Eat More Healthy With Calorific

11/14/2012 9:30:36 AM

Tracking calories can be a nightmare, but Calorific makes it as easy as one, two, three

Anyone who’s ever tried to lose weight will tell you that counting calories is the key to dropping pounds. It makes sense; with fewer naughty high-carb and high-fat treats going in, your body begins to deplete your fat reserves for energy. Unfortunately, calorie counting is a nightmare of squinting at packaging, and many a diet has failed because it just becomes too time-consuming.

Fortunately, Calorific makes the whole thing a doddle. Rather than encouraging you to count calories, it instead divides common foods into groups and lets you enter approximate quantities. Its traffic-light system means that food foods such as fruit, vegetables and whole grains are prioritized, and naughty things are admonished. It makes the process of tracking food intake really easy and – more importantly – hugely rewarding.

1.    Get Calorific

Get Calorific

Search Android’s Play Shop for ‘Calorific’, tap on the results and then tap again on ‘Install’. Be sure to accept the conditions and then download it to your device. Once Calorific has been installed, tap ‘Open’ to get started. If you want a brief overview of how Calorific has been installed, tap ‘Open’ to get started. If you want a brief overview of how Calorific works, simply tap to watch the explanatory YouTube video.

2.    Settings


At Calorific’s main menu, tap ‘Settings’. By selecting ‘Meal Logging Reminders’, you are prompted to enter your food intake at meal times throughout the day. ‘Water Tracking’ is handy if you want to keep hydrated or simply drink more water to stay healthy – tap it to set a goal of a certain number of glasses a day.

3.    Facebook and breakfast

Facebook and breakfast

If you want your friends to be informed of your healthy eating habits, tap ‘Post to Facebook’ – this can be set to post updates to the social networking site either weekly or daily. Calorific will also remind you to start tracking calories as soon as you wake up, so avoid that full English by setting your approximate wake-up time.

4.    Profile


Tap ‘Home’ to return to the main menu. Now tap ‘Profile’. Here you need to enter your gender, age, height and weight – you can toggle between metric and imperial units using the blue button to the right. Now input the amount of weight you want to lose each week, and finally estimate your daily activity level.

5.    Log


Choose ‘Today’s Log’ to begin the calorie counting. You’ll see that the day is broken down into separate meal periods, such as ‘Breakfast’ and ‘Afternoon Snack’. It doesn’t matter too much if you input food in the wrong periods – it’s more important that you simply keep a daily record of everything you’ve eaten throughout the 24-hour period.

6.    The counting

The counting

Calorific divides food into great, OK and bad. Tap ‘More details’ to view different foodstuffs, then tap specific items to see portion options. The circles above each type of food indicate the size of a portion. You can add complex items like sandwiches by choosing, for example, two slices of wholegrain bread (good), a slice of ham (bad) and some mustard (OK). Click ‘Today’ when done.

7.    Search


Sometimes it can be difficult to locate specific things, because the app simply can’t list every single type of food. Tap ‘Food search’ in the bottom-left to enter specific terms, such as ‘burger’ or ‘Doritos’. This will take you straight to the relevant part of Calorific, where you can then enter the number of calories you’ve consumed.

8.    Keep it up

Keep it up

Now you’re all set to use Calorific on a daily basis, and entering your meal choices as you go through the day will soon become second nature. From the main menu, you can tap on ‘History’ to see your progress over time; you should try to hit Calorific’s recommendations to score the full five stars every day!


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