The Perfect Diet Tracker has an extensive built in food database, however to make the most of the software we recommend you enable the internet search feature to add specific search results for your location.
Enabling the internet search
When enabled, the internet search is something you will not see as it works transparently in the background, but will definitely appreciate as it checks the internet for product matches relevant to your location, adding them to your search results.
The first time you search a box will appear to ask you if you want to enable the internet search, simply click the ‘Enable’ button to enable this feature.
Don’t worry if your computer is not always connected to the internet, the software will only attempt an internet search when it detects a valid internet connection, when no connection is available it will continue to work with the local food database which will contain copies of any previous searches.
If you want to turn the feature on or off in the future you can do so from the main options menu.
Adding a new user to the Perfect Diet Tracker is easy. There is no limit to the number of users that can track their diet with the software.
The steps below will take you through the setup of a new user step by step. Alternatively, you can view the Apptorial video for the Perfect Diet Tracker which will show you have to create a new user and get started with the diary.
Click the ‘New user’ button
Start by clicking the ‘New user’ button on the login screen.
If it is the first time you have used the software and there are no current users in the system the diet tracker will automatically select this option for you.
Add your login details
The Perfect Diet Tracker will start the ‘New user wizard’, this will take you through all the steps needed to create a new user account.
The information requested includes
(1) Your name, this will be the name that is shown on the front login screen so you can enter your real name or nickname.
(2) A password is optional and can be added to hide your diary entries from other users on this computer.
(3) The software needs to know where you live so it can use the appropriate food database.
(4) The software needs to know your age, gender and the measurement units you prefer to work with.
If you want to cancel the user setup you can select the cancel setup button on the left at any stage.
Once you have entered the initial information, click the ‘Next’ button (6) to continue.
Enter your height and weight
You now need to let the software know your current height and weight.
The units used to enter your height and weight will match your entry in step 1, so if you have selected ‘Kilos’ or ‘Stones and Pounds’ your screen may look slightly different.
As you adjust the height and weight entries, your current ‘BMI’ will be shown in the window (2). This will indicate your current weight classification and the recommended weight range for your height.
It is recommended you enter a target that is achievable within a few weeks or months, you can adjust the target later.
When you are happy with your entries click the ‘Next’ button (3) to continue.
Calculate the calories or enter your own?
The software will now give you a choice, you can either let it calculate your target calories (1) or if you prefer enter your own calorific target (2).
Unless your doctor or nutritional advisor has provided a specific calorific target we recommend you select option 1 and let the diet tracker calculate the calorific targets for you.
Click on the arrow next to (1) or on the ‘Automatically calculate target’ button to continue.
How much weight would you like to lose and how active are you?
The software now needs to know how much weight you would like to lose (or gain) per week, and how active you are.
Use the slider bar (1) to adjust your activity level, and the arrows (2) to adjust your target weight loss, then click the ‘Next’ button (3) to continue.
When setting an activity level, be honest.
Do not set it higher than your current activity level on the basis that you intend to do more exercise later. If you set it honestly you can add additional exercise in later using the daily dairy.
Most users naturally simply select the fastest possible loss or gain, however you should consider selecting an intermediate setting if you find the daily calorific figure is too low as it will increase your daily calorific allowance.
What would you like the software to display in the diary?
Next, the software will ask you what you would like to display in the daily diary.
The software will always track all available data and you can change these options using the diary later. We recommend you start with the default selections to avoid ‘information overload’ at first, then enable or disable options later to suit your requirements.
You can also select either calories or kilojoules for the calorific data reports and tracking to suit your requirements and the units used in your country, for example a user in the USA or UK would normally select ‘Calories’, whereas as Australian user may prefer to select ‘Kilojoules’. This setting can also be changed later.
Once you are happy with your selections click ‘Next’ to continue to the final step.
The final review
The Perfect Diet Tracker will now have all the information it needs to calculate your daily calorific allowance.
This will be shown, with a breakdown of how the figure has been arrived at.
If you find the calorific target too high or low, you can use the ‘Back’ button (1) to return to the previous step and adjust your activity level or target weight loss. Selecting a lower target weight loss will increase the calories you have available.
When you are happy with the settings and calorific target you have two options. You can either start the food diary (2) straight away, or return to the login screen (3).
Congratulations, you now have a new user and can start tracking your diet.
The Login Window is usually the first screen you will see. You can use it to open a users account, create a new user or delete an existing account. You can also check to see if you have the latest version, or restore a backup.
Perfect Diet Tracker Login Window
The ‘login’ window is the first screen you will see when you start the software.
You can use this screen to open a users account, create a new user, delete a user or restore a backup. You can also check which version of the software you have, and check to see if a newer version is available.
Opening a users account
Opening a user account is easy.
Simply select the users name from the drop down box (1), then click the login button (2).
If the user has a password you will be asked to confirm it at this stage. When the password is verified you will then be taken to the users diary.
If you are the only user on this computer and would like to bypass the login screen you can select the ‘Enable Auto Login’ box (3) and the software will automatically log you in the next time you start the software.
Creating a new user account
To create a new user account simply click the ‘New user’ button, this will then start the new user setup wizard and take you through the steps you need to set up the new user.
There is no limit to the number of users in the Perfect Diet Tracker software.
Checking to see if you have the latest version of the software
The current version number of the software you have is shown on the top right corner of the login screen.
Simply click the version number and the software will check online to see if there are any upgrades available.
Restoring a backup file
You can also restore a backup file created earlier using the ‘Restore backup file’ option.
This option is found at the bottom of the user selection box (1). When you select the option the software will then ask you to specify the location of the zip file containing the information you would like to restore. Restoring a backup will overwrite any existing saved information.