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so if your eating mainly vegetables do you still count their calories? im talking plain steamed cauliflower carrots etc. or do you discount them if they are a side dish as part of main meal?
If it has calories, count it.
I count everything.. it still has calories, right? (Heck, I even log my plain black coffee, and that only has 5 calories... I still want to get the whole picture).
Plus, if you log everything, you can do the "Analysis" of your diet and get a better picture of what nutrients you are missing.
Alas... yes. You'd be surprised how quickly these 5 calories here... 10 calories there add up.
I count everything too!
Tea for me is 0 cal - but i still log it. I also had 2 cups of salad that had only 10 cal - but i still logged it. It will contribute to the analysis part even if it's a small amount of calories.
I know that some diet plans allow you to eat veggies and not count them. But when you are counting calories you count everything you eat and drink.
Aside from the fact that those calories do add up and contribute to your overall intake, if you include them in your food log, then you will also get a more accurate analysis (on the analysis page) of your nutrient intake.. you will be able to easily see where your diet is good and where it needs improvement. The goal is to be more healthy also, so by including vegetables and fruit in your counting and logging you will also be aware of how much fiber, essential vitamins and minerals you are consuming.
Only things I do not count is water and my fizzy carb-free waters. If it has fat, protein, carbohydrates, et cetra I count it.
Not sure if sodium has calories though. It would be worth looking into though... huh.
Anyway, yes- yes I do.
I agree. If you are counting calories, then you count everything. How else can you know what your deficit is?
Why are you eating mainly vegetables? Make sure you are giving your body everything it needs to be healthy. That includes whole grains and lean proteins.
A calorie is a calorie and while cauliflower is very low in calories not all veg is, carrots being an example of the not so low variety.
I count it. Some veggies do have a fare share of calories (peas for example) And once I accidentally ate a third of my daily intake in cherries (I know, I know, they are fruit, but still...)
I also find it satisfactory if my nutrients analysis isn't all in the red.
I just log them for the vitamin content, if I'm having a substantial amount. but a lot of times if they're small amounts (like <1/2 cup of lettuce in a sandwich) I'll leave it out.
There's a lot of guess work going in on my calorie logs anyway, I just try to be liberal with the guesses on more dense food and not hassle with some of the small quantities of veggies.