There are a few questions and answers we get asked that do not have a home elsewhere in the help site.
Is the Perfect Diet Tracker suitable for everyone?
It works for the majority of people, however there are a few important exceptions.
The software should only be used by adults over the age of 18, and should not be used by pregnant or nursing mothers.
The Harris Benedict Equation is very accurate in all but the most extreme cases. If you are either very muscular, or very overweight (morbidly obese) we recommend you consult your doctor before starting any diet, and work with their suggested calorie intake level.
Whats new in version 3 of the Perfect Diet Tracker
Version 3 of the Perfect Diet Tracker is a substantial update with over 300 improvements to the existing version. Click the link below to view some of the major upgrades and improvements.
Why does the Perfect Diet Tracker refuse to go below 1200 / 1800 calories?
Research indicates that if you go below a certain calorie intake your body enters a ‘starvation mode’, your body lowers your metabolic rate and tries to conserve energy. You have less energy, stop losing weight and plateau. Just what you want to avoid when trying to lose weight! Guidelines specify a minimum daily calorific intake of 1800 calories for males and 1200 calories for females.
It is a common misconception that eating a lot less will result in a faster weight loss, in some cases eating more may help you. You should always aim to eat your daily calorie allowance.
If you find the software is limiting your weight loss consider increasing your activity level as this will in turn increase your daily calorie allowance.
If your doctor recommends a lower calorie diet you can swap to the direct entry method and enter the target provided by your doctor.
Do I need a separate license for the Windows and Mac versions?
No, if you change your computer from a Windows PC to an Apple Mac or Linux system (or vice-versa) you will be able to take your Perfect Diet Tracker with you.
Simply select the ‘backup’ option located in the file menu to backup your data, install the software on the new computer and restore the backup to transfer your data to the new machine.
More details on the differences (or lack of!) between the Perfect Diet Tracker for the different platforms are available here.
What are the differences between the Mac, Windows and Linux versions?
There are no significant differences between platforms, all the functions you find on the Mac version are also present in the Windows version.