How the iFiber iPhone / iPod touch App Can Help You Lose Weight

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[] Revere, Massachusetts - Independent developer James Hollender today is pleased to announce the release of iFiber, an app for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The iFiber app allows users to easily find out how much fiber there is in well over a thousand different food servings which can be beneficial in helping them lose weight. For those wanting to get enough fiber into their diets, then this app will get used on a regular basis.

How can fiber help you lose weight?

Fiber is the part of plant-based foods that our bodies can't digest. It passes through our digestive tract without providing nutrition or calories, and yet it is very healthy for us.

Populations that eat greater amounts of fiber-rich foods are generally healthier. While all of the reasons for this are not known, it may be because the fiber-rich foods themselves are healthier. Perhaps fiber's greatest value, however, is in helping to keep us slim.

Fiber makes us feel full sooner and stays in our stomach longer than other substances we eat, slowing down our rate of digestion and keeping us feeling full longer. Due to its greater fiber content, a single serving of whole grain bread can be more filling than two servings of white bread. Fiber also moves fat through our digestive system faster so that less of it is absorbed.

Meat and dairy products contain no fiber, and refined grains have had most of their fiber removed. To increase your intake of fiber, eat more whole and natural foods, and fewer processed foods. Some good examples of fiber-rich foods include:

* Whole grains (barley, oats, wheat)
* Brown rice
* Legumes (dry beans, lentils and peas)
* Other vegetables
* Fruits

Products labeled "whole grain" are made with the complete grain kernel, whether the grain remains intact as in oatmeal or it is ground to make bread, pasta or cereal. Cracked wheat is also made from the complete kernel, but don't be mislead by wording like "100% wheat" or "multi-grain." Don't be misled by color, either. Most wheat bread is almost identical to white bread except that caramel coloring has been added to make it look more natural.

Adding more fiber to your diet will likely help you lose weight and improve your health, but do it gradually. Rapid increases in consumption of fiber may result in gas or diarrhea.

The iFiber app provides information about foods and how they are rated for Fiber content. This is provided as a means to assist in deciding which foods to eat. The foods servings are rated from EXTREMELY LOW in Fiber all the way up to EXTREMELY HIGH. The following colors help readily identify which is which:

* Black - Rated EXTREMELY HIGH in Fiber (10.1 - 31.2 g)
* Dark Red - Rated VERY HIGH in Fiber (8.0 - 10.0 g)
* Red - Rated HIGH in Fiber (6.1 - 8.0 g)
* Orange - Rated MODERATELY HIGH in Fiber (4.1 - 6.0 g)
* Yellow - Rated MODERATE in Fiber (3.1 - 4.0 g)
* Light Green - Rated MODERATELY LOW in Fiber (2.1 - 3.0 g)
* Green - Rated LOW in Fiber (1.1 - 2.0 g)
* Cyan - Rated VERY LOW in Fiber (0.1 - 1.0 g)
* White - Rated EXTREMELY LOW in Fiber (0.0 g)

There are eight tables listing food servings:
* All Foods
* Fast Foods
* Fruits & Vegetables
* Meat, Fish & Shellfish
* Dairy & Egg
* Cereal Grains & Pasta
* Sweets
* Snacks

The All Foods list allows you to search by any word or partial word from all the Food Titles and USDA Descriptions. Selecting a food in any of the tables will display pertinent information about the selected food serving:

* Food Title
* Weight (in grams)
* Common Measure (serving size for weight)
* Fiber Content (in grams)
* Calories (in kcals)
* USDA Description
* USDA Food Group
* USDA Nutrient Database Number

Information is derived from the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference: Fiber, total dietary Content of Selected Foods per Common Measure. There are currently over 1,100 different food servings included, searchable using more than 2,500 names (some foods are known by different names or how they are prepared, e.g., "Egg, Scrambled" and "Scrambled Egg"). A few these have as many as six searchable names.

The iFiber Info screen provides access to additional information pages:
* What is Fiber?
* Why Should I Eat Fiber?
* Highest Fiber Foods
* User Agreement
* How to Use this App
* About this App (includes allowance to 1) Report a Problem; 2) Ask a Questions; and 3) Make a Suggestion)

The iFiber app is one of 8 nutrient apps based on the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference. The others include:
* iCarbs - Carbohydrates - great for bodybuilders or diabetics
* iProteins - great for bodybuilders, vegetarians or vegans needing to make sure they get enough protein in their diet
* iCals - Calories - for anyone watching their calories
* iSugars - for those concerned with getting too much added sugar in their diet
* iCholesterol - Dietary Cholesterol - for those wanting to watch their cholesterol intake
* iSatFat - Saturated Fat - for those who have been advised by their physician to limit their intake of saturated fat
* Vitamin K - For users of blood thinning medications like Coumadin or Warfarin

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later (4.2 is required for printing)
* 4.4 MB

Pricing and Availability:
The iFiber app is available in the iTunes App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The current price is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and can be found in the Health & Fitness category. Promo codes are available for qualified reviewers. Please specify the website, blog or organization you represent when making your request.

James Hollender, a well seasoned Information Technology professional, has been familiar with Apple products since the days of the first Macintosh computer and has been involved with object oriented programming since the introduction of Java, culminating most recently writing apps in Objective C for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. His innovative ideas have resulted in numerous suggestion and other awards including a commendation from The President of the United States. Copyright (C) 2011 James Hollender. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.


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