Food Tracking

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

I can not seem to do that. I want to, but buying all of the stuff on the SP meal plan is not in my budget. Example: shrimp, salmon, 4 different kinds of cheeses etc... so I have to modify, ALOT.

So with modification comes calculations, and in my experience almost adding the item/recipe from scratch. You know, each ingredient's calorie value, fat, protein, etc... I do not have the time or patience to do that. I tried.

Also I do not buy name brand, so I have to add in those nutrition values because they can be different. So the little search list doesn't work for me.

Some please tell me that food tracking isn't a neccessity for success, because if so, why wait around for the fail?
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    I've found that if I enter my common recipes into the Spark Recipes, it will come up with a calorie amount per serving that will save all of your tracking. Then save the recipe on your food log and when you have that meal, just use what you've saved. It makes tracking so easy!
    2498 days ago
    You do not have to track to succeed, but those who do track lose 50% more weight according to a reliable study. (I could find the citation but it would take me a while.) Just writing down what you eat, even without the calorie counts, has some positive effect. People tend to forget what they eat.

    On Weight Watchers there are 2 plans. One requires tracking and one is a food list that as long as you stick to it you don't have to track -- you just eat to satisfaction.

    Personally, I have found that tracking is a small price to pay to live at the weight I have wanted to be since I was a teen.

    But the key to it all is to do the best you can each day. If tracking is just something that you can't do consistently, then don't. Just eat the best you can and see how that works for you.

    Anyway, best wishes for finding what works for you! Remember that small weight losses add up. When you change your lifestyle gradually that is one great way to make sure the weight stays off forever.
    2499 days ago
  • KURS10B
    Toss the meal plans and plan your own meals. Oatmeal and fruit for breakfast, a sandwich and salad for lunch, steak with rice and a salad for dinner, popcorn for a snack, etc.
    2499 days ago
    It is a necessity. You have to know what you are consuming but once you have been her a while all your normal food will be listed in your favorites and you won't have to add it again. You are just making excuses not to do this you can do it. It's only as hard as you think it is. I am sure you can find 10 minutes a day either at the beginning or at the end to log your food. But you also gotta measure your food and stick to the serving sizes to be accurate. You will have enough obstacles in your way on this journey. Don't be one of them.
    2499 days ago
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