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Measuring Food.

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Created May 23, 2011 at 7:47 PM

Does anyone measure their food? I'm trying to get my percentages somewhat more balanced and I was curious if anyone measures. For example your olive oil, your meat, cream or do you eyeball it? I'm trying to find the best ratio for weight loss and don't know if that is higher fat or protein. I'm not looking to be super ripped. I just want to lose some weight and tone up my existing muscle.

2f931662684a7747be36255c8b486228

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on May 26, 2011
at 10:38 PM

There's a pretty big window there. Depends on which calculators you use, activity level, height, age, weight, etc. They all vary. One seems to be more reliable for specifically kids. Calculates my duaghter's rec. calorie intake at 1542. Claiming my daughter is active is tough, since for me she's just normal. Though, I suppose if these calculators take into consideration kid's couching in front of the TV, then she is very, very active. http://www.bcm.edu/cnrc/bodycomp/energy/energyneeds_calculator.htm

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on May 25, 2011
at 01:58 PM

But you only have to do it that first week or until your diet stabilizes. No one can do this everyday. Just do it to get a sense of what your daily diet is and when it's changing. That should be your "basis".

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on May 24, 2011
at 08:51 PM

I just feel so neurotic when I measure, keep track, etc. I just want to eat and lose weight. But I know I can probably lose faster if I keep track.

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on May 24, 2011
at 05:21 PM

I listened to it last week. 1g of protein per pound of bodyweight. I'm 300 pounds. I'm eating an average of 275-300g of protein a day...if you're not metabolically deranged you might okay with less.

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

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on May 24, 2011
at 03:59 PM

Yeah, eyeballing when you have no idea of what 50g looks like is just creating a confusion. Scale+CRONOmeter FTW.

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

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on May 24, 2011
at 03:57 PM

Current weight.

Ea36147178112f8793341ec7a01c531d

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on May 24, 2011
at 01:30 PM

KG of what I want to weigh or what I currently weigh?

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on May 24, 2011
at 12:47 PM

i thought it was 1g of protein for every KILOGRAM of body weight, which would be about half as much...

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on May 24, 2011
at 12:39 AM

Curious - where does that 1200 calorie number come from?

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

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on May 23, 2011
at 09:29 PM

(I'm breastfeeding). It burns around 500 cals a day. I'm sure if baby was weaned I'd have to keep it closer to 1500 unless I was really Active. Most days I eat closer to 1900 but I just make a concerted effort not to go too high.

Ea36147178112f8793341ec7a01c531d

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on May 23, 2011
at 08:31 PM

How do you eat 2100 calories? I guess more fat probably makes up the majority of the calories. I'm thinking I need to up my fat to lose this weight.

Ea36147178112f8793341ec7a01c531d

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on May 23, 2011
at 08:15 PM

I like what Kurt Harris suggests. I'm wondering if I should go to just 2 meals a day. A brunch timed meal and then my workout in the afternoon and then dinner.

Ea36147178112f8793341ec7a01c531d

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on May 23, 2011
at 08:08 PM

I keep seeing 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight and then 1 gram per pound of lean body mass. I don't know my lean body mass I just know what the scale says for my total right now. I feel like I get too neurotic about it if I have to weight and measure everything. It's annoying. I like paleo as I feel better since cutting the crap and carbs. But the ratios and amounts and number of meals just makes my head spin.

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667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on May 23, 2011
at 10:06 PM

yes i measure everything now. I've only started this maybe three weeks ago, though. I like it. You gotta have a roadmap of what youve been doing so you can assess later if its been working or not, yknow?

I like livestrong.com for a tracker. I mean, their articles are BS but their tracker is good, has a large database.

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F6ea948ab43dc51d72509c0989e670fe

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on May 23, 2011
at 07:59 PM

I don't bother much beyond figuring out how much protein I'm eating.

I go with Robb Wolf's specifics for eating. 1g of protein per pound of bodyweight, some fat, and veggies w/ at least 2 of the meals during the day. Then yam/sweet potato post workout or when I think I need it. Then the NOW enzyme protocol that he talks about to digest that much meat.

