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Portable Licence: This portable program is provided free of charge for use on a memory stick and is not to be copied to any computer hard drive. Simply download the zip file (to the memory stick if you wish). Then open the zip file and extract the contents to your memory stick. A folder will be created 'Olltwit Portable Apps'. Inside you will find the program folder. Double click the program file inside that directory to run. Installation versions of these programs can be found here.
Suitable for UK Key Stage 3, 4 & 5 - USA 5th to 12th Grade (Age 11 - adult)
Recommended Minimum System: Pentium PC, Windows 95/NT4 or better e.g. XP, Vista, Windows 7, 32MB Ram.
Learning about nutrition and what our bodies need to function well, should be an important part of the learning process as soon as we are of an age to understand this. Too often we start to learn about nutrition and calorie intake when we find ourselves overweight and find it necessary to lose some. I hope this program will help students understand calorie intake and healthy eating, so that they are less likely to embark on a weight loss program in later life.
In my Calorie Counter program, students can enter simple information about themselves and keep a track of what they eat and what effect their current eating habits may have on their future. The program calculates how many calories they need to eat per day to hopefully reach or maintain their target weight. There is a database of just under 1,000 foods to help students see just what they are eating and what to avoid. Calorie Counter also allows them to keep a daily diary of their food intake and it can display a graph showing their progress.
It is equally important for students to realise the amount of calories they need each day to maintain a healthy body chemistry and prevent the symptoms of feeling too tired, a lack of energy etc. Eating too few calories is just a bad as eating too many, as our bodies need a constant calorie intake to function correctly. The program automatically calculates your Body Mass Index and your Basal Metabolic Rate. It then gives you a Calories Needed Per Day figure to help you maintain your current weight or reach a target weight, whether that is up or down.
The Body Mass Index (BMI), is a statistical measurement which compares a person's weight and height. Though it does not actually measure the percentage of body fat, it is a useful tool to estimate a healthy body weight based on how tall a person is. Due to its ease of measurement and calculation, it is the most widely used diagnostic tool to identify weight problems within a population including: underweight, overweight and obesity.
Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) is the amount of energy used while at rest in a neutral environment, in the post-absorptive state (meaning that the digestive system is inactive, which requires about twelve hours of fasting in humans). The release of energy in this state is sufficient only for the functioning of the vital organs, such as the heart, lungs, brain and the rest of the nervous system, liver, kidneys, sex organs, muscles and skin. BMR decreases with age and with the loss of lean body mass. Increasing muscle mass increases BMR.