Diet & Fitness

Reviewed by: Robin Nobles, send e-mail
Published by: Expert Softwarel, go to the web site
Requires: 486DX or higher; Win 3.1, 95, 95; VGA or SVGA; 4 MB RAM; CD-ROM; 13 MB hard drive space for full installation
MSRP: $12.99

When you start on a diet or exercise program, do you find yourself slacking off after a few days? Do you typically hate diet food? Are you allergic to exercise? If you're like me and answered "yes" to all three questions, you may want to take a moment to consider Expert Software's Diet & Fitness program.

This program lets you choose the foods and exercises that YOU like. You indicate your desired weight and the time frame you have in mind and the program will automatically calculate the amount of daily exercise and calorie intake to achieve that goal and keep you healthy in the meantime.

To begin, you choose "Start a New Plan." You're given these options:

    1. Start a new diet and fitness plan, where you select foods and an exercise program to include in your plan and manage your weight loss program.
    2. Complete a survey on your activity level, medical history, lifestyle, and nutrition levels, and have the program generate a wellness report based on your answers.
    3. View helpful hints on topics such as eating out, eating on the run, food shopping guidelines, changing your eating habits, and exercise guidelines.

At the "Start a new diet and fitness plan" area, you enter your personal information, such as your height, weight, activity level, and how much weight you want to lose. You choose a goal date.

The program will tell you how long it will take you to lose the desired weight based on whether you lose a half pound a week, a pound a week, and so forth.

Then, you're told that in order to lose the weight, you'll need to eat so many calories and burn so many calories every day. You can adjust it to where you're eating more calories and burning more through exercise, or if you're less active, you'll simply eat and exercise less.

You can choose exercises like writing, ditch digging, jogging, swimming, cooking, you name it! There are over 200 different fitness activities to choose from. Make your choices, and the program will tell you how many minutes a day that you'll need to do that exercise in order to burn the number of calories needed for you to lose weight.

Can't get much easier than that.

One of my favorite parts of the program is the Automated Menu Design. You simply tell the program what type of diet you want to be on, such as lactose-free, low fat, or ADA. Tell it how many days of menus you want, and click on generate. The program will generate menus for that number of days, listing the portion size, description, and classification. Then, click on Shopping List, and you can print out a copy of the ingredients you'll need to buy at the store!

The program even features a recipe book with delicious- sounding recipes like three-bean salad, yeast rolls and chicken Waldorf salad.

Diet & Fitness helps you create an exercise and diet program tailored just for you, and through the use of technology, even makes it fun!

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