CommunityBrowse groupsBlogEtiquetteInvite Your friendsSuccess Stories

Lounge
Community 


Ideas on easy calorie counting?

I'm in great shape, 5 7, 138, 20% body fat. I want to compete in a figure competition and am having a hard time counting macros (calories, carbs, fats etc)
I measure, I weigh, I write it down, I come to work, I go onto calorie count.com, i calculate how much of what I ate, then I have to average it out, then write it down. I eat 5- 6 times a day, and alot of the things I eat are combinations of several ingredients.........its sooo complicated and i cant seem to get the patience down. So by noon, I give up, cause i've spent an hour researching the internet for the specific ingredient.

Ideas?? I wish I had a "electronic chip" in my mouth, where everything I put in it, it'd say oh 4 egg whites, and add up all the fat, carbs and protien in the chip,. Then at the end of the day I'd click a button that says TOTAL ALL for the day..................


Fri. Apr 11, 2:29pm

Add comment  
I'd say come up with a list of things you want to eat - do all the calculations for those foods and be done with it for awhile. Another option is to buy a food scale that does all that work for you. The scale I have allows you to compute a single food, all the ingredients in a particular food, an entire meal, or an entire day.

Fitday.com will also do this for you, but you still have to do all the work of finding the food on their database and so on.

I'm guessing no matter which way you go - it still takes a little work.

I love the chip idea - some day, perhaps!!


Friday, April 11, 2008, 2:48 PM

Add comment
KISS - LESS variety

I just read in Muscle and Fitness "diet succes is a matter of repetition"
I agree with 2:48 make a limited list
Variety is WAY overrated - I eat the same thing Mon-Friday 6 am to 6 pm then am careful about dinner as about 600 cals. and weekends same - lost tons of weight and weigh less than and can bench more than in high school.
Use Calorie King or http://www.thedailyplate.com

Keep it simple - why eat too many different things - there is NO proven benefit

Friday, April 11, 2008, 3:19 PM

Add comment
I agree at first you just have to do the work to memorize what is in everything. I too eat pretty much the same foods so I know most of it by heart now. I always over estimate on things like salads where it is a handful of veggies and fruit because i dont have the patience to weigh it out. and if something new comes across my plate I google it.
That is actually how i found PT - googling calorie content for something the wiki came up.

Friday, April 11, 2008, 3:22 PM

Add comment
thanks for all your help...I went to thedailyplate, registered, went to log in my steel cut oats, and all they had listed was 1 cup, and I had half.....so i logged out lol.....I am just gonna have to suck it up and do the manual work.

Thanks

Friday, April 11, 2008, 3:36 PM

Add comment
on the daily plate, you can enter in the portion that you ate ... it doesn't have to be the full 1 cup. when you select that item, it will add it to your list. under that item, it asks for the portion. so you would put .5 and it will calculate for you. love dailyplate!

Friday, April 11, 2008, 3:45 PM

Add comment
Very important issue

This was an issue that really made a difference in keeping the weight off. I just couldn't stay on a healthy eating plan that took most of my energy to figure out and write down. I bought a software program that allows you to make meal plans. You can enter in your own foods and serving sizes or choose from the database to create you meal plans. I made up some meals that are basically low cal, low fat. I have meal plans, about 2 each for Mexican, Italian, Arabic, American, Asian all with approximately the same calorie count. So when I deciding what to eat I just go through the different nationalities, then plug that meal plan into my software daily log. After awhile you know the recipes and can calculate in your head if you are away from your computer. The balance between variety and routine is very important. You can't have so much variety that it is a huge colossal decision every time you go to eat, prepare and keep a record of, and you can't have it so routine that it is boring. Good It take some time to figure it out but once it is done it is a great advantage to keeping it off for life. It took me about a year to put together really healthy interesting recipes before I finally came to a natural stopping point.

Friday, April 11, 2008, 3:54 PM

Add comment
Memorize some of the basics, and round stuff up to the next 25 for ease of adding. Or I try and combine two foods that make a simple match to round to a nearest 100.

Dannon light yogurt: 60 + small orange: 40 = 100
serving of crackers: 125 + cheese: 75 = 200
2/3 cup oatbran: 260 + blueberries: 40 = 300
Veggies: 125 + 1/2 cup pasta sauce: 75 = 200

Friday, April 11, 2008, 5:07 PM

Add comment
I suggest getting a food scale.

I use a combination of my food scale and calorieking.com (if the item doesn't have the nutritional information with it)

calorieking.com is usually measure in g and oz...sometimes other things too.

I also usually eat the same things over and over again...keeps me on track.


Friday, April 11, 2008, 6:53 PM

Add comment
thedailyplate.com is brilliant, it's free onlin, and has most major food brands, generic food stuffs and restaurant chains. it has calorie content, fat and protein for most of the food. I find it absolutely invaluble

Link

Monday, April 28, 2008, 6:38 AM

Add comment
I agree about The Daily Plate!!

