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I hate counting calories.

I've tried to count calories, but I always end up doing it for a day or so and then quiting. I find that it takes too much time and all the enjoyment about eating.
However, I have the hunch that I'm not consuming enough.
Is there a way to estimate my intake to make sure I'm not undercutting my metabolism w/o writing down every little calorie?


Sat. Feb 18, 2:39am

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I guess in time you get to know the calories of the food you're eating
one serving of yogurt is between 80-100 cal, one protein bar is about 150-170, one egg, 70, ww toast, 80 per slice, one thick slice lunch meat, around 100 +-, coffee, practically nothing, so I don't even count. (3 cups, black is about 15)
use one of the online calorie counters for a wk... log all that you eat and pay attention to the calories, and how you feel after each meal. I think after a wk of religious logging, you'll get a good idea of how many calories are in the foods you eat most. then you can sort of guestimate your daily calorie goals with out logging so diligently. if your diet allows for 1400 a day, you'll soon know what you can eat to get there.

Saturday, February 18, 2006, 8:57 AM

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I never count them. Would make me too obsessive. I eyeball portions using my hand and palm.

Saturday, February 18, 2006, 9:19 AM

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So, if you eyeball portions, how do you make sure you're getting enough? I try to do portion size, but I'm not sure I'm doing it correctly. How do you know how many portions you need?
-op

Saturday, February 18, 2006, 11:52 AM

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here's a handy-dandy chart listing portion sizes & how you can figure them out without measuring... (link below)

Link

Saturday, February 18, 2006, 7:08 PM

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I hate counting calories.

what makes you think you're not consuming enough? are you underweight? do you feel ill or unwell? has a doctor or nutritionist said to you that you that you should eat more?
maybe you're at the right weight for you, and even consuming the right amount of food and calories. most people on PT want to lose weight. you may be part of the lucky minority who don't need to.

Saturday, February 18, 2006, 8:04 PM

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