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Finding the Best Calorie Fat Counter
By Terry Dunkle, DietPower Editor-In-Chief*
Smart, well-informed dieters understand that counting fat grams is as important as counting calories. One reason: every gram of fat contains nine calories-more than twice the calories in a gram of carbohydrate or protein.
Another reason: Getting too many of your calories from fat elevates your risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke, and many other ailments.
Hence, if you want to feel less hungry on the same number of calories and reduce your health hazards, watching your fat intake is vital.
Tracking Calories via Calorie Fat Counter
Every reputable calorie counter is based on this rule: if you eat 3500 calories less than your body needs, you'll lose one pound.
The only question is, of course, how long you take to lose each pound. Most authorities recommend forgoing no more than than 1000 calories a day. By running such a deficit, you'll lose two pounds a week.
A more extreme diet may not provide all the nutrients you need for good health. In addition, pounds that disappear too rapidly are more likely to reappear later.
Tracking Fat via Calorie Fat Counter
Make sure the calorie counter you choose not only tracks grams of fat, but also the percentage of your calories that come from fat. Most nutritionists advise getting no more than 30 percent of your calories from fat. This will ensure lower health risks and less hunger.
Before You Start Using a Calorie Fat Counter...
...make sure it gives you a calorie budget that agrees with DietPower's calorie budget calculator. Based on more than 20 years of research and testing, this online tool is the same as in DietPower's weight-loss software. For most people, it will be accurate to plus or minus 5 percent.
Pick an Easy-to-Use Calorie Fat Counter
Anyone can count fat and calories by tallying figures from food labels. But it's faster and more convenient to use your computer.
You can find many fat calorie counters on the Web. Some work strictly via the Internet; others can be downloaded and installed on your PC, which provides more privacy. (PC-based programs are also faster, because they don't have to communicate with the Internet every time you log a food.)
A Calorie Fat Counter That Does More
Since you'll be recording all your meals anyway, it pays to choose a program that tracks not only fat grams and calories, but other nutrients (calcium, sodium, protein, folic acid, and such). Many programs also track calories burned in exercise. One popular program, DietPowerŽ, automatically adjusts your calorie budget to changes in your metabolism. It also suggests foods that are best for your personal nutrition.
*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.