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First day - never calorie counted before

Discussion in 'Calorie Counting' started by BubblyLady4, 12 August 2014 Social URL.

  1. BubblyLady4

    BubblyLady4 Well-Known Member

    Hi all, i am 100% new to calorie counting!! I have started today and am using MFP :)

    Any advice or tips?!

    My daily allowance is 1506 calories to lose a pound a week.

    Do you just look at calories or do you look at fat etc aswell or does couting the calories take care of that??

    Thanks xXx
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  3. BubblyLady4

    BubblyLady4 Well-Known Member

    Sorry thought i'd add i currently belong to a SW group and have lost 2 stone, but have now come to a standstill - so am using this as a kick start, whilst still going SW to get weighed :) xXx
  4. hotsue67

    hotsue67 Well-Known Member

    Hi there, I mainly look at the calories, as i can easily over eat on low sugar or low fat food, so I need the control of the calorie amount. X

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  5. lardydah

    lardydah Irregular Member

    I use MFP too and only look at my daily overall calories - you can always manually change your fat, protein, carb ratios in the settings if you find you prefer to eat more protein etc. I really love using the app - I usually put what I plan on eating in advance and see if it all fits in - it's saved me many a time from grabbing at choccy digestives when I'm in the kitchen ... you tend to enjoy them less when you have to log them!
  6. systema

    systema Well-Known Member

    I use a pen and paper :D I have a small book in which I have tabled the calorie value of the foods I eat in 100gm values as well as the usual portion I eat and I weigh everything I eat so no guess work involved. May seem a bit over the top but it worked for me. I did SW but found my portions of free food were too large and I did gain weight.
    So for example when I have breakfast I usually have the same so know my cals for that then write it in my diary and take it away from my daily total I allow myself.
    I write down everything I eat even if it is only 5 grapes. When I eat something new I write it in my book for next time so I can just look it up.
    I did use MFP but would forget to put things in it and found my written diary is the best way for me - I also didn't like the way MFP adds the calories for exercise to my daily total.
    I just count calories as I am veggie and cook from scratch so know what is in my food.
  7. lindseydodd408

    lindseydodd408 Well-Known Member

    Quit sugar, it's the most liberating thing that I've ever done. For the first time I eat to live and food is no longer the boss of me!!! Good luck. Xxx

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  8. lardydah

    lardydah Irregular Member

    Wow - congratulations systema - just noticed you're at target!!
    And amazing consistent weekly progress - strict counting has obviously worked for you - brilliant motivation for me and again a huge well done for reaching your goal :winner:
  9. systema

    systema Well-Known Member

    Thank you - have been looking for your diary but can't find it - do you have one?
  10. lardydah

    lardydah Irregular Member

    I don't have a diary on here, I just log it on MFP. My username's on my profile and my diary's open if you fancy a critique! I'll try to find yours when I'm back on the laptop tomorrow - I've never succeeded in maintaining in a healthy way so may sneak a peek at yours to see what a successful maintainer eats ... yes that's you :)

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