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Have you been stunned by your Fit-A-Day or any nutrition tracking program results?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 01, 2012 at 12:10 AM

I thought I'd play around with Fit-A-Day. Turns out the hubby and I were eating way more carbs then we'd expected. While eating peas and green beans (but NO safe starches), and other foods we were eating 20% carbohydrate!

That means when we were eating safe starches with each meal - which we had done from Aug 2011-February 2012 - we were doing at least 40-50% carbohydrate! No wonder we put on at least an extra 2 inches and 10 pounds! Of course on SAD and high grain/legume diets that rate of weight gain happened in about 1-2 weeks!

I'm not big into counting calories but now I'm a little more careful about watching my portion size -especially for carbs.

I've found I have poor self-control with safe starches - potatoes, yams, plantains, tapioca, white rice - I just want more and I can't eyeball the amount appropriate for me! If I were to eat 20% carbs with safe starches, I would have to measure and stick to strict regiment. Anyone else have this similar issue?

Any other shocking revelations your tracking has shown? Like maybe eating too many nuts, or having too much liver (yes - I've done both too in the past) LOL.

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This was my experience too... I am often very surprised by how few calories I take in when I enter my meals into a tracker. It's good because it reminds me to eat more.

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on June 01, 2012
at 12:29 AM

Definitely. After unintentionally losing way too much weight (I didn't really want or need to lose any) I started tracking my calories with Fitday and found that left to my own devices I was eating way under the amount I needed to maintain my weight. Though food tracking is kind of annoying, it's really helpful to make sure I'm getting enough calories.

E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

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on June 01, 2012
at 12:39 AM

This was my experience too... I am often very surprised by how few calories I take in when I enter my meals into a tracker. It's good because it reminds me to eat more.

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on June 01, 2012
at 07:48 AM

I tracked it for a while, and was shocked that even though I thought I was stuffing my face, with 1-2 steaks a day, coffee with cream, greens with butter, spoonfuls of coconut oil, some potatoes, a piece of fruit, a few pieces of 90% chocolate, and a few glasses of wine, I never exceeded 1700-1800 calories per day. I was also shocked at the high percentage of calories 2 glasses of wine equals with caloric intake at that level.

I was also fascinated that when left to eat by what made me feel best, instinct, desire, or whatever you want to call it, I ended up with a ratio of roughly 55-70% fat, 15-25% protein, and the rest carbs/alcohol.

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on June 01, 2012
at 12:44 AM

I've gone through two bouts of nutrition tracking, and both ended both absolutely hating it. I do, however, find it a great tool for occasional use—I've checked my food intake after the fact on paleotrack.com out of curiosity, and come away with useful information every time.

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