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December 28,  2001

Information You Need to Know to Lose Weight; New Technology Helps Dieters Succeed by Providing Calories In vs. Calories Out Information


(SafetyAlerts) - 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 budget.

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 Medicine.

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, , 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.

Source: PRNewswire.

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