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I tried myfitnesspal but found it really clunky in comparison. At least when I was searching for foods (doesn't come up as you type). But before long I was similar to you and repeating a lot of meals so it wasn't that necessary.I use myfitnesspal. It's really great for counting calories and macros. But since I eat the same meals all the time, I don't use it on a dialy basis. I have different types of meals (all either 1000 or 1500 calories) that I repeat all the time, so I just know by heart what my daily calories are (when I don't eat out, or binge eat all the cheese that is in my fridge).
Not currently, but when I was working out how to get my cholesterol down without drugs (which enraged my doctor so much that he turned purple yelling at me and I had to find a new doctor), I tracked everything: calories, fiber, sugar, each type of fat, carbs, protein, etc and calculated percentages every day.
Yes, I am amazed (appalled) how this all adds up. A fried egg is 110 KCal compared to soft boiled of 70 Kcal. Same egg with oil added makes such difference.I did, and it honestly changed my life.
Apologies for the UK weight methods! To put it in perspective, the upper part of this (where I started tracking in MFP) was 242lbs (110kg), and the lower part is 180lbs (81.5kg). At my heaviest (before I began using MFP, I was 287lbs (130kg).
Although my weight loss was also macro-focused, a calorific deficit is the only real way to shed fat (backed by science).
MFP gave me a HUGE amount of knowledge with regards to what I was consuming, and understanding how good/terrible for you some surprising foods genuinely are!
Although I don't track currently, I'm maintaining my weight. After a couple of years with understanding what I'm consuming and keeping a pretty basic diet, I've finally learned how to control this. If I gain a little, I know how to lose it again without needing to calorie-count religiously.
Even if you don't plan to track calories forever, I guarantee it'll be eye-opening to learn what you're consuming daily. Always track every single crumb, drop, or 'treat' that enters your mouth. I'm willing to bet you'll be surprised at how quickly it all adds up!
Sorry for the late reply to this, things were a little hectic at the time!
Try giving cauliflower rice a try. It sounds crazy, but I learned to really enjoy it, especially mixed with some herbs and spices. We can buy it frozen in the UK so I'm sure it'll be the same there.Yes, I am amazed (appalled) how this all adds up. A fried egg is 110 KCal compared to soft boiled of 70 Kcal. Same egg with oil added makes such difference.
I changed from white rice to brown rice thinking it is healthier, but it actually has more Calories! I still eat brown rice for the nutrition, but cut down on the portion. Another thing is milk. I am big on milk - calcium, builds muscle what sort but it can also be high in Calorie.
Ah, counting Calories is so fun!
I definitely agree with this. Keto is a game-changer if you're willing to put the effort in. I won't ever listen to anyone who says that they 'can't' lose weight anymore.For those that are interested in weight loss. Read up on keto and (intermittent) fasting. Those are great tools to lose weight fast. After that I still recommend/use just countin calories to keep a healthy weight, because not eating or not eating carbs can be difficult in social situations.
This is what drives me crazy because I cook my own meals and it's so time consuming, I wonder if most of the people just scan barcodes for their hot pockets lol. Most of the time I'll just list the recipe ingredients on the log, if I log at all... Lose It came up with a photo feature that tries to identify what's in the plate but it still has a long way to go.I used MyFitnessPal to do it, but it was kind of a hassle, as I had to create listings for all of the foods I cooked that contained multiple ingredients and do all the math myself the first time.
Weigh each ingredient on a scale. Put it into the system Toss it into whatever you're making. Then when you're done making whatever you're cooking, weigh it to figure out how many calories/macros are there per gram.This is what drives me crazy because I cook my own meals and it's so time consuming, I wonder if most of the people just scan barcodes for their hot pockets lol. Most of the time I'll just list the recipe ingredients on the log, if I log at all... Lose It came up with a photo feature that tries to identify what's in the plate but it still has a long way to go.
Weighing the food! That’s detail to the king. I’ve only gotten to looking at nutrition facts, getting there.MyFitnessPal + This:
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MyFitnessPal isn't enough for counting calories. You need to weigh and record exactly how much of something you're putting in. For example, 50 grams of peanut butter looks almost the same as 100 grams. That's why you need to scale.
For me, counting "calories" (protein, carbs, fats, etc), is the absolute easiest to hit fitness goals. Nothing else comes close.
I’ve been recording for two weeks now and this is what my calories intake look like, according to Fitbit I am burning about 3000 calories daily. The watch says I easily walk >10,000 steps a day, probably factoring the 30 minute cardio and gym, almost daily.I use Lose It, but at this point I mostly ignore the notifications. Half because logging gets old pretty fast and half because I tend to eat the same stuff on rotation so I already have an idea of how I do each meal. I'm always somewhere between 1200-1500 which is either deficit or maintenance.
If you're looking at weight loss, I'd recommend ignoring how many calories it says you're burning a day. These apps are known for over-reporting and other than a rough idea from step/cardio tracking, I'd never use them as a guide.I’ve been recording for two weeks now and this is what my calories intake look like, according to Fitbit I am burning about 3000 calories daily. The watch says I easily walk >10,000 steps a day, probably factoring the 30 minute cardio daily.
== daily calorie intake ==
1700, 2200, 2000, 1800, 2100, 2200, 1100, 1400, 2000, 1600, 2500, 1600, 4000, 1600, 1800, today.....
I've always tried to do keto-ish diet or do intermitten-ish fasting, but I think due to my indiscipline it never really got anywhere. Congrats to you for being able to do it with micro counting! To each his ownI do not. April of 2019 I was at 230lbs with high cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, wore 40/32 jeans (I'm 5' 9" tall) all of the things that a person would call "unhealthy". Today (December 24, 2019), I am 178lbs with perfect blood work and wear 32/32 slim fit jeans. How? I got rid of the carbs. Pretty much keto and intermittent fasting. I don't count calories, so I'm not a strict ketogenist (Is that a word?). I follow Dr. Ken Berry on YouTube. After my weight got to 185lbs, I started working out at the gym because I wanted some nice muscle form. The wife, and friends, are amazed. BTW, I'm 53 years old and co-workers at work are jealous.
It's my opinion that calorie counting is a waste of time and calories in versus calories out is a myth. It's WHAT you eat that determines your body weight and body fat. But, like I said, that's my opinion. My results speak louder than words.
When I do, I notice all the dumb stuff I eat, and my habits change for the better. It's a pain in the a$$ though, so I usually track them when I know I need to. Otherwise, I find I'm wasting my time counting after a couple of weeks.
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