In the morning, you open DietPower and key in your weight. The program shows you "Food for Thought," a bit of advice and inspiration tailored to your goal. Meanwhile, the program adjusts your calorie budget by comparing your new weight with your recent meals and exercise. The adjustment is usually only a few points, but it guarantees reaching your goal weight on your target date.
With an eye on today's budget, you log your breakfast foods. Let's say you're having Cheerios, milk, and strawberries this morning. As you drag these from the Food Dictionary into your log, their calories show up in the Scoreboard on the left side of your screen. Meanwhile, 32 other nutrients are being tallied in your Nutrient History.
Looking at the Scoreboard, you're pleased to see that you got only 15% of your calories from fat this morning. But your Calorie Bank is in the red by 1554, meaning you've overeaten by 1554 calories since the beginning of your diet. That's almost half a pound. You decide to be careful at lunch.
At the office, somebody orders Pizza Hut pizza—two kinds, Pepperoni Pan and Chicken Supreme. Looking these up in DietPower, you discover that Chicken Supreme gets only 27 percent of its calories from fat, versus 42 percent for Pepperoni Pan. Wisely, you choose the former.
Thanks to this decision and a 20-minute walk that awarded you 108 extra calories, you arrive home feeling confident that dinner will be a success. Sitting down to your computer, you import your DietPower records from an email you sent yourself before leaving the office. Your Food Coach says that you're low in vitamin A, and that one of the A-rich foods you like is broccoli. After logging a cup of broccoli, you look up lasagna and are delighted to see that one serving will raise your Nutrition Quotient by eight points. With help like this at your fingertips, you sit down to dinner knowing exactly what is right for your goals.Knowledge isn't the only thing you need to make a diet successful, of course. But knowledge is better than ignorance. Because it's easy to fall off the wagon when you're riding in the dark.
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