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Calories in vs out

RameezIqbal2015RameezIqbal2015 Posts: 1Member Member Posts: 1Member Member
Hey guys . Thanks for having me in here. So I’m running into a little bit of dilemma . I’ve been tracking calories to the best of ability and long story short have been using apple watch 4 to track what I have burned for the day . There’s been plenty instances where in vs out ratio was big but for some odd reason I find myself gaining weight instead of loosing . Does eating after 6 pm really is a thing or am I doing something wrong ?? Thanks for any advise or suggestions
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  • pamhardwick8899pamhardwick8899 Posts: 16Member Member Posts: 16Member Member
    Great input from other posters on the need to weigh food. Also keeping measuring cups and measuring spoons handy is a must. For Example: 1 tbs peanut butter is 94 calories, 1 tbs Olive Oil is 119 calories and 1 tbs mayonaise is 94 calories. And 1 cup of spaghetti is 210 calories. Without measuring it would be easy to eat more calories than your diet would allow.
  • goldthistimegoldthistime Posts: 3,248Member Member Posts: 3,248Member Member
    Over what time period? When you say that your in vs out ratio is large, it causes me to wonder if you've recently upped your exercise levels and your muscles are retaining water.
  • StatChicBayesStatChicBayes Posts: 291Member, Premium Member Posts: 291Member, Premium Member
    I have an apple watch 4, and have been using it to track exercise for the last 9 months and have found that it is giving pretty accurate estimates of the calories burned. The new update includes trends, so you can easily look at 90 day results or use the old summaries by year to get an idea of monthly averages. Combining the resting rate and activity calories from the watch, gives an estimated Total Daily Energy Expenditure. Subtracting my average calories in from that gives my average daily deficit, which I convert to expected pounds loss per week (multiply by 7/3500) That seems to track pretty closely with my realized weight loss. I check this monthly and reassess.

    Like the others suggest - weigh everything that you can, check food labels and don't trust the database (even checked items I have found to be incorrect!).

    Check the watch's estimate of your resting rate (not exactly sure that this corresponds to BMR) but if yours is lower than expected or what was used to determine your calories in that could explain part of the difference. my watch suggests my RMR is probably 300 calories higher than the standard formula used by MFP to suggest number of calories in so I actually burn more than expected (so can actually eat more :-)

    Finally, when using the watch/phone workout apps, I have found that some apps give inflated calorie burns that could skew results. (Sometimes the default app gets fooled, like the time I went horseback riding - my step count was way off for the day since it thought I was walking - LOL

    As for eating late - I usually have a snack around 10 and it has not seemed to hurt weight loss! like PP it is CICO

    Good luck with the tracking and journey!
  • Pipsqueak1965Pipsqueak1965 Posts: 271Member Member Posts: 271Member Member
    How long have you been tracking for?
  • pamhardwick8899pamhardwick8899 Posts: 16Member Member Posts: 16Member Member
    72 days. I think some of the other posters may be out of country since there are references to grams. Since we don’t have the metric system in US it is just easier to track in ounces, cups and teaspoons. Grams are listed on all of the packages but then more work to convert.
  • heybalesheybales Posts: 17,136Member Member Posts: 17,136Member Member
    72 days. I think some of the other posters may be out of country since there are references to grams. Since we don’t have the metric system in US it is just easier to track in ounces, cups and teaspoons. Grams are listed on all of the packages but then more work to convert.

    You weigh how much you ate of an item by grams.

    You divide by how many grams per serving. (if no calculator and you weighed carefully this doesn't matter)

    Now you know how many servings you ate - done.

    Even if the food database lists the convenience cups or spoons per serving for an item instead of the grams - you are going by servings now.
    2, or 3.33, or whatever.
  • pamhardwick8899pamhardwick8899 Posts: 16Member Member Posts: 16Member Member
    Since I don’t have a scale that weighs by grams then I have to find an American weight(measurement) in ounces/cups/tablespoons for the serving size &calories for the food I want in the MFP app or look at the measurement in the packaging.
  • pamhardwick8899pamhardwick8899 Posts: 16Member Member Posts: 16Member Member
    Most packaging measures in both grams and ounces. And I use my scale every day that measures in ounces only...so maybe I can send you a pic to show you what one looks like.
  • lemurcat2lemurcat2 Posts: 3,569Member Member Posts: 3,569Member Member
    Most packaging I've seen has only one weight measure, and it's grams.
  • snowflake954snowflake954 Posts: 4,120Member Member Posts: 4,120Member Member
    Most packaging measures in both grams and ounces. And I use my scale every day that measures in ounces only...so maybe I can send you a pic to show you what one looks like.

    Weighing in grams is way easier. Your scale may have a small switch on it somewhere that will have it weigh in grams. If not, you might want to consider buying a new digital scale. They cost about 15$ and are very accurate. I grew up with cups and ozs in America, but moved to Italy 30 yrs ago and had to learn the metric system. Oh how I resisted! I converted until I got tired of it and took the easy way out. Grams all the way now. If I can do it--you can too. It's so accurate.
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