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ANNE007
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8/7/12 5:05 P

Good question. I'd hit you back with this one: are you getting the results you want? As long as you are, then don't worry about tracking every little thing. As soon as your progress stops you may wish to revisit your decision.

Same goes when you're maintaining your weight - I would plan to track as much detail as it requires for me to stay 'in line'.

Another consideration is whether or not you are interested in knowing where your micronutrients are coming from, and what they total on a daily basis. The more detail that goes in the more information you will get.



55IN2013
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8/7/12 3:48 P

All those tastes, bites and nibbles add up, I log everything.



TONI2011
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8/7/12 3:41 P

I agree, it's the little things that will get you if you don't track them - they add up fast. I had a Starbucks Refreshers, Cool Lime today - only 35 cals - BUT I recorded it. Once it's in your favorites, it's quick and easy.

Also when I go out to eat, I snap a quick photo of my plate before I eat, so I don't forget those little things. Helps for recording later.



CLRWILLIAMS25
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8/7/12 3:37 P

I have one of those junked up nutrition trackers. I eat a lot of vegetables and a lot of small portions of a lot of different things. If I didn't track my "little things," I'd probably add 100-150 calories per day. (sigh... teaspoons of peanut butter...)

Edited by: CLRWILLIAMS25 at: 8/7/2012 (15:37)


ALICIALYNNE
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8/7/12 3:32 P

I track almost everything except for coffee or tea. When I go out and eat, or eat a meal someone else made, I will look through the tracker to try to find something close to what I ate. Even when I know I am over on calories, I track because it is better to be upfront with myself and then move forward from there.
Also, I recently started tracking sodium (Thanks, mini challenge team!!!) and it has made a HUGE difference for me. I try to stay below 3,000 mg per day (recommended max is 2,300 which is really difficult...) and WOW. I look at food completely differently, and now have no trouble staying within my calorie range. It seems I finally found something that works for me.
Condiments can be a killer. Even a TBSP of mayo on your sandwich, and then some ketchup on your fries, can be enough to push you over. I definitely track all of my condiments, especially dressing!
Taking the time to put your recipes into the tracker, and finding your favorites, and making your groupings can save TONS of time later.



EWL978
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8/7/12 2:27 P

Seems to me (and I'm a newbie, so what do I know??) that if you don't track those "little extras", and be critical of them, during the course of a week you could be adding what amounts to an ice cream cone or a candy bar. Or the total could come up to that of 1/2 of your daily food intake for that 7th day of the week. To me it seems that you need to be able to do those mental calculations whenever you eat something so that it's an automatic yes or no.



LAZAR2
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8/7/12 2:21 P

I track every bite, just to have a good sense of what I am really putting in my mouth. This way I can keep track of nutrients better too. Small things can add up, both calorie and nutrient-wise. To make this easier, I've added most things I eat to the favorite option and all it takes is a few clicks.



NEWYORKCHICK
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8/7/12 2:04 P

I do track most things. I don't bother tracking black coffee or tea (I don't put anything in my tea) because they are literally like 2 calories. Same thing with something like a Diet Coke or a Vitamin Water Zero. I also would not bother tracking a slice of tomato on a sandwich, but I do track sauces and condiments.

Edited by: NEWYORKCHICK at: 8/7/2012 (14:17)


CALLMECARRIE
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8/7/12 1:56 P

There is always a bag of mini pretzels where I work. They're six calories apiece, and even though I don't normally track something that low, if I eat one pretzel, I do track that. Salty snacks are my weakness.

Edited by: CALLMECARRIE at: 8/7/2012 (13:56)


CINDILP
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8/7/12 1:33 P

I don't track all my vegetables, especially free ones. And I don't track condiments.
Cindi



CATMAGNET
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8/7/12 1:12 P

I don't do sauces or anything like mustard, but I do spices when I grill a couple of times a week. This definitely got me thinking that although I don't put much on, I probably should be recording it a bit more vigilantly than I have been.



JADOMB
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8/7/12 12:34 P

As noted by many, there are many reasons other than calorie count to track. As I noted, sodium is important to me. Also, the anti-sodium"potassium" and also magnesium. It is being reported that we are lacking in those to minerals. I also track calcium since that too is something folks don't get enough of. So besides trying to stay in my calorie range, I have other important things to track.

