Frequently Asked Questions

There are a few questions and answers we get asked that do not have a home elsewhere in the help site.

Is the Perfect Diet Tracker suitable for everyone?

It works for the majority of people,  however, there are a few important exceptions.

The software should only be used by adults over the age of 18, and should not be used by pregnant or nursing mothers.

The Harris-Benedict Equation is very accurate in all but the most extreme cases. If you are either very muscular, or very overweight (morbidly obese) we recommend you consult your doctor before starting any diet, and work with their suggested calorie intake level.

What’s new in version 3 of the Perfect Diet Tracker

Version 3 of the Perfect Diet Tracker is a substantial update with over 300 improvements to the existing version. Click the link below to view some of the major upgrades and improvements.


Why does the Diet Tracker refuse to go below 1200 / 1800 calories?

Research indicates that if you go below a certain calorie intake your body enters a ‘starvation mode’, your body lowers your metabolic rate and tries to conserve energy. You have less energy, stop losing weight and plateau. Just what you want to avoid when trying to lose weight! Guidelines specify a minimum daily calorific intake of 1800 calories for males and 1200 calories for females.

It is a common misconception that eating a lot less will result in a faster weight loss, in some cases eating more may help you. You should always aim to eat your daily calorie allowance.

If you find the software is limiting your weight loss consider increasing your activity level as this will in turn increase your daily calorie allowance.

If your doctor recommends a lower calorie diet you can swap to the direct entry method and enter the target provided by your doctor.

Do I need a separate license for the Windows and Mac versions?

No, if you change your computer from a Windows PC to an Apple Mac or Linux system (or vice-versa) you will be able to take your Perfect Diet Tracker with you.

Simply select the ‘backup’ option located in the File menu to backup your data, install the software on the new computer and restore the backup to transfer your data to the new machine.

What are the differences between the Mac, Windows and Linux versions?

There are no significant differences between platforms, all the functions you find on the Mac version are also present in the Windows version.

13 thoughts on “Frequently Asked Questions”

  1. Can I use this software on my desktop AND netbook when I go on trips? Do I need to buy it twice, and if not, how can I sync the data between the two? Thanks.

  2. Is there an iPhone application that syncs with your mac? Do you have screen shots of the iPhone application? Thanks.

  3. I was wondering if there was a way of being able to seamlessly add in kilojoule values, with the program automatically converting it to calories. I prefer calories, but some products only supply in kilojoules. I would prefer if I didn’t have to punch the numbers into a calculator and manually do the conversions myself in these instances!

  4. Thanks for the suggestion Bruce, this has not been requested before and as you can see the app either works in calories or kilojoules.

    We will have a look and see what we can do, however in the meantime all the numerical input boxes accept calculations so you can put in the value / 4.184 to have the app automatically do the calculations for you, for example the app will accept ‘1025 / 4.184’ as an input and will calculate the value and use that.

  5. Hi

    I have the perfect diet app and tracker to go as well.

    Is there a way to get these two apps to work together?


  6. Hi Nataliya. Yes, the best option is the free Dropbox sync. This will keep your diary on both the Perfect Diet Tracker and Tracker2Go in sync so you can add items to either and they will appear on any synced device. This is also a good option if you just want to keep a couple of desktop or laptop computers in sync, or if you have an iPad and iPhone etc.

  7. Hi, do you always have to be online, or can you access the datatbase offline?

  8. You do not need to be online to use the Perfect Diet Tracker, you can access the local database offline. If you are online, the software can also perform additional searches (if you let it) to locate more food data and add these to your local database so they are available offline in the future.

  9. Hi, I’ve just installed a trial version of Perfect Diet Tracker and so far I’m very impressed with it. There is one feature which I believe would be a great addition to you software and that is to have an automatic target prediction date graph which would be based on the current weight trend. I’m not suggesting removing the ability to set our target weight and dates, but simply to add this as an additional indicator to show if we are on track or whether we need to reassess our goals. thank you.

  10. Does this require the user to create an online account such as MyFitnessPal or LoseIt? Or are the users entries privately stored on their computer?

  11. All data is stored on your computer, no online account is required.

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