Inputting calories a chore?



  • hesn92
    hesn92 Posts: 5,967 Member
    Yes it's a chore when I'm cooking a meal to have to measure/weigh/track every little ingredient that goes in and then figure up servings etc. Gets easier with time. Creating commonly eaten meals and recipes helps and makes things easier.
  • cwolfman13
    cwolfman13 Posts: 41,874 Member
    I haven't logged anything in ages, but when I first started it was a chore for sure, but it got a lot easier with experience. After a month or so I had a ton of recipes built in the recipe builder and most of my routine foods were in my favorites so I'd only have to go search if I was eating something completely new.
  • BarbaraHelen2013
    BarbaraHelen2013 Posts: 1,940 Member
    I don’t look at it that way…it’s a routine rather than a chore, just like showering or brushing your teeth it’s something I need to do to maintain my health.

    As others have said, the more you do it, the easier it gets. You populate the ‘Recents’ list (though I wish that were longer since I eat a huge variety of food so stuff does tend to drop off that list)…you create Recipes and update exact amounts as you go along…it does get easier.

    Either way, it’s a choice. Take the few minutes to track your calories or guess and freestyle your intake 🤷‍♀️. For me, as an older, very short, petite female tracking is the easiest (only) way to keep on top of my weight control.
  • ninerbuff
    ninerbuff Posts: 48,568 Member
    It's only a chore if you're not that serious about doing it. Gotta change your train of thought.

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  • threewins
    threewins Posts: 1,455 Member
    Yes. I am fortunate that I eat the same food many days which probably helps somewhat (I use the Lifesum app). It is a chore, I find myself doing it at the end of the day usually. I'm about 600 days in a row which probably means although it's a chore it's something I consider worth doing.
  • JBanx256
    JBanx256 Posts: 1,477 Member
    No - on the days I meal prep or make something from scratch, I MIGHT - MAYBE - AT MOST - spend a whopping 5 minutes plugging in everything (all ingredients/weights/etc).

    On the other days, thanks to being able to just copy a food/meal/whatever, it MIGHT be a minute's worth of thumbing on my phone.
  • 88olds
    88olds Posts: 4,473 Member
    I’ve always found logging on the computer a chore. It reminds me of being at work. So I log with pen and paper. When in losing mode (I’m maintaining right now) my food diary stays out on the counter next to my food scale. I do use the computer to do research but the recording is done by hand. My logging is just a bunch of crude lists with numbers. Only takes minutes.
  • M4r3z
    M4r3z Posts: 20 Member
    Not so much a chore but I do forget sometimes. Now that we can scan, when I pack my lunch for work I will also scan it then too. Just keep at it, if you miss a day or two here and there and can’t add it for one reason or another, don’t sweat it. Just continue the journey.
  • annliz23
    annliz23 Posts: 3,350 Member
    no not now initially but it gets easier as you add more over time.