Also, the balance ratio get thrown way out of whack too if one just decides to ignore certain food groups that are low in calories. So while you may be fine in the calorie department, they may be way high in carbs or fat or even protein. The balance is as important at the calorie count.

I actually tend NOT to use much in the line of condiments anyway, but when I use my tbsp of light mayo, it is counted. For one, it is still 35 calories for that silly little amount, and it's "light" mayo. So if one really wants to make sure they are sticking to the plan, measuring and tracking is very important. And for those that think they don't need to worry about sodium NOW, you may just find that not only is that part of the problem in losing those lbs, but may also take you into the HBP world eventually. So it is up to you how accurate you want to be. Keep the faith.



FUCHSIARASCAL
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8/7/12 12:12 P

I don't track the tiny things like condiments and pickles-- I don't eat them that much [less than once a week], so I figure they don't matter much to my overall intake. Plus, I'm always within my calorie range so I figure 10 extra calories from ketchup won't make a difference in my charts and percentages. I'm not sensitive to sodium intake, so I'm not diligent about counting that.

I do count low calorie vegetables like spinach and stuff, and I have a basic salad grouping for when I have those [just spinach, cucumbers, peppers, etc.], but that's more because I *do* eat those more often [pretty much every day during the summer] so those calories can add up a lot quicker than 1tsp of mustard a month.



KDYLOSE
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8/7/12 11:14 A

The only thing I don't track is salads - I track the dressing and anything added besides low-calorie vegetables, but it just seems annoying to track the veggies.

I guess my feeling on other small things is, if I give myself an inch I might take a mile. But everyone is different.

Edited by: KDYLOSE at: 8/7/2012 (11:18)


CALLMECARRIE
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8/7/12 11:14 A

There are three calories in a teaspoon of mustard. Why bother? I also don't track coffee, tea, vinegar, lemon juice, lettuce slices, or anything under about 10 calories a serving. I find that I lose more weight than my daily calorie differential reports estimate I should, so somehow the Spark plan errors a little in my favor, at least for now.



TISTYEN
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8/7/12 10:44 A

I track everything because I'm diabetic and need to keep careful track of my carbs. When I start letting the little things slide, it ends up getting ridiculous because I have less willpower than my cat when it comes to food. If you eat a lot of the same things (for instance, you always make a chicken sandwich the same way, you can look everything up once and put it in your tracker, then save it as a grouping. That way, you can just look under your groupings (or at the end of your favorites list on the Droid app) and select the group, and SP will automatically enter all the bits for you.



LENOREMM
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8/7/12 8:30 A

I like to cook, and I hate repetition, so I'd drive myself crazy tracking everything I eat. I focus on tracking calorie-dense foods, like bread, oils, and nuts, and I'm pretty fanatical about accuracy. I weigh all my carbs, for example,and I always weigh cheese - but I never weigh low-calorie vegetables. I just let myself fill up on those and I always make sure there are lots of them in all my meals.

Focussing on staying within your calorie range and getting your macronutrients right is a sustainable approach - at least after the initial stage of being infatuated with Sparkpeople, when you're learning the basics of nutrition and taking control of your eating habits, which is when it makes sense to be really strict about tracking everything. In the long run, if you decide you need to know exactly how many calories are in every bite you consume, you will ultimately make it impossible for yourself to enjoy some really basic pleasures which are also sources of health - like eating food prepared by someone else with love or eating out with good friends. Surely the goal is to graduate from the tracker at some point...



LAURENSX
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8/7/12 8:12 A

I find it incredibly helpful to track everything I eat, even a teaspoon of salsa. For me, it's a matter of honesty with myself. For all these years, I've licked and picked, just took a bit and only had one. All those licks, picks, bits and ones have added up and now I'm fighting a monster. I also worry that if I don't track those things, if I have a weight gain, I'm going to wonder why. Knowing I've had extras of something, helps me be aware how my body responds to those few extra items. Good luck in your efforts and hope this helps :)



KYLAR_STERN
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8/7/12 7:46 A

Wow, this thread blew up with activity haha

OUTDOORFREAK- you had the best advice. I eat close enough to the same foods where I can stay between 1550 and 1700 calories just about all the time, even with working eating out ocasionally intot he mix. I find that I get the best results when I'm more ratio focussed. 40% carbs, 35% protein, and 25% fat gives me all the energy I need and the fat melts off. Most of my extras add a few grams of carbs, so I'll just keep that in mind and know that my carb percentage should be just a couple points lower than usual.

