Making your calories count

(Dated: 06 Mar 14)

There are many ways to shed off those fats that could have been haunting us all these while. While we do our best to hit the gym or have our own time exercise regime, diet plays an important part too. Very often, when we hear friends around us saying that they are going on a diet, a diet, a diet, and blahs and if only there is a more effective way to document down what we have eaten.

Almost a year ago, a colleague of mine introduced me to this phone app that can actually track ur calories intake as well as your exercise records. I thought how nice and convenient it’ll be. So, i downloaded the app and have been eating in guilt erm, most of the time since. BUT BUT BUT, you want to lose those weight right? You cannot tahan seeing that flabby arms and that pertruding tummy fats accompanied by the giant thighs? RIGHT?? ���� If your answer is YES, then unfortunately you (we) have not many choices left la. 
The name of this app is called iDat. This is one of the initiatives by the Health Promotion Board (HPB). And yes, it can actually track your calories intake as well as your exercises activities. Power right? 


After you downloaded this app, they will prompt you to sign in and you will be requested to put in your current weight, goal weight (see picture below (1) to (3)) such that they can tabulate how long you will need to take in order to achieve your goal weight (4). Of course with proper diet and exercises ya. 


When all settings, goals and visions are set, you can officially start on your calories counting. Well iDat is a pretty comprehensive app to use because it doesnt only have the weight and goal, calories counting, you can actually record all your exercises data in this app too. Just like the one below (left panel): 


And what i really would like to emphasize on is the calories counter. How do we count our calories? Of course through the food we eat. iDat has a pretty conprehensive list of Asian food (thats what i like most! Its so Singapore!) And for a typical Chinese Asian like me, it works exactly the way i like it to be! 
Again from the left panel, you tap Summary and it will tell you how much calories you can take everyday. It aims to work according to your personal goal that you had previously entered and thus the proposed calories given under Summary is what you should aim for everyday. Ie; not consuming more than that amount of calories. 
One example: 


So for this case seen above, this person should only be consuming no more than 1200kcal per day. 
To find out how much calories you have taken, go to the left panel again and tap Meal, and it will bring you to this: 


Again, as seen above, iDat has broken down your intake period into Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Snacks. So say you tap on breakfast, lunch or dinner, you will see a long list of suggested food to key in: 


They range from meat to seafood to vegetables to snacks/desserts to beverages and even fast food! My favourite Curry Zazzle from Pizza Hut is an astonishingly 564 kcal!! ����


And so like i’d said, the list is quite conprehensive like these below:




They have almost everything that i can find in Singapore (Asian food). And aftr you have selected your food, it will also give you a breakdown list of how much calories taken for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacktime: 


I personally like this lots and was a little stuck to it for quite a while when first introduced to. One of my friends and her fiance joking complained to me that i got both of them addicted to this app! Lol! So for those of you that are more health conscious or that you are aiming to lose some fats or even trying to maintain your good figure, try iDat from HPB! Have fun! 

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