 pounds lighter.


Revival Diet – offering supplements to makeover your body on the inside, plus delicious meals and snacks to make you “Slim & Beautiful.”


Pomevie – a diet pill featuring extract from the super food pomegranate, this cleanse is supposed to help you start your weight loss.


FitBit – this new wireless gadget tracks your daily activity and sleep habits to help you better manage weight loss.


Acai-aSlim – a diet pill made from the popular acai extract. This Brazilian super food has become quite the rage in the U.S., thanks to its high antioxidant content and weight loss claims.

Continue the celebration of the new DietsInReview.com! Sign-up for any of our newsletters during October and we’ll donate $1 to Susan G. Komen. You’ll then be entered to win a prize pack worth $185!



Count Calories with the Fitbit

These days, it seems like everything is being touched and altered by the technology wave. And when it comes to staying fit, the technology breakthrough’s have been no short of awesome. It used to be that the only way to count calories was to write down what you ate, consult your pocked-sized paperback calorie-counting book and whip out your handy-dandy calculator.

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Those days are long gone, thanks to tiny computerized devices like the Fitbit Tracker, a 2-inch clip that fastens to your clothing and measures how many calories you are burning during the day. It even counts your caloric expenditure while you sleep. I don’t know about you, but I’m a bit intrigued by what my metabolism is up to while I snooze.

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The FitBit is a wireless tracker that contains the same kind of motion sensors as the Wii Fit games. It measures your activity similar to a pedometer, but it also measures the intensity of your workouts or any other activity- saying walking to your car.

In a complex sequence of calculations that would befuddle our high school calculus teachers, the Fitbit immediately churns out our caloric burn. When you are within 25-50 feet of the  Fitbit base station, your personal data will automatically sync to the FitBit website. From there, you can log what you ate for breakfast, lunch and dinner and see for yourself how well you did with keeping your calories under, or if it is remaining equal to your energy output.

One common thread that has been revealed to us through thousands of diet research studies is that keeping a food log is a surefire way to stay on top of your weight goals. The Fitbit takes the daily food diary one step further by also calculating how many calories you’ve burned in an hour or a complete day. It makes you 100% accountable for every step you walk and every bite of food that passes over your lips. And we all know that numbers don’t lie.

fitbitMy only concern with the FitBit Tracker is the potential that monitoring your calorie input and output would become a mild obsession. The information is so immediately available that you might be interrupting meetings, waking up at 3:45 a.m. and moving in place in the line at the post office just to see how you’re doing. And I guess if you start planning your outfits around your new Fitbit accessory, then that might be a sign too to that you need to cool it a bit.

The Fitbit is a fun new gadget that can really serve as an educational tool for how our bodies process and metabolize energy. If you can’t seem to figure out why you aren’t losing weight, using a device like the Fitbit will help to shed some light on what it is that you’re doing or not doing to lose weight.

Here is the a complete review of the Fitbit Tracker.