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Old 06-01-2012, 06:22 AM   #1
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Finding it hard to calculate UD dinners ?

I'm finding the above really frustrating

I find it hard to know exactly how many calories are in my dinner serve? Sometimes i just throw stuff in a croc pot, left overs, left over chicken or meat, abit of this and a bit of that. I only cook with olive oil and even then, its only like a table spoon for a meal for 4-5 people. I dont use creams either. I couldnt see how my dinner serve would be over 300 cals, even then, i dont eat big serves.

I make casseroles and soups and they are the ones that i struggle to measure. Sometimes at the last minute, my kids will request something and i dont weigh it for many reasons. Could 100-200 down on an UD really make that much of a difference?
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Old 06-01-2012, 10:12 AM   #2
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Ugh, I have the same problem. I keep telling myself I should only eat what I can input the calories from - like from a package. I keep track of my calories up until I get home and still have usually 800 to eat! I like to throw in avocadoes, cheese, etc. that I'm lazy about weighing to get accurate counts. So I end up guesstimating.

I don't think missing out on 100-200 calories would hurt, but you'll know by your weight loss or lack thereof. It might if it's a continuous thing on each UD, though.

Hopefully the pros will weigh in. No pun intended.
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Old 06-01-2012, 10:20 AM   #3
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I doubt it would hurt now and then. Your best judge will be whether you see the scale moving down after a week or two.

Vanilla... you are a pro!
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Old 06-01-2012, 10:28 AM   #4
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Oh, Kissa, you're too sweet! I can't consider myself a pro until I've seen the progress that you and the other "losers" have. See my upcoming post in the weight thread.
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Old 06-01-2012, 11:01 AM   #5
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I input all my "recipes" in livestrong all the ingrediets as if they were a meal and then I divide accordingly!
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Old 06-01-2012, 11:43 AM   #6
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I input all my "recipes" in livestrong all the ingrediets as if they were a meal and then I divide accordingly!
This is what I do too. DH cooks dinner when we don't go out and he's very good about saving all the wrappers and packaging for me so I can put everything in to ************ (whether it's 30 items or 3). It's important to get an accurate count. Whether or not a couple of hundred calories one way or the other will affect you can't be determined if you don't have an accurate count to begin with, IMHO. After a while, all your recipes will be put into whatever database you use and you won't have to keep doing that. And you'll be able to see if a couple hundred calories does affect you and you can adjust your eating accordingly.
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Old 06-01-2012, 11:47 AM   #7
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It is really worth getting into the habit of calorie counting...
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I know pretty much what counts are in my food so I rarely count anything.

If I pig out, then I already know it.

For many counting keeps them on track for others, not so much.
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I do count calories, right up to dinner time on an ud. I figure my serve is not more than 300 cals. That's just from years of weighing food.
I think I will check out Livestong though. Thanks everyone for the input.
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Old 06-01-2012, 06:39 PM   #10
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Ok. I registered on livestrong but I cannot figure out how to enter ingredients for a recipe to find calories.

Can someone post some instructions?
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Old 06-01-2012, 07:39 PM   #11
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Ok. I registered on livestrong but I cannot figure out how to enter ingredients for a recipe to find calories.

Can someone post some instructions?
Great minds think alike. Although, im having troubles too.
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Old 06-02-2012, 03:01 AM   #12
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I use ************, sorry can't help.
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Old 06-02-2012, 06:27 AM   #13
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I just checked out ************. That one I may be able to use. It would be great to be able to know how many calories are in a recipe.
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