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  • Do you use a calorie counter? Example fit day?

    I'm curious to see how many people use these programs, and if you think it Hurts or helps your progress. I am stalled right now and I wonder if I am focusing on this app I have or not. Thanks

    Started at 307 regular diet and exercise went to 285 and stalled. Went primal and went to 227! I always was a brutish caveman now I eat like one!
    Goal weight.....?

  • #2
    I use fatsecret on some days, but I'm very mindful not to let it interrupt my progress. I don't want to shoot for a target macro/micro goal because then I'm out of tune with what my body wants and needs. I did a leptin reset and used it mostly then, but now I feel like I can trust my hunger more. If you are gaining unexpectedly, it might be a good idea. I like fatsecret the best, the phone app is amazing.


    • #3
      I think it makes me worry too much about how many fats and calories I take it. Makes menfeel I need to hit these goals to succeed. Primal man didn't do this. I like your take on it. Thanks for the reply
      Started at 307 regular diet and exercise went to 285 and stalled. Went primal and went to 227! I always was a brutish caveman now I eat like one!
      Goal weight.....?


      • #4
        I use cronometer to track my intake, but all of these programs are rough estimates. Considering that, I'll use it to make sure I'm getting close to the right ratios of fats and enough vitamins/minerals.

        I would, however, steer clear of these things if you are obsessive about such things. If you are a scale slave, for instance, I would try to avoid them.


        • #5
          I like to check my vitamins/minerals and carbs once in a while. Usually at the end of the day, so that it doesn't influence what I eat. I've definitely identified some correlations between how many carbs I eat and my fat loss.

          I use It's specifically designed for PB and the paleo diet.


          • #6
            I use Excel.

            Being dead-on-accurate isn't important when counting calories/nutrients. Being consistent is much more vital - that way you can adjust things upwards or downwards based upon your experiences and know what the effect will be.


            • #7
              When I track, I use, since that's what I was using to lose weight before starting PB.

              That said, one of my goals for this 30 day challenge has been to not track at all. It was hard at first but is beginning to feel more natural. I think I'll end up tracking a couple of days once in a while just to check in, but I have a hard time imagining going back to daily tracking at this point.


              • #8
                I use Lose It. That's actually where I started before I came to MDA and went primal. I'm still tracking my calories and exercise every day, but more of a guideline than an OMG STAY WITHIN BUDGET!!! That being said, I'm finding it extremely easy to stay within a weekly budget. Some days, I go way over; others are way under. Once I get to my target weight (only five pounds away...but man, about two inches away on my hips) and maintain, I will probably stop logging on Lose It.
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                • #9
                  I use FitDay and have in the past used More than anything I'm using FitDay at present to weed out things/foods I thought were ok carb wise but don't fit my particular protocol. Call it an ongoing experiment in journaling what I eat and what I do physically. I don't take it to heart too much as the more I learn the more I instinctively know what and what not to eat and journaling has helped with that. I track not only food but fitness, weight, moods and even blood pressure. It's helped me answer questions like, "do I eat more when I'm sad or depressed?" (yes); "do I eat more when I'm stressed?" (no) It's helped me realize that my emotional state plays a big part in not only when and how much I eat but WHAT I eat at those times. I've recently learned by logging my blood pressure before and after my favorite football team's games that I do indeed get pretty worked up about a silly game. My BP is noticeably higher after a game than before and even more so after a close, down to the wire game.

                  For me it's a continuing journey of discovery into my own body and its workings. What it is to you is up to you but I've found it fascinating and, believe it or not, liberating - I just don't worry about numbers so much after logging - it is what it is. Besides my truest "fit test" is hugging my wife... we're both much easier to wrap around now that we're smaller! That's been THE success so far to us!


                  • #10
                    Nope, I don't track or restrict calories or macronutrients. I do avoid gluten, xO6 and xfructose, though.
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                    • #11
                      I have to track calories because I am a food addict. When I read that there is no need to count calories as long as you stay 80% primal my reaction is - oh boy, you don't know how much I can eat! I use fitday to plan my meals and stay close to my daily caloric needs.
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                      • #12
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by cranehigh View Post
                          When I track, I use, since that's what I was using to lose weight before starting PB.
                          This. I have a love-hate relationship with tracking calories... the main reason I'm tracking them right now is because Primal is so radically different than the way I used to eat that I want to make sure I'm eating enough calories, and that I'm hitting a baseline protein requirement (I've always had a hard time getting protein because I don't crave it). It's also a little easier to track carbs this way if you're shooting for a low range.

                          The Spark People mobile app is really handy, though. And to be fair I've tried about five or six different calorie trackers and Spark is still my favorite, partly because the user-input food database is ginormous.

                          Also, it's waaaay easier to track calories on a Primal plan than a CW plan. 1) Fewer meals, 2) Fewer foods that are unlikely to be in the database, 3) You don't get carb-induced cravings and therefore don't have to spontaneously track five or six unplanned snacks. I'm also not weighing every single last thing I put in my mouth, I figure if I fudge up a bit here and there it's not the end of the world. Unlike CW calorie tracking, where when you ask someone, "Why isn't this working for me???" the first answer you get is, "Are you accurately tracking your calories? To the gram? OF EVERYTHING????"
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                          • #14
                            I only track occasionally, and mostly for micronutrients, so I use, which only stores one day's results, but has a better tracking of micronutrients than any of the others I have seen.

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                            • #15
                              I use when I do track, which isn't very often. They've got a really great iPhone app, which is a big deal for me. I usually will track a typical/random day once or twice a month to see what my macros are, and I also use it to chart my weight and get a better picture of what is going on.