Yeah, like I mentioned I needed to track sodium for two weeks to see how my water weight retention was affected by it, and things like pickles and salsa are only like 10 calories, but 400+ mg sodium. It was eye opening seeing where even 100 mg na came from but I don't have to worry about salt again for another month or so.



HESTEROONIE
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8/7/12 4:39 A

I like this topic because I just completed my third day using Nutrition Tracker after a hiatus of almost three years. When I first "sparked," it was like a new religion to me. I tracked every morsel religiously and I lost 20 pounds in six months. Then I turned around and gained all 20 pounds back in the same year!

Late last year, I promised my spine doctor I would go back to working out and drop a few pounds. It took me a few months to keep my promise but I knew it was important for my health. I spent a couple of months just enjoying Spark without any tracking features. Lots of emails, posts, blogs, etc. Yesterday, was my third day using Nutrition Tracker. It took me three hours to delete all the foods I don't even eat anymore! Sometimes, OCD is a good thing. LOL Now, I track on a daily basis what I eat, my finances (both income and outgo) and probably most important, I use the ActivTrak system free at my Y to record my workouts three times a week: both cardio and strength training. I've lost weight, I'm at an advanced level of fitness for my age group and I'm not broke so I must be doing something right. LOL

One of my favorite things about this site is that it has something for everyone. I never thought I could track all three things at once. For me, my financial health, especially in retirement, comes first. I joined DA in another city in 1996. I didn't have a huge amount of credit card debt. (I had a grandfather who was a banker and lived to be 100. He always told me, "Don't pay the bank. Let the bank pay you.") However, I was a horrendous compulsive spender and it really got out of hand. I don't track anything under $1.00 and I always round up. So far, so good now with a very abundant and pleasant life.

I would say #2 is fitness. My Y is some distance from where I live but it's an easy drive and well worth it. It's absolutely the best: members, programs and equipment. I get it free through my Medicare supplemental insurance. It's called a Silver Sneakers Program.

FInally, the food. This is probably the hardest to set up. However, as others have said, once you get a good solid list of "favorites," it get's very easy. The copy feature from one day to the next works like a charm. Basically, I don't eat what I can't count. If I don't know what's in it, I sure don't need to eat it! But (a big but) that's what works for me. And I don't sweat the small stuff. I just need to know "energy out" is exceeding "energy in" and that I have a well balanced food plan (enough protein, not too much salt, etc.) Do any of you old timers remember the OA Grey Sheet? It was right at the beginning of OA. Man, that was one skimpy diet. Also, does anyone remember when there were no nutritional labels on food? When I was a teenager, I had to look everything up in a book! (No computers either but we did have automobiles :)

Happy Sparking, Friends. Back to bed for my beauty rest. Next Sunday, I'll be 67 years old. I never thought I'd make it until I learned the day at a time concept. I stopped drinking in 1974. When people asked me how I ever got to be 38 years sober, I say, "Well, I didn't drink and I didn't die." LOL emoticon



WEBEZE
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8/7/12 1:40 A

I track the small things when they contain sodium. Pickles may be zero calories, but they are high in sodium. With high blood pressure I really have to watch sodium intake.



SHEL_V2
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8/7/12 12:42 A

I track just about everything. As others have noted, it helps to see the big picture. A few tsp here and there of oil and mayo make a huge difference in the fat column, and ketchup and barbeque sauce do a number on carbs. I've discovered that capers are just the thing to help me through some veggies that are just too bland or repetitive, and capers have very few calories. I track them because they are high in sodium.

Tracking those low calorie items helps put what's on my plate in perspective. By adding lettuce, tomato, and onion to a sandwich or veggie burger, I can see that I get a bigger, more attractive and appetizing meal, for very few extra calories. It also helps me remember to count my fruits and veggies.

