Calorie Counters - anyone NOT count calories from veggies?

06-25-2013, 06:43 PM
I don't mind counting for other stuff, but figuring out all the calories for a salad of mixed veggies drives me bonkers. Not to mention that if I have calories to blow I'd rather do it on bread than broccoli. Anyone set a limit and then allow veggies after that without counting? Kind of like WW and Jenny Craig do? I'm doing Jenny Craig right now, but using some of my own meals by basing them on the same calories/composition. That's working for me. When I quit Jenny (price will become a I love to cook), I'm going to count calories, but want to keep those veggies as "free". Does that work? Or can you really actually gain weight on carrots and cauliflower?

06-25-2013, 06:57 PM
I count everything, if it has a calorie I count it.

06-25-2013, 06:59 PM
I count calories. That being said, I have read multiple times that you tend to burn more calories eating the veggies than what is in the veggies so they are technically considered 0 calorie or negative calorie foods.

However, I don't count for calorie sake...I count as I need to know the carbs in everything I eat.

06-25-2013, 07:43 PM
There is no such thing as a neg cal food. Veggies fill you up better and have lower cal for the quantity. While I do count calories I only coumt veggies if I eat them in large amounts. I.e. veggie salad from subway is only 50 cal and is about 3 cups of veggies. I wouls watch out for jigher cal veggies like carrots, corn, peas and cooked onions amd count those calories.

06-25-2013, 07:51 PM
Neg calorie is a misnomer. No that doesn't mean the
foods have negative calories ;) I wish lol. What it means is that
when you eat these foods raw or in some cases slightly cooked with nothing on them
your body burns more calories digesting and processing them than what
is in the actual food itself. For a healthy weight loss and a little
boost add some of these foods to your diet each day. Most are full of
nutrients and won't weigh you down.

And they fill you faster

06-25-2013, 08:45 PM
Yup, I count everything so veggies are included. I normally have a ton of veggies with dinner, usually just a bit with lunch and none with breakfast and I hit around 100 calories with my veggies a day. Not a ton but they still add up.

And the negative calorie come from it taking more energy to digest the food than what you're actually getting. However the calories to burn your food are accounted for in your BMR/TDEE so they aren't negative calories.

06-26-2013, 09:40 AM
I used to count those calories, but I don't eat very starchy vegetables. It's pretty much just cucumbers, broccoli, green beans, spinach, celery, asparagus, and brussels sprouts. The calories from those kinds of vegetables, in the amount I eat at a time (about 3-4oz), is so miniscule that I stopped weighing them and just eyeballed the amount. Even if I'm an ounce off, it won't make a difference in the grand scheme of things.

The most I eat at a time is an entire bag of Steamfresh broccoli florets to make a big bowl of broccoli soup. That's about 120 calories. When I did count them, I was averaging 900-1,000 calories a day.

I just track grams of protein now. Since I eat low carb and only eat lean sources of protein, the amount of carbs and fat I take in isn't enough to make a difference.

06-26-2013, 12:07 PM
I use myfitnesspal and have gotten pretty good about estimating the amount of fibrous veggies I am eating. If I am off by a bit, the 10 or 20 calories or whatever won't make or break my day.

06-26-2013, 12:12 PM
I would for avacado (higher in fat/cals than most veggies) or something with sauce/dip/etc. I have a hard time forcing myself to eat veggies, so if I put forth the effort to eat some I don't worry so much about the calories. If my calorie budget goes over by 100 calories because I ate too many veggies, I'm ok with that because it's something my body can use.

06-26-2013, 03:17 PM
I don't count calories for veggies. But I've just done WW and I know which veggies are 0 points, so those are the ones I don't count the calories for. Things like potatoes, carrots, corn, etc., I would definitely count the calories for.

06-26-2013, 03:32 PM
I weigh and count everything so i know if the scale doesnt shift i'm still on the right track, might seem extreme but i find that its easy to get a few hundred extra calories in if i just eyeball portions, even with veg.

06-26-2013, 03:35 PM
I love carrots - one of my favourite snacks. I also love the steam bags of sweet corn, peas and carrots which are 75 calories each.

I count it all - my daily target is only 1200 so I need to be careful

06-26-2013, 10:59 PM
I totally count veggie calories -- I ate about 350 calories of veggies alone today (an entire frozen bag of each asparagus-100 and brussel sprouts- 180) along with a ton of spinach.

If I'm just putting a couple spinach leaves on a sandwich or something I don't count them but when I'm eating veggies as a side dish or as a large portion of my meal (which I do often), I definitely count them. They add up around here.

06-27-2013, 12:56 AM
I count vegetables now. They can add up. I may not count exactly for salad or lettuce, I just try to eyeball it as 2 cups or whatever since it's not something that will make or break my diet if it's a little off, but I do count it as something.

Moving Forward
06-27-2013, 02:48 AM
I definitely count all veggies. Their calories really can add up. The Only veggies I don't count are the greens. You can eat boatloads of greens (minus dressing) for very minimal calories.

06-30-2013, 01:14 AM
I don't count fruit or veggies because it's a mind game that I play with myself.....if I know I could have 100 calories of banana vs 100 calories of junk food i'm going to pick the junk food regardless of what I KNOW of nutrition....but if I tell myself the fruit is "free" similar to WW then I will always pick the fruit...however I don't eat a lot of fruit anyhow, I eat more fact I eat very little some days depending on my stress level....but that's another story...

07-02-2013, 11:52 AM
I usually count veges, I measure them out by half cups and cups to track them easier,
My cup measure things were the best thing I've ever bought weightloss wise

07-18-2013, 05:05 AM
I think if it's working for you now, why not at least try it when you start counting calories? I think as long as you're eating ONLY vegetables, and non-starchy ones at that, you should be fine. Maybe set your daily limit to 100 calories or so lower than you normally would and then just not count the veggies. I guess whether or not it will work depends on how many veggies you're eating and which ones. But hey, if you're not satisfied with the rate of loss you can always start counting them :)

Becky Quilts
07-22-2013, 02:17 PM
I usually don't count veggies. Corn, carrots and peas get an exception since they have a little more calories to them. If it is a mega-serving - a fill-your-plate type of situation (stir-fry, big salad), then I will since it's more cals. But for 1/2c or a cup it's typically not worth the effort.

Any toppings - butter, sauce, cheese, etc must be tracked. Probably obvious, but I don't want to be confusing.

Also - if you find yourself stalling, maybe track more tightly. But if it works, roll with it. :)

07-22-2013, 03:26 PM
I do count veggie calories. But, I am less fussy about measuring them than I am with calorie-dense foods. For example, I'll eyeball a cup of broccoli but I would try not to eyeball a cup of rice - I'd measure.

07-22-2013, 08:33 PM
I do because I like to see the nutrients that I get from them - and the only way to do that is to weigh it and log it.

07-24-2013, 02:02 AM
I don't count salad type veggies(lettuce/greens etc) and if I eat out I guestimate calories for veggies overall rather than worry myself about portion size. I try to leave myself a 100 cal buffer for veg I don't count, but I am very, very careful to honestly count things like potatoes, avocado etc which are higher cal than most other fruits and veg.