worry about getting enough calories, and thatís where DietLog comes in. It keeps track of those pesky calories and is easy to set up. You plug
in your vital stats. Height, weight, sex, target weight. Then you plug in your activity level. From couch potato (I think they call it sedentary)
to compulsive (very heavy activity).
At 100+ miles on the bike a week, my activity level
classified as heavy.† The problem with this level of exercise is that
making sure you get enough calories can be a lot of work. Later in the
season, Iíll probably complete a couple of centuries Ė thatís a 100 miles
in a single day. Iíll be on the New York
Cycle Clubís century in September. Thatís when it gets to be a chore
to eat (Ed: wish I had that problem!). You canít stuff enough pasta
and chicken wings down. Candy bars, energy bars, and ice cream just begin
to taste gross. But they are the easiest concentrated form of calories.
DietLog is very specific. You pick your type of diet
based on a percentage carbs to proteins and fats. Although customizable,
, there are some presets. From vegetarian to the Zone. I chose prudent.
A 70-15-15 ratio. By the end of day one, I was far, far from prudent. Much
closer to a pyramid (50-20-25).
All of the logs and caloric goals are completely customizable.
I would suggest a qualified nutritionist to guide you through the settings.
They seemed beyond the comprehension of a mere mortal.
The basic operation of DietLog is simple.† Eat
something.† Search DietLogís extensive database of food type substances
and add it to your list of foods eaten for the day.† Broken up by
meals and snacks, DietLog knows the exact (exact I tell you) nutritional
breakdown of every food you could possibly eat. From carbs to fat to sugar,
protein, sodium, fiber, cholesterol. Well almost. My ice cream had the
appropriate number of calories. But for some reason, none of them came
from sugar. Go figure.
My caloric goal for day one: 3806. By lunch I was
only at 1454. So I was worried I wouldnít make it. (38% according to DietLog).
Fortunately my two days of testing conveniently fell on my cousin Billís