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DIDS70
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11/8/12 1:25 P

I don't count calories and haven't in the past two years. For laughs and giggles, i will track some of what I eat here just to see how it pans out, but since this site follows for the most part the standard american diet, I always have large gaps in my nutrition at least according to SP. For some reason, this site tells me I get too many carbs, not enough fat and not enough protein. All i get comes from my greens, fruits, nuts and seeds. Occassionally I may eat a piece of grass fed beef or chicken or pacific fish. (no bottom feeders or farm raised which is a reason I don't eat a lot of meat since it can get expensive)

Through my research I have learned that the protein received from greens is more readily absorbed and used by the body than meat.

I tried to see what a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle on here would be like, but they suggested TOFU-- never never never will I eat any soy products.

So maybe years ago calories were extremely important to me especially when I followed this site and WW religiously but since I went raw, calories mean almost nothing to me. As long as I am getting true living foods my body loves me.



MIAMIUBELLE
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11/8/12 1:11 P

When I was a teen, the quantity of my calories mattered most. I mean, it was pretty twisted thinking since I was an elite-level athlete, but that's how it was. Now I don't watch calories like a hawk because I'm moving toward Paleo and at my goal wait, but I follow the concept Vixenlicious does: 90% of my food is quality, 10% is treats!



-VIXEN-
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11/8/12 12:16 P

I watch the quantity and quality of my calories. I stay within my range and try to make sure 90% of what I eat is good fuel for my body. The remaining 10% can be the little extras that make life sweet. :)



NERAYANA
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11/8/12 11:50 A

I used to count calories so I wouldn't eat too many. Now I count calories so I would eat ENOUGH. I ate over 3000 calories of fruit today and feel AWESOME! Fruit ftw! :D



CMCOLE
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11/8/12 8:56 A

I try to look at the whole package - not just calories.

A 100-cal banana or apple is much preferred by the body than a bag of cookies, and contains more usable nutrients, I think



HOPE541
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11/7/12 8:40 P

Yes because only when I count calories do I actually lose weight.



MMEEAAGGX3
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11/7/12 8:35 P

Of course they are, it's a science. People think there's some magic behind losing/maintain/gaining weight, but it's all scientific. Take in more calories than you burn = Gain. Take in an equal amount = Maintain. Take in a smaller amount (within reason) = Lose.



STEPHEN_NANNY
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11/7/12 7:22 P

I would love to meet the overweight person who got there as a result of too many fruits and veggies.



SCTK519
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11/7/12 7:11 P

Calories are really important as there is a limit to how many fruits & veggies you can eat before you begin to gain weight.



GOPINTOS
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11/7/12 7:07 P

I can't wait for maintenance. I am hoping I will be able to not watch so closely also, but for now for weight loss goals, I have to. I may have different macros/calorie goals/needs as I get more into the fitness/body composition also.



PARISAPRIL1
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11/7/12 4:57 P

I don't watch calories at all. I just eat real foods. I buy whole veggies, meats, fats and some fruit and make food at home. I don't shop the inner isles at the grocery store and I try not to eat a lot of grains.

I am able to maintain my weight by eating this way. I focus on eating quality foods and the rest takes care of itself.



YOJULEZ
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11/7/12 4:44 P

I agree with what Stephen said.

But, sometimes I'll go for the 100 calorie treat, if the rest of my day's food is balanced. It's nice to have a treat sometimes. But, I also do not have the problem of eating one, then wanting more and more. Usually one is enough to satisfy my cravings.

Edited by: YOJULEZ at: 11/7/2012 (16:46)


EMMANYC
Posts: 1,702
11/7/12 4:43 P

I think of calories like $. Just as I have a limited amount of $ to spend, I have a limited number of calories I can consume, and so I try to make my calories go further by I maximizing nutrition, flavour and enjoyment (mainly). This often involves balancing. Sometimes, going low fat or sugar-free isn't worth it. I'd rather have one ounce of amazing cheese or a couple of squares of really good dark chocolate than most low-fat cheeses or junky chocolate bars. But there are also "calorie bargains". I remember when I discovered that Wallaby Low Fat Yogurt tasted as good as ice cream - and yet it was so much better for me.



CHESAPEAKE60
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11/7/12 4:27 P

I am a little of both type person. I do watch overall calorie consumption. But at the same time I am very aware of what the calories I do consume are doing for me. I seem to be doing really well on the plan this go round. And one thing I am doing different is that I am making sure that most every calorie counts In terms of doing something good for me.

Which means I do not really do the "I want a candy bar and don't want to deprive myself so I will allow enough calories to allow for the candy". I have tried that in the past and it just made me want more candy. Now if I want something sweet I will make a homemade sorbet with fresh fruit and a touch of sweetener. Or have a frozen banana blended with a hint of cocoa powder. The "sweet" or snack will have fiber or vitamins or antioxidants or something likewise good for me,

The only exceptions are meals at friends houses. If they make a dessert I will ask for a small piece, please. Then I will enjoy a few bites and then plead fullness from the wonderful meal I just ate.

Edited by: CHESAPEAKE60 at: 11/7/2012 (16:29)


GOPINTOS
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11/7/12 3:40 P

I agree with those already posting. Sometimes I need more protein calories, or less fat calories, etc. Or I need more satiating calories. So I pay attention as to where the calories are coming from and what they can do for me towards reaching my goals.



LAURAAT
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11/7/12 2:03 P

It's not just that the banana has more nutrients than those crackers (or whatever) it's what those nutrients DO for you. Namely, keeping you full until your next meal or snack.
So to me, 100 calorie banana vs 100 calorie crackers, no contest. The banana will help me more with my weight loss.



STEPHEN_NANNY
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11/7/12 1:46 P

calories in/calories out = important weight loss info
what is in those calories = important health info

Since the goal is to lose weight in a healthy way, calorie numbers are an important part of the equation.



RITABNYC
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11/7/12 1:26 P

For example, those 100 calorie packs VS 100 calorie banana. We all know which one has more nutrients, a banana of course. To me calories aren't that important but they are helpful to watch out for. Your opinions?



 
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