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All of my apps are freely available on the Google Play Store here, or can be downloaded directly from their NANY forum threads below.

The two diet related Android apps that I wrote have a similar flavor, and are both attempts to come up with a minimalist approach to allowing you to have brief periods where you can pig out and eat whatever snacks you want, while ensuring you eat well most of the time.

The first is "Feast Day / Fast Day":

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To be honest, this is the app I am most excited about, just because it represents a unique diet experiment that I have not seen described anywhere else, and one that I have been using myself with some real success over the last couple of months.

Essentially the program cycles through 4 different modes on a schedule (you can adjust durations): Normal mode where you stick to your normal diet (default 5 days); Normal-ready mode, where you stick to your diet but you can trigger Feast mode when you are ready; Feast mode where you can pig out and eat whatever junk food you want for a short duration (default of 24hrs); Fast mode where you must fast immediately after Feast mode ends (default 24 hrs).  Modes are shown in big bright clear text, perfectly suitable for a tablet that is propped up in a room and always visible.

The idea of having a feast day followed immediately by a day of fasting really does seem to have solved what for me has always been the most difficult problem with having a "cheat" day on a diet, which is the intense cravings that follow eating any snacks.  The day of fasting seems to break the incipient cravings before they can establish a foothold, and the single day of cheating in isolation followed by a fast seems to minimize the weight gained.

I think different diets work better for different people, but the super simple rules and single degree of freedom (when to trigger feast mode) have worked really well for me.  I do believe the unique approach provided by this app may be valuable to others in helping lose weight while still allowing you occasional periods of pigging out (make sure you customize the mode durations to fit your needs).

I hope others will give it a try and let me know if it helps.

My second diet app, "Feast Decreaser",  has a similar look to my first -- with clear color coded large text displays showing you whether you are in Normal, Feast, or Restrictive eating modes.  It was inspired by a friend who uses a similar scheme to decide what kind of eating he can do on any given day.

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Whereas my first app uses a schedule to control what mode of eating you are allowed, in Feast Decreaser, the transitions between modes are governed by your current weight, which is always displayed on the main screen and which you can easily adjust.  You set target weights for the different modes, and the screen clearly shows what mode you are in on any given day, based on your current weight.

In addition, you can configure whether your target weights should decrease by a certain amount each day.  If you do wish to trigger "cheat days" with this app, doing so will also result in a lowering of your target weights, ensuring that you continually lose weight before you can earn subsequent cheat days.

This app is a bit stricter than the first one, and if you can stick to it, it will ensure that you lose weight, but it does make it harder to anticipate your eating schedule.

I'd be very curious to hear which apps work best for people!

Next up are a series of Android apps that use a common base of code that I wrote to help me create flexible listview-centric utilities.

The first is a Memo List app, "MemoList DC":

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This program does essentially what you would expect, let you create (text) memos and notes.

It has support for tabbed tag categories, widget support, multi-device synchronization, sorting (manual drag and drop ordering, alphabetical, by date), etc.

Next up is a checklist app, "CheckList DC":

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This is a fairly straightforward checklist app, again with support for tabbed tag categories, widget support, multi-device synchronization, sorting (manual drag and drop ordering, alphabetical, by date), etc.

OpLop For Windows is a simple opens ource GUI front end for the OpLop library that generates account passwords based on a nickname and a master password.

-mouser (January 03, 2017, 03:29 AM)
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Thanks a lot, Admin. Such a huge collection. these are my fav, other i haven't tried yet :D

Congratulations and many many thanks to everyone who participated in this NANY! ;D

I don't think there is anything I really need right now but there are some interesting entries for sure. (though I should lose some weight)
There are some I should keep in mind ;)

I just want to say I appreciate each and every one of you. Thanks!


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