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How practicable is measuring the calorie intake of every day ?

Discussion in 'Keep Fit & Maintain Shape' started by darmesh, Jun 11, 2014.

  1. darmesh

    darmesh Platinum IL'ite

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    Hi Gauri03, hmishra, rakhii, sdiva20 , lak09 & Shanvy,

    Using Myfitnesspal, I can successfully learn to calculate the calorie intake of my daily food intake. My day's intake on 17th June 2014 has been as above.

    What I once thought as impracticable and impossible has become easily possible, thanks to the above friends.

    Without you guys, I would have continued to believe 'counting calories is a myth'.

    Now I am able to do the same, then and then, as I eat every food stuff.

    It is approximate, I understand.

    But it helps me immensely to do restrained eating !

    Thanks again, friends !:thankyou2:
     
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  2. darmesh

    darmesh Platinum IL'ite

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    Calorie counting has become very easy and practically possible 100 % , thanks to the members who repeatedly encouraged me to make me believe in the concept and practise it.

    For example yesterday has been a day of indulging eating. My calorie limitation for a day is 1970 calories only. Yesterday I reached 2690 calories, due to the Mutton biriyani I ate.

    This calorie counting helps me very much in RESTRAINED EATING.

    The following is my yesterday's food dairy :
     
  3. darmesh

    darmesh Platinum IL'ite

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    Your Food Diary For:


    Sunday, June 29, 2014


    [TABLE="class: table0"]
    [TR="class: meal_header"]
    [TD="class: first alt"]Breakfast
    [/TD]
    [TD="class: alt"]Calories
    [/TD]
    [TD="class: alt"][/TD]
    [TD="class: alt"][/TD]
    [TD="class: alt"][/TD]
    [TD="class: alt"][/TD]
    [TD="class: alt"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="class: first alt"]Raw - Banana, 1 Medium 7 to 8 inches long
    [/TD]
    [TD]105
    [/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD="class: delete"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="class: first alt"]Parle - Hide and Seek (Chocolate Chip Cookies), 1 Biscuit
    [/TD]
    [TD]25
    [/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD="class: delete"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="class: first alt"]Mcvitie's - Lights Digestive Biscuits, 2 Biscuit
    [/TD]
    [TD]132
    [/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD="class: delete"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="class: first alt"]Raw - Banana, 1 Medium 7 to 8 inches long
    [/TD]
    [TD]105
    [/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD="class: delete"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="class: first alt"]Raw - Cucumber, 1 medium
    [/TD]
    [TD]24
    [/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD="class: delete"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="class: first alt"]Home Prepared - Plain Dosa (1:1), 2 piece
    [/TD]
    [TD]160
    [/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD="class: delete"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="class: first alt"]Homemade-southindian - Sambar, 0.5 cup (180gm)
    [/TD]
    [TD]76
    [/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD="class: delete"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="class: first alt"]Generic - Haldiram- Aloo Bhujia, 10 g
    [/TD]
    [TD]63
    [/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD="class: delete"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: bottom"]
    [TD="class: first alt"]breakfast total


    [/TD]
    [TD]690
    [/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: meal_header"]
    [TD="class: first alt"]

    Lunch
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="class: first alt"]Generic - 1 Cup Rice, 1.5 cup
    [/TD]
    [TD]315
    [/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD="class: delete"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="class: first alt"]Dal - Dal, 1/4 cup (125ml)
    [/TD]
    [TD]85
    [/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD="class: delete"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="class: first alt"]Homemade - Potato Fries, 2.25 potato
    [/TD]
    [TD]315
    [/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD="class: delete"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="class: first alt"]Curds - 100 g, 150 g
    [/TD]
    [TD]155
    [/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD="class: delete"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: bottom"]
    [TD="class: first alt"]lunch total
    [/TD]
    [TD]870
    [/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: meal_header"]
    [TD="class: first alt"]

    Dinner
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="class: first alt"]Generic - Mutton Biriyani, 450 g
    [/TD]
    [TD]977
    [/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD="class: delete"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: bottom"]
    [TD="class: first alt"]dinner total

    [/TD]
    [TD]977
    [/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: meal_header"]
    [TD="class: first alt"]

    Snacks
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="class: first alt"]Quick Added Calories, 100 calories
    [/TD]
    [TD]100
    [/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD="class: delete"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="class: first alt"]Mangos - Raw, 0.5 cup, sliced
    [/TD]
    [TD]54
    [/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD="class: delete"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: bottom"]
    [TD="class: first alt"]snacks total

    [/TD]
    [TD]154
    [/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: spacer"]
    [TD="class: first, colspan: 6"][/TD]
    [TD="class: empty"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: total"]
    [TD="class: first"]Total for the whole day
    [/TD]
    [TD]2,691
    [/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD="class: empty"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: total alt"]
    [TD="class: first"]Your Daily Goal
    [/TD]
    [TD] 1,970
    [/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD="class: empty"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: total remaining"]
    [TD="class: first"]Excess
    [/TD]
    [TD="class: negative"] 721
    [/TD]
    [TD="class: negative"][/TD]
    [TD="class: negative"][/TD]
    [TD="class: negative"][/TD]
    [TD="class: positive"][/TD]
    [TD="class: positive"][/TD]
    [TD="class: empty"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="class: first"][/TD]
    [TD="class: alt"]Calories
    [/TD]
    [TD="class: alt"][/TD]
    [TD="class: alt"][/TD]
    [TD="class: alt"][/TD]
    [TD="class: alt"][/TD]
    [TD="class: alt"][/TD]
    [TD="class: empty"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [/TABLE]

    If every day were like today... You'd weigh 72.8 kg in 5 weeks


     
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  4. VaniVyas

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    Dear Darmesh,

    Nice tips...

