The Daily Plate

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The Daily Plate at Livestrong.com does for dieting what Quicken did for my checking account. I have been using it to log my food and exercise for the last three or four months. Basically, you type in what you eat, and it searches for a match, gives you the calories and nutrients and adds it to your daily and weekly totals. The best part is the quick lookup. As soon as you type part of the name, i.e., “broc” it will go and find “Broccoli” in a number of different serving portions and preparations (raw, steamed, sauteed, etc.). You can also log your water consumption. By setting various weight loss goals the site will adapt and track your weight loss over time.

Besides keeping track of your food, it also tracks your exercise. Everything from jogging to moving boxes. It automatically subtracts the calories you burn from the calories you eat, increasing the amount of calories you can eat to reach your goal.

I’m a really terrible dieter and have only lost 2 or 3 pounds a month so far. However, this does add up over time. Given that I’ve failed at all my other diets but this one, I can genuinely say that Livestrong is changing the way I live, the way I eat, the way I exercise, and the way I look by giving me a painless way of logging my exercise and food intake.

-- Amy Thomson