# How the hell do you count calorie if you are making actual food? Do you count the individual ingredients?

How the hell do you count calorie if you are making actual food? Do you count the individual ingredients? If I make a cauliflower salad with what I have in the fridge, I have to weigh and log each part?

1. 1 week ago
Anonymous

no, just guess
as a matter of fact, just fill in random numbers

2. 1 week ago
Anonymous

Tf is that

• 1 week ago
Anonymous

must be some ai generated shit.

• 1 week ago
Anonymous

must be some ai generated shit.

Dalle Mini

3. 1 week ago
Anonymous

Yes. You don't have to be exact, I don't eat cauliflower so I couldn't tell you but a lot of vegetables (pickles, lettuce, sliced onions, grape tomatoes) I just round down to 0. Starchy ones like potatoes and carrots I count.

In general you either count long enough that you have the macros recorded or even memorized, and/or eat the same foods so that even if you're off by a bit you can still make intake adjustments. If you're maintaining weight on your current diet and the numbers add up to 2200, then it's not that important that 2200 is the number, but that the amounts you eat add up to maintenance

• 1 week ago
Anonymous

Just get a kitchen scale and weigh everything and measure by weight

• 1 week ago
Anonymous

Takes too long, especially with stuff like shredded cheese on quesadillas, peeled fruit like bananas/oranges

4. 1 week ago
Anonymous

How bad do you want it? Whatever it is.

Yes, is the answer. If you want to count your calories, get a scale and weigh your food. If you want to estimate it, then fine. It's not rocket surgery.

• 1 week ago
Anonymous

Yes. You don't have to be exact, I don't eat cauliflower so I couldn't tell you but a lot of vegetables (pickles, lettuce, sliced onions, grape tomatoes) I just round down to 0. Starchy ones like potatoes and carrots I count.

In general you either count long enough that you have the macros recorded or even memorized, and/or eat the same foods so that even if you're off by a bit you can still make intake adjustments. If you're maintaining weight on your current diet and the numbers add up to 2200, then it's not that important that 2200 is the number, but that the amounts you eat add up to maintenance

If you want to be accurate you would have to weigh everything.

Most people cant be assed to do that which is why IMO its better to just replace junk food with healthy choices. Its pretty hard to be obese eating nothing but eggs, chicken, brown rice and broccoli.

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Yes, weigh each ingredient and then store the recipe in some app so you don't have to do it again in the future

Yeah good points. I guess I am just lazy, but then again that is how I got fat. When making food for other people to, it is hard to choose easy to count things

• 1 week ago
Anonymous

You can be pretty lazy and have a good diet if you know what to do and develop good habits.

Buy a rice cooker and a steamer, make a fuckton of brown rice and steamed broccoli.

Then get a bunch of chicken breasts, season them and bake them. Cook them only to 150F so theyre moist and juicy instead of dry and shitty.

Congratulations you just made a weeks worth of meal prep in 10 minutes prep time with no real cooking talent at all.

• 1 week ago
Anonymous

The problem is that I have a wife, small kids and plenty of cooking talent, so that kind of diet is a no go.

• 1 week ago
Anonymous

You got fat by eating food that makes you fat (carbs+fats combo). You stay skinny by either doing protein+fat or protein+carb, never carb+fat.

5. 1 week ago
Anonymous

Yes, weigh each ingredient and then store the recipe in some app so you don't have to do it again in the future

6. 1 week ago
Anonymous

If you want to be accurate you would have to weigh everything.

Most people cant be assed to do that which is why IMO its better to just replace junk food with healthy choices. Its pretty hard to be obese eating nothing but eggs, chicken, brown rice and broccoli.

• 1 week ago
Anonymous

pretty much OP. I use MyFitnessPal, load up on healthy foods and more or less eyeball stuff. as far as I'm concerned it's not worth approaching autistic levels of measuring all your portions unless you're working seriously with a nutritionist.

• 1 week ago
Anonymous

to expand on this a bit, when I search 'spinach' in the app the default quantity others have recorded is 1 cup. this is a retarded and meaningless measurement in my country, so I just shove a handful or two of spinach in.

if you're sticking in some branded shit you need to be a little more careful though and actually search for the product, or scan via barcode. in these cases there are usually pre-defined sensible portions (e.g. 1/2 a pack of egg noodles) so it's straightforward to approximate.

tbh if you're losing weight your main goal should be eating healthier food and reducing caloric intake at a minimum. variation of 100-200 calories *shouldn't* make a massive difference although you obviously want to be trending down overall.

• 1 week ago
Anonymous

>Asked not to be an autist on IST.
Yeah I guess. I can’t imagine doing it forever anyway, so more to get an idea and then do that.

7. 1 week ago
Anonymous

I just tend to guess

• 1 week ago
Anonymous

to expand on this a bit, when I search 'spinach' in the app the default quantity others have recorded is 1 cup. this is a retarded and meaningless measurement in my country, so I just shove a handful or two of spinach in.

if you're sticking in some branded shit you need to be a little more careful though and actually search for the product, or scan via barcode. in these cases there are usually pre-defined sensible portions (e.g. 1/2 a pack of egg noodles) so it's straightforward to approximate.

tbh if you're losing weight your main goal should be eating healthier food and reducing caloric intake at a minimum. variation of 100-200 calories *shouldn't* make a massive difference although you obviously want to be trending down overall.

It’s more that I usually don’t follow a recipe when making family dinner, so stopping and measuring everything is an extra step, but being obsessive for a couple of weeks it not a problem I guess

8. 1 week ago
Anonymous

Stop counting calpries and simply workout harder, longer, and more full bodied, dummy.

Do it smrt, not nerd.

• 1 week ago
Anonymous

t. 20% BF fatty

• 1 week ago
Anonymous

>...and this dude was dyel, so fucking dyel, and I said "Put the fork down, fattie!"
>Hahaha, pwned!

• 1 week ago
Anonymous

Love that Midget like you wouldn't believe

9. 1 week ago
Anonymous

If you make a meal you count the calories for each ingredient, obviously

Just weigh the ingredient, or if you know you're making a meal for 4 and add 100g of an ingredient, count roughly 25g

It's really not difficult

10. 1 week ago
Anonymous

You have to weight every ingredient but veggies have so little calories that there is no point counting them unless you are eating a very high amount

11. 1 week ago
Anonymous

calorie counting is for manlets and gays. You're not a tiny little gay are you?

12. 1 week ago
Anonymous

If you use MFP there's a section to create recipes, weigh everything you use the first time then guess after that.
If you want to be strict, what I do is weigh out a serving and then portion out the leftovers in equal amounts so that I know exactly how much I'm getting.

13. 1 week ago
Anonymous

Honestly? I dont. I just weight the highest calorie items, proteins and fats and then always miss my cut goal by about 1.5 lbs and cut 1 extra week. Ezpz

14. 1 week ago
Anonymous

I just weigh everything if it's not a particularly complicated recipe I plan on eating for week. Like if I get pork loin and it 1.8 lbs that's about 4 200g portions cut it 4 and log one on the next four days. If I'm making soup or something I'll do the create recipe option and the weights of everything then amend the recipe with the post cooking weight. So whatever portion I pull out of there I can just do weight on.

The scale is usually faster than doing things volumetrically and cleaning the additional measuring cups or spoons. Put the bowl on the scale press tare, put the cereal in remember weight, tare, milk ez. It's also less messy to do things with condiments or cooking oils, you just tare the bottle out then whatever you used will come up as negative. It's just very practical for not needing to use measuring cups all the time and always being accurate.

15. 1 week ago
Anonymous

Chronometer is based because it scans barcodes to quickly get the food