Setting up your Food Tracker
Looking up the calorie count of food items and keeping a daily food journal is easy using the Walkingspree Food Tracker, a calorie and nutritional database containing more than 65,000 generic, brand-name, fast-foods and restaurant items. And if you want to keep tabs on your daily intake of sodium, fat, or other nutritional items, the Food Tracker is a handy tool.
This is the first in a series of tutorials on using the Food Tracker. This first tutorial will show you how to configure your Food Tracker settings, how to do a basic search and add an item to your Food Tracker.
Another resource to understanding how calories affect weight loss and how to use Food Tracker, is Walkingspree's "Understanding your calories IN versus your calories OUT".
Click the Food Tracker link in the Walkingspree website.
Click the settings link by the gear on the Food Tracker page to configure your settings. The calendar function will allow you to choose any particular day for adding food.
Setting a Calorie Goal
1. To lose weight, you need to set a goal less than the calories burned from your BMR is calculated (The Basal Metabolic Rate is the amount of calories you burn to live based on your weight, gender and age). 2. Enter your target calories to eat each day. 3. Press the save button.
1. Choose the meal routines you would like to log your food in your Food Tracker. 2. Press Save
1. Choose up to 5 nutrients to display along the foods summary 2. Press save
Searching for Foods
1. Enter your food item to search. 2. To narrow down your search you can choose from a list of product lines 3. Select the meal, ie. breakfast and click the add button.
Your Food Journal
The food item you added will display in your log. Clicking on the running man icon will bring up a pop up showing how many steps you need to walk to burn off the food item.
How many steps do you need to walk?
For the previous oatmeal example, it will bring up the number of steps to walk, minutes to bike and swim to burn the calories. This is based off your own weight.
See some great examples on how many steps one person would need to walk to burn off these food items:)
Changing Serving Sizes
To change the serving sizes, enter the number in the serving size area and press enter to save the value.
Total Calories Consumed
You can now compare your calories burned to your calories consumed on your dashboard along with your steps.