So to get at the 1g of protein measurement, I just did some calculations on how much meat I need to eat a day. Besides that, I don't worry about it. For me, staying on this lifestyle is about finding "paleo" foods. I ignore the "non-paleo foods", except for an occasional cheat. That cheat being non-gluten so I don't feel like I'm going to die.

I did weight watchers, and a bunch of other stuff over the years to try and figure out how to lose weight. I don't think that with my recovery from a binge eating disorder that it's healthy for me to measure and weigh my food. It just builds some sort of neurosis in my habits and mental attitude, and doesn't promote long term sustainability of my actions. I do paleo specifically because I can worry about the quality of the food, and not have to weigh, measure, and worry about it. I figured out how much protein to eat, and I just don't sweat the details.

I think that Kurt Harris does a great thing at archevore talking about how there are no specific nutrient ratios.

I know that people have a lot of success with low-carb, but if you're metabolically deranged, you might have issues with that. I'd recommend some sweet potato with your meal if that's the case.

F6ea948ab43dc51d72509c0989e670fe

(1639)

on May 24, 2011
at 05:21 PM

I listened to it last week. 1g of protein per pound of bodyweight. I'm 300 pounds. I'm eating an average of 275-300g of protein a day...if you're not metabolically deranged you might okay with less.

Ea36147178112f8793341ec7a01c531d

(102)

on May 23, 2011
at 08:08 PM

I keep seeing 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight and then 1 gram per pound of lean body mass. I don't know my lean body mass I just know what the scale says for my total right now. I feel like I get too neurotic about it if I have to weight and measure everything. It's annoying. I like paleo as I feel better since cutting the crap and carbs. But the ratios and amounts and number of meals just makes my head spin.

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

(2399)

on May 24, 2011
at 03:57 PM

Current weight.

Ea36147178112f8793341ec7a01c531d

(102)

on May 24, 2011
at 01:30 PM

KG of what I want to weigh or what I currently weigh?

Ea36147178112f8793341ec7a01c531d

(102)

on May 23, 2011
at 08:15 PM

I like what Kurt Harris suggests. I'm wondering if I should go to just 2 meals a day. A brunch timed meal and then my workout in the afternoon and then dinner.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on May 24, 2011
at 12:47 PM

i thought it was 1g of protein for every KILOGRAM of body weight, which would be about half as much...

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4a7929c2aa05bf11349d9e55cb542d47

on May 24, 2011
at 05:00 PM

I measure everything. I enjoy it. It also helps me keep PUFA in check and O3/O6 ratios in line. I think most people would be surprised with their PUFA numbers considering how often I see people including lots of bacon or chicken in their diet.

I'm pretty paleo... I eat a lot of wild salmon both raw and cooked, only pastured eggs/beef/lamb, no seed oils, no chicken, minimal pork, etc... and I'm at 5.5% PUFA, 4.3:10.7 O3:O6.

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3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

on May 24, 2011
at 02:47 PM

I recommend measuring when you start out. I realize many people recommend not measuring and not calorie counting. However, this is a huge mistake if you truly have zero idea what your intake is in the beginning.

You need to have some "basis" to compare it to how you plan on changing your diet.

Btw, many people who claim to do 50g of carbs I find to be undercounting, exactly because they underestimate the carbs in food sources that are not thought to contain carbs (liver, non-starchy veggies, dairy, packaged meats, etc.). Many who claim to eat 2000 calories also undercount, since they add up only noticeable calorie sources and not measure their "freebies". What's the difference between a 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and 1.5 tbsp? It's equivalent to a good piece of steak.

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

(2399)

on May 24, 2011
at 03:59 PM

Yeah, eyeballing when you have no idea of what 50g looks like is just creating a confusion. Scale+CRONOmeter FTW.

Ea36147178112f8793341ec7a01c531d

(102)

on May 24, 2011
at 08:51 PM

I just feel so neurotic when I measure, keep track, etc. I just want to eat and lose weight. But I know I can probably lose faster if I keep track.

