Calorie Count Is Best Weight Loss Guide, Say Experts

DietPower, Inc. today reiterated its long-held position that a dieter's calorie count is by far the most reliable guide to weight loss.

(I-Newswire) August 5, 2009 - Danbury, CT (August 3, 2009)-"The scientific evidence is incontrovertible," said company CEO Terry Dunkle, a 30-year national award-winning medical journalist. "No matter what diet you follow; no matter what drug, supplement, or meal-replacement shake you use, the only way to lose weight is to maintain a calorie count lower than your current body needs. This isn't somebody's opinion-it's a law of physics."

Dunkle, who majored in physics at Cornell University, explained that since fat stores energy and a food's calorie count is a measure of energy, there is a simple relationship between the amount of excess fat in our bodies and the number of extra calories we eat. "It's 3500 calories per pound," he said. "Get 3500 fewer than your body needs and you'll lose a pound. Burn off 3500 in exercise and you'll lose a pound."

A 2009 National Institutes of Health study by the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Louisiana State University is the latest to prove the point. Researchers put 811 participants on four different diets-each with the same calorie count but a different proportion of fat, carbohydrate and protein. After two years, the key indicator of weight loss in all four groups was the calorie count. "This is important information for physicians, dietitians and adults, who should focus weight-loss approaches on reducing calorie intake," study leader Frank Sacks commented on HSPH's websiate.

Dunkle said that DietPower has exploited this principle in its weight-loss coaching software for more than 20 years. "The principal measure that we ask users to watch is their calorie count," he said. "If you log all your foods and obey the budget, we guarantee you'll reach your goal weight on your target date. Our program tracks most users within a pound or two for months on end."

DietPower's award-winning software is designed for Windows PC users who want to watch their calorie count, lose weight and achieve a healthier nutrient balance. The program also shows calorie counts for 21,000 foods and 1000 kinds of exercise, analyzes recipes, delivers daily health news and shows which foods are best to eat right now. Among its accolades are top ratings from Shape, Runner's World, CNET, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

DietPower, Inc., a private corporation in Connecticut, has produced and marketed science-based weight loss- and nutrition-tracking software, news and features since 1988. Free, no-obligation trials of its calorie count software are available at

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August 5, 2009

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