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The Ultimate Diet Planner
By Terry Dunkle, DietPower Editor-In-Chief*
No diet planner is perfect, but some are a lot better than others. In the two decades since I began building my own, I've tested hundreds of others. Here's what to look for:
Before You Accept Any Diet Planner...
...make sure it calculates an accurate calorie budget. Test it against DietPower's calorie budget calculator, which rests on peer-reviewed scientific studies.
A Good Diet Planner "Learns"
It should remember your favorite foods and make them easy to find. It should also watch how your weight changes in response to your calorie intake, and adjust your calorie budget accordingly.
A Diet Planner Should Track More Than Calories
It should monitor at last the dozen or so nutrients on food labels, and preferably many more. Reason: As long as you're counting calories, you should also be watching sodium, fats, vitamins, minerals, and protein to help lower your risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, osteoporosis, and other nutrition-sensitive hazards.
A Diet Planner Should Have Reliable Support
Can you phone a live expert if you strike a snag while logging a midnight snack? Will your emails be answered promptly? Do the people on the other end of the line speak good English and actually use the program themselves? Are they there on Thanksgiving Day? If all the answers are "yes," you've found something rare.
Is That Diet Planner Guaranteed?
Many aren't. Some don't even offer a free trial.
One planner, DietPowerŽ, has a one-year refund policy and can do everything described above. It's not for everyone, but for many it's worth a free trial. (If you don't like the program, DietPower will help you find another brand. Just ask.)
*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.