Ideal Protein Diet - Hi All, I have a portion question for IP experts




Jeneesue
03-10-2014, 04:34 PM
I am on my first week of Ip and feeling a but fatigued and nausea shut getting through it.

My question is about veggies, I don't have a food weight so I use the steamers and count by bag size, ie 12 oz is about a cup and a half. Am I right in figuring this out, or should I get a weight?

Thanks for your help.


GettinHealthyNow
03-10-2014, 04:56 PM
Measuring vegetables should be by the cup, not the weight. A portion is two cups of vegetables - if they're too big to fit in measuring cup, chop them the first time so you can get a sense of how much (i.e. cucumber).

WillowVee
03-10-2014, 07:26 PM
Also, remember to measure your vegetables raw, not cooked.


HulaChic
03-10-2014, 08:40 PM
Measuring vegetables should be by the cup, not the weight. A portion is two cups of vegetables - if they're too big to fit in measuring cup, chop them the first time so you can get a sense of how much (i.e. cucumber).


I was wondering why you can't measure vegetables by grams. I've been doing both...uh oh! I have my first WI tomorrow morning...I was already nervous, now I am worried!

Thanks,
Pauline

IdealProteinNewbie
03-10-2014, 08:51 PM
You can measure veggies by grams on a food scale.

I often do for veggies I don't want to chop such as asparagus.

It's so important to measure in grams vs. ounces though because 8 oz of spinach does not equal 2 cups.

I like this website:
http://nutritiondata.self.com/

HulaChic
03-10-2014, 09:00 PM
You can measure veggies by grams on a food scale.

I often do for veggies I don't want to chop such as asparagus.

It's so important to measure in grams vs. ounces though because 8 oz of spinach does not equal 2 cups.

I like this website:
http://nutritiondata.self.com/

Thank you! I use grams already. Thank goodness! I seriously thought I somehow messed this up and I've been sticking to IP 100%.

WillowVee
03-11-2014, 06:40 AM
But measuring grams is a weight measure, too. Grams will not equate to cups either, i.e. the spinach example.

lisa32989
03-11-2014, 08:44 AM
However, as the nutritional link posted shows, 1c raw spinach = 30 g

So for those who would rather weigh (and research weight each time), it IS possible to weigh instead of measure in a cup. Cups are just so much less time consuming!

Just know each raw veggie will have a different weight for 1c.

Ruth Ann
03-11-2014, 08:56 AM
I made the mistake of measuring 2 cups of frozen, cooked spinach one time - that was a LOT of spinach!

Hit "post" too soon! I weigh out some veggies like asparagus because I like to keep the stalks longer and it's hard to measure two cups. I have to look it up each time though because I can never remember the actual weight.

IdealProteinNewbie
03-11-2014, 09:07 PM
Thanks Lisa. I was going to post the same thing you said.

I looked up the weight, in grams, of each veggies I eat (asparagus, cauliflower, broccoli, turnips, kale, spinach, zucchini, etc.) and typed it all out on a sheet which is taped to the inside of my kitchen cabinet. Super convenient!

vtcowgirl
03-11-2014, 09:42 PM
Thanks Lisa. I was going to post the same thing you said.

I looked up the weight, in grams, of each veggies I eat (asparagus, cauliflower, broccoli, turnips, kale, spinach, zucchini, etc.) and typed it all out on a sheet which is taped to the inside of my kitchen cabinet. Super convenient!

That is an awesome idea!!!

Ruth Ann
03-11-2014, 11:02 PM
Thanks Lisa. I was going to post the same thing you said.

I looked up the weight, in grams, of each veggies I eat (asparagus, cauliflower, broccoli, turnips, kale, spinach, zucchini, etc.) and typed it all out on a sheet which is taped to the inside of my kitchen cabinet. Super convenient!

Well, that just makes too much sense and is too easy! Never thought of that. :dizzy:

Chicnana
03-12-2014, 09:32 AM
I have never measured my veggies.... just ate how much I wanted... I'm going for my third WI tonight, will see how I'm doing.... lol

Although, I will measure today, see if I'm doing it right...

JLUS
03-12-2014, 09:37 AM
I have never measured my veggies.... just ate how much I wanted... I'm going for my third WI tonight, will see how I'm doing.... lol

Although, I will measure today, see if I'm doing it right...

Without measuring veggies, it's just as easy to under serve yourself as to over serve, and either one of those can adversely affect losses. It's really helpful to measure now and eventually you will get a strong sense of size/amount.

You might be surprised after you start measuring for a few weeks and eating precisely the four cups, your losses may improve!!

Chicnana
03-12-2014, 10:22 AM
Yeah, that's what I'm thinking as well JLUS, I'll make the effort, if not just to see how much I eat... :)

karkrazy13
03-12-2014, 01:51 PM
You can measure veggies by grams on a food scale.

I often do for veggies I don't want to chop such as asparagus.

