Weight Loss Support - Do you count the calories in fruit and veg?




serendipity907
07-05-2010, 08:13 AM
I only really count the calories in fruit and veg like bananas, avocados, any dried fruits and potatoes.

Most other fruit and vegetable I don't bother counting. If I'm making a vegetable stew, I'll count the calories in the beans, the sauce, and then maybe add 20 for the rest of the veg if there's a lot, but I don't see much point in counting it :) It hasn't hampered my weight loss, and it means I end up eating more veggies since I'm not 'using up' calories on them.

This might not work for everyone, so I was curious what the people on here do? :)


astrophe
07-05-2010, 08:14 AM
It isn't hard on Fitday PC so I just count it all.

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Losing It 2010
07-05-2010, 08:23 AM
I use a calorie counter on another website and I count every calorie at this point. I have to because if I didn't then I would probably go into graze mode and go way over my target calories for the day even eating veggies and fruit.

I only really count the calories in fruit and veg like bananas, avocados, any dried fruits and potatoes.

Most other fruit and vegetable I don't bother counting. If I'm making a vegetable stew, I'll count the calories in the beans, the sauce, and then maybe add 20 for the rest of the veg if there's a lot, but I don't see much point in counting it :) It hasn't hampered my weight loss, and it means I end up eating more veggies since I'm not 'using up' calories on them.

This might not work for everyone, so I was curious what the people on here do? :)


gardenerjoy
07-05-2010, 09:06 AM
I count fruit, but not veggies. The plan I'm using, The Complete Beck Diet for Life, advocates counting everything on the theory that overeaters don't need to be thinking of any food as "free." But then she delineates things like a serving of onions is 1 cup, chopped. Heck, that might as well be free, because I'm sure not sitting down to a cup of chopped onions!

Passionista
07-05-2010, 09:08 AM
I eat a plant based diet and eat twice as many vegetables as most people I know, so yes, I count them all!

Meg
07-05-2010, 09:19 AM
I know that my body is counting the calories in everything I eat, so I do too.

hhichick
07-05-2010, 09:27 AM
Ditto. I log it all.

But what a bargain most veggies are! Tomatoes are in season here and I LOVE that I can slice an entire big tomato and eat it with dinner for a whopping 33 calories!

ncuneo
07-05-2010, 09:45 AM
Yes, you'd be suprised how fast it all adds up. I have a huge bowl of sauteed veggies every night which is usually just brocolli, asparagus, onion, bell pepper and because of the volumn it usually runs me 100 cals depending on what other stuff I add (i.e. sun dried tomatoes, mushrooms, jalepenos, etc.)

sept15lija
07-05-2010, 09:59 AM
Yup, I count everything.

sweetnlow28
07-05-2010, 10:36 AM
I count most veggies unless its a small piece of celery or green onion in a sauce. On a typical day, about 200 calories come from my fruits and veggies. That is a lot of calories to overlook. ;)

Onederchic
07-05-2010, 10:44 AM
Yes, I count it all.

Beverlyjoy
07-05-2010, 10:55 AM
Yes, I count it all. (except spices, mustard and vinegar)

Once in a while I will 'eyeball' (not weigh or measrue) the calories for a few rings of onions or some veggies - but, I count it.

serendipity907
07-05-2010, 10:59 AM
I seem to be in a minority then :p

Thinking about it now, I should count them since being a vegetarian they make up a large amount of my food, as Passionista said. But I seem to be okay letting the sprigs of broccoli slide, and accounting for the bananas :)

I think sometimes I have a tendency to under eat on more 'filling' foods, and pack out meals with low-cal veggies, so I guess it's breaking even somewhere.:)

I almost feel like I'm doing the counting calories thing wrong now :p

Shmead
07-05-2010, 11:13 AM
I seem to be in a minority then :p

Thinking about it now, I should count them since being a vegetarian they make up a large amount of my food, as Passionista said. But I seem to be okay letting the sprigs of broccoli slide, and accounting for the bananas :)

I think sometimes I have a tendency to under eat on more 'filling' foods, and pack out meals with low-cal veggies, so I guess it's breaking even somewhere.:)

I almost feel like I'm doing the counting calories thing wrong now :p

It really, really doesn't matter as long as you are consistent and are seeing results.

