I’ve been generally very excited about my new little discovery of MyFitnessPal.com and the accompanying app for my iPod. (I swear, they aren’t giving me any money or free things – um, other than everything they provide, but that’s free to everyone! Anyhoo…)
So over the last week or so I’ve been starting to get into this whole tracking thing. It’s all very new to me and I find it quite fascinating. I set it all up so that if I stick to my net calories each day, I should lose about 0.5 lbs/week or about 1 kg/month. Nice.
Yesterday was the first day I actually tracked everything. Usually I’m quite good at inputing everything from when I wake up until around 5 pm. Foods, drinks and walks – all neatly added at their respective times of the day. And since I eat mainly fresh fruits, veggies and a corn cake or three smeared with PB&J, I usually still have around 800-900 calories left before I hit my recommended limit. That, I think, is MORE than enough for a good dinner and even a little post-dinner evening snack. Right?
Um, apparently not! At least, not yesterday. No, no. My dinner: 2 open-faced tuna sandwiches topped with some homemade guacamole with small salad (homemade oil & vinegar dressing) followed by a bowl of natural, unsweetened yoghurt with muesli and popped rice? 898 calories. Plus, I was hungry again around 8:30 so had a few almonds and 2 PB&J corn cakes. Another 173 calories. So between 5-9:30 pm I ate a 1071 calories. 1071 calories!
Now, I’m not really upset about that. I think the best description would be shocked. Again, this shows how very new this whole tracking thing is to me – I’m sure people who’ve been tracking for a while would know that food would all come out to about that many calories, but to me, I would’ve never guessed it would amount to that much! The avocado in the guacamole and the muesli were the biggest culprits, I’ve learned.
Just for fun, for 1071 calories or less, I could’ve had…
– Big Mac, medium fries and apple pie from McDonalds. (1057 cal)
– 6 slices of Toni Pepperoni pizza from Dominos Pizza (1002 cal)
– 2 original recipe chicken, 1 reg. popcorn chicken, 1 potato & gravy and 1 coleslaw from KFC (1040 cal)
Obviously, the food I ate was FAR better for me and had much more nutritional value than any of those combos I just mentioned, but it’s still kind of interesting. This is one of the reason I’ve never been super into calorie counting. I don’t want to fall into the trap of thinking 100 calories = 100 calories, regardless of the source.
Do you track? Have you ever been shocked with the caloric content (high or low) of any of your favourite foods? Did it change your eating habits?