FitDay has been a popular free online service for several years. Thousands of people sign into FitDay each day to enter their food and exercise logs, and track their diet progress. Now FitDay has taken their service one step further by offering a software version that you can install on your own PC. This new version promises to be more advanced than the online service, and faster because you do not have to connect via the internet to use it. The original service is still available, and it’s still free, but the new and improved software will cost you around $30. Is it worth it? Definitely!
FOOD As most of us know, it is very important to keep track of our daily food intake when we are on a diet. Every time someone questions their diet or weight loss progress, we advise them to write down everything they eat. We have to make sure we don’t overeat, under-eat, or neglect important nutrients. FitDay will track all of that for us. You can enter in every food that you consume, and it will keep track of your calories, fat grams, carbs, etc. You can view your daily intake via a pie chart or other methods. Did you eat a new food that is not in the FitDay database? No problem! Just grab the food package and copy the information from the nutrition label into FitDay and you will create a permanent entry for that food. It was very interesting to see how our food choices stacked up nutrition-wise. There were several times that we realized we were not getting enough vitamins and changed our meal plans accordingly. We think this would help everyone to make better choices.
FITNESS You can enter almost any type of fitness activity into the program and keep track of how many calories you burn each day. The program will also include the calories you burn just by staying alive, so you get a full picture of your energy expenditure. An activity explorer window lets you customize activities, and make comparisons so you can choose the best exercise for you. You can also generate reports that chart your progress over an extended length of time. This can be a very motivational tool.
MOODS How we feel when we eat is very important to our long term diet goals. Our meals are often guided by emotional hunger, and not physical hunger. FitDay allows you to chart several aspects of your moods, so you can learn more about why you eat what you do. These aspects include happiness, stress, anger, energy, mental clarity, hunger, and health. No other diet software that offers this feature!
WEIGHT FitDay allows you to track your weight loss progress, by entering your weight as often as you wish. It will use your progress to calculate your long term loss if you continue at the same rate. It’s a lot of fun to see how much you will weigh 12 weeks from now, and it encourages users to stay on track.
All in all, it’s a great product, and I highly recommend it if you’re serious about losing weight!