Do you track what you eat?

Do you track what you eat on a daily basis?  I am a firm believer in tracking every single thing that I put in my mouth.  It is too easy to take a bite or two of something and tell yourself that “it was just a tiny bite” and the next thing you know, you have taken 15 tiny bites of things and BAM! you have wrecked your macros for the day.  I measure and weigh everything that I eat and log it into MyFitnessPal.

When cooking a new recipe, I enter the recipe into the Meals, Recipes & Foods section of MyFitnessPal including the actual products that I use.  You can either manually enter the product name (which usually gets a large number of entries to choose from) or scan the bar code on the product.  The actual number of servings for some recipes (like Vanilla Cheesecake Fat Bombs and Peanut Butter Cheesecake Fat Bombs) can vary each time the recipe is made. (I pipe the fat bombs into mini-cupcake liners and the amount that goes into each liner is not exact so one time I might get 36 fat bombs and the next there might be 40 fat bombs). In this case, I edit the recipe in MyFitnessPal to have the current number of servings so the nutrition information is correct.

Vanilla Cheesecake Fat Bombs

When eating out in a restaurant or at a friend’s, I have to estimate portions and ask a lot of questions about the ingredients used in the dish.  This can be rather daunting, but I have learned to ask the questions and explain that I have dietary restrictions.  The wait staff have always been accommodating about asking the chef if certain ingredients are used in the preparation of a dish.

I try to plan out my day by logging all my meals first thing in the morning. If I do it this way, I’m not going to get to dinner time and have to come up with a meal that has 0g protein, 75g fat, or not reach my macros for the day.

There are many meal tracking apps available.  I use MyFitnessPal Premium and it works well for me.  I started out using the free version of MyFitnessPal but switched to the paid version so I have more control over the macro settings and other features.  For those who don’t like MyFitnessPal, I would recommend Cronometer or Carb Manager.  Full disclosure here – I have not used either of these but they are recommended by Amy Smith of the Push for your Better Facebook group. Push for your Better is my favorite Keto Facebook group. It is chock full of great information, recipes and group member support.

So, do YOU track your food daily? Do you log everything at the beginning of the day or log it as you eat? What works best for you?


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