Most of us don’t eat as well as we should. Sometimes it’s too many empty calories or just too many calories or not enough of the right kind of calories. As with everything, there’s a website for that! Thedailyplate.com, now part of livestrong.com, offers a fast and convenient way to get healthier. Start by inputting your height and current weight, (the site keeps this information confidential) along with your age and level of activity, then input how much weight you wish to lose per week. Through some sort of mathematical algorithm, the site computes how many calories you should eat per day.
You can then track the foods you’ve eaten and see how you’re doing on your calorie goal for the day. You can see the calorie count, protein, fat, fiber, carbs, and even sodium and cholesterol. If you’re crazy about spreadsheets and numbers, you’ll love this program. In addition to being able to track the foods you’ve eaten for a day, you can also track what you’ve eaten in past weeks and months. This allows a comprehensive picture of your eating patterns — good and bad — to emerge.
The “My Plate” section tells you how many calories you have left to eat for the day but what if — oops — you accidently had that extra piece of cake? You can also input exercise activities (including reading — 100 calories per hour sitting, 138 standing) and then recalculate your calories left to eat for the day.
Overall, the site provides a powerful tool which allows a user to make intelligent and informed food decisions. Thedailyplate.com is also remarkably easy to use.