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Choosing an Exercise Diet Journal

By Terry Dunkle, DietPower Editor-In-Chief*

People who keep an exercise diet journal are far more likely to reach their ideal weight and nutrient balance—especially if they choose a journal that meets these five most important criteria:

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Large Food Database

Pick a journal that covers at least 20,000 foods and a dozen or more nutrients. Make sure it doesn't fudge its numbers by counting duplicates under different names—"string beans" and "green beans," for instance.

Stay away from online journals with foods contributed by users; these are often littered with errors and dupes.

Large Exercise Database

Your exercise diet journal should include at least 500 kinds of physical activity. These should range from leisure and hobby activities to home and occupational tasks, as well as sports and exercise machines.

When calculating the calories you expend, the journal should take into account your body weight and exercise intensity or speed.


A quality journal won't require you to keep any tallies by hand. It will automatically maintain a running account of calories, compare it to a daily calorie budget, and also compare your nutrient intake with the Recommended Dietary Allowances. It will keep the account running across successive days, depositing uneaten calories in a "bank" for use later.


Look for an exercise diet journal that does even more than what is described above. One program, DietPower®, continually adjusts your calorie budget to your metabolic rate in order to ensure reaching your goal weight on a schedule. A few other programs have "smart" functions like this, too. It pays to search them out.

Seller Promises

Don't buy an exercise diet journal that won't refund your money if you aren't satisfied—even if it offers a free trial before purchase. It takes many weeks to see whether a journal really delivers what it promises. (You don't have to worry about this with DietPower®, because our program is completely free.)


*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.

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