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Foods you don't count in ur calorie target?


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Are there any food you eat that you don't count the calories on?

For me I don't count pickles and plain veggies raw or cooked.

Edited Aug 26 2009 14:05 by nycgirl
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I don't count veggies in my eggs, skim milk that I splash in my coffee, or the 3-4 grapes or blueberries I might grab out of the freezer when I walk in the door after work.

I don't count anything I eat after I get home from the gym ~9 either.  I generally know how much I can eat at that point and don't bother adding it up. (although I guess this does go into my calorie target...so I guess it doesn't count)

Actually, there's nothing that goes in my mouth that doesn't get counted.  I weigh, count, or measure EVERYTHING and it gets entered in my food log.  I actually enjoy making the entries, and it's important to me that it be accurate.  That's just me.  I realize there are different opinions.

gum ...2 cal sweetener ...diet coke and stuff

I usually don't calorie count, but on days that I do, I don't count things such as lettuce or sprouts that I put on my sandwich. I also don't count radishes if I cut one up and put it on my salad. It's like literally 1 calorie. 

Coffee is like 7 calories a cup, so I don't count that. 

I'm just too lazy to log that many different items. I overestimate on other things, though, or I might add an extra 50 calories or so at the end of the day to account for all the small things. 

I count every single thing.

 

Except water.

water, gum and tea are never counted.  coffee is sometimes, but not usually.

if i'm logging, then everything else (including raw veggies is counted).

I count every single thing. Including water.

Some water has a surprisingly high amount of sodium in it, such that drinking the 'standard' 2 litres/day can easily amount to 500mg sodium - that's 20% of the US RDA.

Water, gum, other foods and drinks with practically zero calories.

There's actually a large list of things that I don't count. 

milk added to tea/coffee, sugar added to tea/coffee, mustard, ketchup, pickles, sips of juice (right out of the bottle, never more than a total of 1 oz), cooking spray, water, gum, lettuce if I'm being lazy/don't have measuring cups/small amount like on a sandwich, etc.  Not worth the hassle.

 

 

Original Post by robin9395:

Actually, there's nothing that goes in my mouth that doesn't get counted.  I weigh, count, or measure EVERYTHING and it gets entered in my food log.  I actually enjoy making the entries, and it's important to me that it be accurate.  That's just me.  I realize there are different opinions.

 Me too I weigh and count everything, it's the only way that works for me, anal I know but there you go.

 

Interesting, I thought more people would be like I don't count veggies this that and etc.....

I've been losing quite well with out counting those few things.....I wonder if I would do better if I counted them???

I count everything that I eat unles it has 0 calories in it

Original Post by pamm915:

Interesting, I thought more people would be like I don't count veggies this that and etc.....

I've been losing quite well with out counting those few things.....I wonder if I would do better if I counted them???

if you are doing well not counting them, why change! We all do whatever works for us. If you were not having success, then I'd agree that you should try something new.

I count veggies only because I like to keep track of the total quantity of vege. Ditto fruit and anything with nutritive value. I found that I eat more fruits/veges if I log them - I enjoy counting that cup of spinach and 1/2 cup of onion and sweet red peppers I put in my egg scramble!

However, I am not a measurer. I guestimate and am happy with the progress that resulted from approximating. If I get too involved with measuring or even weighing myself too often, I get too caught up in the minutiae and stress out which makes the whole process more difficult - but that's just me. Had to find the happy balance, sounds like you did that too!

congrats!

I normally don't count gum or veggies. I don't think it makes a huge impact on my calorie intake, so I don't find it necessary to log.

I log everything I can remember as best I can except water (I know I drink enough water, it is an old habit).  Mostly because it keeps me "mindful" about those almonds I grabbed at a party, or the olives I eat when I am cooking.  But also because I am trying to assure that I get enough fiber, and a lot of the lower calorie foods are the high fiber foods.  Also, I am OCD about scoring an A on the analysis tool, and I don't like to "lose" any credits, even for the slice of tomato on my sandwich!

i normally count close to everything except little things, like when i grab a handful of babyspinach to put on my sandwhich, or dice up some onion and green pepper to through in my eggs.

 

I think that if you want to get a true picture of the balance and nutritional value of your food you should measure and log absolutely everything.  If all you are after is a calorie total the just pad your total number a little to account for all the low/no cal items you eat throughout the day.

I count and log mostly everything...

Although veggies are one of the lowest calorie per gram food item, they still have calories. For instance, if I bake up and eat half of a squash for dinner, I could be racking up 150-200 calories depending on the size of the thing.

Diet pops, sugar-free gum (assuming I chew it longer than half an hour) don't get counted... Crystal Light, Splenda (its 4cal a package) and the Almond Breeze in my coffee does.

I probably wouldn't count... seasonings & spices (like basil, oregano, salt, pepper, etc)... olive oil spray (like pam, etc)... sugar free ketchup (heinz) or mustard... nori sheets (although I probably should cause I eat like 50 sheets in a sitting) or yam/kelp/konbu noodles.... but who am I kidding: I really don't even count any of the foods I eat because I rarely if at all log my calories - I am not a fan of numbers! ha ha

Sorta connected to the topic, but people rarely account for the thermic effect of food, which reduces the caloric value of someones total calories consumed by about 10%.

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