One of the hardest things about deciding to watch what you eat is figuring out what to make and when to make it. It can be difficult, but if you're ready to reboot your diet, Eat This Much can help. The revamped service just emerged from beta, and it has come a long way since we last saw it.
Eat This Much markets itself as something of an "automated nutritionist", and that's not a stretch. It generates meal plans, menus and shopping lists to help you buy, cook and eat good food while simultaneously sticking to your nutrition and health goals.
You tell the app everything about your nutrition needs and goals, from how many meals per day you want to eat, your height and weight, your activity level, even foods you like and dislike (or are allergic to), and the service will automatically generate a meal plan for you, and email it to you along with a shopping list for the week. Tell it which day you like to go grocery shopping, and you'll have it in your inbox the day before. The recipes have instructions, the shopping list has quantities -- all you have to do is go to the store and follow directions.
Now that it's out of beta, Eat This Much also keeps track of things like your carbs, fat, protein, sodium, fibre and cholesterol intake, and matches up your meal plan to the diet you're interested in (whether it's a well-rounded, nutritionally sound diet, a custom diet, a vegetarian or vegan diet, or another diet). You can select which one as you build your meal plan.
Eat This Much is completely free, but if you'd like more features, $US9 per month gets you a premium account, which unlocks the ability to send other users meal plans and help plan meals for other people, and the ability to set recurring foods or custom settings for specific days. While we normally advocate a smarter relationship with your food than just a diet, Eat This Much does a good job of putting things on autopilot while still giving you options and ultimate control.