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9/12/19 8:40 A

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I don’t need to track my food to maintain. But I found tracking to be quite helpful at first because it really helped me to see where all my calories were coming from.

Now I focus on eating real whole unprocessed foods eating mostly vegetables, meats, healthy fats and some low sugar fruits. I limit breads and added sugars.

The plate method works well, IMO. 1/4 protein, 1/4 starchy vegetable (carbohydrate), 1/2 non starchy vegetables (also carbohydrates but lower calorie) with healthy fats in the meat and on the vegetables. You can switch the starchy carbohydrate with grains for some meals but I wouldn’t/don’t do that at every meal.

I do like to track my exercise though.



Edited by: JUSTEATREALFOOD at: 9/12/2019 (21:05)
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I eat mostly vegetables, fats, meats, some fruit and dark chocolate. Unprocessed and preservative free food. And it's changed my life!

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9/12/19 4:15 A

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I practice moderation and portion control so tracking is a big part of MY journey. However, once you invest in learning the proper serving sizes and switch out some of the ‘junk’ foods for more healthy options, it should make staying on plan easier.

There is no one size fi5s all in weight loss. I can only say that, for me, tracking is one of the major keys to my successful journey.

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9/12/19 3:25 A

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I agree POPSECRET.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever exercises faith in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16


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9/11/19 9:36 P

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For me, only one thing has ever worked and that is precise and consistent tracking. I tried all the excuses, rationalizations, and alternatives... but for me, tracking is the only thing that has ever worked and trust me, I've tried 'em all. No tracking, no loss, no maintenance. YMMV.

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9/11/19 6:10 P

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Understood, but that's you.

It's all about making changes that are realistic to the individual. The orginal post clearly stated that tracking was not realistic, for several reasons, yet every reply still urged her to track. I was just trying to offer an alternative point of view. People maintain / lose weight all the time without tracking everything that passes their lips....there certainly are other methods out there. Maybe one of them will work well for the original poster.



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9/10/19 10:18 P



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@POPSECRET "I don't believe you HAVE to track your food to be successful"

Unfortunately, some people DO have to track to be successful. I am one of them.

I had never been a fan of junk food, and according to my Registered Dietitian, what and how much I was normally eating is what a lot of Dietitians would put someone of my age/weight/height/gender/activity level on to lose weight. Only problem was, I was still gaining. It appeared to be a very fine line between my gaining/maintaining/losing. I NEEDED to weigh all my food and track to get to where I needed to be. I still weigh/track to ensure that I stay there because otherwise a few extra calories here, and a few extra there, and the weight goes up.

I don't use a large dinner plate, and over 1/2 is a variety of veges, including a rainbow of colour. slightly less than 1/4 is protein, and slightly less than 1/4 is my carb. I don't use dressings; gravies are home-made with veges/lentils added to it for thickening/fibre etc. and I eat low -middle range sodium. I very seldom use added sugars. My snacks are mainly fruit and/or double protein Greek Yoghurt.

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9/10/19 5:50 P

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By all means try not tracking first, but if you don't get the results that you want then this is the first place where you should invest some time and energy. Yes, it is going to be difficult and require time and energy, but learning how to do anything does. If you have nine kids, at least one or two have already been through getting ready on their own, and yes it is a much greater time investment that eventually pays off. Same goes for tracking.

When you do track, try to focus on the staples that you eat all the time and work on really getting to know your portion sizes. Do you have patterned bowls that might happen to have a decorative line around the one cup mark (I have a set of bowls that hold two cups total, but the bottom of the decorative wave is the one cup mark. Top of the wave is 1.5 cups)? Could you use a Tablespoon to serve peanut butter out of the jar? Having a notepad and a scale on the countertop could mean placing your plate on the scale, serving yourself a portion of your protein, make a note of the weight, hit tare, add the vegetables, note the weight hit tare, add your grain, note the weight and hit tare and now you recorded everything on your plate in the most accurate manner for a quick jot and a jab at a button. It's certainly not as accurate as weighing, but the beachbody colored containers are one way to see portion sizes and you could cobble together a set of tupperware that does the same thing if you don't want to shell out the money for a knockoff. The bikini plate method is another option. Some of these will work for some people, but others do have to track. See if you can get the results without tracking and the decide what sort of an investment you are willing to make.

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9/10/19 3:29 P

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I don't believe you HAVE to track your food to be successful, even if your goal is weight loss. I think the first step is learning what proper portions should look like, and then applying the information to your daily meals and snacks.

I like to teach about balanced meals via the MyPlate method (https://www.choosemyplate.gov/). It's a nice easy visual (1/2 plate produce, 1/4 plate protein, 1/4 plate grains) that doesn't require any tracking...but provides consistent, balanced meals.

Hope this helps



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9/10/19 6:24 A

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I would encourage you to track 100%. Using as a guideline, especially if you are new, won't help you get back into healthy habits. I know if I am not tracking what I am eating, I am making poor choices and/or eating way too much.

Either use Kris' suggestions and write down what you eat with measurements until you can enter it or track for the period of time between your current computer session and the next one.

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You can only do what you can do. Tracking some of your meals is far better than nothing.

What I have done when I haven't had access to a computer for a few days is to still weigh everything I eat and write it all down, then enter it into the Nutrition Tracker when I have been able to. I don't understand *why* you can't write down what you eat all the time.

By writing it on paper it helped me to stay focused rather than "I won't be recording it so I will just eat (whatever)

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9/9/19 6:12 P

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I do not always have access to our family computer and can't write down what i eat all the time. I am busy with 9 kids still in the home and do not have a cell phone either. Is it okay to just use the trackers as a guideline.I already know that I am making poor choices from time to time. i think making better choices is a lifelong struggle.

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