Do you keep a food log?

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    Jan 17, 2011 3:49 PM GMT
    I've decided to get back into this and have a question:

    What does your food log look like? Do you account for everything you eat? Do you also enter the serving size? Do you tally the fat, carb, and protein totals?

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  • momewrath

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    Jan 17, 2011 3:54 PM GMT
    I try to keep one, but I'm really bad at keeping track. My sister got me the livestrong.com iPhone app so I usually just use that. Pretty good resource for all the information you need in their database.
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    Jan 17, 2011 4:16 PM GMT
    It's a great idea to keep one. I did for several months and will start again this week.

    I kept track of all foods, beverages, vitamins, everything I digested. It's quite an eye opening experience.
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    Jan 17, 2011 4:26 PM GMT
    yes

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  • Latenight30

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    Jan 17, 2011 4:35 PM GMT
    The best source that I have found for food logging is Body For Life.
    Or try an App on the ole IPhone/Pad
  • ChicagoCarl

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    Jan 17, 2011 4:43 PM GMT
    I actually keep a food log through Weight Watchers. They have online e-tools that pretty much have the nutritional information for every type of food. And since they are based on a points system they have a calculator that figure out based on Fat/Carb/Protein/Fiber.

    It is quite handy and when I am honest and write everything down I lose about a pound a week.
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    Jan 17, 2011 4:45 PM GMT
    I do keep a log, on line, at WeightWatchers. I've been using it for 5 years. First, when I was trying to lose weight (I was 218 lbs), I recorded everything, including mints and chewing gum. It definitely included portions, since, if the goal is to lose weight, portions obviously matter. As time went on, and I was in "maintenance mode" I stopped recording every day, but by then I was so good at it, I could keep track in my mind. When my weight started to creep up again, I started tracking again, and was able to lose/maintain better. Since I've put on about 12 lbs from my low 4 years ago, I want to lose about 10 lbs, and I've started tracking everything all over again.

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    Jan 17, 2011 6:00 PM GMT
    I kept a food log on fitday.com when I was leaning out last year. I weighed my food down to the gram and kept my caloric intake at 2000 calories a day, averaged out over a week (more food on gym days, less on days off). I dropped 13 pounds in 10 weeks.
  • iHavok

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    Jan 17, 2011 6:04 PM GMT
    Generally I list what I eat, but leave it at that. I've noticed when I am going to list what i'm eating I do check serving size, calories, fat, etc., more than when I'm not keeping a list. i've also noticed it makes me eat more often, oddly enough.
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    Jan 17, 2011 6:10 PM GMT
    I used to keep an excel file with everything I eat. After a few months I noticed that I am always eating the same things over and over again. I started to memorize what food has how many fat, carb, and protein. Once I got to this point I just stopped tracking since I can do it mentally.
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    Jan 17, 2011 7:38 PM GMT
    I don't. My daily diet is fairly consistent. I honestly do not like eating and I dislike even more having to eat the voluminous amount of food I eat now. So keeping a record of it would just be repetitious in my case.
  • TexasBoeuf

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    Jan 17, 2011 7:56 PM GMT
    I do it in reverse. I calculated my needs out and put it in a spreadsheet. Put together example foods that meet those goals. For the most part I eat the same stuff day to day...same breakfast each day, half a pound of chicken at lunch. I can prepare that many ways. I try to take more of an estimation approach. Know what I should eat and try to eat within those guidelines.
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    Jan 17, 2011 8:09 PM GMT
    AvadaKedavra saidI used to keep an excel file with everything I eat. After a few months I noticed that I am always eating the same things over and over again. I started to memorize what food has how many fat, carb, and protein. Once I got to this point I just stopped tracking since I can do it mentally.


    This is what I did. I made a chart of the most common things I ate. I threw together a bunch of different scenarios that would meet my goals in terms of calories, protein, carbs, etc. Once I had tracked a week I just kind of went into autopilot because now I know what it "feels" like, if that makes sense. It does help that I eat a lot of the same meals regularly (for example, grilled chicken and broccoli for dinner at least three/four times a week). If you need constant variety it is probably better to track it as you go.
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    Jan 18, 2011 4:51 AM GMT
    Food diaries never worked for me. They take way too much time, and they vary a lot anyway.

    I just try to stay mildly hungry all day long then take a decent amount of protein before I go to sleep, so I don't wake up ultra hungry. It works fine for me, but if worse comes to worse, I just use the Atkins/keto diet. No need to count calories there.
  • neosyllogy

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    Jan 18, 2011 4:56 AM GMT
    I measure out the calories per meal, and make sure I'm getting enough protein, etc., but I don't keep a log I can go back to. Not exactly sure why I would. I guess it could be a little bit useful, but if I'm keeping track of every meal and number of meals a day the math will always add up anyway.
    Could be fun to go back and see what you've been eating though, more power to those who are doing it. Good gut check. (drum roll)
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    Jan 18, 2011 5:09 AM GMT
    The last food log I made had corn and peanuts in it.
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    Jan 18, 2011 5:17 AM GMT
    There's an app for that! Lol, I use an app called Muscle Gain and adjusted it to what my diet is. Does a great job and really showed me how much g Of fat I was constantly going over. Now that I have the right meal plan in place I don't track as much as I used to, but I know what I'm eating is ok nutritionally from experimenting with the app.
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    Jan 18, 2011 5:19 AM GMT
    OtterJoq saidThe last food log I made had corn and peanuts in it.


    this literally made me LOL.
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    Jan 18, 2011 5:40 AM GMT
    AvadaKedavra said
    OtterJoq saidThe last food log I made had corn and peanuts in it.


    this literally made me LOL.

    Then my job here is done!
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    Jan 18, 2011 3:49 PM GMT
    I've been using the iFitness app on my iPod Touch. It works well enough at keeping track of what I'm doing. Workouts, weight, food logs, etc. The food tracker's database of food items is pretty extensive. Opened my eyes to my sodium intake which I have taken for granted. It graphs trends for you as well. Check it out!
  • jofaz

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    Jan 19, 2011 7:05 AM GMT
    fatsecret.com with apps for android,ios and blackberry, I've used it every day for over a year now
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    Jan 22, 2011 1:11 PM GMT
    its difficult to lose weight!icon_biggrin.gif
  • RunnerMD

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    Jan 22, 2011 1:33 PM GMT
    I second the use of fitday.com for logging food and exercise. It has a very thorough food database (which you can add custom stuff to), easy interface, and now an iPhone app too! I sadly only do this when I'm in a "getting healthy" or "healthy" phase. Who wants to write that they didn't exercise for weeks on end and shoveled Peanut M&M's into their face icon_smile.gif.
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    Jan 22, 2011 7:16 PM GMT
    I think if you didn't look at all of those things and keep track of everything you ate/drank it would defeat the purpose of keeping a food log...
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    Jan 22, 2011 7:21 PM GMT
    No.