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Calorie Counting for Newbies!

For all you master calorie counters can you give me some tips on how you deal with eating out at restaurants? Do you weigh all your portions like veggies, meats, etc and then calculate all the calories?

Do you plan them all out for the day at once or just decide as you go along?

How do u figure out recipes that dont give you the calorie info?


Thu. Apr 26, 1:57pm

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I know how many calories I plan to eat in a day (1300 for me), and I divide it up into how many I can eat in any "segment" of my day. That makes it easier to plan meals on the go, etc. When I go to restaurants, I try to look at their menu beforehand to know the calorie count (mostly this is for lunch, which is fast food around here; usually soup from Au Bon Pain, or a sushi roll, when I don't bring something of my own.)

If I go over in any one segment, I make it up in one of the others.

For example, I aim for 300 calories at breakfast, 500 calories during the work day (including lunch - that way, I have room for snacks if I'm hungry and eat a small lunch), and 500 calories after work, including dinner.

I actually don't count the calories in dinner too much, or the calories in complicated recipes, I just try to estimate what a healthy portion size would be (usually half as much as I think it should be!), and try to incorporate healthy but filling foods, and not snack aimlessly (which is a bad habit of mine).

But, I'm not a super-strict calorie counter, so it's hard to say.

For breakfast, I will measure with measuring cups if I'm eating cereal, oatmeal, granola, etc. I know an egg is 80 calories, just because I know. I know how many calories are in a slice of the bread that I buy. I know a wedge of light laughing cow cheese is 35 calories (and is enough to spread over an entire mini bagel, which I know is 130 calories).

I have some typical easy meals, and I stick to them much of the time. A mini bagel with a wedge of light laughing cow for breakfast (total of 165 cals), a lean pocket (150 cals), a bowl of granola (half cup is 180 cals) with some skim, some oatmeal (uncooked) mixed in with some yogurt, etc. 2 eggs cooked in PAM on a slice of toast (260 cals). A can of soup (says the total on the label).

I do not eat enough veggies/fruits; I know this. These are just a couple examples of filling and low-cal meals.

Thursday, April 26, 2007, 2:41 PM

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Thank You!

Thursday, April 26, 2007, 3:44 PM

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