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same food, different calorie counts!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

I find that it is SO easy to count the same foods and wind up with wildly different calorie counts! How many calories in a slice of cheese pizza? One answer is 120; another is 450!

On the same day, I realize, I could reasonably count myself as 50 calories UNDER my goal or hundreds of calories OVER my goal! The only way to be absolutely sure of calories is to eat only the plainest food in precise quantities -- or, alternatively, to eat only packaged, pre-cooked foods with nutritional labels. Either way... yuck!

Could this be why I don't drop the pounds??
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    Actually, the packaged foods are allowed to be wrong, too, up to a certain percentage, way bigger than you'd like.

    The best way is to buy WHOLE foods and a scale. Actually weigh your chicken or beef or whathaveyou (after cooking, generally, is the nutritionals they're giving you), and use a cup measure for grains, and a tablespoon measure for oils, and don't let things become "heaping" measures... and then eat lots and lots of high-water vegetables without much on them at all if you can, because those will not ever ever make you fat. Cukes, peppers, spinach and other greens, etc... (If you hate chopping, try splurging for some pre-cut ones, either packaged or from the salad bar! This works for fruit salad too! It's more expensive, but if you'll eat it instead of letting it rot, it's worth it!)

    It is fine to use estimates now and then if you don't find something specific in the tracker and can't import it from elsewhere online. Just try to be sure that most of the time, you are preparing the food yourself so you know exactly what goes into it. emoticon
    1652 days ago
  • KITT52
    it can be frustrating but thats life
    1772 days ago
    Libby - I guess common sense helps a little... I am pretty sure that a middle sized slice of restaurant pizza is more the 100 and less than 700 calories, but whether this particular slice was 200, 300, or 400 calories is beyond me! Part of the problem is I don't know if it's "like" pizza hut or dominos, since I haven't eaten at either place in about 20 years!
    2018 days ago
    I also noticed this..... and try not to cheat myself by scrolling through for the lowest calories for a particular meal..
    2018 days ago
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