When I first threw out the idea of starting this endeavor, my sister mentioned a web site called The Daily Plate, an accountability/tracking tool for monitoring your food intake and fitness activity. But more than simply a place to record your meals, The Daily Plate also allows you to set dietary, weight, and fitness goals and serves as a tool for tracking your progress and staying accountable. It also incorporates a forum if you would like to engage community support and a journal to record how things are going for you.
I have just started playing around with it, but it looks like a really cool tool. I have deliberately not done food tracking for The Challenge based on my constant (probably irrational) fear that there is just not enough time in the day. But I have historically used Weight Watchers to help me shed pounds when I am starting to feel chunky. I am in not in a position at this point to compare the two systems, but the Daily Plate does have one major advantage which is that is it is *free*, which is good. I like free.
And for those of us locked into thinking about eating and dieting in terms of points (not calories) ala WW, the Daily Plate provides a calorie calculator to determine how much you should be consuming each day based on age, height, weight, daily activity level, and how the rate at which you want to lose weight. I tried it out and got this result:
Our estimate is that you may consume about 1,076 calories a day to lose 1.5 pounds per week.
Hrm… That doesn’t sound like very much. In fact, I am getting starving just thinking about it. We’ll see… maybe next month.