At a Glance
The Goal Setter lets you set your weight goals and get a calorie budget for achieving them. It offers two ways to do this: the Text-Entry Method, which lets you simply type in your goals, and the Click-and-Drag Method, which works like this:
If you weigh 140 today and want to reach 129 by July 15, how many calories per day should you eat? With the Goal Setter, you can get answers to questions like this in seconds. You'll also learn whether your goals are realistic. Then, if you decide to adopt the diet you've designed, your new calorie budget will be transferred to the daily Calorie Tally in the Food Log, where you'll record your meals and keep an eye on your calorie spending.
Adopting a new diet will automatically overwrite any diet already in effect. Once the old diet is gone, it can't be restored. You won't lose any records of calories and nutrients you consumed. Nor will you lose your projected weight or any of your daily weights or calorie budgets. And although your Calorie Bank balance will be zeroed when you start the new diet, you'll still be able to see the balance for any day in the past, by using the Calendar function or the Date Picker in the Food Log, the Exercise Log, or your Body History. Diet Power won't remember your old goal weight or target date, however, because the straight blue line describing your old diet on the Weight History will have vanished. (The only vestige will be your old starting date, permanently marked with a vertical yellow line. The starting date will also continue to be displayed in blue in your Diet History.)
You can design a new diet and receive a detailed description without actually adopting the diet, however. Just don't click the Adopt Diet button until you're sure you want to abandon your old regimen. (If you click the button accidentally, you can still recover: Diet Power always asks you to confirm your choice before it institutes the new diet.)
The Goal Setter can be opened only if you have the working date set to today.
If you're designing a maintenance diet...
...follow the instructions below, entering your current weight as your goal and choosing a target date at least a week from today.
To open the Goal Setter:
From your Home Screen:
click the Goal Setter button:
open the Diet Menu (by clicking the word Diet) and choose "Goal Setter."
A stack of tabbed pages will appear. You can create a diet on either the Click-and-Drag page or the Text-Entry page. Both methods are easy, but the Text-Entry page offers one advantage for the dieter who's truly obsessive: you can specify your goal weight to the nearest tenth of a pound.
(You may want to compute your ideal weight before entering a goal. To do so, click the tab labeled "Ideal Weight Calculator.")
To create a diet on the Click-and-Drag page:
If you aren't already on this page, click the tab labeled "Click-and-Drag Method." A yellow graph will appear, listing dates across the bottom and weights up the left and right margins. On the left side, a line will be anchored on today's date and weight. The line will stretch across the graph to a paddle that you can slide up or down to set your goal weight.
Before choosing your goals, use the radio buttons above the graph to tell Diet Power which method to use when calculating your new calorie budget:
Click "Use what
Diet Power has already learned about my metabolism" if you want your
new budget to depend on the metabolic rate that Diet Power has calculated
from your food, exercise, and weight logs of the past month. This is the
better choice if you've been logging faithfully
Click "Assume I'm a new user" if you want your new budget to depend on an estimate of your metabolic rate based on your sex, height, weight, and age. This is the better choice if you haven't logged faithfully or if your old budget seems unreasonably high or low. (To prepare the estimate, Diet Power uses the Harris-Benedict Equation, published by the Carnegie Institute of Washington in 1919 and used in laboratories worldwide.)
(You will also be able to choose whether
your new calorie budget remains constant or is recalculated every day
to keep you tracking smoothly toward your goal
If the time span or weight range is too wide or narrow for your goals, shrink or stretch it by either clicking the red arrows on the screen or using the up, down, left, or right arrows on your keyboard. (Unlike the screen arrows, those on the keyboard will let you adjust your target date to the exact day.)
Pointing to the paddle, hold down the left mouse button and drag the paddle up or down toward your goal weight. (Or use the up- or down-arrow keys to do the same.) As you move the paddle, phrases describing the degree of difficulty for each goal will appear under the graph. (These are specific to your own weight and metabolic rate.)
When the paddle displays the goal weight you want, release the mouse button.
To read a more detailed description of the diet before adopting it, click the tab labeled "Diet Description." If the diet sounds too difficult, click the Click-and-Drag tab to come back and revise your goals.
To adopt the diet, click the Adopt Diet button on either the Click-and-Drag page or the Diet Description page. (If the button is not visible, see Taskbar, Hiding to Make Screens Deeper.) When Diet Power asks you to confirm your decision, click Adopt.
To design a diet on the Text-Entry page:
Click the tab labeled "Text-Entry Method."
Before choosing your goals, use the radio buttons to tell Diet Power which method to use when calculating your new calorie budget. (See the notes under "To design a diet on the Click-and-Drag page," above.)
In the Goal Weight box, type the weight you want to achieve. You can specify it to the nearest tenth of a pound.
In the Target Date box, type the date on which you'd like to reach your goal, in M/D/Y form. (Your target date must be less than two years from today.)
To read a more detailed description of the diet before adopting it, click the tab labeled "Diet Description." If the diet sounds too difficult, click the Text-Entry tab to come back and revise your goals.
To adopt the diet, press the Enter key or click the Adopt Diet button on either the Text-Entry page or the Diet Description page. (If the button is not visible, see Taskbar, Hiding to Make Screens Deeper.) You'll be asked to confirm your choice before it's carried out.
If you try to enter a weight that causes your calorie budget to fall below 1200 per day, Diet Power will warn that this may have you eating too little for adequate nutrition. You can ignore the warning (by clicking OK and going about your business), but Diet Power urges you to design a safer diet instead. (Obviously, eating fewer than 1200 calories per day is more likely to be hazardous if you're a big person with a high metabolic rate than if you're a small person with a low metabolic rate. Ask your doctor for advice.)
To print a description of any diet:
(You can do this whether you intend to adopt the diet or not.)
Set your goals, using either method described above.
Click the tab labeled "Diet Description," to reveal the description.
Click the Print button. (If the button is not visible, see Taskbar, Hiding to Make Screens Deeper.) The Windows Print dialog will open.
Change your print settings, if necessary.
To close the Goal Setter:
If you want to adopt the diet you've designed, press the Enter key or click the Adopt Diet button. After asking you to confirm your decision, Diet Power will institute the new diet and take you back to the Home Screen.
If you don't want to adopt the new diet, press the Escape key or click the Cancel button. After asking you to confirm your choice, Diet Power will return you to the Home Screen with your old diet intact.
(Note: If the Adopt Diet and Cancel buttons are not visible, see Taskbar, Hiding to Make Screens Deeper.)
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Last Modified: 5/1/04