I weigh my breakfast every morning and I used to weigh everything I ate, except fruit and veggies because the calorie count is so low. It took me next to no extra time to do it, I just put my plate on the scale and dished a food item onto it. Then I noted it down, zeroed it out and did the same thing with the rest of the food items. I still got to the table on time.
I would say measure until you really see the eyeball accurately. That is what I have been doing!
5/2/13 10:00 A
I need to do better about actually measuring food. I don't want to start going down the road of weighing everything, as I think that will be burdensome and will result in my getting discouraged.
However, yesterday I was surprised when I packed my lunch with leftover broccoli that the container holds 2 cups. That's about how much broccoli I usually eat and would eyeball as one cup. Which means my "eyeball" technique isn't even a little accurate. That's fine for broccoli but not so fine for other, higher-calorie foods.
I always just shoot for the middle of my range. That way I can not worry about weighing everything. That said, I tend to overestimate my serving size - for instance, yesterday I counted the whipped butter on my snow peas as 1 TB but I'm sure it wasn't an entire TB. However, I've been measuring my food for ten years so have gotten pretty good at eyeballing it!
do try and make sure you accurately track on occasion to make sure that your overestimation doesn't mean that you're not actually getting into your ranges. those 5 and 10 calories really do add up through the day.
5/2/13 7:02 A
I don't like the entries that say "small, medium, large" or "one serving"
I prefer weights/volumes (especially weights) when entering. More precision.
The calorie difference for something like fruit is oung to be minimal. I find the best way to be accurate is to weigh everything. Your idea of a medium strawberry and mine are probably different, but 100g is 100g no matter how ya stack it!
It occurred to me today that I could do something that would help me psychologically with my calorie count. When I'm logging fruit, for example, instead of 'medium-sized strawberries', for example, I'm going to start selecting 'large strawberries'. This will increase my calorie count a little bit.
By overestimating, but really eating just a bit less, I can help myself stay in the lower margin of my calorie range.
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