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Calorie Counting Frustration

As some of you guys might know from my other thread, I lost about 100 lbs in the last year. Never counted a single calorie.

Anyway, I still have about 30 lbs to lose and I saw some famous youtube bodybuilding guys using a site called myfitnesspal to track your macros. Ive been using that site for the past month or so but all it has done for me is make me more frustrated. It feels like I am developing OCD with that site. Im gonna go back to my instinctive way of eating starting Monday.

Do any of you experience the same?

i’ve only noticed good things with counting calories

instinctive eating ftw.

8-12oz of protein and some fat x2-3 meals pre workout. more protein and lots of carbs post workout.

if you make things too complicated youre going to frustrate yourself and give up. especially if youre not a competitive bodybuilder having to step on stage at 4% bodyfat.

[quote]paulieserafini wrote:
i’ve only noticed good things with counting calories[/quote]

Same here. I can only get so far with instinctive eating. Even though from years of experience I’ve become a pretty good “guesstimator”, I don’t see extreme results until I begin a food log. Big pain in the ass but worth it and necessary.

I was just going to make a thread about this.

Does anyone have a particular website they’d recommend for measuring the amount of calories etc. in their food?

[quote]Goodfellow wrote:
I was just going to make a thread about this.

Does anyone have a particular website they’d recommend for measuring the amount of calories etc. in their food?[/quote]

Fitday

[quote]xXSeraphimXx wrote:

[quote]Goodfellow wrote:
I was just going to make a thread about this.

Does anyone have a particular website they’d recommend for measuring the amount of calories etc. in their food?[/quote]

Fitday[/quote]

x2

I don’t see it as being so much of a task like people make it out to be. But I’m simple. I eat the same things every single day and it doesn’t bother me so once i get in the groove i never even need to log until my coach tells me to drop calories

I use excel. Very simple after its set up.

[quote]Goodfellow wrote:
I was just going to make a thread about this.

Does anyone have a particular website they’d recommend for measuring the amount of calories etc. in their food?[/quote]

Calorieking.com

Quick, easy, and breaks out macros well. It also has calories per g, oz, and random measurements. I don’t know if it can log though.

[quote]paulieserafini wrote:

[quote]xXSeraphimXx wrote:

[quote]Goodfellow wrote:
I was just going to make a thread about this.

Does anyone have a particular website they’d recommend for measuring the amount of calories etc. in their food?[/quote]

Fitday[/quote]

x2

I don’t see it as being so much of a task like people make it out to be. But I’m simple. I eat the same things every single day and it doesn’t bother me so once i get in the groove i never even need to log until my coach tells me to drop calories[/quote]

Agreed. I eat the same foods, but necessarily every day. I made a cheat sheet on the inside of my cupboard for everything I normally eat (calories/gram or /oz, and P/C/F). Makes it super easy to take something out of the fridge, weigh it, and devour it.

An Example of my excel tracker… It’s not that bad to set up. And after you have it, it paints a good picture.

Daily

Weight & Calories (I’m on an AD template… thus explaining the weekend spike)

THAT IS THE COOLEST EXCEL TEMPLET I HAVE EVER SEEN!

Being a math/accounting geek would you be willing to share your amazing template with me?

All calorie counting is a pain in the ass, when you start. But the rewards…

Fitday is good and I heard Livestrong web site has a good one also.

swole.me is not bad also as a different percpective.

MyNetDiary is pretty good, I use the Android app on my phone.

[quote]pshannon wrote:
THAT IS THE COOLEST EXCEL TEMPLET I HAVE EVER SEEN!

Being a math/accounting geek would you be willing to share your amazing template with me? [/quote]

Sure thing, Send your email in a PM.

food packaging can legally be up to 20% off on calorie counts. Studies were done where the avg seemed to be about 10-14%.

Restaurants are even worse.

Gut bacteria can dictate weight gain/loss when calories are equal.

chew on that.

It’s an ok idea to get an estimate of how much you’re consuming, but don’t overthink or over-analyze this stuff.

In the end, fuck calories :wink:

I don’t get as fancy with spread sheets. I just read labels. Plus it’s alot of the same lean meats, eggs etc which I know off the top of my head. I just write it on a piece of scrap paper each day and tally as I go along. My body will stay almost the same when I just “guestimate” like Paulie does but when I need to push the envelope to something more extreme I have to count.