December 28, 2001
Information You Need to Know to Lose
Weight; New Technology Helps Dieters Succeed by Providing Calories In vs.
Calories Out Information
- Just in time for your New Year's resolution to lose weight, get fit and
live healthier, a couple of health monitoring tools may help you finally win
the battle of the bulge.
HealtheTech's BalanceLog(TM), a software for Windows PC and Palm OS devices,
allows users to balance both sides of their own energy balance equation --
the calories eaten and the calories burned. Teamed up with a metabolic
measurement from the company's new breakthrough device, the BodyGem(TM),
BalanceLog allows you to set up your own personal plan for losing weight.
The traditional one-size-fits-all diet approach is part of the weight loss
problem for most, according to experts such as Jay T. Kearney, Ph.D.,
exercise physiologist, Olympian and HealtheTech's Vice President of Clinical
Affairs. "Just as people look different from each other, their metabolic
rates are also unique to them. They need to know how many calories they can
eat to lose weight or to maintain their weight and until now, there was no
practical way to know this critical information."
By simply breathing into the device for seven to nine minutes, the BodyGem
provides a measurement of how many calories your body is burning at rest, or
your resting metabolic rate (RMR). RMR accounts for approximately 70 to 85
percent of the calories your body burns in a day. Knowing this number is
critical to losing weight since it provides the basis for your calorie
Much like balancing your checkbook, BalanceLog allows you to enter the foods
you eat and the calories your body is burning with RMR, activity and
exercise to keep a running budget of where you are for the day. With more
than 3,000 foods and the menus of 15 popular fast food restaurants,
BalanceLog provides quick and easy tabulation of calories. The software also
tracks protein, carbohydrates, fats, dietary cholesterol, sodium, fiber,
sugar, iron, Vitamins A and C and calcium against your daily targets.
BalanceLog won't exercise or diet for you, but it may provide the incentive
to take an extra walk around the block (84 calories) or to skip the eggnog
(204 calories). "The act of monitoring intake can motivate us to take charge
of our food consumption and make better choices," says Sach St. Jeor, Ph.D.,
registered dietitian and professor at the University of Nevada School of
BodyGem metabolic measurements are available at fitness and weight loss
centers across the country. You may call HealtheTech at 1-800-345-4207 or
visit the web site, http://www.healthetech.com/ , to find a location nearest
you. BalanceLog software can be ordered from the site or downloaded directly
to your Windows PC or Palm OS device.