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Do green and non starchy vegetables count towards daily Calorie intake?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 06, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Do green and non starchy vegetables count towards daily Calorie intake? Including leafy veggies, broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, etc. Not carrots and roots or starches. I am wondering because i count calories and i always feel like i want more veggies, but it would go over my calories for the day if i eat more than my already 7 servings a day that i already consume. I eat no fruit and occasionally some nuts, but not often. I eat high fat and moderate protein. I am not overyly hungry,but i just want more veggies.

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on March 07, 2013
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Binging behavior, regardless of the food consumed, needs to be evaluated. If the individual cannot figure out or control the trigger, they need to seek professional help.

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on March 07, 2013
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@Myth, because calories are all that matter when it comes to weight loss.

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on March 07, 2013
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It may do in long run emotionally and otherwise...

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on March 07, 2013
at 11:29 AM

what do you recomend for someone who binges on veggies?

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on March 07, 2013
at 03:19 AM

Why are you counting calories in the first place?

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at 07:24 PM

Avoiding highly nutritious foods because of their negligible calorie count is a mistake. There's no way that any of the things listed will interfere with weight loss unless you drench them in butter or something.

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61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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Non-starchy veggies are actually very low in calories. Why are you counting calories? Are you wanting more veggies because you are hungry or bored? Do you binge on veggies? All of the questions need to be answered for you to determine which path to take.

If you are honest to goodness hungry, eat the veggies. If you are bored, go for a walk.

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on March 07, 2013
at 11:29 AM

what do you recomend for someone who binges on veggies?

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on March 07, 2013
at 06:08 PM

Binging behavior, regardless of the food consumed, needs to be evaluated. If the individual cannot figure out or control the trigger, they need to seek professional help.

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on March 07, 2013
at 03:40 AM

Never feel guilty about wanting more vegetables! I am a lot like you (except I don't count calories)... I do eat a high fat high protein diet... So when I am still hungry, I go straight for the vegetables and never feel guilt at all! Jump on that spinach ;)

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on March 08, 2013
at 02:00 PM

Thank you everyone for the responses. Yes, i am trying to lose weight. Sometimes i am not hungry and i try not to eat during those times. Otherwise, if i am hungry, i eat and that may be very well over my calories for that day, which is not bad because i am hungry and my body wants it. Otherwise, i only crave the veggies or fatty foods. I usually log all my veggies and i realize that they come close or even over 50 grams a day. I eat that much in veggies, yes. I only want more sometimes.

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on March 07, 2013
at 12:17 PM

Maybe you're conditioned to like the feeling of 'fullness' that ingesting lots of fibrous veg can provide... And or maybe you are malnourished and your body wants the (micro)nutrition that veg can help with...

The things you listed are generally not energy dense but they are going to provide energy still, especially if you have a lot of (certain types) of them. Of those you listed brussel sprouts are relatively high in carbs and energy compared to other non-starchy veg. The leafy greens have the least energy; a huge amount of spinach probably won't make you eat more than you think you should. This leads me to a question that echoes Myth's: why are you calorie counting? If you're hungry it may well be better that you eat, especially if that hunger impels you to eat highly nutritious fare...

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on March 07, 2013
at 02:35 AM

Yes, all food (including green veggies) count toward your calorie intake. However, most green vegetables have so few calories, you would get sick before you ate a lot of calories from them. Ex there's only 20 calories in an entire CUP of cabbage!

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on March 06, 2013
at 10:53 PM

I don't bother counting them and I am in a weight-loss/calorie counting phase right now. I still track what I eat because I'm trying to be aware of my portions, macro/micro nutrients and when/why I feel the need to eat (ie. am I really hungry, am I eating due to an emotional response or am I just bored). However, as for the calories, I don't really bother tallying them up for non-starchy veggies.

It's nearly impossible to "over-eat" on non-starchy veggies anyway, so even if you feel like eating just because you're bored, it's not like overloading on celery is going to do anything terrible.

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on March 07, 2013
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It may do in long run emotionally and otherwise...

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on March 06, 2013
at 10:42 PM

No. Eat the veggies

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