Hmmmm...interesting OP! I began my vegetarian journey as a vegan (although now I'm pesco-vegetarian) and lost 30 pounds in three months with absolutely no calorie watching/tracking of any kind. I got to my "realistic normal" size and weight, got off cholesterol & pre diabetes medicines--all within three months!
Now I do track EVERYTHING on the tracker--and maybe I need to, as I'm no longer vegan.
I am always over in my carb range for my eating goals but yes, I do my best to stick to my calorie range. I did adjust my range though, so as to not go over any more than 50 of the beginning. So if they gave me a range of 1200 then I changed it to 1200-1250 and I stick to it. Now I didn't adjust anything else, so I'm always trying to find my foods that will allow me healthy carb, protein and fat ranges. It's difficult at times.
Yes, I track. The extra weight I have added is because I stopped tracking my food and I am not good at mentally measuring it. Getting that scale to go down now.
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Yes i track, I can get carried away on carbs and condiment control....but it can be a pain as mentioned below adding all of the little this and thats. I am glad that the favorites options has changed so you can click more that one item to enter into the meal! That has been a life saver!
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I track faithfully except for the past few weeks when I've been pretty bad. I'm getting back to tracking again because it really keeps me on task. Sometimes I don't eat enough calories which is almost as bad as over doing it. I watch certain nutrients, like sodium.
When I started using SP, I put a lot of my recipes in SparkRecipes. I don't share many of them because they're from books or websites and aren't mine to share. It's really good to spend the time to do that because it makes using the Nutrition Tracker so much easier.
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Interesting. I think that it doesn't matter what you eat, if you eat more than you burn, you will gain weight. I track all my food. I regularly go over my limit, esp. on the weekends (OK, wine is vegetarian. isn't it :) During the week it is a lot easier for me to say in the calorie "zone."
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Going overboard on vegan/vegetarian food is just as easy as overdoing it on other food. In my experience, keeping at least somewhat of an eye on my portions and calories has helped me to not only get the weight off, but to make sure it's KEPT off.
MUSCLE DOES NOT WEIGH MORE THAN FAT 5 lbs = 5 lbs
5 lbs of muscle simply takes up less space than 5 lbs of fat!
If nothing tasted as good as being thin felt, no one would ever get fat!
That's a really good question! I think it's good to be mindful of what you eat at all times, vegan, vegetarian or omnivore. I keep to my ranges, mostly to the lower end when I'm actively trying to lose weight.
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In all my research about being vegan, alot of people say that you do not need to count calories if living a vegan and in some cases vegetarian lifestyle to lose weight, and some go as far to say that counting the calories will inhibit weight loss. I was wondering if you guys go off of spark peoples calorie recommendations, or do you track your food for nutrients only?
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