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Calorie counting software

Discussion in 'Strength & Conditioning' started by jthuang, Jan 11, 2006.

  1. jthuang

    jthuang On The Jazz

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    What calorie counting software do you recommend/use? I mean software that enables you to enter what you ate/drank that day and gives you a breakdown of calories, fat, carbs, etc.

    Up until recently, I used Calorie King. It was great up until the time it stopped working. When I wrote to CK customer support, the only "help" they would give me was to say that I should upgrade to their most recent version (which involved paying more $) and no attempt was made to fix the bug that I reported. It's like finding a problem in Windows Me and Microsoft saying "we won't fix it, you'll have to upgrade to Windows XP instead." I'm not using them again. :(

    A buddy uses a software package that is on-line but requires a subscription fee of $x per month. I'd like to avoid that if possible.

    Any recommendations? This would be for a desktop PC running Windows XP. Thanks!
     
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    I wrote my own in Excel. To give you some ideas for a program you can create in a couple of hours, mine has a database of foods (Index Number, Description, Calories, Protein, Carbs, Fat) with room to add plenty more. I just type them in as needed, like when I create my own recipe. Another part of the spreadsheet has space for the daily log. It does a vlookup on the Index Number typed into the log and pulls the food from the database. I can also type the number of servings and the time (very helpful). At the bottom, it totals up the calories, protein, carbs, and fat, and a comparison with the target numbers for that day. I'd be willing to give a copy to you if you wish. I've given it to a couple of people so far and they like it.

    If you have something more commercial in mind, then all I can say is that many are bound to be locatable using google.

    DBD
     

  3. nognig

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    Fitday.com

    You can register for free and track your calories and activity levels.

    NN
     
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    Thanks, I will give fitday a try.

    DBD: thank you for your office but I don't have Excel. ;g
     
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    I have looked at quite a few packages and this is one of the best. It has a very nice database full of popular foods and it's easy to add new and custom foods. It has several interfaces including one for a Palm Pilot. Best of all, it's very inexpensive.

    http://www.crosstrainer.ca/

    Tim