3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

(5152)

on May 25, 2011
at 01:58 PM

But you only have to do it that first week or until your diet stabilizes. No one can do this everyday. Just do it to get a sense of what your daily diet is and when it's changing. That should be your "basis".

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07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on May 23, 2011
at 07:59 PM

I eyeball it, but only after having paid fairly close attention to it for a good long time.

I'll e.g. measure a half cup of nuts and pour it into a bowl and make a note of how full the bowl is. Do it a couple times and you get the hang of it.

Oils and such are less precise, unless I'm following an exact recipe (but I do that less and less frequently). But I used to be a fair mixologist so I've got a knack for getting pretty close with pouring out liquid quantities.

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1d9af5db8833413037be3ac48964714f

on May 24, 2011
at 02:36 AM

Never. I try to eat plenty of real food. Not too much starch and very little sugar.

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7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

on May 24, 2011
at 01:23 AM

I have a food scale and several sets of measuring cups that all get a lot of use.

The easiest way I find to handle weighing/measuring is to do it as soon as I get home from the grocery store. I'll take snack foods like nuts and cheese and measure them out and put them in individual serving size bags. That way it's not a task I have to do every time I eat.

I generally weigh my meat before cooking it.

I keep a set of measuring cups in my drawer at work, just in case I need them.

I got my first food scale at the dollar store. I eventually graduated to a digital scale, but I checked them against each other and the dollar store scale was pretty accurate.

I don't ALWAYS measure, but I do find that if I stop doing it for awhile, my eyeballing gets a little sloppy and I over estimate.

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2f931662684a7747be36255c8b486228

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on May 23, 2011
at 10:18 PM

I generally do not, however, since I am having a hard time convincing my husband in regards to my daughters diet, I did put together a very exhausting list of every nutrient in her almond pancakes along with calories. In order to do this I had to measure what I usually do by rote.

I found it was very useful...I later adapted the recipe to get a more balanced nutritional package. (omega 3 from flax).

I also discovered that she gets a walloping 850 calories for breakfast.(Various foods).

So, now that I know that, I don't worry about her eating a light lunch or dinner. She should only need 1200-1500 calories/day anyway. I was a bit shocked to see these numbers, although her calories are all good cals, no sweeteners, and she is thin, so she must be burning them off.

So all in all, I think its useful to know exactly what you are eating just so you can double check every now and then what you normally guess on.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on May 24, 2011
at 12:39 AM

Curious - where does that 1200 calorie number come from?

2f931662684a7747be36255c8b486228

(1049)

on May 26, 2011
at 10:38 PM

There's a pretty big window there. Depends on which calculators you use, activity level, height, age, weight, etc. They all vary. One seems to be more reliable for specifically kids. Calculates my duaghter's rec. calorie intake at 1542. Claiming my daughter is active is tough, since for me she's just normal. Though, I suppose if these calculators take into consideration kid's couching in front of the TV, then she is very, very active. http://www.bcm.edu/cnrc/bodycomp/energy/energyneeds_calculator.htm

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1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

on May 23, 2011
at 08:15 PM

I measure anything calorie dense like butter or coconut oil and eyeball the rest. (like a deck of cards is 3oz of meat, two dice is an ounce of cheese, etc. If I don't I have a tendency to go overboard and plateau. I keep my ratios about 70% fat, 25% protein And 5% carb. And I try to keep my calories under 2100

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on May 23, 2011
at 09:29 PM

(I'm breastfeeding). It burns around 500 cals a day. I'm sure if baby was weaned I'd have to keep it closer to 1500 unless I was really Active. Most days I eat closer to 1900 but I just make a concerted effort not to go too high.

Ea36147178112f8793341ec7a01c531d

(102)

on May 23, 2011
at 08:31 PM

How do you eat 2100 calories? I guess more fat probably makes up the majority of the calories. I'm thinking I need to up my fat to lose this weight.

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on May 23, 2011
at 08:09 PM

not entirely on topic, but you may find this helpful: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/how-to-succeed-with-the-primal-blueprint/

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