The diet analysis is an important project. The project requires 3 steps –
1. Getting the data. This requires keeping a food log, entering the food in the Nutricalc program, and getting the correct print out. Since this is the basis of the project, this part is due by March 3, 2018. It can be submitted at any time
2. Using the data obtained above to write and submit Part 1
3. Using the data obtained above to write and submit Part 2
Please read the directions for the diet analysis. Here are the directions related to data gathering:
You will need the diet analysis software available with the purchase of your access code with your textbook. You are not to use other meal tracker systems on the internet (i.e. MyFitnessPal, SuperTracker, etc.) as these will not generate the sophisticated reports you will require to complete your project. If you do this project using another software you will not receive credit for the work!
You will need to keep a food diary for 3 days. Use the instructions for keeping the diary. You will collect food, beverage, and behavioral data for the food log. You will use a provided food record form that is available in the Diet Analysis Link. Do not use the one in the nutricalc program. Handwritten records are fine, you are welcome to simply scan them for submission.
Once you have collected the record you will then set up a profile in the NutriCalc program. There is a short tutorial video provided when you are on the front page of the NutriCalc program. Note: DO NOT SET UP PROGRAM FOR WEIGHT LOSS. If weight change is needed, you can talk about this in your paper, but this project is to assess your diet needs in the current time and with your current weight.
After you have set up the profile you will then be able to enter the foods and beverages you consumed over the 3 day period. Make sure to save your work frequently
Step 1: Keeping an accurate food log is the first step.
1. Keep a food diary for 3 days- 2 week days and 1 weekend day (consecutive days). Choose days that are fairly typical of your intake so that you can better understand your usual diet. In other words – don’t record on days that you are sick, your birthday, when you don’t have any food in the house, etc.
a. Set up your profile.
b. CHOOSE WEIGHT MAINTENANCE – do not choose weight loss.
c. Carefully choose your physical activity level. There are athletes who practice 4 or more hours a day. They are very active. Make sure you consider the time that you sit with school work, computer, car, TV etc. Do not over estimate your activity
Enter your food
Sometimes you might not be able to find exactly what you ate. Try to pick something that comes close. You might also try putting in the ingredients. After you have entered all of your information, you need to print out your reports.
Recipes and custom foods can be entered as well – please review the tutorial for assistance – caution: if you add recipes make sure to double check the MyPlate report to verify that the servings of the components of your recipe have been added to this report.
VERY IMPORTANT: Check over your reports. If calories are very high or low, make sure you entered the right amounts. 15 French fries is different than 15 servings of French fries! In general – if females find their intake over 2500 or if males are over 3500, recheck your work. Also, if calories are very low (intakes less than 1500 calories a day), make sure you recorded everything that you ate and that these are usual days.
If you have any questions or problems – please contact me early!
The Reports or printouts that you need:
When you have entered all of your food data in the program, go to the Reports. Choose the 3 days that you have recorded. Save these reports in PDF – the Bar Graph, Calorie Assessment, and MyPlate report