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RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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1/16/13 11:45 A

Because one of my main issues is portion control, I do track everything just so I know and see where something went wrong if it did. I track several things, but mainly pay attention to calories and sodium; and of course carbs, protein and fat.

1/16/13 8:12 A

Be careful, stress will actually cause you to gain weight! And not only gain weight, gain the worst kind of weight, abdominal fat!

I do not track because it becomes way too ODC for me. Instead I eat a diet full of veggies, fats, meats and berries. Eating a diet full of whole real foods without additives and preservatives will help you lose weight and you won't have to obsess over every bite either.

All the best to you,

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,222
1/16/13 7:17 A

I've been at goal for going on a year now. I do not track every single thing that Spark has available, for tracking. Mostly I just watch calories, carbs, fat and protein. I have the calcium and sodium turned on too but really don't pay any attention to those; I ought to just turn them off.

The thing for me is, I do not have the time or inclination or energy or mental space, to pay attention to all those things. I have a job (well okay, it's seasonal and I don't work in the winter) and a house and a husband and family & friends and other stuff I like to do. Overall I'm eating much healthier than I used to. And that's enough information. If I needed to (for some sort of medical condition) keep an eye on my sodium or calcium or potassium, I would definitely start doing that. But since I'm healthy, have no diagnosed deficiencies-- I am not going to drive myself crazy worrying about all that stuff.

NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
1/16/13 6:56 A

I track everything that goes into my mouth, even the calorie-free sweetener or the spritz of cooking spray - BUT I only look at calories. I only look at the macros and micros on a monthly basis (as in, I meet my daily calorie goal, and make sure that I'm meeting all my other goals on my monthly chart that averages everything out). I really couldn't care less if I am low on copper one day or high on folic acid another day. Because I eat a clean diet without processed junk, my macros and micros take care of themselves. If I notice that something is a little low or high for say December, I might make a minor effort to have a bit more or less of something in January but I don't let it become an obsession. For me, if I want to stay on track with tracking every gram of food, I can't deal with multiple variables. Just one variable for me -- calories.

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
1/16/13 12:18 A

I would just track the fruits veggies whole grains fats and lean meats. don't worry about the rest, The stress isn't worth it.

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,981)
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1/15/13 7:16 P

In the beginning, just concentrate on calories, fat, protein, and carbs, the original ones SP gives. Eventually, once you get the hang of it all and have a good idea of how to eat, then worry about the rest. I didn't worry about macronutrients until I was almost at goal weight, and even then I just worried about fiber and calcium. I also recently added Vitamin D and C, but that's just seasonal for the winter and I added because I was curious :)

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (60,917)
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1/15/13 6:47 P

If you are aiming to eat a balanced diet with lots of fruits and veggies, there's really no need to worry about your macronutrients. I never do! I track calories and sodium, my two problem foods, and aim to get my fruit and veggie servings each day.

Don't stress yourself out needlessly!

35BYMAY SparkPoints: (1,477)
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1/15/13 5:55 P

the last time I did SP, that's what made me stop doing it. Tooooo much. Now, I only really pay attn to calories, fat and protein. And I do NOT track little things like a tsp of ketchup, fat free creamer, bites of fruit here and there, rather, I just leave 100 or 200 calories to allot for the little things throughout the day. It was maddening tracking EVERY.SINGLE.BITE. And don't go crazy tracking all those nutrients. It is very hard to be deficient in nutrients when you eat a balanced diet. you don't need 100% of everything, every day. your body stores for days you don't have certain things, and even those things it doesn't store, it can go without some days. Take a multi vitamin and call it a day :)

BERTA6978 SparkPoints: (43,739)
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1/15/13 5:37 P

Shortly after Christmas, I began a concerted effort to make health changes. In that regard, I track everything to meet the exercise and dietary goals I've set for myself. I started with small changes, but now it's beginning to stress me. I worry about not enough protein, potassium, calcium, fiber etc., or too much sodium and calories. Today I added potassium to my tracker. (AAARGH!) Does all this tracking stress anyone else? Maybe I'm just having a bad day.

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