Make what you eat count

According to Elmer Wheeler, author of The Fat Boy's Book, 1950, every single person counts calories; it's just that not everyone wants to make themselves aware of their internal adding machine aka your metabolism. So why not make what you eat count by keeping track of the calories you consume?

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  1. Very good point, Averyl. I think there is NOTHING in "the process" I use each day that people didn't know in the 50's. Plus, they were much more honest about all of it. Counting calories really does work. It's sort of amazing how well it works. I love amazing things. :D

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    1. yes, they really were more honest and forthright about weight loss. It's amazing and not even a little gimmicky. :)

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  2. Not to knock Weight Watchers but it really is simple to lose weight. Forget points.Just count calories and maybe even throw in some exercise. I think the diet fads today make everything complicated. It takes 3,500 calories to gain 1 pound. Eat less than that and you will maintain or lose weight.People want to eat chips and cookies,Then maybe do 10 minutes of exercise and hope they lose 30 pounds!

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    1. I knock Weight Watchers because I couldn't get into the "points" system. I did love their 1970s plan, though.

      Many diets today make things complicated, expensive and oftentimes counterproductive.

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  3. Counting calories today is practically "taboo"...pick up any modern diet book at the bookstore and almost every one will say somewhere on the cover jacket "lose weight WITHOUT COUNTING CALORIES!" Like you said in an earlier post, most people count their dollars going in and out of their bank account for financial success-what's the difference in counting the calories going in and out of the body for health success?
    It has been talked down so hard for so long by all the dieting "experts" out there that its just a knee jerk reaction to avoid calorie counting when in reality, every successful "diet" has cut calories.. it's what WORKS. Our nation's obesity and the fallacy we are sold that we can lose weight without cutting calories go hand in hand!

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    1. That's right! And people who count calories are dismissed as being obsessive or worse and many buy into that. It's so self-defeating.

      And thanks for your message, I have replied to it.

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  4. Counting calories is one of the best things a person could do for themselves. Its the best thing I have done, even on my days I'm not doing so well and go over my calories Its still no where near as bad as I used to. I have that accountability now and know if I go over its going to be staring me in the face. I'm down 19lbs and its all from counting calories and cutting out processed foods.

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    1. Congratulations on 19 pounds lost! In my "before" picture I've posted on my blog it was taken the fall right after the summer I decided I was finished with counting calories. That taught me! Accountability means freedom from burdensome and unhealthy excess weight.

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  5. Once I learned the diet math I just apply portion control.

    For me, if I do not see the results I expect, I know I am either underestimating calorie availability or over estimating calorie usage.

    Keeps me honest :-)

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    1. Dr. J that's right! Keeping it honest keeps us healthy. Such a simple formula to follow but not always easy. So what- it's worth it!

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  6. Hi Averyl, I'm just catching up to this post and wondered how you count calories if you make almost all your food from scratch (call it the "1900s diet" ;)? I bake all my bread products, can my fruits/veggies from the garden (into pickles or other products, so they can't usually be counted same as fresh) and we hunt/fish for our meat. Any standard calorie-count guide doesn't apply to most of the foods I eat- where do I find info like that?

    For example, tonight I am making venison fajitas- homemade whole wheat tortillas, sliced braised venison loin, peppers and onions from the garden, topped with home made tomato/jalapeno salsa I canned myself. I have no idea where to start counting calories there, but I have a feeling if I did I would be here until tomorrow. Any help?

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    1. Hi Susie! I use fitday.com and it has calorie and nutrition counts for meats, including different fat content, fruits, vegetables and grains. You also have the ability to create custom foods.

      I know my answer may feel like "until tomorrow" but it's really not as bad as the alternative which is how I view it! :) When I cook I weigh and/or measure each ingredient, and put it into fitday individually. So in your example with canning, I would weigh/measure what was going into each jar prior and put a sticker on it with the total calories. And this is where I "cheat" a little with fitday. In a case like yours where you want a canned calorie input (pun intended), I'd simply select the generic "homemade salsa" from fitday and match the calories per serving with your homemade.

      I know it seems cumbersome and at first I found it annoying, but there is no denying the huge difference taking an extra ten or so minutes in a day total to count has had on my life. I look at it like brushing and flossing.

      By the way, your dinner sounds delicious!

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  7. Thanks, Averyl! I always have trouble with this because so much of what I eat is not processed or packaged, and it seems a lot easier to find info for commercially packaged foods. (Like right there on the label, under the HFCS...;)

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