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sobit1970sobit1970 Member Posts: 38 Member Member Posts: 38 Member
Does anyone not count low carb keto friendly veggies and still lose?

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  • MostlyWaterMostlyWater Member Posts: 4,279 Member Member Posts: 4,279 Member
    weight watchers does that. but we all know that every food has calories!
  • Noreenmarie1234Noreenmarie1234 Member Posts: 6,860 Member Member Posts: 6,860 Member
    Why the heck would you do that? I never understood why people ask or do this. Veggies make up 70% of my daily calories!
  • penguinmama87penguinmama87 Member, Premium Posts: 946 Member Member, Premium Posts: 946 Member
    I weigh most of my food, but there are some veggies I don't bother weighing carefully like lettuce, especially eaten raw where even a large quantity is only going to be tens of calories if that - it's probably within a usual margin of error. My usual strategy is that whatever I'm doing is fine as long as my weight is going down at the rate I want it to. But increasing your accuracy in food logging is a good strategy if you experience a stall or plateau.
  • earlnabbyearlnabby Member Posts: 8,122 Member Member Posts: 8,122 Member
    I weigh most of my food, but there are some veggies I don't bother weighing carefully like lettuce, especially eaten raw where even a large quantity is only going to be tens of calories if that - it's probably within a usual margin of error. My usual strategy is that whatever I'm doing is fine as long as my weight is going down at the rate I want it to. But increasing your accuracy in food logging is a good strategy if you experience a stall or plateau.

    When doing leafy greens like lettuce and raw spinach I eyeball the cups and use an entry for that. The calories are so few that if I way underestimate I will only be off by 10-20 calories.

    All other veggies get weighed, raw unless they are frozen.
  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Member, Premium Posts: 21,953 Member Member, Premium Posts: 21,953 Member
    I don't keto, but I eat hundreds of calories worth of low-carb veggies (plus a bunch of starchy ones) every day. If I didn't log veggie calories - even if it was just non-starchy veggies - my counts would be way, way off. I wouldn't find that helpful.

    I recognize that people on a keto diet can reach sensible minimums of veggie intake, and still be in ketosis, no worries. But I like eating many more veggies that keto constraints would permit for me, personally. YMMV. I'd still count them. If nothing else, that makes your carb counts more accurate, lets you maximize your veggie intake while managing the carbs, rather than maybe lowballing veggies just to be safe, maybe?

    Wishing you much success, whatever you decide!
  • wunderkindkingwunderkindking Member Posts: 1,337 Member Member Posts: 1,337 Member
    Really depends.

    I'm don't do the kitchen scale thing (one of the few here), but I'll still measure and count any vegetable that I eat in quantity as a base of a meal, or a serious side - even if it's broccoli or something.

    I do not, however, even bother logging what amounts to edible garnish. Ie: There's a slice of tomato and few leaves of lettuce on a sandwich.

    Also I am 300% not keto. I went fairly low carb early on in loss because those were easy calories to give up/didn't add much to me and my satiety or meals, but never keto levels of low.
    edited October 14
  • Mazintrov13Mazintrov13 Member Posts: 126 Member Member Posts: 126 Member
    Loads of people don’t count veggie calories and still lose ( in fact lots of people don’t count ANY calories and still lose)
    BUT MFP is designed for you to count everything and that definitely includes veggies as they certainly contain calories and as other have mentioned can take up a decent portion of your day.
    I count everything because that method works best for me and I like to have all the data, but there are other methods if that doesn’t suit you
  • amusedmonkeyamusedmonkey Member Posts: 10,297 Member Member Posts: 10,297 Member
    I think you will be fine not to count them if your weight loss is going fine without counting. You're not very likely to overeat them since keto puts a cap on how much of them you can eat anyway. I personally count them because I don't do low carb and I can easily exceed the net carb allowance for keto in tomatoes alone, so I have to count them. Yesterday, for example, I had 120 calories of tomatoes and a couple hundred more in other non-starchy vegetables. If I chose not to count them without adjusting my targets I would be hundreds of calories over my allowance. Plus, I really like seeing a more complete overview of my micronutrients.
    edited October 14
  • earlnabbyearlnabby Member Posts: 8,122 Member Member Posts: 8,122 Member

    I do not, however, even bother logging what amounts to edible garnish. Ie: There's a slice of tomato and few leaves of lettuce on a sandwich.

    Hmmmm . . . edible garnish. I like that term. I will be shamelessly stealing it.

    I also don't count the edible garnish and no, the lettuce and tomato on a BLT does NOT count as edible garnish. That gets logged since I can use a whole medium tomato on just one sandwich.

  • cwolfman13cwolfman13 Member Posts: 39,701 Member Member Posts: 39,701 Member
    I don't do keto and I haven't logged anything in ages, but when I did, I did log my veggies but I was pretty loose with that. For example, I created a recipe in the recipe builder called "garden salad" and just used that anytime I had a green salad as I usually put the same stuff in it veggie wise. It wasn't exact as maybe there was a little more cucumber this time or a little more radish that time, but it was close enough for me. Then I would just log the dressing and anything extra I would put on it like avocado or chicken or something separately.

    Even to lose weight I can have a relatively substantial amount of calories, so I really didn't worry about being too exact with veggies and even fruit I just logged by size. I was much more meticulous about calorie dense foods. YMMV.
  • WholeFoods4LyfeWholeFoods4Lyfe Member Posts: 1,510 Member Member Posts: 1,510 Member
    I count my veggies, but I very rarely measure or weigh them. I just eyeball for the most part. Since they are generally low carb veggies that I eat, even if I'm off in my estimate, it's not like I'll be off hundreds of calories or anything so I just take the risk and I'm losing weight just fine. If I do eat something higher carb like potatoes, melon, carrots, etc I will measure because for myself it is very easy to overdo them.
  • SamiF2102SamiF2102 Member Posts: 3 Member Member Posts: 3 Member
    Coming back to MFP from the WW world, I will tell you, COUNT your veggie calories. Yes WW lets you have zero point foods, but that does not mean that they are zero calories. If you are counting calories, or nutrients or whatever, COUNT THEM ALL!!!
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