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Suitable for UK Key Stage 3, 4 & 5 - USA 5th to 12th Grade (Age 11 - adult)
Recommended Minimum System: Pentium PC, Windows 95/NT4 or better e.g. XP, Vista, Windows 7, (Mac users click here), 32MB Ram.
Learning about nutrition and what our bodies need to function well, should be an important part of the learning process as soon as we are of an age to understand this. Too often we start to learn about nutrition and calorie intake when we find ourselves overweight and find it necessary to lose some. I hope this program will help students understand calorie intake and healthy eating, so that they are less likely to embark on a weight loss program in later life.
In my Calorie Counter program, students can enter simple information about themselves and keep a track of what they eat and what effect their current eating habits may have on their future. The program calculates how many calories they need to eat per day to hopefully reach or maintain their target weight. There is a database of just under 1,000 foods to help students see just what they are eating and what to avoid. Calorie Counter also allows them to keep a daily diary of their food intake and it can display a graph showing their progress.
It is equally important for students to realise the amount of calories they need each day to maintain a healthy body chemistry and prevent the symptoms of feeling too tired, a lack of energy etc. Eating too few calories is just a bad as eating too many, as our bodies need a constant calorie intake to function correctly. The program automatically calculates your Body Mass Index and your Basal Metabolic Rate. It then gives you a Calories Needed Per Day figure to help you maintain your current weight or reach a target weight, whether that is up or down.
The Body Mass Index (BMI), is a statistical measurement which compares a person's weight and height. Though it does not actually measure the percentage of body fat, it is a useful tool to estimate a healthy body weight based on how tall a person is. Due to its ease of measurement and calculation, it is the most widely used diagnostic tool to identify weight problems within a population including: underweight, overweight and obesity.
Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) is the amount of energy used while at rest in a neutral environment, in the post-absorptive state (meaning that the digestive system is inactive, which requires about twelve hours of fasting in humans). The release of energy in this state is sufficient only for the functioning of the vital organs, such as the heart, lungs, brain and the rest of the nervous system, liver, kidneys, sex organs, muscles and skin. BMR decreases with age and with the loss of lean body mass. Increasing muscle mass increases BMR.
If you are starting a weight loss program now, then the only real way to lose weight is to reduce the amount you eat. That sounds easy but a small amount of one food might contain the same amount of calories as a large portion of another. To help, I have created this calorie counter program. Using simple information which you supply about yourself, Calorie Counter calculates how many calories you need to eat per day to hopefully reach your target weight in the amount of weeks you specify. There is a database of just under 1,000 foods to help you see just what you are eating and what to avoid. Calorie Counter also allows you to keep a daily diary of your food intake and it can display a graph showing your progress. If you count carbohydrates instead, try my Carb Counter.
Check out the progress of Grey Olltwit's weight loss program in the slimming video 'Will He Slim'? at go-getslim.com
Calorie Counter, weight loss program, includes an uninstall facility.
Calorie Counter, weight loss program, Compressed file size - 864 KB.
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How To Use
When you start the program for the first time you will need to create a new user file by clicking the Add New User button. On your next visit to the front page a list of Users will appear. Click on your User name and you will be taken to the User Profile screen. Navigate through the program using the folder tabs at the top of each screen.
Here you need to enter details about yourself in the appropriate boxes. The program calculates using metric measurements but I have added a facility to allow you to convert from imperial measurements too. Complete your details down to the Click To Calculate Your BMI etc. button. Clicking this will then calculate your Body Mass Index, Basal Metabolic Rate, the calories your body needs each day to maintain your current weight and a recommended calories per day figure to reach your target weight in the number of weeks you have specified. Calorie intake figures of below 1,000 per day are not recommended for obvious reasons.
You will find just under 1,000 foods listed in the database list at the bottom of the screen. Search for a food or drink by typing in a single key word. Any results will appear in the box directly below the search button. To add an entry to your Diary, double click the selection in either the Search results list or the main database. The entry will then appear in the boxes at the bottom of the screen, split into the description and the figures for calories, fat, weight etc. A default 1 will appear in the quantity box which you can change to however many servings of that food or drink you have consumed or want. To make this entry appear in your diary for today, click the Add To Diary button. To change the diary date, use the drop down date boxes on the right of the screen. Once the Add To Diary button is clicked this will take you to the Diary screen where your entry should be displayed.
You can edit or add items in the top boxes. Click on the Add To Database button to add it to the bottom list. To delete an entry from the database, highlight it in the bottom list and click on the Delete From Database button.
By default the Add To Favourites box is checked so that every new entry you add to your diary is also added to your favourites list. To not add a food or drink to your favourites list, simply click on it to uncheck the box.
Use this screen to select from your list of favourites in the same way as the Main Database screen above.
Here are listed all the entries for the days you have selected. You can also use this feature to plan a day, by adding items from the Database or Favourites. The list is restricted to 15 items and next to each is listed the calorie value depending on how many servings you have. Alter the servings amount if required by clicking in the blue amount box next to the item and changing the figure. The total next to it will appear in Red. Click this new Red Button to alter the figures and re-calculate the totals at the bottom of your list. To remove an item from your Diary, click on the cross next to that item.
At the top of the screen is a drop down list of previously saved diary days. Select any one to view/edit that day.
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