January 19th, 2014 by () in Site Updates

Screenshot_19_01_2014_17_36It’s been a while but we are finally able to reveal a new feature to you all. If you record your weight in Fitbit, either manually or through one of their awesome wifi connected scales you can have those weights automatically sent your Chubby Challenge account!

To connect your Fitbit and Chubby Challenge accounts login to The Chubby Challenge and click the “My Account” link at the top right of the page. On your account page you will now see a new section call “Apps”. Click the “Click here to link your Fitbit account” and you will be taken to the Fitbit site where you will be asked to authorise the connection. Click the Allow button and that’s it – no more having to remember to update your weight it will happen every night automatically. And don’t worry we never see your Fitbit username and password and we cannot make any changes to your account. To unlink your accounts just go back to the My Account page and click the link again.

The same rules apply as to when you manually enter your eight now so you can only enter one weight a day so if you have done so manually then the Fitbit weight will be ignored.

So go on and link your accounts and get your weight automatically updated.

Are there any other integrations that you would like us to add? Let us know in the comments.

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January 2nd, 2014 by () in Hints & Tips

zeronoodlespacket-450We’re all looking for ways to lose weight without sacrificing the food we love right? So how does noodles with only eight calories sound? Let me introduce you to Zero Noodles (you lose the eight calories through eating the noodles).

I first came across Zero Noodles in the Metro newspaper describing how the TV chef Nigella Lawson had lost weight using them. If they were good enough for Nigella then they were certainly good enough for me and given that we eat a reasonable amount of egg noodles swapping them out for zero noodles would be easy enough.

Fortunately they are easy to come by and I was able to pick up a couple of packets in my local Holland and Barratt store. The first surprise was that they weren’t dried as I expected but suspended in liquid. The second was that they were pretty cheap and were on offer.

It is claimed that Zero Noodles can be used in any way that you would normal noodles. So for our experiment we decided on a stir-fry. Opening the packet revealed a very anaemic looking set of thin and watery noodles. After washing them off they were added to the stir-fry in the usual way.

Of course having zero calories is only any good if they pass the taste test and I can say that with our family at least this is where they came unstuck – they tasted awful. They really affected the taste of the overall meal, rather than the flavours of the stir-fry it was overwhelmed by the noodles themselves and they were pretty slimy too.

So, as ever, your mileage may vary but based on our meal I couldn’t recommend them which is a great shame as they promised so much.

Tried them yourself? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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