Get slim challenge

'I want to be slim' - it's a cry of desperation for those overweight people who's got fed up with their situation.

To be slim is a challenge for many of us, especially considering that the quickest path to weight loss is generally considered to be lowering of calories intake. Traditionally, people resort to dieting with the hope of losing weight; however, is not the way out. Any reduction of calories is detected by the body, which then quickly reacts by lowering your metabolic rate, so that you burn fewer calories and you don't lose weight. Too often we take drastic measures to get the desired results – taking pills and herbs or using those countless fitness gadgets that promise instant success.

It's fairly easy to lose a certain amount of weight, but not so easy to keep it off permanently. What happens when you go off that diet or stop that exhausting workout program? You gain it all back and even more. The real secret to weight loss is to make small, gradual changes not only in your diet, but also in your mode of life. The key is to forget about instant results and settle for the long run - proper dieting and physical exercises.

“So boring!” – that's what you'll probably exclaim. But that's the way the cookie crumbles.

It is universally advisable by all dietitians that you keep a journal recording how many calories you burn while sitting, standing, exercising, and how many calories you consume throughout the day.

Food And Exercise Diary is exactly what you are looking for. It calculates, reports, plots and analyzes your daily calories consumption and burning. Moreover, it includes a medical diary that allows you to track your blood sugar level, insulin dosage, blood pressure and heart rate. The main advantage of the software is that is makes everything visual for you.

You think: “But I don't eat anything and I still don't get slimmer – there must be something wrong with my metabolism.” The software will tell you how many calories you consume, and you will see that even a small bit of chocolate or cake gives you a whole daily dose of calories. But there is a condition here, and it is not easy to stick to – you should be honest with yourself and type in every single crisp you were treated to by your friend.

Daily rationDaily ration

The software does even better by allowing you to keep track of your progress using the week- and month views of your diary.

Month viewMonth view

Thanks to the program's impressive inbuilt food database, you are given an opportunity to select any food item you need and see its detailed nutritional information – not only the amount of included fats, proteins, and carbohydrates, which you can see on any product label, but also the contents of sodium, fiber, cholesterol, lipids, vitamins, caffeine and 140 other nutrients.

Detailed food nutrition informationDetailed food nutrition information

This tool not only analyses your diet, but also gives you recommendations setting your custom daily allowance limits and saying if you are missing any nutrients in your daily diet. It works in the following way: it automatically calculates your calorie spending based on your weight and physical load. There are lots of kinds of predefined exercises and sports included, such as running, walking, sailing, and even housecleaning. You can also enter your own exercise if you happen to fail to find it on that extensive list.

Keep track of your physical loadKeep track of your physical load

Finally, and that is very important, you will be able to observe your daily progress reports. These show your actual weight loss versus your goal weight.

Watch you progressWatch you progress

I should say that I haven't mentioned all the aspects of the program – that would have been too time-consuming. But rest assured that the software is very deeply thought over. Every little thing concerning proper weight loss is taken into consideration. It is a godsend for people who are ready to keep a watchful eye on their weight and have a strong desire to fight their excessive weight. However, the tool will not resolve the weight problem for those who are are not ready to type in every little piece of food into the diary and, most importantly, to be honest with themselves and resist the temptation to add extra 10 minutes of exercising on the run track.

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Sounds just right for me.

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