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2/27/12 3:38 P

They definitely count.

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2/27/12 12:48 P

The vast majority of my calories come from fruits and veggies, so, yes, it's definitely possible to exceed your daily calories by fruits and veggies. A better way to look at it though, is that you've exceeded your daily calories with the other stuff you eat, since fruits and veggies should be a big part of your day.

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2/27/12 11:05 A

It's not just about calories. There's a reason that your Nutrition tracker is called a Nutrition tracker and not just a calorie tracker. You want to know about other nutrients as well. The reason everyone encourages you to eat fruits and veggies isn't just that they're low in calories. They're also a major source of fiber and vitamins and a good source of certain minerals like calcium and potassium. Some have a surprising amount of protein. If you track them, it will encourage you not to think about them (and all your food) as something that "counts against you." Instead you should be looking at them as a way to "get credit" for the "good stuff."

If you're really obsessing on calories and you have a lot of weight left to lose, and you find that counting them makes you not want to eat them, then it probably wouldn't hurt to count the number of veggie servings separately if you stick to the bottom of your Spark range. But if you're within 50 pounds of your goal weight, the calories can make a difference, and you also need to be thinking about changing your mindset to focus more on health and less on calories.

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2/27/12 10:56 A

The only one I personally don't track is celery. I love lima beans and I was blown away at how many calories they have. I guess it is counted as a legume and not a vegetable. Either way, I don't eat them as often as I used too since I've been tracking.

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2/27/12 10:52 A

I popped in here to see what I could eat as free. Thank you for all the info. I will continue to log them in.

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2/27/12 10:19 A

Calories are calories no matter where they come from. Fruits and veggie calories definitely count.

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2/27/12 6:57 A

No, I count everything

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2/27/12 6:32 A

i always count fruit and veggies

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2/27/12 6:26 A

yes they count. Most are few calories but they do add up.

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2/27/12 5:34 A

Yes they do count

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2/25/12 8:25 P

they count

Posts: 5,070
2/25/12 8:23 P

I don't agree with WW on this point. All calories count it is how the food is digested by the body and how your body uses the nutrients contained by the foods.

Posts: 6,065
2/25/12 3:55 P

They still count, but remember they are on the lower end of cals etc. Not sure why WW makes them free, but only when they are NOT part of a recipe, but eaten alone. I can see many veg but not fruit. As a diabetic, I have to count them and can't eat them freely. I still go by the old WW of 2-3 per day!
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2/25/12 3:35 P

Interestingly weight watchers doesn't seem to count any points for fruits and vegetables.

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2/25/12 2:41 P

Vegetables and Fruit have calories and carbs, so they must be counted, too.

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2/25/12 1:48 P

No... calories are calories, it doesn't really matter where they come from.

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2/25/12 1:29 P

No. They all have to be tracked into your overall intake for the day. Keep within your daily ranges.

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2/25/12 1:25 P

Are you able to still have a balanced meal throughout the day & also have addtional fruits & veggie intake that could make you go pass you calorie/carb/protein intake recommended per day & still have your diet work? I heard that veggies & fruits don't count against you!

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