A popular way to lose weight is to eat a low carbohydrate diet. Carb Counter is a program to help lose weight by controlling carbohydrate intake. There is a database of just under 1,400 foods to help you see just what you are eating and what to avoid. The program allows you to keep a daily diary of your food intake and it can display graphs showing your progress.
The program automatically calculates your BMI (Body Mass Index) and your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate). It then gives you a ‘Calories Needed Per Day’ figure to help you maintain your current weight or reach a target weight, whether that is up or down.
The Body Mass Index (BMI), is a statistical measurement which compares a person’s weight and height. Though it does not actually measure the percentage of body fat, it is a useful tool to estimate a healthy body weight based on how tall a person is. Due to its ease of measurement and calculation, it is the most widely used diagnostic tool to identify weight problems within a population including, underweight, overweight and obesity.
Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) is the amount of energy used while at rest in a neutral environment, in the post-absorptive state (meaning that the digestive system is inactive, which requires about twelve hours of fasting in humans). The release of energy in this state is sufficient only for the functioning of the vital organs, such as the heart, lungs, brain and the rest of the nervous system, liver, kidneys, sex organs, muscles and skin. BMR decreases with age and with the loss of lean body mass. Increasing muscle mass increases BMR.
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