I have some of my regular meals grouped, and pretty much everything in my cupboard or fridge is in favorites. The groups include several morning cereals with almond or almond coconut milk, a few variations on oatmeal, and different banana soft serve options.



GETSINYOUREYES
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8/7/12 12:05 A

If you're concerned about sodium I might suggest tracking all the sauces (since so many of them are high in salt), but if you aren't then I say don't bother with the little things. I already feel like the food tracker takes to long to use as it is. I think I'd tear my hair out if I had to track zero cal things like coffee (I do track the sugar and creamer I put in, but not the coffee).



EILCAH
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8/6/12 9:32 P

I'm in the "track it all" camp. Especially at the beginning. I think you need to establish good habits initially: track food and track exercise. And all those little extras can add up - maybe not salsa, but other things like a bit of cheese or sour cream or a pat of butter sure do. At first it takes a lot of typing to get it all in there, but if you spend some time making GROUPS for commonly eaten meals or snacks, tagging your favorites and finding or entering recipes for stuff you cook and eat frequently, it streamlines data entry and makes it pretty easy to track.

Just my two cents worth! .



JADOMB
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8/6/12 8:55 P

I think you can see by all the comments, it really depends on many things and it is different for different folks too. In my case, since I got off of HBP meds and have found that if I go over 2300 mg of sodium too often through out the week, I either stall or gain. So I really have to pay attention to sodium. Also, if you read my status for this last weekend, I went to a summer's end BBQ and really didn't eat that much. But when I got home and logged it in, I found I had ate around 3500 calories and 5000 mg of sodium. On my Sunday morning weigh in I had gained 2 lbs.

So it does depend on how a person eats on a regular basis. If I don't go out and I make my own foods, I could probably skip tracking since I can eat the same things day in and day out. But since my wife makes different meals and we aren't always at home, I need to pay attention when I can so I can try to balance when I can't. Worst case scenario is you start gaining a bit of weight and you get back to being more accurate. keep the faith.

Since you are at maintenance phase, you could probably skip it for awhile and just see how well you are able to stay within your limits. And if you are like me and over estimate intake when unsure, then it probably will make up for the few small portions of things that you don't count.



DIANESAV1
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8/6/12 8:51 P

The create a group works great for me with Subway because I like my lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, black olives, banana peppers and pickles on my mini turkey on wheat or when I feel bad and have a subway melt. I created the group for both so I only need to click on mini turkey on wheat or subway melt and it enters the rest for me.



VITRAP1
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8/6/12 8:44 P

Since I am just starting my lifestyle change campaign, I find it necessary to track everything, even the coffee I drink. It has provided me with a good sense of how much calories I am taking in, and where I need to make adjustments.



GEOGGEEK
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8/6/12 8:31 P

If you usually eat the same things together you can create a group, in which you could include things like mustard or mayo or fruits and veggies, and then you would only have to add that one item to your tracker. For sandwiches or salads that I make I often I have done that. You just have to add everything into the tracker once and hit the "create group" button to save the info for the future.




JREIDY
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8/6/12 8:18 P

Come here most days to record what I eat and how I workout.



LESSOFPMCD
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8/6/12 6:30 P

When I was working at losing the weight I tracked everything - decided if I didn`t I would probably start the -it was only one bite - not really that much etc.

Now I`m into maintenance I`ve still been tracking but only plan on doing this until I know the calorie level I need to eat o maintain. At the moment I`m still losing but I thnk if I didn`t keep tracking I would start to add into much food and find myself gaining agan.



KIMJHOWARD1
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8/6/12 6:16 P

Today I did it different, I still wrote down everything I ate. Instead of counting calories, I made a chart of the goals I need to meet. I made a column for fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat, whole grains, and water. For everything I eat I put a checkmark in the appropriate column. It worked! I've met my fruits and vegetables goal and water goal and meat. This is a better system. Once I get this solid, then I can figure up calories but right now I'm focusing on a balanced diet



GOING4MUSCLE
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8/6/12 5:48 P

Back when I was losing the weight, I tracked everything that crossed my lips. But for the past 2+ years, I rarely add in the "little things", and even went most of that time, not tracking anything at all. It helps, though, that my eating is pretty consistent, as I'm not much for a lot of variety, so the odds of my calories climbing out of range, is low. I do weigh & measure the foods that are higher in fat/calories (like nuts) content, though, just to be certain.



