Veggies and Fruit

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Posted: 08 Jun 2012, 07:38
My buddy and I are on he Calorie Counting Diet, staying within our 1500 or less mode. We decided since Weight Watchers says Fruits and Veggies are free, we don't count them but we count everythingelse.

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Posted: 08 Jun 2012, 07:43
If I were you - depending how much fruit and vegetables you eat - I'd be careful with that approach. Some fruits - like larger apples, oranges and bananas - can easily hold 100 calories. Eat five every day, and you will easily risk exceeding your goal intake.
If you're counting calories, I'd advice you to count them all. Otherwise, what's the point? Smile Knowing what you have consumed will let you know what you have left, and you can use that for all the fun stuff. Win! Smile
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Posted: 08 Jun 2012, 09:55
When Weight Watchers does the new points system it is taking into account the "free" fruits and veggies. That is why on the old system fruit and veggies are not "free" foods.

That said, I think that if it is working for you stick with it.

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Posted: 08 Jun 2012, 12:27
As others have said, be careful.

There are two schools of thought about this. One is that you should log everything, period, no matter what. Another says that it's OK to skip the low-calorie items if you do it thoughtfully.

I tend to log everything, with a few exceptions. I leave myself a mental budget of about 100 calories for snacking that I know is really minimal. For example, we have a rotating variety of snacks at the front desk of my office. I might reach in and grab two or three M&Ms on my way in. Each one is like three and a half calories, so having ten calories worth of a snack is completely noise to me. Also, one of my coworkers often has a big bowl with chunks of cucumber, orange wedges, apple slices, and other healthy snacks. A chunk of cucumber is probably 3-5 calories. An orange wedge or apple slice is probably 5-10.

I wouldn't skip logging of all fruits and vegetables, since that could lead to significant errors. It's probably OK not to log the celery and cucumber that you had in your salad, since that really won't make a difference.

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Posted: 08 Jun 2012, 17:43
Count them. Those calories may seem low...but added together - they add up quickly. Plus there are items that you think have almost no calories ..but they do...watermelon is an example!
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Posted: 08 Jun 2012, 19:04
Yep, I think i will start counting the fruits for sure I only each maybe one or two apples a day and probably should eat one before beer !!!!

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Posted: 11 Feb 2013, 23:06
Fruits and vegetables are my favorite food because these food are natural food and best for health. It is good for everyone to avoid fast food and other oily food stuff and eat these food for living healthy life.
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Posted: 12 Feb 2013, 10:50
Eating unlimited vegetables without tracking I could easily go over my calorie limit for the day. I could easily double my calories by eating unlimited fruit, especially if I was telling myself it didn't matter.

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Posted: 13 Feb 2013, 13:45
Definitely count your fruit and vegetables. I'm trying to keep my starchy carb foods low so for dinner this evening I had a salmon fillet with a variety of vegetables, brocolli, carrots, parsnips, sweet potato and courgettes. The salmon was 265 cals, tartar sauce 42 and the vegetables were 276 which shows that everything should be tracked
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