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# Last blog: I guess I did not

### Sunday, June 10, 2012

First, I like to say thank you all for your concern on my last blog and helpful suggestions.

Sorry, I guess I did not make myself clear on my last blog. I am aware how to convert grams to ounces and vice versa. I know what my serving size should be. When I enter a new item and choose serving I put in parenthesis what that serving would be, ie: 2 Tbs or 3 cups or 4 ounces etc. But that is what I do when I manually add. My dilemma is that other people do not add what the serving equals to. So, If I don't know the serving size of other people's manually entered food, how do I know if I am over or under estimating?

I am going to use a fake situation with fake food to explain. Example: I ate rocks for breakfast...I look rocks up under search it comes up and I click on it. The only option I can choose is "serving" But even though I know I had 2 rocks I don't know what the serving is according to the lack of info on food item. Is a serving of rocks = 1 rock, 2 rocks or 3 rocks??? If I click I had one serving how do I know if it is right? It may have been a half a serving or double serving depending on what the original person input it at.

I am not asking for anyone to explain it. It is a dilemma for me cause I really count calories. I am just saying this is one probable cause to why I not able to lose the last 7-10lbs. And I was wondering if any others have this dilemma? I saw only Laleebeen did on last blog. All others were explaining how to convert. Read my blog I said I know how to convert. I just don't always have time too. And the real situation I am concern with it "serving" Yes, I know I can read labels. I am talking about when you click to add a food. Do you run to the cupboard to read labels? I normally don't, especially if I am not home.

Sorry for the confusion on last blog.
• LIBBYFITZ
So sorry!

I totally agree with you!

When I put up a food I always state what size the serving is. I usually put in the "per 100gram" from the label so then if people want to eat 50 grams they can put that in and it will automatically convert!

When I first started with Sparkpeople in Feb 2010 I spent a LOT of time adding my "favourites" using the labels to be very accurate about what I was eating!

I eat a lot of fresh food so quite often now I just type in the food and then the weight and add it!

I tried to add someone else's "wrap" meals but the calorie count was way too high so will have to work that one out with my own ingredients and add it to the "groupings" section.

I am hoping all this calculating keeps away the dementia!!!!!
2473 days ago
• LALEEBEEN
That's exactly my problem. What's a serving? Sometimes if I have the nutritional information from the box, pack, whatever I'll add it in and save it to favorites or I'll get it from another website but it is time consuming and you can't find that information for everything so you do have to make an educated guess. This is especially hard when entering on a mobile device which I often do.
2475 days ago
• ROEBUNCH
I agree...it is very frustrating at times...the measurements are so varied...serving, ounce, grams ect. I do guess alot and that probably puts me over my calories unknowingly. If I am home and have time I do input the label info. but that can be very time consuming!!

I don't have an answer to the dilemma though. Wish I did

2475 days ago