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Perfect Diet Tracker for Mac review

Perfect Diet Tracker for Mac facilitates safe and consistent weight reduction. It features a growing database of food items, a food diary, and the ability to create a personal diet plan.

Pros

Intuitive interface: Filling out all of Perfect Diet Tracker's fields (food diary, diet plan, and food database) and configuring things can be a little tedious, but it's certainly not difficult. The straightforward main screen presents the food diary and provides quick buttons for viewing and updating results, adjusting diet plan targets, and editing settings.

Informative food database: The food database offers a host of useful information … Read more

Teen girl shares road to anorexia recovery on Instagram

Lurking on Instagram can be a gut-wrenching experience for anyone battling an eating disorder, considering how many of us take endless photos of our breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners. For Swedish 18-year-old Antonia Eriksson, Instagram is where her journey began when she was admitted into a hospital for anorexia not more than 15 months ago.

"So I don't know for sure yet, but tomorrow I'm probably being put in hospital for my eating disorder," Eriksson wrote on her first Instagram photo. "I just can't fight it on my own anymore and it's gotten really serious and out of hand. I'm anyway considering starting a blog so I can write about my life and my disorder in a better way, what do you think?"… Read more

Pact app pays you to exercise and eat right

Need a little extra incentive to stick to your New Year's resolution? You know, the one about eating less and exercising more?

Perhaps you've heard of GymPact, an app that rewards you for hitting the gym on a regular basis and charges you a fee if you don't. Just in time for the new year, GymPact is now Pact, and it now applies its payment/penalty system to dietary goals as well.

The app (Android|iOS) offers three different kinds of "pacts": food, gym, and veggie. The food pact requires you to log your daily … Read more

MyFitnessPal keeps your diet in check

MyFitnessPal has risen through the ranks of diet services to become a major player in the weight loss world. Its part-coach, part-diet-journal approach helps anyone find, evaluate, and alter their eating and exercise habits, for free.

The MyFitnessPal app for Windows Phone recently underwent a few changes, adding new features that make it faster and more motivating.

Getting started To get started, you need a MyFitnessPal account, which you can sign up for when you first launch the app using either your Facebook log-in or an e-mail and password combo. Next, you fill out a questionnaire with your height, current … Read more

You could lose weight when your avatar exercises

When I was a varsity swimmer in high school, I was taught creative visualization, which is a fancy way of saying that I would sit in a quiet place, close my eyes, and imagine myself in an upcoming race -- stroke for stroke. I could feel the temperature of the water, the pounding of my heart, the overwhelming urge to breathe as I sliced through the water without once turning my head for air. It was a mental rather than physical exercise, and for me at least, it translated to faster racing times.

For years, researchers have investigated this phenomenon, and now a new little study out of Temple University's Center for Obesity Research and Education finds that watching an avatar model healthy behaviors can actually help women lose weight in the real world.… Read more

Trying to lose weight? DietBet puts your money where your cake-hole is

Everyone wants to lose weight, but for many folks, the rewards of looking better, feeling better, and living longer aren't sufficient motivation.

Ah, but what if there's money involved?

That's the idea behind DietBet, a "social dieting game" with a twist: You bet some money with friends and/or strangers, then spend 28 days trying to lose 4 percent of your body weight. Winner takes the pot -- which can end up being pretty sizable. If there are multiple winners, they split the cash.

In other words, here's your chance to lose weight and … Read more

Trying to lose weight? Breathe into this gadget

Did you indulge at the Super Bowl party last night? Maybe you're still trying to work off the excesses of the holidays. Well, here's a dieting tool that's quite breathtaking -- literally.

Created by four Ph.Ds, mostly from Arizona State University, Breezing is a portable device that measures your metabolism using a method called indirect calorimetry. It analyzes your rates of oxygen consumption and carbon dioxide production.

You breathe into the mouse-size gadget that contains a sensor cartridge. It gauges your resting energy expenditure (REE), the metabolic rate indicating how quickly you're burning calories at rest. If you're trying to slim down, the faster the better. … Read more

Bolting your food? Put on the brakes with HapiFork

LAS VEGAS--Does your mom's lasagna taste better if you savor each bite as if it were your last?

It might or might not, but if you slow down when eating, chances are you'll eat less. That's the idea behind HapiFork, shown off at 2013 CES Unveiled.

The fork vibrates if you take a bite less than 10 seconds after the last mouthful. That will teach you to slow down, enjoy each morsel, and allow your brain to rein in your appetite.

After all, it takes about 20 minutes for your brain to start sending out signals that … Read more

The 404 1,174: Where we enter the cave with Jeff Nimoy (podcast)

Jeff Nimoy is the founder of Sameplate.com, a dating site that pairs you up with other singles with the same food and dieting preferences. Inspired by his quest to find a partner who respects his love for the Paleo Diet, Jeff tells us the process that led to the site's inception and how you can make an easy transition to a healthier lifestyle.

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- The Cooking Caveman documents Jeff's experience eating and dating in LA.

- Entering the Cave: How to get started with The Caveman Diet, also known as the … Read more

The 404 1,119: Where we exit through the gift shop (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Who inherits your iTunes library? Why your digimedia may go to the grave.

- Meet a group of journalists in L.A. who share a passion for listening to police scanners.

- Bic geniuses who unveiled pen made for women get roasted by Internet.

- Let us not forget that Apple and Samsung are in bed.… Read more