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Old 04-04-2012, 07:40 PM   #1  
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Default Weigh meat before or after cooking ?

Hello. I always though that you weigh before simply because that's what you do for recipes. However out of curiosity I weighed a piece of meat before and after tonight - it shrunk nearly 2oz!

so I hit up google and I'm finding most people say for a diet you weigh after. if this is wrong I could add a lot of uncounted calories to my meal so, does anyone know ?
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:12 PM   #2  
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I weigh cooked portions for calorie counting purposes. That's what most calorie counters online use, I think you'll find. It's the water cooking out that makes cooked meat shrink.
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:24 PM   #3  
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It doesn't matter, as long as you have the nutrition facts for the cooked or the raw. I tend to weigh my individual pieces raw, i.e. chicken breasts, etc. When I do larger cuts, like if I cook a roast, or a bone-in steak or porkchop, I weigh it cooked. If its a roast, I just weigh the portion I took. If it's bone-in, I'll cook it, weigh it cooked, eat whatever I eat off of it, and weigh the fat/bone waste and deduct it from the original weight.
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after! the before weight has water in it.
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Old 04-05-2012, 11:51 PM   #5  
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Definitely after cooking...
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I portion raw meat out to match the recipe's instructions, but if I'm going to weight for calories, I weigh the meat after it cooks.
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I agree with the others and weigh after cooking.
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Old 04-08-2012, 10:09 PM   #8  
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Dude - I've been measuring it before - like always. But since I've basically been stalled out on weightloss for 5 months, I guess that means my maintenance level is LOWER than I thought.
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