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Calorie Counter Foods Guide
By Terry Dunkle, DietPower Editor-In-Chief*
A calorie counter foods guide is vital to helping you eat the right amount to reach your goal weight on schedule. The best guides today are available either a) on the Web or b) as software that you can download from the Web and install on your own computer. Before buying or using any of these, see how it measures up in these five important details:
Food Database Quality
Choose a calorie counter foods guide that has data on at least 20,000 foods. (The average supermarket offers 30,000.) Be careful to exclude any guide that overstates its numbers by including duplicate foods under different names. Watch out, too, for guides that acquire their food data by letting users volunteer information from food labels. Guides like these are often laced with typographical errors and duplication.
Exercise Database Quality
Similarly, your guide should include an exercise database with at least 500 different activities. By logging these, you will be able to earn extra calories for eating. The best guides let you specify not only how long you performed an exercise, but how rapidly or intensely, because these significantly affect the number of calories they burn.
Your guide should tie the databases together into a journal that automatically keeps track of your calorie "spending" and balance, so you don't have to do this by hand.
Many calorie counter food guides also track your intake of dozens of nutrients. A few (such as DietPower®, advertised on this page) can show you which foods provided which nutrients, monitor your water intake, and perform other sophisticated analysis.
If you look carefully, you can find a calorie counter foods guide that "learns" your metabolism and tweaks your budget daily to keep you moving smoothly toward your goal. One program (DietPower) even recommends foods you like that are best for your overall nutrition.
Others may surprise you with personalization that exactly matches what you're looking for. The point is that you should examine many before settling on one.
Shun any company that won't let you try their calorie counter foods guide free or get your money back if the guide doesn't fully satisfy you. A reasonable trial period is it two weeks (with the complete program, not a dumbed-down version).
Companies that offer a money-back guarantee usually limit it to 30 days, but some are more generous. (DietPower offers a full year.)
*Terry Dunkle is a 30-year veteran medical journalist and consumer advocate who serves as CEO and chief editor at DietPower, Inc., a leading maker of nutrition and weight-loss software.