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Which Exercise Diet Software Is Best?

By Terry Dunkle, DietPower Editor-In-Chief*

Although my company's exercise diet software is one of the best-selling today, I'm not here to argue that it's the best for you. It depends on many factors. Here are five of the most important factors to consider:


Most experts agree that the best exercise diet software behaves like a diary or journal: You log meals and workouts every day (or nearly every day), and the software tallies your net intake of calories and various nutrients and compares this with your Recommended Dietary Allowances. The software also puts uneaten calories into a bank for use on subsequent days.

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Food Database

Good diet software will include at least 20,000 foods in its database. It should also cover at least the 13 "label" nutrients, ranging from saturated fat to calcium to cholesterol. The best programs cover 20 or 30 nutrients. They also let you add your own foods to the collection by entering facts from the labels.

Exercise Database

The best exercise diet software not only tracks calories expended in exercise, but covers a rich selection of exercise, including occupational and household tasks as well as leisure and sports activities. It also considers your body weight, speed, and intensity of the exercise when calculating the calorie "burn."

Advanced Features

If you look hard enough, you can find programs that do a lot more than the above. DietPower®, for instance, monitors your metabolism to guarantee reaching your goal weight, and shows you the best foods for balancing your nutrient intake. Other programs perform similarly sophisticated functions. Look closely at each candidate to find features that especially appeal to you.


Rule out any exercise diet software that fails to provide a money-back warranty or a free trial. This is a bad sign: it means the software can't stand on its own merit. (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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