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Old 05-12-2014, 12:39 PM   #1
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Track food everyday?

I was wondering if you all track your food everyday. I don't anymore. I find many days I eat the same things. Like everyday I have 2 eggs scrambled with HWC and 1/4 cup cheddar cheese with either bacon, ham or pork roll. Then I have one of about four meals for lunch and the same with dinner. I feel like I have tracked the same meals/days so many times that I know what my macros are. If I have a different meal, I will enter that to see what the meal looks like.

Just curious if anyone else feels like this, or if I'm just really boring with what I eat.
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Old 05-12-2014, 12:45 PM   #2
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I do, just because it keeps me honest. I will make myself believe I can eat more than I really should if I don't have those hard numbers to keep me honest. That is just the way my brain works.

I have an app on my phone that makes it easy to track. If you eat the same meal on different days, you can put that in with just a click or two.
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Old 05-12-2014, 01:16 PM   #3
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I still do, but am a SAHM right now and can make time to cook. Plus, I try to eat dinner with my family. So, I'm not repeating many meals. When I get back to work and have less time to cook and meal plan I expect I'll eat more repetitively and may stop tracking.

Like frteach, I find tracking keeps me honest with snacks and such. I even log the free cheese samples I eat at the grocery store on the weekend. Sometimes, I have to adjust my dinner plans if I've had more carbs or protein than expected early in the day.
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Old 05-12-2014, 02:07 PM   #4
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Yes, I do - every day, even when it's the same for several days. I have started to do a lot more cooking and my food tracker allows me to combine the ingredients to make a "meal" and then I can portion the total meal - say: .2 or .25 each day. Sometimes I have to tweak the meals based on ingredients, but I enter them on days that are months before I start tracking.

For an eat the same day - maybe 30 seconds, copy over breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack. I also use it to model what I might eat the next day if I add something new.
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Old 05-12-2014, 02:55 PM   #5
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I don't think you are boring with what you eat - do what works for you. For me, I used tracking macros for a month. This trained me well on serving sizes for meals. I gave that up and for another month found an app that allowed me to track just carbs - this helped me become confident that i could remain at about 20g carbs just by eyeballing meal servings.

I have given tracking up in a conscious decision to try to make this way of eating simpler and more sustainable. The only caveat is that if I see a prolonged stall (or rise) of weight loss - I would then consider carb tracking again.
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Old 05-12-2014, 03:18 PM   #6
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i keep my food everyday - M--F most "accurate" because i prep food for lunch/dinner M-th which is the same thing so easy copy and paste. Friday usually we go out and that is easy too since we go to chipotle and i have a "reciper" added for what i get. Sat/sun changes here and there but i usually stay within my existing meal/recipe so it will be easy add. The "toughest" time for me to track meals is sunday when i prep the meals since i try to experiment and that involves looking through db for nutrion values and weighing things etc.

TIP- always "over estimate" this will keep you more honest about the calories.
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Old 05-12-2014, 03:23 PM   #7
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I track everyday. I'm a bit of a freak and use pen and paper. I have the apps on my phone and IPad, but for some reason I enjoy using pen and paper. It's helping me commit to memory the counts for things. It's not the most efficient system but I find it enjoyable.

I like variety but end up eating the same thing for 2 to 3 days to use up whatever is perishable at the time (for things that don't freeze well). Otherwise I like to mix up my meals as much as reasonably possible.
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Old 05-12-2014, 03:42 PM   #8
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I don't track daily. After all this time, I know what to eat and how much. If I'm making a new recipe, I'll add it to my app and make sure I'm not overeating or underestimating things. I do a day-long spot check every once in a while, and if I'm using blood ketone strips, I'll track every morsel and see what happens with my levels, but other than that, nope.

I do weigh daily, measure monthly, and get a hydrostatic body analysis every four months and chart all of that, but tracking daily food feels like more of a chore and I have no interest in doing that daily.
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Old 05-12-2014, 04:27 PM   #9
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I do still track. I always track what I eat but only use calculators occasionally if I think there may be a problem.
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Old 05-12-2014, 04:32 PM   #10
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I track every day. Makes me feel more secure, I guess!
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Old 05-12-2014, 06:03 PM   #11
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I have been tracking for a long, long time. Everyday for almost 1.5 years straight & differing amounts of time before that. It is a very useful tool - if one is honest with the info. I love the info. It is something that works very well for me.

I'm all about research & facts and "why" things happen so I like having the info to look back on. What was I eating when I was losing so well? What was going on when this or that..? I keep notes on more than food because more than food is involved in my fat loss. Stress, sleep, supplements, activity level, working out, injuries, illness, etc. I have solved more than one mystery and made some unexpected discoveries, too, with all the info.

I don't obsess about weighing & measuring things but I know the ballpark & use that. I eyeball half a bag of veggies instead of weighing it. I'll use half the weight of a pack of 2 chicken breasts instead of weighing them individually. After all, I'll eat the rest of the veggies or the other chicken breast tomorrow.
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Old 05-13-2014, 08:14 AM   #12
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I am a 'reforming' tracker. Just kidding.

I weighed, measured and entered everything for at least 1.5 yrs. I have a pretty good idea of what and how much I consume on a daily basis (I still weigh and measure) but I don't enter it every day anymore. I will do so about once a week to be sure I am on track.

It was important for me initially to be so careful in order to learn what various food's nutritional content was. I was pretty good with the carbs but protein was a new level of learning as was fat. Coming from the traditional Atkins program, I only needed that knowledge. Now, I have a better understanding of all the foods I eat and that can only be beneficial.
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