FRUIT and VEGGIES = CALORIES?!

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  • kmgarza
    kmgarza Posts: 31
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    No free foods.......but......watermelon season is upon us and that is super low in calories.........47 calories per cup.

    That reminds me of a recurring question I have...what exactly is a cup of watermelon? How do you measure that out?

    As a guy that relies on his digital scale to solve problems like this, I sure wish more of the foods in the database were in there based on weight instead of volume.

    I have wondered the same thing!! Especially since I buy the watermelon that is cut into chunks at the store, depending on the size of the chunk I have no idea if I am eating a cup. :huh: <-- that's me confused!
  • tehzephyrsong
    tehzephyrsong Posts: 435 Member
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    No free foods.......but......watermelon season is upon us and that is super low in calories.........47 calories per cup.

    That reminds me of a recurring question I have...what exactly is a cup of watermelon? How do you measure that out?

    As a guy that relies on his digital scale to solve problems like this, I sure wish more of the foods in the database were in there based on weight instead of volume.

    Brace yourself; this is a highly advanced food measuring technique:

    Weigh empty measuring cup. Fill measuring cup with watermelon flesh. Weigh full measuring cup. Subtract.
  • GasMasterFlash
    GasMasterFlash Posts: 2,206 Member
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    If it goes in my mouth, it gets written down somewhere...
    God keeps track in a giant book in Heaven.
  • AzhureSnow
    AzhureSnow Posts: 289 Member
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    The benefit, even though they have calories, is that they pack a filling and nutritional punch (much more nutrition per-calorie than a lot of other foods). Celery is low (14 calories per half cup), and I think broccoli is as well. Regardless, if you use vegetables as a "filler" in place of higher calorie foods (like mashed potatoes, rice pilaf, etc), you'll be getting just as full, even more nutrition, and conserving calories. The trick is to use vegetables as a REPLACEMENT not an ADDITION to your diet.
    I did WW for a year, and yes, they give you free fruits and vegetables, but their system is not calorie-counting based. It's based on carbs/fat/protein/fiber. Fiber and protein cancel out carbs and fat in their system, and obviously, veggies and fruit are high in fiber so it negates the sugar (carbs) according to their equation. I did lose 20 pounds on WW, so it isn't flawed logic, but you can't successfully mix their logic with the MFP program. MFP looks at calorie counting only for the purpose of your daily allowance, and fruit and veg do have calories.
  • elfo
    elfo Posts: 353 Member
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    celery, cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini ....
    Basically all high water content veggies will be lower in cals- munch away on these to get a "fuller" feeling, BUT always log everything in! If you're going over in cals, you'll have to exercise more to make up the difference- it's basic math.
  • Vi0l33t
    Vi0l33t Posts: 117 Member
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    french's mustard has no calories.
  • AzhureSnow
    AzhureSnow Posts: 289 Member
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    Get yourself a measuring cup, put the watermelon chunks in the cup until it equals 1 cup... it won't be exact (because there are open areas of air pockets in the cup), but it will be close enough to give you an idea of a portion size. When all else fails, remember that the size of a closed fist, for most people, is around a cup. If you're especially petite or large, this may not be true.
  • PlayDoh1234
    PlayDoh1234 Posts: 86 Member
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    The benefit, even though they have calories, is that they pack a filling and nutritional punch (much more nutrition per-calorie than a lot of other foods). Celery is low (14 calories per half cup), and I think broccoli is as well. Regardless, if you use vegetables as a "filler" in place of higher calorie foods (like mashed potatoes, rice pilaf, etc), you'll be getting just as full, even more nutrition, and conserving calories. The trick is to use vegetables as a REPLACEMENT not an ADDITION to your diet.
    I did WW for a year, and yes, they give you free fruits and vegetables, but their system is not calorie-counting based. It's based on carbs/fat/protein/fiber. Fiber and protein cancel out carbs and fat in their system, and obviously, veggies and fruit are high in fiber so it negates the sugar (carbs) according to their equation. I did lose 20 pounds on WW, so it isn't flawed logic, but you can't successfully mix their logic with the MFP program. MFP looks at calorie counting only for the purpose of your daily allowance, and fruit and veg do have calories.


