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Review: Ascendo Fitness for BlackBerry

By AllBlackBerry on 12 Apr 2007 04:53 pm EDT
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Have you already forgotten your New Year’s Resolutions? Like many people, you are probably thinking about how you can better control your weight this year. This is not an easy task… You goal might be to lose some weight, maybe gain a few pounds or simply keep everything under control. Unfortunately in a couple of months most of the promises will be gone for many of us. The truth is that following a diet is one of hardest tasks. A few weeks ago, I decided to lose some weight. I went with a diet that I know works: calorie control. For me that means trying to absorb no more than 1,200 calories per day and exercising on a regular basis. Suddenly changing your habits is hard. The first few days were tough on me: in a bad mood, hungry, and frustrated. This is when I began using Ascendo Fitness. This is when it got easier. Read on and see how this software can help you.
Splash Screen
Ascendo Fitness Intro Screen

To assist a user with his diet, the program needs to collect some information about the user and the diet. This information is broken down into major areas to simplify the task. Upon launching the program, the Main Screen presents these major areas as steps for the user. What could be simpler, let’s jump right in.
Screen 1
Main menu of the software

First, you need to enter some basic information such as Height, Weight, Age and Resting Heart rate. And obviously inform the software whether you are a male or a female.
Input Screen
Your initial information

Then it is time to set your goals. The information consists of your target weight and calorie intake per day, calories burned per day, etc… Again, the form is uncluttered and easy to follow. If you need help the software comes with some calculators. Based on your profile, the software will tell you what your ideal weight is. The 5 built in calculators can be very useful to help you set realistic goals for yourself. If you try to lose too much weight or gain too much, you’ll see the resulting unrealistic calorie impact here. Once your goals are set, you again return to the Main Screen.
Goals
Time to innput your goals
Calculators
5 Calculators here to help

Once you are done with all the setup you are ready to start the input of your daily entries. This is where most of the interaction with the program is done, from daily logging to reviewing your progress. The controls really fall into two camps, logging your daily information, and reviewing your logs. The software acts as a control center, and provides you with a daily summary of your nutrient intake. The user can have the screen summarize Calories, Proteins, Fats, Carbohydrates, Fiber, Sugars, Sodium, etc…
Nutrition
Your Daily Entries
Goals
Summary Screen of your Daily Nutrition

Adding your food entries is very easy. You’ll be presented with a screen that allows you to browse a very extensive food database. If you find what you’re looking for, just pick it and add it to your meal entry. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, you can easily add a new food item

With Ascendo Fitness, you not only control your eating habits but also your exercises. Exercises work the same way, enter the time your Tennis game starts and the duration and the software will compute the number of calories you’ve eliminated.

Obviously, you can proudly follow your progress. Many charts are available to make sure you are on track.
Progress
Check your progress
Progress Charts
Progess Charts

Another nice component of the software is the Desktop software for Windows. You will be able to directly manage your nutrition entries from your PC and synchronize with your BlackBerry.
Desktop
Ascendo Fitness Desktop Component

So, what was your New Year’s Resolution again? Armed with Ascendo Fitness, this year might just be the year you keep it.

## This Article Was Originally Published by AllBlackBerry.com  
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