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Calorie Balance Diet

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Anyone who has tried to lose weight knows that two things work: diet and exercise. Hiring a personal trainer might help motivate you to exercise, but studies show that keeping a journal actually helps dieters stick to the plan. That's where Calorie Balance Diet comes in. It's a free utility that makes it entirely too easy to figure out just how many calories you need to achieve your dietary goal, and what foods you should and shouldn't eat to help you stay on track. It also helps you keep useful schedules and records.

A simple wizard lets each user configure height, weight, gender, age, activity level, and other variables, and it automatically calculates caloric intake for a range of goals, including maintaining current weight or targeted weight loss. It will tell you just how many calories you need to cut out of your daily diet to achieve your weight loss goals based on an activity level slider that essentially ranges from sluggard to dynamo, so you can get real results even if you're stuck behind a desk every day simply by cutting out certain foods. The Calorie Balance Tracker is a spreadsheet-style database of foods, calories, and other data that makes your food intake abundantly clear. A scheduling tool helps you keep up your diet journal. A recipe editor and shopping list tool make it easy to make positive changes.

Calorie Balance Diet is designed for multiple users, so everyone in the house can take advantage of it. Best of all, it's free.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    2.4 stars

    out of 47 votes

    • 5 star: 6
    • 4 star: 6
    • 3 star: 8
    • 2 star: 9
    • 1 star: 18
  • Current version:

    2.2 stars

    out of 37 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 5
    • 3 star: 8
    • 2 star: 8
    • 1 star: 15
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  • 3.0 stars

    "A good read"

    October 25, 2012  |   By hotsmit

    Version: Calorie Balance Diet 4.0.8

    Pros

    helpful information

    Cons

    does not include willpower

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  • 1.0 stars

    "No website to register"

    July 26, 2012  |   By petrakon2007

    Version: Calorie Balance Diet 4.0.8

    Pros

    No cons. I cannot use the application.

    Cons

    There is no website to create an account. So I cant use the application. The website may be closed

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  • 3.0 stars

    "One of the best diet and exercise trackers out there."

    July 21, 2012  |   By wgbradbury

    Version: Calorie Balance Diet 4.0.8

    Pros

    Tracks calories, fat, carbs and protein. Also tracks exercise, calories burned.

    Cons

    The program has some bugs which causes the program to crash, the nutrient counts on sodium and some others are incorrectly placed.

    Summary

    It is a great program, wish they would fix the bugs and update it.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Basically a spreadsheet."

    May 25, 2012  |   By angielynne23

    Version: Calorie Balance Diet 4.0.8

    Pros

    It works when not crashing.

    Cons

    Crashes on me every time I use it.
    Not many food items so many things have to be added.

    Summary

    This is a pretty much a slightly fancier spreadsheet that has been pre-programmed to do the math for you. It works fine (for free!) but on my computer it crashes every time I use it. Not right away but usually within 10 minutes. If it did crash I would probably rate it 3 and 1/2 stars but its bordering on useless for me since it does.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Spams browser windows and assumes US units"

    May 1, 2012  |   By EssentiaX

    Version: Calorie Balance Diet 4.0.8

    Pros

    Nothing I could find...

    Cons

    Spams browser windows.
    Assumes that all units must be in US units instead of the standard SI-system.

    Summary

    It's not worth it.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Error message on every entry"

    February 28, 2012  |   By christemba

    Version: Calorie Balance Diet 4.0.8

    Pros

    Looked like it was going to be just what I was looking for.
    Loved the food lists with calories etc.

    Cons

    Every entry I made cause an error that closed the program.
    It saved the entry but I had to keep opening the program over and over to make updates.
    I un-installed.

    Summary

    Wish it worked on my computer

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not for you or me"

    January 18, 2012  |   By JudyCan0

    Version: Calorie Balance Diet 4.0.8

    Pros

    None because U immediatly uninstalled.

    Cons

    Hijacked browser when I tried to install and again when I uninstalled.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "It could use a graphing function"

    October 6, 2011  |   By fra1991

    Version: Calorie Balance Diet 4.0.8

    Pros

    Keeps track of daily calori monthly calories vs weight.es, has a food database. Is easy to use.

    Cons

    I could not find a graphing function to get a general idea of

    Summary

    A good program, but could use a graphing function.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Good Potential but NOT READY FOR PRIMETIME"

    August 29, 2011  |   By LakePerson1952

    Version: Calorie Balance Diet 4.0.8

    Pros

    This program has all the bells and whistles that would be useful in a program with this focus. There is a lot of potential here. Generally remembers data entered before a crash.

    Cons

    I have never experienced such a buggy program from CNet. Frequently crashes after every entry. Many calculations are simply incorrect (but sometimes correct). So far, haven't been able to determine the pattern for crashes or incorrect calculations

    Summary

    More than anything else, I am disappointed with the CNet editor review of this s/w. This program is, at best, a first prototype - not a version 4. There is tremendous potential here but a great amount of work needs to be done to fix all the bugs. All but unusable now but I think people should watch for later versions - unfortunately, if they are on v4 now we might need to wait foe v24.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The Diet Software That Beats The "Norm""

    August 26, 2011  |   By BonneeC47

    Version: Calorie Balance Diet 4.0.8

    Pros

    This program is easy to use and amazingly accurate. I had to begin to count my Carbs, calories and other essential numbers but I found with this program the ease and reliability that I can always count on with CNET. Thanks folks! Good Job!!

    Cons

    I was really bothered by the fact that I cannot flow between days. It seems that if I don't remember to fill out my chart properly (or at all) the program won't let me back up to yesterday to fix my "record."

    Summary

    With a little work this program would be a real winner and accepted and encouraged for use by most weight loss programs.

    Updated on Oct 12, 2011

    This is a really good program for someone who is serious about losing weight. I have some minor disagreements about some of the programs totals --- but it's not significant enough not to use the program. It will also keep track of things that maybe you shouldn't eat. If you are serious about losing weight this is the program to use. You can also make it tell you what vitamins that you are taking and if you are doing too much IT will tell you.

    Updated on Nov 6, 2011

    Excellent program especially for those who, like me, have diabetes and need to count carbs. We need to be so careful not just about our sugar consumption but also about how many carbs we take in our diets because carbs become sugar in our systems. Thank you for this program, it really helps to keep me on target.

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