    But can you please guide me how to use the fitness pal. I have downloaded it long ago but did not know how to use it. For example, I am not accurate on the quantity of curd, dhal I take... I cannot know how much does 1 cup of rice mean.

    Also all I could do in fitness pal was to compute calories provided it is a packed food. Recently I entered the data as shown in a white bread packet as I usually eat bread for breakfast. The data on the packet of bread was for 100 gms of bread. After entering all data, they asked how much I consume.... I eat 4 slices and thought will try to write 100 gms as I may be consuming 100 gms in 4 slices.:bang

    I was shocked to see the result , by the time I entered 100 gms. it shows I can only eat 50 more calories throughout the day. Mean while, I only finished my bf....:idontgetit:

    :bonkhow to use fitness pal???? Please advise...........:bowdown
     
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    Special thanks to the following members, who spent their valuable time and energy to explain how this process is possible step by step with patience.

    Gauri03, hmishra, rakhii, sdiva20 , lak09 & Shanvy,

    Guys....! Because of you , I have been doing Calorie counting daily with great ease and with hardly any time expenditure. I count it then and then, as I eat anything.
     
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    Counting the calories for a non branded food like one cup of rice is what one needs to learn.

    • First go to the first page of this thread.


    • Up to post no. 10 , you will find member after member, saying counting calories is impossible.


    • Then start from post no. 11 of page 2 of this thread. Read it patiently , again and again. As you read , go on doing it on your Myfitnesspal .


    • At first, it will sound difficult and time taking.


    • Trust me I have been saying to every one (though I am a para-medic myself) that calorie counting is impossible.


    • Now due to this thread and the members' guidance, I have been counting my calorie intake daily.


    • To top it all, it helps in restrained eating !
     
  7. Laks09

    Laks09 Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Vani,
    Don't worry about the faux pas with the food quantities. You'll soon figure things out. I used standard measuring cups to measure cooked rice/dal/subzi etc. I also added my recipes to the app so I can get accurate calorie data. Now things like 100gms can be misleading. I have a small food scale at home that I use to measure things for DD's science project. I used that to measure food like bread/berries etc and see how much is in 100 gms. That way I know if 100gms = 1 slice or 10 slices. or you can divide the total number of grams in the bread pack by the number of slices to get the grams per slice.
    I have often heard that measuring by cup is not accurate and a food scale is a must. I don't use the scale often though. The reason being, with cup measures, I got to know how much is 1/3,1/2,3/4 etc and I could successfully lose weight with just that.

    Most importantly, I hope you have measuring spoons for oil and stuff. I didn't know that what I thought was a teaspoon of oil was much more. I now make subzis for three days with what I used earlier for one subzi calling it a teaspoon of oil. Things like oil/butter/sugar etc, its better to measure with proper measuring spoons.

    Same thing with sugar. I used to use three tsp of sugar in a cup of coffee(yes I have the ultimate sweet tooth) but when I used an actual measuring spoon it was more like 4. All those extras here and there add up, so measure accurately.

    For rice/dahi etc, those cup measures that we get to use for baking are good. I use those.
     
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    Laks09 Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Dharmesh,
    My kids love aloo bhujia. If I keep it around the house, the adults will finish it off too. I found a good recipe online where the bhujia is baked. I tried it once. It tasted good. All the murukku variety stuff can be made with ragi and baked. Try your hand in the kitchen and let us know how it went!
     
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    Why suddenly, a suggestion to try my hands in kitchen ?thinkingsmiley

    Anyhow, cooking (not daily) as and when need arises is my passion. It is something I always love to . As a kid, my mom never allowed me into kitchen saying it is unbecoming of men to do cooking.

    In the twelve years of life as a bachelor we established our own kitchen and did quite a lot of cooking, tried different dishes.

    In that twelve years, we were 5 men in a house and we did cooking by turn. All five of us loved cooking and developed a passion for it. :)

    From a tea, rice, rasam, sambhar, all veg side dishes , non veg gravies, non veg dry dishes and mutton biriyani, I can cook anything in the South Indian recipes reservoir.

    Cooking is all fun, when there is some maid available for washing utensils.

    Now, we do have a maid to cook (my wife is a working woman, with working hours more than me, it is not possible for her to enter the kitchen).

    I take out the masalas for the individual recipes and the maid does the cooking. Like for example if it is chicken gravy, I mix the masala in mixer with all ingradients, take out the required amount of onion and tomato plus oil. Then, with the masala made by me, maid cooks the chicken gravy.

    This is how our maid cooks every dish. (major cooking process by her , masala by me)
     
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    Laks09 Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Great! Cooking is also an art. Why not post pics of your food creations and recipes in the recipe section? Just a suggestion, I used to frequent there but now I don't have the time to try out anything exotic anymore!
     
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