OUTDOORFREAK
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8/6/12 4:40 P

I think it depends why you're "counting"...

I primarily use the nutrition tracker to help me eat the right proportion of carbs/protein/fat.

I discovered a while back that all these "little things" might not add a lot of extra calories, but they can increase your fat intake by a surprising amount.

Take homemade pesto as an example - the olive oil and parmesan in pesto mean it has high fat percentage; even just adding a small amount adds a lot of fat to your day...the other one is small handful of nuts...great, healthy snack but also loaded with fat.

If I didn't add this type of thing to my tracker, it would give me a false read on how I'm doing breakdown wise...



ADRIENNIE
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8/6/12 4:33 P

Tracking meticulously only makes sense if you are not losing like you think you should. I only expect 1/2 -1 lb a week. I went through a three month plateau and meticulously tracking helped get me out of it but now that I reached my goal weight I just track major stuff.



KYLAR_STERN
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8/6/12 3:39 P

Alright, I think I'm going to drop the little things. If I only track basically what I ate, it makes it easier to look back through the days and see what I did. Easier to see that I had some sausage and eggs one morning, than the fact that I also had little bits of peppers, mushrooms, salsa, hot sauce, jalpeno, and just a sprinkling (under a teaspoon) of cheese in there.

I'm pretty sure i'm underestimating my calories burned per week anway so that should balance out the few extra calories I'm not plugging into the tracker. I do Brazilian jiu jitsu 3 nights a week from 6-9, but its hard to know how many calories I burn. First two hours we warm up and mainly just drill techniques which it doesn't feel like much of a workout. Then we roll (spar) for for the last hour, or until everyone is too tired to continue. I just count each rolling session as its 5 min in the fitness tracker, So I'm at the gym for 3 hours, but count 45 of Brazilian jiu jitsu usually.



FEDGIRL4
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8/6/12 2:09 P

I'm at the point where I need to track every little thing. I even track coffee.

I remember those terms from WW also -- bites, licks, and tastes or BLTs. And it could add up.

But it is a personal preference.



DIDS70
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8/6/12 2:00 P

I remember one thing in my WW meetings-- any taste, nibble or lick could be up to 100 calories.



JYEAST
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8/6/12 1:49 P

I think it really depends. In the OP's case he seems to have a good idea of the extra little bits he's eating and what the calories for those add up to. In my case I tend to track everything, condiments add up fast so I'm in the process of switching to lower calorie ones. When I make a salad with lots of different veggies and fruits I tend to go with the base "toss salad" and only add additional things to my tracker if I know they're over 20 calories or have a significant amount of fat, i.e. avocado, berries, etc. For me the general rule of thumb is when in doubt, track it. If you eat the same things generally and know that's another 100 calories a day in extras then just add that to your calories each day if it's easier for you, imo.



TRIXYMAHOGANY
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8/6/12 1:40 P

Try tracking it for one day and see what it adds up to. If it's a lot more than you thought, then at least now you'll know.



JOLENE_
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8/6/12 1:29 P

I add 100 Misc calories for that reason everyday. If it's over 20 calories I track it separately.



SUGARSMOM2
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8/6/12 1:23 P

every thing adds up . like the checkbook .If you do not add the smallest of checks you get in trouble at the end of the month . even though it is a pain in rear end you have to track it all no matter how small . cause those little things add up to big things and they end up on your rear end . know what i mean .. ?? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



BREMLEY
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8/6/12 12:55 P

Typically I don't track the small things like all the stuff I put in a salad. Also, since I track my fiber when its brocolli or pepper, etc., I do make sure to count it. But, when my weight is up a little, it helps me to get back to tracking it all because small things can add up if you aren't working out enough.



MELLYBEANS0919
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8/6/12 12:28 P

I am trying to track everything, big and small, I eat because I tend to underestimate calories and my portion sizes are off too.