    Nice response! Very informative. Thanks!
  • GasMasterFlash
    GasMasterFlash Posts: 2,206 Member
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    french's mustard has no calories.
    When you eat it in whatever the serving size is, it will be a negligible amount. If you eat more, the calories will stack up incrementally.
  • TanyaCurtis
    TanyaCurtis Posts: 630
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    Healthy food is used totally different by the body..... So a calorie is not a calorie. They are finally figuring this out.... It was pretty obvious to me though, because I can eat waaaay more when I'm eating only healthy. Also my body looks 100 times better, and loses the gross belly fat! I could eat double the calories if I eat healthy food then junk!
  • PlayDoh1234
    PlayDoh1234 Posts: 86 Member
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    Why stop at fruit and veggies? Why bother logging anything at all?

    I'm not feeling your "tough love" support. Kind of annoying..
  • hiker282
    hiker282 Posts: 983 Member
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    Is this topic for real? You're complaining about the calories in delicious, nutritious fruits and veggies??? :huh: Try eating a pound of McDonald's product and then eat a pound of whatever mix of fruits and veggies and then tell me which one had more calories and try to ask me if I'll care about the less calorie dense option.

    This topic makes me think you might be the type that would fill up their car with gasoline and then ask if you can put anything in it that won't make it drive.
  • Gutter19
    Gutter19 Posts: 141
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    Water doesn't have calories. :smile:

    If you are looking for something to chew without added calories try ice.
  • JayByrd107
    JayByrd107 Posts: 282 Member
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    No free foods.......but......watermelon season is upon us and that is super low in calories.........47 calories per cup.

    That reminds me of a recurring question I have...what exactly is a cup of watermelon? How do you measure that out?

    As a guy that relies on his digital scale to solve problems like this, I sure wish more of the foods in the database were in there based on weight instead of volume.

    Fruits and vegetables that have been entered by MFP staff (no*) from the USDA website almost always have the ability to enter the amount in grams. I almost always use that since I'm not one to cram my food into measuring cups and hope that I got the gaps between the chunks of food just the same way as the scientist that determined the calorie count for a cup or whatever.
  • tomakehermine
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    i include all the fruit and veggies i eat - edamame is good from the research i have done those are 2 - 3 calories per pod. strawberries are good they range from 2 - 6. raspberries are also really low. i eat a lot of cuties - those are a bit more at 40 but worth it.
  • danigirl1011
    danigirl1011 Posts: 314 Member
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    I am not so sure about the foods that have zero net calories as the main one everyone says is celery and i don't care much for it. But, i have been enjoying strawberries or kiwi, which are pretty much just as filling as like a banana, but 5 large strawberries only have 30 calories and a kiwi only has less than 50 vs a banana that has like 90 plus.
  • GasMasterFlash
    GasMasterFlash Posts: 2,206 Member
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    Why stop at fruit and veggies? Why bother logging anything at all?
    I'm not feeling your "tough love" support. Kind of annoying..
    The truth hurts sometimes, kiddo.
  • MsMargie1116
    MsMargie1116 Posts: 323 Member
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    I count everything I eat. I used to do WW as well, and will give you a little quote my WW leader used to tell us.

    "I wouldn't worry too much about the fruits and veggies, no one ever got fat eating to many apples!!! " :smile:
  • danigirl1011
    danigirl1011 Posts: 314 Member
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    Healthy food is used totally different by the body..... So a calorie is not a calorie. They are finally figuring this out.... It was pretty obvious to me though, because I can eat waaaay more when I'm eating only healthy. Also my body looks 100 times better, and loses the gross belly fat! I could eat double the calories if I eat healthy food then junk!

    I know there are some people on here who consider themselves fitness experts and would disagree with someone saying something like this. But, i totally agree with you!!! Well said!
  • Kenhabes
    Kenhabes Posts: 187 Member
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    I'm no expert but I've heard that it takes more calories to eat and digest celery than what it actually contains. If that's true, it has a calorie deficit built in!