How do you guys do this, I mean when the macros are on the back sure but otherwise how are you this neurotic.
Try not being so insulting to start a thread thanks, but it's called dedication, there are aps to do the math for you and really makes it quite easy as well as when you get used to it it's second nature.
use myfitnesspal. buy a scale. weigh and measure everything. get familiar with the "meals" and "recipes" functions.
example from my own day:
I usually eat one of three different meals for breakfast. they're all stored and measured on myfitnesspal, so I just click on breakfast and add the one I want. for example, I have a meal that's a bowl of oats with milk, banana and an egg.
I typically bring lunch from home and have that stored on myfitnesspal as well, so in a couple of clicks I've added that.
for dinner I either use a meal I've registered before as a recipe or make something new. in the latter case I have to measure everything, but I can store it if I intend to eat the same meal in the future.
for snacks I just use the search function and add them on demand.
things like post-workout shakes are also registered, of course.
as you can see, on a typically day I spend like 2 minutes on this. the only problem is when I eat out. in that case I just eat until I'm full if I'm bulking or have a more modest meal if I'm cutting. From my earlier meals I know how many calories I typically eat for dinner, so I just add that. At worst it's a couple hundred calories off which is irrelevant unless you do it all the time.
This is almost autism level, i know, but i like it so idgaf, I track my exercise on Endomondo So i can get an estimate of how much Kcals i've burned, This means either using GPS or manually inputing my movements throughout the day, like Cycling to gym or work, Kcals burned doing cardio and time lifting, Then i use Myfitnesspal to count the calories i eat, 2100 is what i burn in a day being sedantary, So i just take that + whatever i've burned, And from there it's as eazy as adding or subtracting sum for gaining or cutting. Works really damn good for me, If i don't cheat i gain/lose within around 15 % of these calculations
I try to explain that to some friends who occasionaly ask me for help with their diets.
They almost always look at me like I'm a fucking weirdo and just change subject and disregard it
yeah I know, they all get like
>wow do you weigh your food?? you're such a tryhard!
no idiot I just want to be sure Im on the right track, I dont want to be like those idiots that go full year round to the gym and still look like shit
>use barcode scanner
>scan barcode, enter amount of food
>calories automatically calculate
maybe when it was all pen and paper but keeping track is fucking easy now
> Counting calories
Unless you are fat as fucking fatass there is really no need, track your macros get your food from clean, organic sources and train hard.
Wanna gain? More carbs & raise protein intake (More food)
Wanna cut? Restric carbs & maintain protein levels. (Moderate food, less carbs)
Your body isn't a fucking heat engine, energy in/out will give you a good representation of how much you need to eat to lose and how much you will need to eat to gain. Weight gain is a hormonal response to the food you eat.