I mean, I think I eat 1600 calories a day and burn 2400, but I don't really know--all I really know is that I burn 1.5-2 lbs a week on average, which means that I am burning around 1000 calories a day more than I am consuming. If it turned out my scale was broken and I was actually eating 3000 calories a day (unlikely), I wouldn't suddenly gain weight back--the only way that could possibly be true is if I was also wrong about how many calories I was burning, and I was really burning around 4000.

However you are counting calories, and whatever calculators tell you your numbers SHOULD be, the amount of weight you are losing (on average) IS the size of your deficit. It's the only real data you have--everything else is an estimate based on averages.

So if you are eating more or less the same things (averaged over a week or 10 days) and losing an amount of weight you are comfortable with and not starving/having break out eating, then you have the right size deficit. Everything else is just a tool to figure out that spot.

If you are not losing weight, then you don't have a deficit, even if calculators say you should.

tiffany0809
07-05-2010, 11:22 AM
I count most, but not all. I definitely count all fruit. And if I'm having something with a lot of veggies, I count it. But if it's just a small amount, especially a slice of tomato or lettuce on a sandwich, I usually don't count it. But I do tend to overestimate my other foods and I burn a lot every day so I think it all evens out.

Serbrider
07-05-2010, 11:43 AM
I count it all, mainly because I'm not the kind of person who puts slices of this or that on my food. I prefer food to be plain. The blander the better. I rarely put tomatoes or some other fruit/veggie on my burgers. I do... but rarely. So when I have a tomato, it's in a salad, and it's the whole tomato. So I count it.

FreeSpirit
07-05-2010, 11:48 AM
Just do what works for you. Just keep in mind that if your weight loss does stall before your goal, you might need to start keeping a closer eye on all of your calories.

MissKelly
07-05-2010, 12:02 PM
I do. If it passes through my lips...it counts.

mkendrick
07-05-2010, 12:29 PM
I don't.

I'm a very sinful impure calorie counter, lol.

I use caloriecount.com and I always manually enter 50-100cal at the end of the day of little things that I refuse to bother with entering. At the end of the day, I'll ponder any little thing that I wouldn't bother entering and estimate a rough total. Splenda packets, a piece of gum, slices of tomato, a crystal light packet, etc. I enter it as "calorie creep" at the end of the day so I don't have to deal with adding each little thing. Is it entirely accurate? Absolutely not, but I don't consider calorie counting to be an exact thing anyways, just a rough guideline.

I do count fruits, for sure. I definitely count starchy vegetables (beans, potatos, corn, etc). And if I have a large serving of vegetables as a snack or side dish, I'll at least estimate as best I can. 1 cup steamed broccoli or something. But I don't worry too much about veggies...If I have a side salad with no croutons, dressing, cheese, etc, I'm not going to worry too much that a bowl of lettuce, tomatos, cucumbers, and onions isn't going to be counted.

It hasn't hurt me or slowed me down significantly.

MissKelly
07-05-2010, 12:56 PM
I almost feel like I'm doing the counting calories thing wrong now :p

Try to not feel that way if you're seeing & feeling progress. Not even sure there is a "right or wrong" way. I don't use a website to tally & I let go of the piece of paper to keep track a while ago. It accumulates in my head to keep track...everyone is different. What works for one body may not work for another. One lucky ducky can eat endless amounts of veggies & fruits...but I'm unable to.. unfortunately, my body it too aware that 'a carb is a carb is a carb' & it'll show on my scale & measurements. I say if it meshes with your body without consequence...run with it...I sure would. Best wishes!