Tracking what I eat for every meal and snack is essential for me. It keeps me accountable and on top of my program. I know how many calories I have consumed and can plan and budget for a special meal and stay in my calorie range.
It is a very good idea to have a scale to weigh portions, and measuring cups and spoons to ensure I'm getting a true portion. No guessing, just true facts!
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On the nutrition tracking page click "Change Nutrition Goals" It's just above the cups of water measure. Then click "Add another nutrient to track" I selected just about all the vitamins and essential minerals. I have found that I don't need to take as many supplements as I used to take. It saves money and I am more healthy.
The user entered foods are a great help in nutrition tracking.You can always at least get close. However, some users enter only calories so if you are tracking other nutrients, make sure to double check the nutrition information for user entered foods. Otherwise your results might be skewed.
I try to eat only things that are pretty easily quantifiable. If I can't log it into my Nutrition Tracker or determine the nutrition value, I don't eat it. Of course, this doesn't always work, but if I make it my general rule, it simplifies my nutrition tracking, making it easier to watch my calories.
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