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Calories - to count or not to count??

Postby PumpkinKitty » Fri Nov 14, 2008 11:21 pm

Hi all,

Am wondering what has and hasn't worked for others in relation to counting calories.

I tried counting calories a couple of years ago, but it was too difficult.
It was so complicated working out what a serve ended up "costing" when it was made and then split into different sized portions for different people. Also, I found it too hard to stick to counting because so much of the counting was guesswork - "Is this a large or a medium apple?" And there was no way I was going to be weighing every single ingredient in a meal to then be able to work out how many calories made up the meal etc.

Yet I hear so much stuff about reduce the calorie intake etc etc and increase the calorie output etc etc.

How am I supposed to know what goes in and what I expend if I don't count? But how am I supposed to count when it's so complicated?

Advice? Thoughts?


Re: Calories - to count or not to count??

Postby Czarina » Sat Nov 15, 2008 5:18 pm

I'm definitely in the calorie counting camp. For me, it takes a load off my mind knowing that I am consuming what I need to lose weight - and lose it the healthy way. At first it was a bit annoying weighing and counting, etc, but I got used to it. To make it easier on myself I've got a book where I record the calories for different meals, so it wasn't long before I had the information for just about every meal I make! I also thought weighing everything would be something I wasn't willing to do, but now I have a great set of kitchen scales and I love them! It's just such a relief for me at the end of the day to know for sure that I'm doing the right thing, I think about food a lot less and don't worry about the whole thing nearly as much! But that's just me...
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Re: Calories - to count or not to count??

Postby PumpkinKitty » Sat Nov 15, 2008 11:04 pm

Thanks for the reply Czarina,

I'm glad counting calories works for you and that you have been able to make it work.

I am considering trying to count calories again, but I really am not looking forward to it. Anyone got any suggestions on how to make it easier and simpler than what it was for me last time?

Thanks again.

Re: Calories - to count or not to count??

Postby conscientia » Sun Nov 16, 2008 12:22 pm

I have used CalorieKing only for like a week now but it is awesome! I had no clue about counting calories and this fancy little thing does all the hard work for me lol

I just input my meal plans for the day first thing in the morning so not only does it count the calories, it gives me an outline to stik to so I am less likely to stray and just eat whatever

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Re: Calories - to count or not to count??

Postby PumpkinKitty » Mon Nov 17, 2008 3:59 pm

Thanks conscientia - will have to check it out.

I wonder if I start by putting in at night to see what I am eating, then move to doing it in the morning, if that might help me see where I am going haywire.

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