If in doubt over count the calories as oppose to under count them. This way if you are out the difference ends up being to your benefit because every 3500 calories you over count you gain by loosing a pound. I personally find the calorie level on the product the most accurate and tend to use this amount per 100 grams at all times. The consistency of this I find works a treat.
If you un-check the little dot that says "search foods shared by others," you won't get multiple listings of the same thing. You'll only get foods that are in the USDA database, which means they're generic foods or the information comes from the company that makes the food.
Fitness Minutes: (120)
7/5/13 5:35 P
I always go with what's on the company site or current label. Some of the entries in the tracker can be pretty old, and companies change their formulas and way of making stuff, so it's best to go with what they currently have listed.
Fitness Minutes: (2,018)
7/5/13 2:57 P
I used the Web app on my phone and several things came up. Anyway, it broke calories down for the crust, sauce and cheese, and different toppings. I chose thin crust, (80 calories), sauce and cheese, (41 calories), and green pepper, (I didn't even count the few green pepper rings. Problem was....the count was for an 8 slice medium pizza and they cut it into little squares! Hope I counted right! lol
7/5/13 11:29 A
I think the variance in the Nutrition Tracker database is also caused by people guessing at the nutrition information if the restaurant doesn't have their information listed online for easy access. The web access thing is a recent development, and many local but popular chains don't have it if they are not in a location that requires that information be public.
I try to get as close as possible to the correct calorie counts, especially on foods that I will be eating again and again. I often add the new food values in on the nutrition tracker direct from the package of food (if I can't find it by other members or SP). I go on-line to specific restaurant websites and look up their nutrition information on their foods. If I can't find reliable sources for the nutritional content, I estimate on the high side just to be sure. Restaurant foods are always higher in calories and sodium than they look or sound. It's worth looking up restaurant menus before you go.
Fitness Minutes: (20,857)
7/5/13 11:02 A
It would be nice if the calorie list was more condensed. I have found that the same food is listed 10 times with the same calorie amount.
7/5/13 10:59 A
that's the reality of calorie counting. I take the worst case (highest count) so that I don't end up over my calorie limit.
7/5/13 10:32 A
I figure if I'm close on calories thats good enough. for me, just logging everything really helps me stay focused on my goal and keeps me from eating too much.
I have wondered how accurate the company web sites and menus are with their calories. I'm sure they try to be accurate, but with different people making stuff, there is bound to be variances. one person puts more cheese on, one person puts more sauce.....etc etc.
Curious, does Dominos list calories on their website. If I ever eat out I preplan and look at the restaurant's website just to get an idea on their calories. I don't eat out that often but wen I do I preplan. That's the only way I stay accountable.
I do not like to read everything into Nutrition tracker myself, so I do use what other people have already done. Sometimes I just need to estimate a little. For being lazy we do not get the absolute exact count. But we get it done a lot faster! Best wishes on your journey
Fitness Minutes: (2,018)
7/5/13 8:26 A
Sometimes I check for specific foods and there are different calorie counts for the same item. I checked for Dominos thin crust pizza before ordering last night and what they showed was 121 calories for the crust, cheese and sauce. On the Spark People list it was all different amounts, except for 121 calories. I just chose the one closest.