Keeping Track Of Your Foods...

  • inuman

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    Jan 19, 2010 7:30 PM GMT
    Hey guys, so as the new year slowly but surely roles by, I was wondering if anyone keeps track of what they are eating and what exactly is it their foods?

    Example I use a program called CRON-o-Meter for my Macbook Pro and its a good program and have and do keep track of what my guy and I eat because we wanna be fit again so that we don't have to hit the gym for the month of July as that's when we do a lot of traveling around.

    Sometimes though I think why bother because we don't get to eat all the things we used to like chips, pop, chocolate bars lol but at the same time thinking about it makes me a bit ill that we gorged that much last year icon_confused.gif


    So do you guys keep track of what you eat and if so how detailed do you keep it?
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    Jan 19, 2010 10:22 PM GMT
    I find that generally, that if you have the balls(self control, determination, etc) you do not need to use such tools as they aren't fun, take time and can cost a good 40$ for the software.

    you know apples are good for you and that chocolate bars are bad.

    but i think that keeping track of every detail for a span of say a week can be useful.

    what you think you ate and what you actually ate(on paper) are two completely different things.

    i do it occasionally to keep on track but i like to think i have a good idea of my consumption.

    i would just keep track of your diet one week out of 8 just so as to understand your eating habits more

    ... but if you have the time and discipline to do it all day everyday, go hard, i guess
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    Jan 19, 2010 10:30 PM GMT
    I've never bothered to keep track of what I eat -- it takes too much effort. What's worked best for me is just taking care of the problem at the source: the grocery store. Don't buy junk food and it doesn't have a chance to get into your body. I cheat when I dine out with friends, which works for me, since it's still usually reasonably healthy and I enjoy the experience more since I'm only doing it maybe once a week.
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    Jan 20, 2010 12:31 AM GMT
    *looking around nervously*
    ... that sounds frighteningly a lot like math... icon_eek.gif
    I think I need the comfort of a cookie before I go to the gym
  • inuman

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    Jan 21, 2010 1:06 AM GMT
    The program I use its free for the Mac, so not paying for it. The thing is that it is hard to use at first but over time it becomes easy to use like all programs at first.

    Like I posted in another thread I've learned to add a cheat day for us but its not unhealthy things, we'll have things like ice cream, popcorn, fruit cups, subway, things that are more on the healthy side of things. icon_cool.gif
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    Mar 05, 2010 5:45 AM GMT
    I normally don't eat cooked food. I been eating alot of raw food lately. You really can't get fat on a raw diet.
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    Mar 08, 2010 1:16 AM GMT
    I've been eating an ad libitum paleo diet for a number of years now, and my weight stays in a very narrow range. That leaves my body fat right around 15%, which while not unhealthy, is not aesthetically pleasing to me. So, I used FitDay.com to see what I was actually consuming, and I naturally eat 2500 to 2600 calories a day.

    For the next few months, I'm going to eat 2000 calories a day with one cheat meal per week and see if I can lean out a bit. It's a hassle measuring out all my food down to the gram, but if I don't, I know I'll end up eating more than I should. I can definitely feel the caloric restriction, but with calories at 22-25% protein and only 10-14% carbs, the hunger pangs are very mild.
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    Mar 08, 2010 6:40 AM GMT
    I also use Fitday and I've found that I can't lose weight without it. I have a natural tendency to want to lie to myself about how much I'm eating if I don't track every bit of what I eat. Before I started rigorously tracking what I eat every day I had a really hard time seriously losing weight. I'd lose some, but it wasn't what I needed. I think if anything that food tracking for me is as much part of an overall process for losing weight as anything else, because when I'm tracking my food I'm also tracking my exercises, meaning that I commit myself to exercising more.

    As to the stringency of my tracking, I largely have to make estimates about how much I'm eating, as I don't have access to a food scale nor accurate measuring cups. But I'm not so worried about that, as I think general, close estimations work well enough at this point; I weighed things and measured them enough back in the states for me to be able to reasonably estimate them now.
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    Mar 25, 2010 7:25 PM GMT
    I'm using the "Lose It!" iPhone app. Totally free and connects to the Lose It! website. Great graphing/reporting/charting, and awesome food selections for brand names and restaurants. Really a great app. Especially for free!

    http://www.apptism.com/apps/lose-it
  • DrewT

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    Mar 25, 2010 7:41 PM GMT
    If you have a smartphone, most of have apps for counting your calories for you. I don't count my calories everyday, since I typically eat healthy, but every once in a while, I'll keep track for a few days of what I eat. Most of the time, it's that I don't eat enough.

    And when you keep track you try to eat better anyways icon_smile.gif

    Oh, yeah about the chips and pop and chocolate bars. I gave up potatoes (for the most part) recently, and soda years ago. It's not to say I don't have them, but when I do it's a treat. Water is so much better to drink! icon_biggrin.gif Don't give up chocolate, just have small doses, like a small square or two a day.
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    Mar 25, 2010 7:44 PM GMT
    I just follow the meal plan my trainer designed for me. I preparing for my first bodybuilding comp and while I am trying to put on as much clean weight as I can, my diet is really boring and bland. It really consists of chicken, broccoli, eggs, brown rice, oatmeal etc with barely any seasoning. I eat a lot and its pretty healthy.
  • Csrobbie2000

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    Mar 25, 2010 7:56 PM GMT
    look_alive saidI'm using the "Lose It!" iPhone app. Totally free and connects to the Lose It! website. Great graphing/reporting/charting, and awesome food selections for brand names and restaurants. Really a great app. Especially for free!

    http://www.apptism.com/apps/lose-it


    I'm using Lose It! and I love it. Great app!!!
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    Mar 26, 2010 6:03 AM GMT
    I use the drawing pad on my phone (LG EnV Touch) to make a table of the food groups every day, then add tally marks for each serving of each group. If I need to make a note I type it in the notepad program.

    For example, I'm currently doing the RJ 1800 calorie plan, so I aim for 6 grain and starch, 4 fruit, 2 dairy, 5 veggies, 14 very lean meats and 6 healthy fats. When I use the fat category to record unhealthy fats or the extra fat in, say, corned beef I make the tally marks red instead of white to remind myself that I could have made a better choice.
  • Rush_

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    Mar 26, 2010 6:10 AM GMT
    I use paper and pencil...the Gold's Gym workout journal is awesome!

    I really only track calories, protein, fat, carbs and when I had the meal (as well as the foods I had). Nothing too fancy...