Tickers are a great way to visualize weight loss. Even if I were to backtrack, this would motivate me because I could still see the net progress toward my goal. Here are a few options:
The Ticker Factory
- Provides options to track BMI and waist circumference in addition to weight.
- Simple to update: Just click on it and enter your password.
- Lots of graphics and backgrounds to choose from.
- Provides code for using ticker on a dark or light background so that the text will be visible.
- Images are not categorized — you might go through 16 pages before finding the one you want.
- Website feels dated; Ticker Factory has been around for years, and it doesn’t look like much has changed.
- Not just for weight loss: Provides ticker options for other timelines such as pregnancy due dates, vacation countdowns and debt reduction progress.
Created by MyFitnessPal – Free Calorie Counter
- You can upload your own picture for the background image.
- Only 8 premade (non-custom photo) options.
- Site advertising (graphic and text) is much more overt on this ticker than on the other two examples.
- You can enter your weight as a decimal (e.g. 172.2), but your weight loss will still show up as a whole number (1 pound instead of 1.4).
- Provides other tools as well, such as this Basal Metabolic Rate Calculator.
- Easy to update the data for your code because no log-in is required. In fact, you don’t even have to revisit the website — you can edit the code using basic HTML.
- Easy to change the look of your ticker because you create a new one every time you update your weight from the website.
- Did you see my example? It’s a skunk on barbed wire. Hardcore!
- No record of your past numbers because you don’t log in.
- Does not provide an option to choose lighter text for use on websites with dark backgrounds.
- Choosing your starting, current and target weights from pull-down menus means that accuracy is rounded (e.g. I would have to choose 174 pounds as my starting weight rather than 173.6). You can type in a decimal weight if you edit the HTML, but unlike in Ticker Factory, the numbers may overlap if the weights are too close to each other on the ticker.
- For having so few images, it’s strange that several make no sense at all. Realize how possible your goals are with a flying pig! Roll with the classic “Nice Shark” (not a dolphin)!
- There is an apostrophe missing from the slogan above the ticker. Thats just sloppy. Also, you’re measuring with “pds.”
- In my opinion, this seems to be a very stripped down rip-off of the classic Ticker Factory. Check out the similarities of visual design; they even both use green for the goal weight. What do you think?