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Amanda L. is looking for: (4 recommendations)
I need support badly please, im doing the calorie cycling diet, its where you count your calories each day but not every day is the same amount, it goes up and down and does something to your matabelism (spelling?) to help you lose weight, i been doin it for almost a week and i have seen a difference, my problem is, if i dont have a pkg telling me the exact serving size and calories then i dont know how to figure it out myself, like say if i have ground venison, and i want to cook it and use it in homeade chili, i dont have a package telling me what the serving is and calories so how do i do this? My mom counts calories too and what she does is adds up the entire pot/casserole dish of whatever homeade she made and takes the calories from each ingredient and adds up the whole pot then splits it say like 6 ways then she does the math of what each serving would be, well, im looking for another way, maybe an easier way? Im also looking for recipe ideas thats not loaded in calories

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Last updated: Feb. 4, 2013 12:52 pm
Posted: Feb. 4, 2013 11:14 am
Commented by: Jacolyn
Feb. 4, 2013 11:18 am
This is a free website that allows you to track your calories. You type in the food that you are eating, and it will calculate the calories based on the amount of food.
Feb. 4, 2013 11:18 am
The website tells you how many people confirmed the calorie count of each food.
Amanda L.
Feb. 4, 2013 11:20 am
thank you! i will go check it out now :)
Feb. 4, 2013 11:21 am
For example, I types in "ground venison" and a bunch of different types came up. I clicked on "Homemade-Venison Burger (Ground meat w/ seasonings)" and then click on the nutrition information. It tells me that there is 2 calories in 1 gram and 220 calories in 140grams.
Indiana Peggy
Feb. 4, 2013 11:22 am
I think the way your mom is doing will give you the right answer when you have a dish with many ingredients. You have to calculate the calories for each ingredient. Then divide by the number of servings you make from the entire recipe. Yeah,it's a lot of work so be sure to write it down on the recipe so you won't have to do it twice.
Feb. 4, 2013 11:22 am
And, 3 people (other than the submitter) confirmed the nutrition info, so I know it must be true.
Holiday Baker
Feb. 4, 2013 12:25 pm
Hi Amanda, I do it the same way as your mom. I use a lot of recipes from on here, because they already list it. If not I just do a keyword search on yahoo as a question. How many calories in....I get many sites with the answer and it shows the serving also.
Commented by: Thisni Caza
Feb. 4, 2013 11:20 am
There are some websites, mostly used for keeping a food diary, but could also be used for finding the calorie and nutrition counts: Spark People, Fat Secret, ETC. Spark People has a way to enter a recipe and get the nutrition count, but to save or print, you have to join and submit the recipe! Usually I enter the key ingredients of a recipe, like for chili, enter the meat, beans, tomatoes, ETC. Add that up and divide by the number of servings. Which can be difficult, I know, but once you get it down, then on those websites you can enter your own food, like 'My Homemade Chili' and enter the calorie count that you calculated. It's kind of a pain at first but much easier since you can save the foods. Good luck!
Amanda L.
Feb. 4, 2013 11:32 am
Thanks a bunch! and it can be a pain for sure, especially when one isnt too good at math lol ive always been horrible with numbers, but, i think its what i gotta do, just seems much easier with a package that already tells you the info, but then again, im not going to give up making my own homeade food and so i better get the hang of adding it all up
Commented by: mam5016
Feb. 4, 2013 12:43 pm
I agree with Thisni Caza! & are the best!!!! I have used these sites for over 4 years now so if you have any questions or need some help let me know : )
Commented by: patticakes43
Feb. 4, 2013 12:52 pm
Here's one that I used to use all the time. But myfitnesspal and sparkpeople are good too.
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