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If you want to lose weight but are overwhelmed with the seemingly endless options out there, eDiets is a great place to start. This online diet service differs from most competitors because rather than offering its own proprietary weight-loss program, it compiles a number of popular commercial diet plans and allows you to choose the one that's right for you. Every health and fitness professional will tell you that the most successful weight-loss programs combine a healthy diet with physical activity. Fortunately, eDiets offers both.

The service supports more than a dozen diet plans, including ones for individuals with special dietary needs. For example, there is a vegetarian diet program and a plan specifically formulated for diabetics. If you don't know which diet is right for you, the service can create a custom diet for you with your own exercise plan and weekly menu based on your preferences.

When it comes to fitness, you can use eDiets to track your weight, body measurements, workouts and even mood factors that can affect your weight loss. You can build custom workouts by selecting specific exercises the service lists under the Fitness tab in your online account. A virtual trainer walks you through each exercise so that you can maximize your physical exertion and to ensure that you perform each one correctly.

Our biggest (and perhaps only) complaint with this online diet service is its relatively limited selection of community features. Online communities are a significant part of most of the other diet plans we reviewed, and they can provide immense support and encouragement as you commit to losing weight. With blogs and a presence on social media, the eDiets community is constantly growing but there are other services that offer more support.

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eDiets Summary:
8.6/10

Overall, we found eDiets to be a valuable and beneficial resource, particularly for dieting beginners who aren't sure where to start. The service provides numerous plans and tools that can help you effectively lose weight and keep it off. That said, its community features are somewhat lacking. Subsequently, using eDiets to shed those pesky pounds may require more self-discipline and determination than the best comparable weight-loss programs would.

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eDiets

Pros
eDiets supports more than a dozen popular diet plans, including ones that cater to individuals with special dietary needs.

Cons
There is no food delivery option with eDiets and that could be a drawback for some.

The Verdict
: 8.58/10

If you have the willpower to lose weight on your own without the aid of a supportive community, eDiets offers all the diet plans, fitness tools and tracking capabilities you need to get in shape.