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I dont count sugar free squash, mainly because there is something like 8 cals per pint and I dont drink enough anyway so im trying to encourage myself to drink more by added squash. apart from that i count everything, including milk in tea and salad veg.

i've heard of some people not counting fruit and veg but i think you need to really as a banana is around 100 cals and apples are around 60. sweetcorn is quite high in cals too. so you could be adding on loads of extra cals without realising it.



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I also don't really count the sugar-free drinks I have: flavoured fizzy water (4 calories for a large bottle), pepsi max (1 calorie a can), sugar-free squash (I only drink squash that is very low in calories, although watching things like 'high-juice' because they often have an awful lot of calories in comparison), etc. I don't count them because it's so few calories that even over the course of a day it doesn't add up to much at all (and it gets me drinking more fluids). I count everything else though (including fruit and veg) :)
I count absolutely everything ... even milk in tea (14 calories!). I think that's where I went wrong in the past - guessing here and there, missing out bits and bobs (as the mood took me!), and for me, I need to know exactly where I am number-wise. The main benefit, apart from my newly emerging waist, is learning new portion sizes, for meals and snacks. Hopefully something that will keep me maintaining when I reach goal ... fingers crossed anyway!


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hi, i've been watching my cals, and i don't count sprite zero etc. nor tea (camomile, peppermint ect, but I'd count the milk) and started off counting fruit and veg, but found that then I hardly ate any, so I stopped counting ( as long as I don't overdo it and I would count a banana and that high-kind ones). I find adding an apple and grapes or cucumber and a tea at meals makes me so full or feel like i've eaten a lot, I don't want to eat too soon again.lol
i dont count fruit or veg, but i do count sweetcorn and banana even though i dont eat banana's but if i was to eat an avacado then i'd definately have to count it as its high in cals.

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I don't count salad veg or things like cabbage, spinach etc
I only count the higher carb veg like potato, parsnip, peas etc


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thats great thanks for all your replys a good read........ tbh i never thought of counting no added sugar drinks a habit from other diet plans probably and i dont count green veg and green salad leaves:)
I think the great thing sbout calorie counting is that you decide how you want to use it. Some people are really strict and count every single calorie, I was like that to start and think it's a good way to establish your diet in the early days. However as I have gone on I now barely count at all, I just use what I learnt in those early days to judge what I can eat in a day. My diet isn't very varied (I'm fussy), so I knwo the calorie contents of most of what I eat off by heart so just a rough mental tally of the bulk of what I eat is usually enough to keep me on track. I'm sure there will come a time when that stops working, then I'll go back to monitoring every morsel I eat til I get back on track.
I count all foods to the nearest 0.01 cal

Pepsi Max dont count (1cal)
Nescafe dont count (67cals per 100g about 80 coffee's)
Silver Spoon Sweetener dont count (0.2cals)
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