It's so important to measure in grams vs. ounces though because 8 oz of spinach does not equal 2 cups.

I like this website:
http://nutritiondata.self.com/

I am confused on how to measure frozen veggies as opposed to fresh.

I have been measuring 1 cup of frozen spinach to put into my protein shake every morning. I have been using an actual 1-cup measuring cup for this.

According the nutritiondata website, 1 cup of frozen spinach (unprepared) = 156g.

I have a digital kitchen scale, so this morning I measured out 156g of frozen spinach, and then wanted to see if that fit into a 1-cup measuring cup... it didn't! It turns out to be 1-3/4 cup!! :?:

So, I'm wondering if measuring frozen spinach by grams is the correct way to do it, or if I should be measuring it in a 1-cup measuring cup like before.

Any advice would be helpful, because I don't want to eat too little or too much. Thanks! :)

lisa32989
03-12-2014, 02:37 PM
I am confused on how to measure frozen veggies as opposed to fresh.

I have been measuring 1 cup of frozen spinach to put into my protein shake every morning. I have been using an actual 1-cup measuring cup for this.

According the nutritiondata website, 1 cup of frozen spinach (unprepared) = 156g.

I have a digital kitchen scale, so this morning I measured out 156g of frozen spinach, and then wanted to see if that fit into a 1-cup measuring cup... it didn't! It turns out to be 1-3/4 cup!! :?:

So, I'm wondering if measuring frozen spinach by grams is the correct way to do it, or if I should be measuring it in a 1-cup measuring cup like before.

Any advice would be helpful, because I don't want to eat too little or too much. Thanks! :)

To figure this out, frozen nutritional stats need to be compared to fresh.

If my math is correct...
It looks like 1 c frozen has 45 calories (156 g) http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2630/2

1 c raw has 7 (30 g) http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2626/2

45/7 = approx 6.4 (I'm gonna round down to 6)
According to my math (if I did it right), you're not gonna use very much frozen spinach! 1/6 of a cup = 1 c raw or 1/3 of a cup would be equivalent to a 2 c raw serving.

It looks to me like you've been using 6.4 one cup servings of raw spinach in your protein shake.
Since we eat 4 c. veggies on IP, it looks like some adjustment may be needed.

If you do the math by weight, 156 grams in 1 c frozen. 30 g in 1 c raw makes 5.2 one-cup raw weight servings in each cup of frozen.

Either way, a lot more frozen spinach fits into a cup than raw!

sunflwr816
03-12-2014, 03:45 PM
This is a great thread. I too have just been eyeballing my veggies for salads and dinners. I'm wondering if that is maybe why my losses have been on the smaller side. I'm going to make a list as well based on the weights (I have a food scale).

Am I right in figuring that 2c raw asparagus = 9.6 oz (or 272 grams)?

karkrazy13
03-12-2014, 04:51 PM
To figure this out, frozen nutritional stats need to be compared to fresh.

If my math is correct...
It looks like 1 c frozen has 45 calories (156 g) http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2630/2

1 c raw has 7 (30 g) http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2626/2

45/7 = approx 6.4 (I'm gonna round down to 6)
According to my math (if I did it right), you're not gonna use very much frozen spinach! 1/6 of a cup = 1 c raw or 1/3 of a cup would be equivalent to a 2 c raw serving.

It looks to me like you've been using 6.4 one cup servings of raw spinach in your protein shake.
Since we eat 4 c. veggies on IP, it looks like some adjustment may be needed.

If you do the math by weight, 156 grams in 1 c frozen. 30 g in 1 c raw makes 5.2 one-cup raw weight servings in each cup of frozen.

Either way, a lot more frozen spinach fits into a cup than raw!

Wow, thank you SO much Lisa!! Apparently, I have been using WAY too much frozen spinach in my shakes! :dizzy: I didn't realize there would be that much of a difference between frozen and raw. I don't even know how to measure 1/6 of a cup! ;) I guess it's between and 1/8 and 1/4 of a cup, correct?

Again, thank you so much for responding Lisa... I will adjust the amount of frozen spinach I add to my protein shake starting tomorrow morning! :carrot:

IdealProteinNewbie
03-12-2014, 08:28 PM
This is a great thread. I too have just been eyeballing my veggies for salads and dinners. I'm wondering if that is maybe why my losses have been on the smaller side. I'm going to make a list as well based on the weights (I have a food scale).

Am I right in figuring that 2c raw asparagus = 9.6 oz (or 272 grams)?

2 cups of asparagus is 268 grams (134 per cup).

Congrats on the job, by the way :D

sunflwr816
03-13-2014, 09:57 AM
2 cups of asparagus is 268 grams (134 per cup).

Congrats on the job, by the way :D

Thanks!!! :D

It worked out to be 25 spears for 2 cups per my scale. About the portion I was already eating but it's good to know for sure. Planning to measure out my cukes and peppers today too!