Counting calorie intake

PeteXXX

Cake or ice cream? The choice is endless ...
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Hamtun
Does anyone count their calorie intake on a daily, or weekly, basis?

I eat fairly healthily, but could lower my general food intake now I'm not riding so much (knee issue)

I see on food packaging that a serving is, for example, 60g. I've never actually weighed a 'serving' out to see how small it is.

And we all know that a bottle of wine or a few beers in the evening doesn't get added on to the intake total, don't we...
 

vickster

Legendary Member
Not really, but I do weigh rice & pasta (usually)

i have used myfitnesspal in the past but lost interest due to tedium after about a week (if that)
 

Bill Gates

Guest
Location
West Sussex
Does anyone count their calorie intake on a daily, or weekly, basis?

I eat fairly healthily, but could lower my general food intake now I'm not riding so much (knee issue)

I see on food packaging that a serving is, for example, 60g. I've never actually weighed a 'serving' out to see how small it is.

And we all know that a bottle of wine or a few beers in the evening doesn't get added on to the intake total, don't we...
I've weighed out cheddar cheese to keep within the syn guidelines for losing weight on the slimming world weight loss programme. I kept a food diary and wrote everything on it food and drink wise that I consumed. 60 grams wasn't very much. But then this wasn't a measurement of calories in calories out which is what you are doing. I can't see it working
 

Specialeyes

Über Member
Location
Essex
I use MyFitnessPal online and on my phone. I'm not always totally to-the-calorie accurate but I do enter into it everything that goes into me ^_^
It's probably about as inaccurate as the 'calories burned' counts within Fitbit and Strava, so I always try and leave a wide margin for error - the net result of which is that I'm the lightest I've been in 5 years - still some way to go though :whistle:

The phone app is very handy as you can scan the barcode of any foodstuff that has one and it will have it in its database somewhere. I know some folks are not keen on giving away too much personal information, but it works for me!
 

figbat

Well-Known Member
^^^ This ^^^

I did this when I wanted to lose weight - I was religious about every calorie. I lost 3.5 stones in 6 months through controlled calories and increased exercise. Nothing else - no special food types, no fasting days, no cutting out specific food groups (other than cutting high-calorie snacks simply to keep under my daily limit). Because it was app-based and data-driven it appealed to me (science and tech geek) and became self-competitive. In fact in the end I went a bit far and people starting telling me I'd lost too much, something I am happy to have now corrected. However after spending so much time tracking this stuff it gave me a good sense of what the nutritional content of various foods is, meaning I no longer use the app but can make better choices on an intuitive level.
 

lane

Über Member
Because I eat communally (with the family) and don't always prepare the meals it is not really possible. However because I am trying to loose weight I did have a look at roughly how many calories I should be consuming and the calories in things I commonly eat to give me some idea and I think its been helpful as a bit of a guide. If I did all my own cooking i would probably keep a record.
 

PaulSB

Legendary Member
Does anyone count their calorie intake on a daily, or weekly, basis?

I eat fairly healthily, but could lower my general food intake now I'm not riding so much (knee issue)

I see on food packaging that a serving is, for example, 60g. I've never actually weighed a 'serving' out to see how small it is.

And we all know that a bottle of wine or a few beers in the evening doesn't get added on to the intake total, don't we...
I used to but got board with it. I'm very careful about carbs so for instance I would weigh portions of rice, porridge, pasta. This has two benefits, controlling portion size and reducing waste. My wife guesstimates and there is always too much which gets binned.

I'm not sure how much weight I've lost over how long. At one point I'd reached 88kg, today I'm 69.5kg.

At around the 75/76kg it became very difficult to lose more. Then I changed my diet. I learned about what stimulates the body to store food as fat and why it does this. I also learned to eat according to my activities.

My view is my body is an engine which needs fuel (food). Provide the correct fuel and it will perform well and use all the fuel (food) and won't try to store it. The wrong type of fuel or too little will leave your body looking to protect itself. If the body is regularly stressed by these two it looks to lay down fuel stores for future use - these it stores as fat.

It's possible to increase your calorie intake and reduce weight. The point is to eat the correct calories so as to avoid forcing the body in to storing fuel as fat. Reducing calorie intake and eating the wrong foods can result in weight gain
 

Bill Gates

Guest
Location
West Sussex
I used to but got board with it. I'm very careful about carbs so for instance I would weigh portions of rice, porridge, pasta. This has two benefits, controlling portion size and reducing waste. My wife guesstimates and there is always too much which gets binned.

I'm not sure how much weight I've lost over how long. At one point I'd reached 88kg, today I'm 69.5kg.

At around the 75/76kg it became very difficult to lose more. Then I changed my diet. I learned about what stimulates the body to store food as fat and why it does this. I also learned to eat according to my activities.

My view is my body is an engine which needs fuel (food). Provide the correct fuel and it will perform well and use all the fuel (food) and won't try to store it. The wrong type of fuel or too little will leave your body looking to protect itself. If the body is regularly stressed by these two it looks to lay down fuel stores for future use - these it stores as fat.

It's possible to increase your calorie intake and reduce weight. The point is to eat the correct calories so as to avoid forcing the body in to storing fuel as fat. Reducing calorie intake and eating the wrong foods can result in weight gain
Absolutely. Avoid raising Insulin level
 

YukonBoy

The Monch
Location
Inside my skull
No. If I want to lose weight I cut the beer back. I'm one of those annoying people who doesn't snack between their meals or have biscuits or crisps apart from during long exercise sessions. I feel hungry at times but I don't let that take me to a snack of some sort in a cupboard. Weight stable to within 1/2 stone over the past 30 years. Before that I was a student and about a stone lighter, but then I did eat less back then.
 

presta

Über Member
Does anyone count their calorie intake on a daily, or weekly, basis?
Yes, me.

I have a daily record of my calorie intake, weight, and exercise hours going back over 17 years. It's what enables me to calculate the average calorie consumption data I've posted on here occasionally. I've also used it to calibrate the calorie counters on my Polar heart rate monitors. It was the calorie counter function on a new HRM that originally piqued my interest, followed soon after by the discovery that my calorie intake had been inadequate for the exercise levels I was attempting.
 

Drago

Flouncing Nobber
Location
Valhalla
Never formally counted calories or weighed portions - when I porked a bit last year through surgery induced inactivity I simply ate a bit less. Smaller portions by eye, occasional treats became not-at-all treats, and in 8 weeks I dropped the desired 7 pounds to my previous weight. As I slowly got more active I slowly relaxed the regime.

I'll probably get lynched for suggesting it, but if folk don' have the willpower then all the calorie counting in the world won't help, and if they do have an iron will then they don't need to calorie count that minutely anyway. That's probably why 98% of dieters weigh more after 5 years than they did before the started.
 
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