I just couldn't make this journey without the nutrition tracker! I've learned so much just from this one feature: portion control, healthy food combinations, where my choices were deficient...and I thought I knew it all before I started!
I use it. I've always done best losing weight when I keep a journal. I don't always get 100% of what I put in my face into my nutrition tracker, but I do try which I think is the best thing.
In general it makes me more aware. The "small" piece of cheese I have for a calcium boost may not be worth the calories so I find something else instead. Plus, if I know I have to get to the computer to put in my food, I may or may not make the effort. (I can put it in my cell phone too which is actually a bigger pain!)
I like it. I also like the feedback I get. I know I'm not the best with getting calcium, but things like potassium or folate haven't been an issue until now- because now I know other reasons why I need them. (besides preventing cramps and prenatal problems)
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Thanks for your reply Mrs.Doyle, I haven't been tracking for a few days because I've been under the weather, but you're right about gaining weight if you don't because I'm up this morning! I'm back to counting cals today! Thanks for the tip about the groupings making things easier. I'll do that eventually, I'm sure.
I only track calories, fat, protein and carbs as well and it seems to work for me. It took me about a year to start using the food groups function but it does save time in the long run. I get my nutritional info from the website of the supermarket or from the packets themselves. If I don't track for a while, my weight starts to creep up.
I am at goal and maintaining. Thanks to my friends on SparkPeople and in the real world who motivate me every day.
My healthy BMI weight range is a generous 65kg to 55kg. My Spark goal is 60kg.
Hi Pag2809, Thanks so much for your reply to my question and your tips. I haven't used the food groups yet and I'm not quite sure how because I haven't looked at it yet, but I definitely plan on using that feature.
I agree about double checking others nutritional values, too. I will do that! Thanks again!
I use it most of the time. Saving things in favorites and grouping foods does help. If you have the package with the nutritional information, that's always the best source. As far as web surfing for nutritional information, calorieking.com is very reliable. I'll sometimes go to manufacturers websites. Be cautious when using foods that others have entered here. Between periodic changes to nutriotional information and the human error factor, I always double-check the first time I enter a food.
What to track is really a matter of personal choice. I track more than that, but I always advise people to start with the basics... and you may never feel the need to track more than that.
I decided this morning to start using the nutrition tracker. It seems like an awful lot of trouble, but I think once I get my "usual" foods listed under my favorites, it'll be easier.
The reason I decided to use it is because I keep losing/gaining and I've decided to start making healthier choices and exercising because I want to finally see these pounds melt away. I figure the NT will help out tremendously.
If you're using the tracker, do you have any tips to make it easier? For the foods that I can't find listed, I'm doing an online search for nutritional facts so I can enter my own. I'm only tracking protein, carbs, fats and calories. I figure it would drive me crazy to enter more information that that.
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