(Closed) Question for My Fitness Pal users!

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
223 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

This is why I stopped using my fitness pal, so I hope someone can help answer this question!  I just started writing everything down in excel and sending it to my nutrionist and she would fill in the calories for me 🙂  Then I would use her notes for my future meals.  I am a very picky eater so for me it worked since I don’t have much variety in my meals.

Post # 4
6222 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

Well you would add all of those ingredients separately. It would help if you measured the ingredients, but obviously that is inconvenient at a salad bar

Post # 5
4675 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@MeiFrancis:  +1

This is what I do in these instances.  I try to make most of my food though, then I know what goes into the food.  When I can’t, I either take a similar measurement, or guess.  After you start counting calories on a regular basis, you start to get an idea of the estimated calorie count on stuff you don’t make.  The whole calorie counting becomes easier.  

Post # 7
246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

If you add them up separately long enough, you learn very quickly how many calories food is worth. I’ve been using MFP for about 2 years and I barely fill in anything anymore; I usually just end up putting a ‘quick add calories’ for each meal or the whole day. Because of that, I tend to use FitBit’s website more often now, because I have a fitbit and can track my exercise and food all in one place seamlessly. 

Post # 8
117 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I know it sounds bad to say guess, but I always try to find a few similar items in the search bar, then pick the one with the highest calorie count. That way I know I’m not underestimating how much I’m eating and if it’s an overestimation, then I saved myself a few calories for the day.

Post # 9
2214 posts
Buzzing bee

@MeiFrancis:  +1

I made all of my food, so I actually measure and weigh everything.  I’ve been on MFP for a year so when I’m out now, I’m really good about estimating how much I’m eating. When I first started, I was wayyyyy underestimating. So I would get good measuring supplies, including a scale, and start by measuring everything you eat at home.

When you’re out, you do have to estimate. For the salad, just enter everything individually. If it’s a salad you make regularly at lunch if you go to the same place, then you can create a food on MFP using the nutritional stats from when you entered everything indiviudally so that you don’t always have to do that. (Go to the Food tab, then click “My Foods” at the top, then “create food”)

I have my own foods for my lunch salad that I make almost daily, my morning latte that I make at home, the sandwich I get at Subway, the burrito bowl I get at Chipotle, common dinners that I make, etc. So if you spend a few minutes one day making your own food listing, then it’s super easy in the future.

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