How to Create a Profile for a New Client or User
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The first thing most new users do in NutriBase is create a client profile (Professional Editions) or a User Profile (Personal Editions). This involves taking a minute or two to tell NutriBase a few things about yourself or a new client. This “client” could be a patient or family member – we use the term “client” to mean anyone you enter into the software for tracking purposes. The information you provide include basic information like age, gender, height, weight, desired weight, etc. If you are a woman, it also asks you whether you are pregnant or lactating. You also have the option to enter in your Body Fat Content – NutriBase will track your progress in terms of body fat content as well as in terms of body weight. (Many experts consider Body fat content to be a more accurate indicator of “ideal weight” than the published charts or Body Mass Index.)

NutriBase uses this profile information you provide to determine your client’s DRI’s (nutrition goals), your client’s Daily Calorie Allotment, and to calculate close to 200 things that relate directly to this person (nutrient goals, calorie needs, etc.). These data are used by NutriBase to make calculations and predictions for you and your clients. In Professional versions, you can also insert any of these bits of information directly into custom reports that you are able to generate.

Here are two ways to move to your Profile Window:

Method 1: Click the “Client Setups” Tab. This is called “Client setups” in Professional Editions or “My Setups” in the personal editions. Click the down arrow inside the “Profiles” button. Select the option called: “Create a Profile”

Method 2: Click the Profile icon in your Quick Access ToolBar:

Once you create a profile, you can record foods to this person's profile by clicking the “Food Log” Tab. (The “Food Log” Tab will be discussed shortly.)

Note: When creating your Client Profile, be certain to indicate your start date as the first date to which you will record anything for this client, including her body weight, Food Log, exercise, etc. The reason this is important for you to do this is that NutriBase will not allow you to enter any information for a client to a date prior to her start date.

This is what your first Profile window looks like:

This is where you “log on” to NutriBase. You provide basic information to the software so it can make a multitude of calculations and set up nutrition goals for you or your client. From here, you can:
1) Introduce yourself or a client to NutriBase by answering about a dozen basic questions: age, gender, height, weight, desired weight, etc. You can enter up to a million clients into NutriBase Professional.
2) Abbreviate the process by simply logging in with a client number or name only.
3) Select a starting date for tracking information and progress. This date can be in the past if desired.
4) Select the tracking method you will use for this client.
5) Enter in starting and desired body weight.
6) Enter in starting and desired body fat content. This is optional, but many health experts believe that body fat content is a more accurate indicator of healthy body composition/weight. To facilitate the use of this option, we sometimes provide an incentive in the form of free digital body fat calipers with your purchase.
By clicking the “Continue” button, you move to the second window of the Profile section. This second window looks like this:

This is what the next window in your Profile setup looks like:

7) From this second window, you can click the “Edit nutrient goals” button to customize your client's nutritional goals. The default values are auto-selected by NutriBase based on the DRI for the client's age and gender, but you can modify any nutrient goal or establish nutrient goals for nutrients that are not addressed by the DRI's.
8) Establish your desired PCF Ratio (your percentage intake of Protein, Carbohydrates, and Fat). Use our default values - based on National Dietary Guidelines - if you like.
9) Set your maximum desired % of Saturated Fat intake. (Default value of 7% is presented.)
10) Define your Success Criteria - the factors your food intake must meet for you to earn a happy face (or gold star, check mark, etc.) on any give calendar day.
10) Define Alarms to warn you when you are selecting foods that exceed desired parameters. For example, you may want to be notified if a serving of any food contains more than 600 mg of Sodium.
11) Add and/or edit your contact information for this client.
12) You can tell NutriBase which calorie formula to use.

You can edit these formulas by clicking the “Calorie formulas” link to the right of the drop down menu. The default formula is the Harris-Benedict formula.

This topic updated 06/24/2015

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