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Tracking food

Friday, October 26, 2012

When I started my journey I told myself that I would not track my food. I was of the opinion that if I did that it would feel like a diet and I didnt want that. I thought it would make me want to cheat more. Now I am wondering if I should start.

It has been 2 months and I have lost 16 pounds so I am doing good so far, but I am wondering if I could be doing better.

I just dont want to get myself in the mindset of DIET. This is a change in eating habits for me, not a diet.

Something to think about.
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    I can only speak for myself of course, but tracking has been very enlightening. I thought I was making pretty good choices before, but I didn't realize how many calories (and how much sodium, another issue for me) I was really eating.
    1608 days ago
  • SLEE103
    Well you're obviously doing something right if you've lost 16 lbs, so congrats! and I understand completely about not wanting to think of it as a "diet." I ran into what LEB mentioned last night when we spontaneously ate dinner out and I felt like a fish out of water having NO CLUE how many calories I was eating, or what my percentages were. For me, I think tracking has been THE thing that's helped me lose a few lbs. Tracking is all what you make of it, some people actually weigh their food and track every little thing, I don't. If I don't track adding a little bit of milk or splenda to my coffee, I dont care. For me, I err on the side of overestimation on a food if I don't know exactly what it contains. It has really helped me realize my percentages and portions, which I'll be able to use as a tool and eventually not track so tediously which is where I think the "diet" mindset comes in.

    Good luck on whatever you decide!
    1608 days ago
    I track my food, but I did it to figure out why when I was only eating what I thought was 1500 calories a day I was still gaining weight. I found out that I was eating too many carbs and not enough protein and fat. Now that I have a balance, the weight is coming off a little at a time. I had previously stopped tracking foods and ended up with "portion distortion" of what a serving should be versus what it actually is. Just some food for thought. Sounds like you have been losing, but could you do better using the tracker to help? I understand the whole lifestyle change, and I managed it for a while, but then fell back into bad habits due to hectic life.
    1608 days ago
    I track my food, my daily cup of coffee, any herbal teas, even my vitamins. I feel it helps to determine if anything is hindering or helping me. For example, I discovered I can't have milk anymore. It hurts my stomach. While cheese, as long as I don't have too much, is OK. Looking over my foods also helps me see how hungry I am after workouts, when the weather is colder and during weekends, when I'm more leisurely. If you are after patterns and habits, it is a great way to find out what your body likes. When I started Spark I didn't like logging in my foods either. Just put it out of your mind that it is only for dieting. After all, this is for you, not for anyone else's eyes. :)
    1608 days ago
  • MSGO72
    Food tracking is beneficial for me. I can make sure my nutrient balance is where I want it. It also gives me a historical record to match with my weight loss over the same period of time. I am not on a diet either and tracking hasn't made me feel any differently. Good luck!
    1608 days ago
  • LEB0401
    I like this subject! I track every day, and I have been doing so since April. Before that I tracked on and off, but not with any sort of consistency. I definitely saw an impact on my weight-loss when I added tracking to the mix.

    For me, the pros to tracking are *I know exactly what I'm eating, NO GUESSWORK! *I've gotten it down to science so it takes no more than 5 minutes/day to weigh and enter my foods *It's helped me as I've transistioned to maintenence since my calorie range went up *I don't nibble anymore because it's almost impossible to track it

    The cons to tracking are *I get anxious if I can't track (restaurants, someone made me food, etc.) *It affects my BF who has to sometimes weigh his food too so I can get an accurate measurement of a recipe

    I guess it depends on your personality type, but I love my nutrition tracker. I don't have an end-date to when I stop using it.
    1608 days ago
    I always track my food. Let's me know when I've slipped up or misguaged something.
    1608 days ago
    I tracked my food in the beginning, but stopped. Now I'm thinking of starting up again. I feel it really helps to know what you've eaten and not just guess.
    1608 days ago
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