This is 'Some' Of What I Ate

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trangers5

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Posted: 13 Aug 2012, 15:35
It's a pain for it to even be an option. I just never bother switching it.
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thynes

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Posted: 13 Aug 2012, 15:37
I change it as much as I can. Issue is that I can do it from a computer but not from my phone. I agree the option is silly. People who use it by choice have their reasons I suppose but one good ppoint is the app doesn't give you an option and defaults to the "some".
Hoser

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Posted: 13 Aug 2012, 16:11
When I use the food diary (and I'm not doing so right now), I switch it to exactly what I ate except in cases where it's really not possible to track everything I ate.

Imagine going out for dim sum or tapas or some other small plates option where you might eat two bites of this and a bite of that and a piece of this other thing and... most of those dishes don't even exist in the food database, but even if they did it would be a royal pain to keep track of it all.

Lots of people just leave it as the default, though
riocaz

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Posted: 13 Aug 2012, 18:31
mine is like it because its the default. I try and record everything and at the very least find equivalents..

42" jeans(25/01/2013) 40"(28/02/2013) 38"(20/03/2013) 36"(25/05/2013)
Down from 60" waist jeans since June 21st 2012.

Still keeping to my 26" jeans, but they are too tight for comfort. too many tasty things in the US, and over Xmas.

Onwards and Downwards! Smile
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BlueWaterBot...

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Posted: 13 Aug 2012, 18:41
I purposely leave the "some of what I ate" option because it reminds me that because I do not weigh my food and do not have the means to test the food in a laboratory, I do not actually know exactly what I ate.

I agree with you that it is important to log everything that is eaten as correctly and honestly as possible -- and I sincerely try to do that because, as you pointed out, the tool is worthless if it isn't used correctly -- but I personally have a history of becoming obsessed with counting calories to the point where a good rule-of-thumb idea turns into a powerful weapon in self punishment.

I still have a long way to go in pursuit of my weight loss goals, but this has already been one of the easiest and most successful attempts at weight loss I have ever experienced. I have to believe it's because instead of trying to end the mind games I play with myself, I have finally devised games that are more in line with my actual goals.
NCNOLE

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Posted: 13 Aug 2012, 18:46
It's just a pain to change it every time. I just leave it even though I log everything - actually just started logging my gum since I have been chewing an excessive amount lately.
apatrick1

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Posted: 13 Aug 2012, 18:58
I log everything, just never change the default
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Eringiffin

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Posted: 13 Aug 2012, 19:01
I try to use it as a visual cue when looking at the diet calendar to go back and fill in any of the things I ate that I forgot to journal earlier. I feel you @BlueWaterBottle, with regards to wanting that perfect value both for the calories and the exercise. Too bad I can't just install some kind of calorie-meter in my esophagus that would faithfully record everything that went in. With that and something like a fitbit, I would be set!
Dicesr

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Posted: 14 Aug 2012, 10:33
I eat a lot of ethnic foods that aren't easily measured.
holfraz

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Posted: 14 Aug 2012, 18:33
I leave it as "some" of what I ate bc I dont feel like logging every piece of gum I chew or every mint I have or every sugar-free popcyicle, or every single veggie that is in my salad. But if I am strictly counting my calories to lose weight or if I dont have any of those extra minute calories, or if I do feel like logging so meticulously, then I do switch it to exactly. But only if it is truly "exactly".
Les84

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Posted: 15 Aug 2012, 01:52
I log everything, I just simply have not payed attention to that option. As long as I know where I'm at then I can stay on track, and that's the most important thing.
jonnybadback

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Posted: 15 Aug 2012, 02:26
No disrespect but does it matter as there are loads of reasons why people don't change it Smile
Dicesr

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Posted: 15 Aug 2012, 10:42
I expect that the act of logging into FatSecret in and of itself keeps people on track. It's an affirmation of sorts, "I am consciously thinking about my weight, food intake, and health", and all kinds of side effects flow from those active intentions.
HCB

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Posted: 15 Aug 2012, 10:43
I have had the same question at times - wondering if it means there is more that is eaten - especially when someone has ridiculously low calories for a day because I worry they may be doing unhealthy things for their bodies and metabolism.

And, it is one "click" each day to move from "some" to "exactly." Really? Too much trouble? The food diary is THE main reason I have been successful at weight loss. I use it for menu planning, for tweaking my choices so I meet the percentages I am shooting for daily, for historical data so I can recall what worked and didn't work in the past, to calorie cycle, to recall food combinations I enjoyed, etc.

As a result of the food diary and my Buddy interactions, I have developed good habits and lost weight effectively - and believe I will hit my goals successfully, too.
If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse.
CJT1217

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Posted: 15 Aug 2012, 11:01
I think it comes down to dedication. If one is really serious about knowing why eating certain foods will make them gain or lose weight, the food tracking should most definitely be used. If I had never seriously used it and tracked EVERYTHING i eat and drink, I never would have found that certain macros effect my weight negatively. As they say, knowing is half the battle.

Stay the course, stay on point, stay motivated, dedicated, and you won't be stopped. Discipline. Perseverance. Focus. Dig deep and you will be victorious.
evelyn64

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Posted: 15 Aug 2012, 11:14
I do think that, if you're going to use the food diary, there is no point in doing it half way. You either account for everything or don't bother with it because it won't be an effective tool.

That being said, using the food diary is not an absolute necessity. When I was following Weight Watchers, I kept track of my POINTS separately because there was no way to properly track them on here. And now that I have switched to conscious eating, the whole point is to not have to weigh and track everything.

So, I think the decision of whether or not to use the food diary is not necessarily an indication of a person's commitment just as it also isn't the only way of predicting their chances of success.

IT NEVER GETS EASIER - YOU JUST GET BETTER.



mmfamily68

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Posted: 15 Aug 2012, 11:17
Logging into and logging everything I log makes me feel accountable to myself. Reading other peoples journal entries helps to inspire and keep me motivated. I've never used a site like this before and I can honestly say it's made a difference this time and helped to keep me going. Thank you everyone.Wink

Oh, and I don't change it because it's the default. Lazy and don't pay attention. I do log everything.
riocaz

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Posted: 15 Aug 2012, 11:18
HCB wrote:
And, it is one "click" each day to move from "some" to "exactly." Really? Too much trouble?


One "click" which isn't available via the android app, which is where I tend to enter my food.

I have to remember to do it when I am on the site itself, which I usually forget about...

42" jeans(25/01/2013) 40"(28/02/2013) 38"(20/03/2013) 36"(25/05/2013)
Down from 60" waist jeans since June 21st 2012.

Still keeping to my 26" jeans, but they are too tight for comfort. too many tasty things in the US, and over Xmas.

Onwards and Downwards! Smile
http://www.menu52.com/
HCB

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Posted: 15 Aug 2012, 11:36
Ahhh..I don't think I noticed that mentioned earlier in the posts. That makes it more clear - the phone app leaves much to be desired but it can be handy for viewing calories and some options!
If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse.
CorsetLady

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Posted: 15 Aug 2012, 11:38
I didn't even notice the default until I read this thread. I wonder how many other people are tracking 100% and just didn't realize they had to change that option.



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