I don't count calories, but I do count carbs. It's often been a shock to find where sugar and starch are hiding!
The best use of tracking is to track BEFORE you eat things (plan your day, in other words), and then you can budget for what else you can eat that day, and stop a binge before it starts.
12/24/13 12:25 P
Tracking makes me accountable and keeps me honest.
12/24/13 11:58 A
ha ha yeah...I had to triple check to make sure I read it right, not 250 for 5 pieces...250 per little tiny piece!
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12/24/13 11:51 A
oh my!!!!!! i really need to read labels.
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12/24/13 11:35 A
For the last 3 months, I have tracked so that I could get into the habit of it. Now, I am tracking to be accountable and to see where I stand so that I stay within my calorie range.
12/24/13 11:27 A
I have taken a cookie from some of the platters that seem to be everywhere--and taken a bite. Hmm--just okay, not great at all. I TOSSED OUT the cookie instead of eating it--wasn't worth the calories! I NEVER throw out food so this was HUGE. I track EVERYTHING.
12/24/13 10:45 A
I've got a funny one. Yesterday I was given a small box of truffles - 5 in the box. I was hungry and hadn't had candy or chocolate in ages. I didn't really look at the box, just unwrapped and ate the 5 pieces. I *knew* I'd end up still in about my daily range, no biggie, right?
I grabbed the little box to put the wrappers in...and that was when I noticed it. The nutrition label on the back. I never even thought to look, on that small of a box, and how many calories, really, could those little 5 pieces have anyway?
Calories: 250 Total Fat: 19 Sat. Fat: 15 Carbs: 16
Yeah. That 5 minutes of chocolate bliss was 1250 calories, and about 2x my daily allowance of fat.
Ah well...you live, you learn :)
12/24/13 10:40 A
Works for me
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23,843 12/24/13 10:21 A
Tracking is one of the simplest ways to make yourself accountable.
12/24/13 9:51 A
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12/24/13 9:39 A
So very important!
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9,034 12/24/13 9:28 A
When I don't track, I can trick myself into believing I'm losing... even when I've actually gained a pound or two.
Nothing can work, if you are not ready to commit to it, like everything else in life, you hold the key.
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12/24/13 8:56 A
control my eating in a resoneble range
12/24/13 8:38 A
accountability works for me!
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5,301 12/24/13 8:37 A
Tracking lets me see when I not eating right.
12/24/13 8:27 A
I track even in maintenance because it keeps me accountable. Almost 6 months in and I have lost a little but I have not gained.
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122 12/24/13 8:01 A
tracking helped me to lose 20 pounds in a little over a year, and keep most of it off since. sometimes i obsess and worry about it, and that's something i'm trying to remedy. but i don't think i'd be able to maintain without keeping track, even though i'm more knowledgable about portion sizes, etc.
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12/24/13 7:58 A
To keep me focused on my goals.
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12/24/13 7:33 A
I have to remind myself all the time, it's about the math! 3500 calories = 1 pound. the AVERAGE person burns about 2000 per day. If you reduce the amount of calories you bring in, and increase your activity... Both of which you can do with the trackers, it really does make it much easier...
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3,151 12/24/13 7:28 A
To make you realize that you REALLY don't need this extra cookie :)
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12/24/13 6:59 A
Tracking my food intake and exercise made me accountable and was the key in 2913 to my 35 lb weight-loss. As I hit my zone 140-145 I'm less obsessed about writing down every bite and measuring my helpings but I now have a good eye for portion size and still track my exercise
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12/24/13 6:57 A
I lost 61 pounds by tracking, and don't think I could have done it without tracking regularly!
12/24/13 5:40 A
i think tracking is a good idea.
12/20/13 11:07 A
Tracking food and fitness is important for me to stay on track. It shows me patterns (or ruts) I'm getting into and is a way for my friends to help me stay accountable.
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917 12/19/13 4:19 P
Most people underestimate their caloric intake and overestimate their calories burned. Calorie tracking is a necessary component to weight loss.
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12/19/13 3:54 P
I don't track everyday. Studies show that tracking your food regularly becomes addictive and, over time, unhelpful and obsessive.
Instead, I track when I'm concerned I'm eating too much/too little, or not getting in certain nutrients.
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12/19/13 8:24 A
Tracking seams the only way to keep me accountable!
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12/18/13 4:48 P
smile. I hhave been on a diet for so long I would not know what would be something good. as for as a treat goes it need not be big or exciting. smile.
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633 12/18/13 3:29 P
I track, not so much for the total calories, but to be sure I am eating balanced. Sure, in my head I can figure quickly that 4 pieces of fudge takes less calories than I am allowed for the day. But, tracking one piece of fudge tells me I have already used up 411 calories, 75 grams of carbs and have very little protein to show for it. By the middle of the day, I know whether I should be having more chicken on my plate to get protein, or if I am good on protein, I can plan vegetable soup and crackers. At the end of the day, I can see if I need a glass of skim milk, or an orange, or even peanut butter on celery to keep my foods in range. And, yes, I can see if I can fit in that treat I have been craving, or if I need to plan around that treat tomorrow.
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12/17/13 1:58 P
I track because it keeps me honest and it helps to keep my nutrition goals in front of me. Two of my nutrition goals are at least 60 grams of protein and day and 5 fruits and vegetables a day. If I don't track, I lose track.
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12/17/13 12:40 P
I track 2 days a week
12/16/13 10:18 P
Ha ha..I didn't either at first! I was like "Ah...that's b.s."
I was just kinda guessing at amounts and content (calories, fat, etc.). Boy, was I waaaaay off!
Seeing my amounts during the day help me make decisions as to my next meal or snack choices.
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12/16/13 10:04 P
I am 100% sure that my resistance to tracking has been the major obstacle in my weight-loss journey.. until NOW. I recently (as in, the last 72 hours) realized that I didn't want to write down what I was eating because I didn't want to know! I was in such denial about what I ate, but I knew deep down it was too much; I didn't want to be honest with myself and I made up a million excuses (it's too much trouble, it doesn't matter anyway, and my personal favorite: I don't want to be one of THOSE people). Now I track EVERYTHING. In fact, I realize that I forgot to add my latte from this afternoon so I'm off to do that right now!
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3,293 12/16/13 9:55 P
If you don't track, you miss the opportunity to learn over time about what really works for you and what does not.
Due to metabolic problems, I have to be incredibly strict if I want to lose weight or even maintain...and tracking makes that more realistic. I have taken breaks and I sometimes make estimates instead of tracking with absolute precision...but I would say that my tracking is at least 95% accurate.
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