Sticking to a nutritious diet–whether it’s to manage weight or
just to be healthier–isn’t easy. The one thing that all experts
agree can be a big help is to write down what you eat or drink and
how much you exercise. It keeps you honest, and it doesn’t let you
commit “food amnesia,” forgetting about that small bite of
chocolate or the lack of vegetables in every meal for the past
three days. CalorieKing has a Diet Diary for your Palm that might
be just the right ingredient to help with your journaling, even
when you’re on the go.
On setup, you are asked to input your age, sex, weight, height,
level of activity and goal (gain, lose, or maintain weight). Then,
the Diet Diary calculates a target level for your daily calorie
intake, which you can change, if you wish. As you lose or gain
weight, the program automatically recalculates your allotted daily
calories. You can also set personal targets for carbohydrates, fat,
fiber, and protein.
The initial splash screen has four options: Diet Diary, Database
(of foods), Reports (of your intake, weight and calories burned
over a period of time) and Library (of eight short articles about
Of course, the core of the program is the Diet Diary, itself,
which has areas for recording what you eat for breakfast, lunch,
dinner and a single section for all snacks, plus your fluid
consumption and exercise. Unfortunately, you can’t customize the
interface to add a meal or record your food based on the time of
As you add food to your diary, your daily calories are
automatically counted down. But exercise gives you an added
allowance of calories. (That’s why our screen capture shows that
after our breakfast and morning yoga and walk, 1,508 calories
remain from our 1,459 daily allowance. Trust us, after lunch, the
numbers start to go steadily down.)
CalorieKing is well-known for its pocket-size books of food
lists, such as the “The CalorieKing Calorie, Fat & Carbohydrate
Counter.” So, it should come as no surprise that the Diet Diary
includes a database of over 50,000 foods, including almost all fast
food franchise offerings, listing their nutritional values. You can
also add your own foods, as long as you know their nutritional
breakdowns. While you can browse through the tree structure
containing thousands of categories of foods, we found it much
easier to simply do a search for specific foods. Then, with a click
on the screen, it was added to our diary, and deducted from our
daily calories. Adding a particular exercise works in the same way.
You can save favorite foods, types of exercises and even meal
plans, to make it even easier to add those items to your diary.
The effectiveness of the CalorieKing Diet Diary for Palm OS is
depends on the user. We’re going to try it for the next few months.
Having this journaling tool with us on our Palms wherever we go
should make it easier to finally lose those pesky extra pounds.
–Sally Wiener Grotta & Daniel Grotta