When you start a diet or change up the way you eat, one of the hardest things you might encounter is meal planning.
Sure, you know what foods you like to consume. But how can you blend them all in a way that’s going to taste good? And still meet calorie caps? And still be nutritious?
Celebrities hire personal chefs and personal trainers to take care of these problems. But since we don’t all have star-sized budgets to work with, we found a free way to replace them. Well, kind of, anyway.
Introducing Eat This Much, a free meal-planning site that acts as a virtual nutritionist. The way it works is simple: Users plug in how many calories they want to eat everyday, and then add how many meals they would like their calorie intake to be divided into. Then, you tell it what kind of diet you’re trying to follow (Mediterranean, vegetarian, etc), and voila! It produces a meal plan for the day which includes nutritional information, approximate cost, a grocery list and even a recipe that you can follow.
For example, if you say you would like to eat 3,000 calories spread over 5 meals following a Mediterranean diet, some of your results would include “Simple Caprese Sandwich”, “Carrots with hummus”, and “Teriyaki Garlic Chicken”. Not exactly bland options, amirite?
But there’s also room for customization. If you don’t know whether you should be packing on the calories or watching what you eat, you can hit the site’s “Not sure?” button, which will prompt you to enter in physical stats like height, weight and activity level to tailor a personalized guide for you. You can even customize your diet itself, if vegetarian, paleo or the other options don’t appeal.
There’s also a paid subscription service offered on the site, but the meal planner generator and creating an account are both entirely free.
The only downside? Now you really are out of excuses.