Posted by Phil Weber on December 30, 2005

There’s nothing like traveling with a bunch of skinny Asians to make one feel fat (take a look at this photo while singing, “One of These Things (Is Not Like the Others)”). Looking at our photos from China, I decided it’s time to do something about my expanding girth.

Diet Diary

I’m rather a picky eater, so the thought of changing my diet to lose weight does not appeal to me at all. In an ideal world, I would eat whatever I feel like and simply exercise enough to burn all the calories, but that’s not going to happen, either. I needed to figure out how many calories I actually use, then consume slightly less than that in order to lose this excess baggage.

Enter Diet Diary from Tell it your age, sex, height, weight and activity level, and it will tell you roughly how many calories you should consume to maintain your weight, or in my case, to lose one to two pounds a week. Then use its extensive foods database to record what you eat and track your progress.

I’ve been using the software since December 5 (nearly four weeks) and so far I’ve lost about 4½ pounds, so it seems to be working. Now I just need to exercise more than once a week, and my waist will be smaller than my chest in no time. Watch out, skinny Asians!


Posted by John Batdorf on January 12, 2006:

Check out Fit Day.

There’s an online version that’s free, and a PC version that will let you calorie count, track you weight, setup goals, and a huge amount of other things that I have not even tried yet. Last year I lost over 30 lbs. using this and exercise.

I’ve put about 1/2 back… :( so I need to get on the ball again too. Congrats on your success so far, it’s definitely hard to do!

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