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We have awarded Weight-By-Date our prestigious Bronze Award in this category, having reviewed 14 Diet and Fitness Software. Read our review below to find out why...
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Weight-By-Date combines nutritional tracking with a wide range of exercises to help you lose weight and maintain a healthy body. The majority of its features are offline meaning that your information is all kept personal and you can access your data without having to log onto the internet.
We were very happy to find that WeightByDate supplies its members with hundreds of exercises. This is a feature which is overlooked by a lot of dieting software, which often only focuses on food. Whilst the site offers no apps to help you track your exercise, it does support your fitness with a range of exercises for all parts of your body and for all fitness levels.
Most of the software’s features are centered around your eating habits. Essentially, it allows you to record what you’re eating and then it calculates the calories and other nutrients consumed. From there, you can easily see if you are eating too many sugars, fats and carbs. This isn’t just a program for picking out the fattening parts of food, though.
You can make sure you’re eating enough vitamins and minerals to keep in tip top condition. It also includes a lot of information on over 40,000 foods, plus a range of restaurants and common brands, so you can easily find out which ones are healthier options.
There are food logs and diaries to keep your records accurate. These are also useful to make sure you’re getting a varied diet, and offer a space to record your thoughts on exercises and foods you love or hate. Your weight is also recorded and then plotted on graphs, so you can quickly look at your progress over time, or identify periods where you didn’t quite reach your goals.
WeightByDate.com has information dotted about the site, helping you to understand how it all works. You can also watch videos which explain the technical side of how the calculations work, and how to make the most of your software.
There is a searchable FAQ, which proved useful to us, although you won’t find any forums to chat with other members. This is a bit disappointing, but one of the main selling points of the service is that it’s offline.
Motivation might therefore be a bit harder to come by, although the website claims that recording your progress is very motivational. If you’re someone who feels they might need the support of a trainer or a group of people who are sharing your experiences, you may wish to go elsewhere.
There are no monthly fees to pay, since you own the software once you’ve purchased it. You also get one year of free updates and can install the software on up to 3 PCs. Whilst we’re on the topic of PCs, it’s worth noting that they do not currently supply a Mac edition. There’s really little else to purchase, other than a backup CD or download protection. This protection lasts for 2 years from the time of purchase.
Weight-By-Date is a comprehensive package for storing and analyzing data on your exercise and eating habits. Whilst it would probably benefit from a few online features, it’s still a solid option for anyone who wishes to maintain weight loss.
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