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The need for accuracy in a diet

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2005/07/24 03:31:57 (permalink)
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The need for accuracy in a diet

What I mean is calorie counting , percentages of intakes etc. I know that TT had some problems with becoming so obsessed with counting numbers etc. I wanna be a serious bodybuilder and I want to follow a good diet to meet my needs but just how accurate do you need to be when counting your calories etc. I guess that buying some kitchen scales is vital........
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    ToxicToffee
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    RE: The need for accuracy in a diet 2005/07/24 03:43:52 (permalink)
    an understanding is key, being anal is not

    if you fcuk up, just learn by mistakes and progress from there, trial and error, there is enough info on here to guide you not too far of the mark
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    RE: The need for accuracy in a diet 2005/07/24 16:05:58 (permalink)
    I'm a calorie counter to some extent. I do count when I start a new diet (calories / macros...) then when I add variety to the diet I relax and work with portions eg 1 banana= 2 apples, that kind of thing.

    To me counting (without being anal) is particularly important while cutting as you need to lose very little over a long period of time, I know I wouldn'i be able to do that without keeping a close record of what I eat.
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    RE: The need for accuracy in a diet 2005/07/24 18:38:28 (permalink)
    The only thing I count and pay any real attention to is making sure I get my daily protein requirements. Just becomes second nature after a while. I would recommend getting a set of digital kitchen scales
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    RE: The need for accuracy in a diet 2005/07/24 18:43:43 (permalink)
    If your following something like 45/35/20 ect - To some extent I think we need to be anal at the start to understand our portions roughly. Unless your lucky enough to cook/prep a bunch of meals and freeze them ready for use, it can be quite difficult to get it "right".
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    RE: The need for accuracy in a diet 2005/07/24 18:52:55 (permalink)
    I think you need to be anal to start with, but obv keep a sense of perspective......a beginner cant train instinctively so you can expect a beginner to eat instinctively either.

    I plan my diets by counting and weighing portions etc.....but once my goal is set and my foundation for said diet is in place, I am expereinced enough now to be able to accurately guesstimate portion sizes etc to meet my daily requirements

    I still weigh out portions of frozen veg etc.....but not to the obsessive level where I have to be acurate to the gram
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    RE: The need for accuracy in a diet 2005/07/24 19:01:17 (permalink)
    Glad I used to count like mad because it learnt me about nutritional values which I think is very useful ,now I pretty much know what a 100g of rice looks like,how much lean mince to cook etc,what time to eat what,I certainly have'nt nailed it on the head but I know I'm getting better everyday but gone are the days of my calculator and totally OTT weighing sessions.

    Food is a pleasure is'nt it,cooking it,preparing it,when I slimmed to nothing I thought of food as the enemy,dumb.
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    RE: The need for accuracy in a diet 2005/07/24 19:29:46 (permalink)
    I often weigh foods like rice and pasta to prevent over-eating. I certainly add daily protein up. I have never once totaled my calories for one day, have never felt it necessary.
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    mass quest
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    RE: The need for accuracy in a diet 2005/07/24 21:25:29 (permalink)
    I agree with dirty dog digital kitchen scales are very useful.I now use mine every day especially when cutting.
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