BLBST36
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8/6/12 9:39 A

I am not too good about tracking condiments like ketchup or mustard because I never use that much. Mayo, BBQ sauce, salsa, I will track. I also don't track the sugar I use when I make iced tea. It is usually about a tablespoon for a gallon. To me, it's just not worth it.

It hasn't really affect my weight loss (the many times I have started down the journey), but if I ever stall, that'll be the first thing I jump on.



KFWOHLFORD
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8/6/12 9:31 A

I track fruit and condiments with fat or more than 20 calories.

I don't bother tracking a slice of tomato on a sandwich, unsweetened or herbal tea, salsa, balsamic vinegar, herbs, garlic or onions. I don't even track honey in my tea because if i use it, it's less than 20 calories worth. Pickles also have so few cals, there's little point in tracking them except if you track dietary fiber (which i do).

Yes, as dragonchild said, it adds up if you don't track a lot of little things. But 1 or two doesn't matter.



NIRERIN
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8/6/12 8:49 A

do you eat mostly the same things? if you do and you know that you're pretty well where you should be because you're eating the same things, but rotating them out, that could work for you.

but look at the all these "extras" over all your meals for the day. if you're looking at, say 60 cals a day [30 for lunch, 30 for dinner] that are the lettuce and condiments on your sandwiches, spices and a tiny bit of soy sauce, or whatever other little bits you're using, you could just take that average number and subtract it from the top of your ranges. so if your upper range was 2000, you would put a mental ceiling of 1940 on your cals for the day, knowing that those little bits add up to that. and if you start to have problems, know that this is one of the first areas you should check out. and that also means that your numbers are going to be a little off for the day. if you're okay with that and it works for you, do it. i would suggest periodically spot checking those things to make sure the portions aren't creeping up to make a bigger impact.
i know for me, when i use my staple veggies [zucchini, mushrooms, carrots, peas, broccoli, cauliflower] i tend to measure them all as one volume, and enter them in as the first veg i prep. it's generally less than 15 cals off from doing it all out. so i know that my numbers are just a bit off, that i need that headroom at the top of my ranges, and that is i have any issues this is one of the places i need to look first. and i can live with that.



CMCOLE
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8/6/12 8:23 A

It's up to you.
Some people need to keep track of every little thing, because if they don't, they develop the mindset of "well, it's only a little {whatever it is at the time}"

That can develop into a slippery slope of "it's only one cookie" (or whatever the item might be)

You could be different.
Just giving you a different viewpoint



SARAHD33
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8/6/12 8:22 A

I go through phases. Right now, I am trying to be aware of those things, because my weight has crept up a tiny bit. I have noticed that those little "extras" sometimes add up to 100-150 calories per day, which is a significant amount, since I am aiming for a 200 calorie deficit per day.



DRAGONCHILDE
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8/6/12 8:21 A

Maybe not the onion or the tomato, but condiments like sauces, mustard, and such? Yes. Those things seem small, but they add up a lot faster than you think they do.

Zero calorie things.. it's up to you. I don't usually. I'll count them if I need the extra Sparkpoints. :)



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8/6/12 8:19 A

Hey, I was wondering how important, or unimportant, you feel it is to track every little thing. I was monitoring what I ate very carefully the last two weeks and tracking every itsy bitty thing, especailly watching sodium intake. But now I don't think I need to do that anymore, or should I keep it up?

If I add tablespoon of salsa to my morning eggs, it only adds like 10 calories. That really isn't going to affect my overall daily calories or carbs, so do you think it's important to track it because they can add up? like soy sauce on rice and even the spices I put on grilled chicken.

Example: I make a sandwhich at lunch, I track the meat, bread, and cheese of course. But do I need to count the teaspoon of BBQ mustard, bit of romaine lettuce, tomato slice, and onion bits I put on it? They only add about 20 calories total and clutter up my tracker. Just wondering what some other opinions are. It doesn't take too much time to add them, its just that it turns a relativly simple meal into looking about 10 different things.

Oh, and coffee with just a single packet of sugar or splenda (depending on my mood which is strange) should I bother with the few calories of those?

Thanks



 
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