Be honest. Even with FitDay, I've never been able to stick with calorie counting for more than a day. I'm curious how many actually do this day in a day out.
I don't and never have.
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I take a rough mental estimate. Takes practice but it works.
I think everyone should do it for at least a few weeks.
I do if for 2-4 weeks any time I switch up my nutrition plan. Then I just repeat my meals...
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I estimate everything that doesn't have a label and use a label if there is one.
Honestly, I have a pre-set meal plan that I adhere to six days per week. Sometimes I'll switch my protein, fat or carb sources around but I always hit my specified macro's at each of my six meals for any given day. Day seven I follow my specified macro plan but I have a single "all out" no holds barred cheat meal sometime during that day to keep my sanity. It works well for me because if I ever stop making progress, I know what to add in or take out (if its a bulk or a cut) because I eat the same macros every day.
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A pound or more. First get the purchase the foods you plan on eating. Then eat until your stuffed as hell. Take a few more bites after that. Wait about 2-3 hours and stuff your face again. As long as your macros are in check just stay full as possible all day. Some one on WBB once said "if you get hungry, you lose". That is basically what I've been doing for the last few months and gained 25 lbs since the end of August.
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How do you do if your macros are in check? What is the proper ratio anyway for your macros if you're on a bulk...fat/protein/carbs?
I'm on a cut.. and i usually track them towards the beginning of the week, and sort of eat similar things all week so i don't necessarily HAVE to track everyday.
You get out what you put in.
I track 5-6 days per week when cutting, less often on a bulk.
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I do like BF. I have a decent estimate of how many calories I've consumed thorughout the day. I have lots of general stuff memorized so after a while you get used to knowing about how much you need to eat every day.
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I used to track very carefully. The result of that is that I have a little database in my head of what's what and so I can usually calculate it to within about 200 cals from what FitDay tells me.
Lately I haven't given a **** and have eaten everything.
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I can estimate what my calories are for the day.
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I made an excel sheet that calculates my calories, protein, fat, and carbs. That makes me the biggest dork on WBB, but it works.
^ I did that, but fitday is so much easier.
I would say M-TR I track pretty careful. The other three days I just eat when Im hungry. I can maintain by guessing easily. If i'm bulking or cuttting I track.
Edit: I'm using it right now.
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I use the time it would take to calculate calories to eat instead.
In my whole life, I have counted daily calories once or twice. Unless my health demands it or I have a serious need to lose weight, I don't see myself ever doing it again.
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It seems like most of you guys just use the mirror and scale as your calorie counting methods, right?
How do you determine was your macros should be?
I am treating myself like a science experiment, and still being able to enjoy
Fitday allows me to do both very easily.
So, yes, I count.
I count and it isn't bad at all. Using fitday is super easy because I just use the custom food option and it takes like 2 minutes and I'm done.
Weight:~160 @ 13-15 bf%?....starting figure after nearly a year of battling CFS/mono...so not too bad imo.
Don't know anymore..don't care atm.