Monday, April 28, 2008, 11:09 AM

Add comment
wow - surprised no one has mentioned www.nutritiondata.com

You add foods to your "pantry", and then you can easily enter how much of each one you ate, and it gives you a total breakdown, just like a nutrition label on packaged food. They also have some other visuals and text...might not be of interest to you, but one of them shows the % of cals from cabs/fat/protein.

The most time-consuming thing is setting up your pantry, but even that is easy, and once you've done it, you will only have to add things as you eat new things.

~B

Link

Monday, April 28, 2008, 3:59 PM

Add comment
Good calorie counting programs came up in one of my groups - wondered if anyone else has an opinion! I'm going to bump this thread, but also start one with another name, a name more specific to my question.

Monday, June 09, 2008, 8:51 AM

Add comment

Next: Click Here For Recipes That Help You Lose Weight
New: The PEERtrainer Cheat System
The PEERtrainer Cheat System is a new, simple to follow system for eating. The objective is to help guide you towards a way of eating that will make it easier to lose weight, give you more energy and help you feel better. It is free, easy to follow, and a little unusual and controversial. Most of all it is working. This link will take you to a blog post where you can download a FREE copy of the Cheat System Diet Cookbook! The Cheat System has also been turned into a major book to be published May 6th, 2014. According to Srini Pillay, MD, Harvard Medical School: "It works in a real way with how human psychology works...I love that it relates closely to how the brain likes to function... without crazy effort and with significant short-term gains."
Here is a preview of the cover:

Cheatcover

You can get started on the system for free by clicking on this banner:

peertrainer cheat system

"Gives you the template to lose weight without sending your hormones in a disastrous death spiral."

-Sara Gottfried, MD, NY Times Best Selling Author

"The Cheat System Diet is brilliant! Jackie Wicks understands how the brain works, and how habits are developed in the real world."

--Steven Masley, MD, Assistant Professor University South Florida

 






Explore Related Articles
Weight Loss Motivation   Sustainable Weight Loss
Weight Lifting    Hypnosis and Weight Loss
Emotional Eating   Help Losing Weight
Free Weight Loss Program   Weight Watchers Points  NutriSystem
How To Change Anything

weight loss coaching


New Services and Offerings From PEERtrainer:

1) How To Achieve Sustainable Weight Loss This is a new 12 week program that helps you solve the mental blockages that are prevent many from sustainable weight loss. The most interesting thing about the program is what participants are saying and you can click on the link to read them.

2) Tip Of The Day Weight Loss Coaching Program-- This is a daily email program that helps to reinforce fundamentals as well as gives you practical tips each day. We are getting GREAT feedback from subscribers.

3) What Are Your Odds Of Losing Weight?-- Take the PEERtrainer Coaching Quiz Now!

4) Tip Of The Day Blog-- We update this each day with responses to specific questions from our coaching subscribers and customer.

5) New Diet and Weight Loss Content-- We have launched a new diet section that organizes the growing amount of content on the site. When you click in the most important areas are highlighted.









Related Content:

How To Lose Weight- The Basics
Weight Watchers Points System
The Fat Smash Diet
The Eat To Live Diet
The Beck Diet Solution
How To Get The Motivation To Lose Weight

 

How To Be Successful Using PEERtrainer

How To Burn Fat
Online Weight Loss Support- How It Works
Does Green Tea Help You Lose Weight?
Tips On Using PEERtrainer
Visit The PEERtrainer Community
Diet and Fitness Resources

Fitness

Weight Watchers Meetings
Learning To Inspire Others: You Already Are
Writing Down Your Daily Workouts
Spending Money On A Personal Trainer?
How I Became A Marathon Runner

 

Preventive Health

How To Prevent Injuries During Your Workout
Flu Season: Should You Take The Flu Shot?
Are You Really Ready To Start PEERtrainer?
Super Foods That Can Boost Your Energy
Reversing Disease Through Nutrition

New Diet and Fitness Articles:

Weight Watchers Points Plus
How To Adjust Your Body To Exercise
New: Weight Watchers Momentum Program
New: PEERtrainer Blog Archive
Review Of The New Weight Watchers Momentum Program
 

Weight Loss Motivation by Joshua Wayne:

Why Simple Goal Setting Is Not Enough
How To Delay Short Term Gratification
How To Stay Motivated
How To Exercise With A Busy Schedule

Real World Nutrition and Fitness Questions

Can Weight Lifting Help You Lose Weight?
Are Protein Drinks Safe?
Nutrition As Medicine?
 

Everyday Weight Loss Tips

How To Eat Healthy At A Party
How To Eat Out And Still Lose Weight
The Three Bite Rule
Tips On How To Stop A Binge






PEERtrainer Is A Free and Powerful Online System For
Weight Loss Support

Click Here To Learn More and Join!